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This is the program brochure page.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview


Video courtesy of USAC.

   Quick Facts

  • Early application is encouraged. Program can fill to capacity prior to application deadline.
  • Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, internships, direct enrollment at the university, workshops, conversation partner program, and excursions.
  • Live in a stunning location on Spain's beutiful northern coast, twenty minutes from the border of France - with easy connections to Madrid, Bilbao, and other major European cities.
  • Benefit from San Sebastián’s well-known cuisine and beautiful beaches.
  • Enjoy European Studies courses offered in English as well as extensive Spanish language and culture classes.

Location

San Sebastian- Beach USAC
San Sebastian- City Street USAC
Photos courtesy of USAC

Location Details

Called the "Paris of Spain," San Sebastián is nestled twelve miles from the French border at the foot of the deep green Pyrenees Mountains in the province of Gipuzkoa. It faces a gorgeous crescent-shaped bay bordered by beaches and a port. An ancient city largely destroyed in the 19th century, most of San Sebastián is quite modern, while the narrow streets of the Old Quarter preserve the flavor of days gone by.

San Sebastián's spectacular natural setting and its culinary delights have made it a mecca for tourists looking for a beautiful vacation spot paired with wonderful food. You'll find more Michelin-starred restaurants in San Sebastián than in any other city in Spain, but you do not have to have a three-star meal in order to eat well. You can also enjoy the excellent and colorful pintxos (tapas) in many of the bars in the old quarter.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

USAC offices, classrooms and dining facilities are located at the modern 12,000 student San Sebastián campus of the Universidad del País Vasco (University of the Basque Country). Students will enroll in at least 12 credits and up to 18 credits during their semester program. Available courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Make sure to check USAC's website to determine what courses will be available during your semester in San Sebastián.

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses in Spanish, courses in Basque language, and European Area Studies courses (in English or Spanish). The track courses are taught sequentially within one semester.

Advanced level Spanish speakers are encouraged to take a host university course at Universidad del País Vasco in order to enrich their academics and be in the classroom with Spanish students.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades
The USAC San Sebastian program follows U.S. grading and credit standards. Attendance requirements are strict and missed classes may impact grades.
 

  USAC Study Center ASU
Course Levels USAC 100 & 200 level courses Lower division
USAC 300 & 400 level courses Upper division
Credit 3 credits* 3 credits*
*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. USAC classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis.
San Sebastian- Campus USAC


San Sebastian- Campus 2 USAC
Photos courtesy of USAC

Housing

San Sebastian- Apartment USAC
San Sebastian- Homestay USAC
Photos courtesy of USAC

Program Housing

Students have two housing options in San Sebastián, both located within walking distance of the beach and main shopping areas. The city has an excellent system of public transportation and all housing is within commuting distance of classes. Inexpensive student dining halls on campus are available for lunch.

Apartments: Apartments are shared with other USAC students or local university students and are fully equipped except for sheets and towels (plan to bring them with you or purchase them upon arrival).

Homestay: Homestay placements are a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves into the daily life of a local family. Homestays include three meals per day and provide an unmatched opportunity to speak Spanish and learn Spanish and Basque customs.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 05/15/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.