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Business, International Relations & Spanish in Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

Program sponsor: University of Deusto

Museum at Bilbao, Spain.
Museum at Bilbao, Spain.

The Centro Internacional de Español (CIDE) Business, International Relations, and Spanish program at the University of Deusto offers a broad array of coursework, in both English and Spanish, while taking advantage of the city’s unique cultural history and geographic location to introduce students to Bilbao’s Basque heritage. In addition to the program courses, students can enroll in one course at the University of Deusto in either English or Spanish.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 2.75 GPA.


None; however, students are required to take a Spanish language class while on the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete a CIDE application by the program's deadline.


  • Students are only allowed to take one (1) non-CIDE course per semester.
  • The CIDE course, Spanish Through Gastronomy, is not transferable to Northwestern.
  • The CIDE course, Sports Management: European Football, is not transferable to Northwestern.


Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Students can choose from 3 different types of housing:

  1. Residence Hall (21 meals/week)
  2. Home Stay (21 meals/week)
  3. Room in Shared Apartment (self-catered)

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: approx. $18,532

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $3,200
  • Meals: $1,300
  • Airfare: $1,050
  • Local transportation: $150
  • Books & supplies: $60
  • Personal expenses: $1,600
  • Visa & fees: $160
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $7,712

*Note: Northwestern will send your tuition payment to the University of Deusto via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by Northwestern will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Centro Internacional de Español (CIDE) at the University of Deusto, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

CIDE Housing Invoice

You will receive an invoice directly from CIDE for your housing in Bilbao. It is your responsibility to pay CIDE directly by their deadline. The most common payment method is via credit card.

If you will receive financial aid that will cover your housing charges, contact Krista Bethel to determine if you might be eligible to request an extended payment deadline from CIDE. In this case, you may only be required to pay a 500€ deposit by the housing payment deadline, and would need to pay the remaining balance upon receipt of your financial aid.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your CIDE tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

As noted above, Northwestern will send your tuition payment to the University of Deusto via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount of tuition you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

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