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Bilbao Summer Program offers language, business students a chance to see Spain

Three-week program offers courses on Spanish and cultural studies or international business

Indiana University Northwest and the Department of Modern Languages are offering students an opportunity to study abroad in Bilbao, Spain at the University of the Basque Country this summer as part of the Bilbao Summer Program. Students who have met the course prerequisites are eligible to spend three weeks experiencing the culture and beauty of one of Europe’s most fascinating and dynamic regions.

Operated under the auspices of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), the Bilbao Summer Program consists of one three-week session that runs from May 22 until June 16, 2007, with an optional four-day tour to Madrid at the end. Students may take courses focusing either on Spanish language and cultural studies or on international business. Students may also take courses in both areas. For students who wish to study in English, the non-language courses in this program also will be taught in English.

Students will be placed with Spanish households, with meals being provided by the host families. Housing will be within easy commuting distance of the university. Bilbao has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe.

The total cost of the Bilbao Summer Program is approximately $4,000, depending on airfare and other considerations. This total includes the $2,340 fee for the summer program itself, which covers the cost of USAC tuition and housing, student health insurance, field trips, admission to some museums and events, and other associated expenses. It also includes the cost of tuition paid to Indiana University Northwest, either $617 for three credit hours or $823 for four credit hours. Airfare can be expected to cost between $1,000 and $1,200. The optional Madrid tour costs an additional $575.

Scholarships and other funds may be available to help significantly defray the program cost, so eligible students are strongly encouraged to investigate this possibility when deciding whether to attend the Bilbao Summer Program. For more information on scholarship possibilities, contact IU Resident Director Eva Mendieta at (219) 980-6692, or e-mail her at

Applications for the Bilbao Summer Program are due no later than April 6, with a $300 deposit to be made at the time the application is submitted. This deposit is refundable if cancellation is made by April 15. Another $800 is due on April 15, with the balance coming due May 1.

USAC is a consortium of more than 30 American universities that has been developing exchange programs with the University of the Basque Country for 23 years.

For more information on the Bilbao Summer Program, visit the Web site at or contact Mendieta at (219) 980-6692, or e-mail her at



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Christopher Sheid
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Michelle Searer
Director, OMC
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