Student exchange experience in Bilbao

Key Information


Application Deadline: 21/03/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Other

Ref: 10006680


Departure Date: 13/06/22

Return Date: 17/06/22


£599: the estimated cost for programme fee, travel, UK-transfers and accommodation (excluding DMU Global bursary). Students will also be required to pay for: in country-transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £500


Accommodation: Hostel/hotel accommodation will be booked by DMU

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries:


All DMU first year undergraduate students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is an exchange agreement in place with the University of Deusto so students from the following programmes are specifically encouraged to apply: Product Design, International Relations, Engineering, Journalism, Media and Communication, and Psychology, any programme with Spanish.


There is a maximum of 15 spaces available with a minimum of 10 students required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying. Students should articulate their interest in student exchange and how this experience may be beneficial to considering a year abroad. Refer to the Application Process webpage for guidance on how to submit a strong application.


The purpose of this trip is to increase awareness of student exchange amongst first-year DMU students who are eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity in their second year of study. Led by the Global Mobility Office in association with our partner institution, the University of Deusto, students will get a taste of what the study abroad experience actually looks like.

There will be an introduction to the University itself, and students will be able to visit both the Bilbao and San Sebastian campuses, discovering how similar and/or different this is to a typical UK university campus. You will learn about multicultural Spain with a particular focus on Bilbao and the Basque Country, a lesser-known region of Spain, delivered by the University’s International Centre of Spanish. This will serve as an example of a typical module that students may take whilst on exchange. Finally, there will also be opportunities to immerse into the local culture and history, two features which are key to a meaningful student exchange experience.

Why participate?

  • Discover student exchange opportunities available to apply for in your second year
  • Experience teaching and learning in a different country and culture
  • Learn about Basque culture and history
  • Develop intercultural awareness skills
  • It costs just £99 for eligible students!

Cultural Activities

Students will have the opportunity to learn about Basque culture and history through various means. There will be a chance to sample the well-known local gastronomy through pintxos (tapas) tasting, unique to this part of Spain. An expert-guided tour of Bilbao and the old town area of San Sebastian will allow students to appreciate the history, development and regeneration of the Basque country. There will also be a visit to the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, a museum of contemporary art perhaps better known for being an iconic example of modern architecture.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to the Spain is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are required to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel due to the Spain entry requirements. Your vaccination status must meet the Spanish authorities’ validity period requirements. Only full vaccinated travellers are permitted entry for non-essential purposes.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for Spain can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. No pre-travel COVID-19 test is currently required for travel to Spain, but an online Health Control Form will need to be completed. You may be subject to checks at the point of entry, including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival. Passengers may also be contacted and required to undertake a COVID-19 (PCR or similar) at any point up to 48 hours after their arrival in Spain. Before you travel back to England you must complete a passenger locator form. You need to do this in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, currently no COVID-19 tests are required to travel or return to the UK.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.