Student Exchange Experience in Bilbao

Key Information


Application Deadline: 06/02/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips, Extra-curricular opportunities, Other

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities, Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007474


Departure Date: 19/06/23

Return Date: 23/06/23


£550: 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: £450


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 20 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 is actually like!

There will be an introduction to the University itself, including a campus tour, allowing students to discover 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 that are key to a meaningful student exchange experience.

DMU Global Funding

Students that successfully apply for this opportunity will qualify for a special DMU Global bursary. The cost to students for this opportunity is just £100!

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 £100 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 Spain is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Spain.

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.