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  • Locations: Bilbao, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/30/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants apply, may be accepted, and program may fill prior to the deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Home Stay Language Pre-Requisites: None
Language of Instruction: English CMC GPA Requirement: 3.0 for Fall Study and 2.8 for Spring Study
Program GPA Requirement: Must meet CMC minimum GPA Internships Available: Internships or practicums are not approved. Do not enroll in an internship or practicum.
Class Status: 1. Second Semester Sophomore, 2. First Semester Junior, 3. Second Semester Junior, 4. First Semester Senior Subjects Offered: Anthropology, European Studies, Government, History, International Relations, International Studies, Law, Political Science, Pre-Law, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish
On-Site Semester-Long Required Language Course: Spanish Additional Pre-Requisites: Coursework in Area of Study
Program Description:
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SIT Study Abroad Spain: Policy, Law, and Regional Autonomy in Europe

Program Highlights

  • Live in Bilbao, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with unique culture, architecture, arts, and cuisine.
  • Travel to Barcelona and Girona, the French Basque Region, and Scotland on excursions.
  • Meet with politicians, policy makers, and activists to get an inside perspective on issues related to independence movements.
  • Study Spanish at the University of Deusto’s International Spanish Center.
  • Understand the historical roots of ethnic and national conflict in Spain and other European nations.
  • Examine current human rights issues in Spain and Europe.
  • Assess the future of regional autonomies in Europe.

Major Topics of Study

  • Self-determination and pro-independence movements in Europe
  • Comparative approach to social policy in Spain and Scotland
  • EU neoliberal economic measures and reincluding syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


    Program Structure

    There is no "typical day" on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

    • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
    • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
      • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
      • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
      • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
    • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
    • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

    What Makes SIT Unique

    • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
    • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
    • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
    • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
    • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

    Money Matters

    Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

    SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

    • All educational costs, including educational excursions
    • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
    • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
    • Health and accident insurance


    • SIT awards nearly $1.8 million in scholarships and grants annually.
    • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
    • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
    • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
    • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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