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API at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Bilbao

Great city, beach, night life, cultural events, amazing API advisor (Andrea). You should live in an apartment rather than the residencia because that was the only bad part about the trip. The residencia food was awful, and almost every residence director hated Americans. Little to no interaction with local students so might as well have an apartment.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

best 5 months of my life

Bilbao is a great small city, you get to feel like you are in a city but is not too big where u feel lost. It's really easy to walk around and learn how to get everywhere. The program advisor is the best and is always available and making sure u get anything you need. The excursion advisor are very good, beautiful and interesting. Bilbao has an airport, bus and train station which makes it very easy to travel to other parts of Europe and Spain without having to take a bus somewhere else to fly out. Lastly, if you are doing an internship it has the best variety of internships with great companies and most of them are well known in Spain.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Enriching Learning Experience

Bilbao is a unique location I had never heard of! Some of my memorable experiences were traveling and using public transportation. It was truly an awesome, thrilling and life changing experience.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    2

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

The best cultural way to learn Spain!

The program and experience were great! I loved all my classes and I love the city of Bilbao. Teh program was very organized and the excursions were awesome. The school was very good and every aspect of the program worked well. My only complaint was the dormitory residence I live was located in a bad neighborhood.

Overall Rating

6/ 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    5

The Spain you didn't hear about.....but you should find out!

Bilbao is the spanish experience that "nobody" has heard about. Tapas are pinxtos, Language is Euskera, nightclubs are an excursion event to get to, and basque-ing is verb. Bilbao in the basque country offers a new perspective for foreigners who think that one of Europe's largest countries is monochromatic in cultural norms of what it means to live in and be "Spanish". This city is an opportunity to live in a small autonomous community that has history and cultural idiosyncrasies that should be shared and enjoyed by foreigners abroad. If a student is looking for an experience in a city that has access to the other well know cities and countries but also not feel like they are living in the euro-tourist trap they should consider studying abroad in Bilbao. This city certainly isn't on the same level as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or rome, but not many places in Europe have the beach, mountains, rivers, and city atmosphere all accesible on one line of a metro system!

  • Academic Programs International responded to this review January 09, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Hi Brittany, thank you for your review! We're so pleased that you enjoyed Bilbao and your time in the Basque Country. Might you be able to elaborate on why you gave the program the score you did? We are always interested in providing the best experience we can for our students, and would appreciate your feedback. Thank you!