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Yale Summer Session in New Haven & Bilbao: Intermediate Spanish I & II + Culture

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International Study Award (ISA)

The ISA provides a stipend for one credit-bearing summer study abroad experience for eligible undergraduates receiving a Yale scholarship. You must apply to Yale Study Abroad and be approved for a Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad or Non-Yale Summer Abroad program. Yale Study Abroad does not administer the ISA. For all ISA-related details, including how to request funding, when it gets disbursed, how much funding you can expect, and more, visit the ISA website.

Program Information


Bilbao, Spain; New Haven, United States




Sunday, May 26, 2024 to Saturday, July 20, 2024



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L3 & L4 & Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

SPAN S130-S140 & SPAN S148


4 Yale credits


Ian Russell    |   María Vázquez 


Yale College Applicants: SPAN 120 (Elementary Spanish II), SPAN 125 (Intensive Elementary Spanish), or placement exam into L3.

Spanish placement exams are valid for one year. If you took a placement exam prior to July 2023, or if you need to confirm your Spanish language placement level, please contact Professor Jorge Méndez-Seijas at your earliest convenience. Students who do not have a valid placement by the YSS Programs Abroad deadline will not be eligible for a Spanish language YSS Program Abroad in 2024.

Spanish placement tests will be offered for all Yale students who need it for their study abroad applications. Please contact Jorge Méndez-Seijas for more details.

Other Applicants: Completed two semesters of college-level Spanish at another institution?  Please contact Professor Jorge Méndez-Seijas prior to the application deadline.


[NOTE: Program details (overall status, dates, costs, etc.) are subject to change each summer, and the information on this page will be updated as such details are finalized.]

Development of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through communicative activities rather than as a sequence of linguistic units. Use of authentic Spanish language texts, films, and videos; presentation of cultural topics. Also, analysis and discussion of the historical, social, and cultural development of Spain from the Civil War to the present. Use of a variety of materials, including literary texts, essays, film, television, music, and visual arts. During the second half of the program classes will be held on the University of Deusto campus, located opposite the estuary and facing the Guggenheim Museum. Founded in 1886, the university continues to be one of the most important institutions of higher education of the Basque Country and Spain.

The class will meet Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and students should expect about 2 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities. (Class times may be subject to change.) 

Learn about study abroad in Spanish and hear more details about this YSS Program Abroad. This session also covers details on the Spanish major and Spanish certificate. 


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2024 Budget

Trips and Activities

Trips and activities are included as examples only. 

This program includes guided tours of the University of Deusto, the city of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Fine Arts Museum. Professors from the University of Deusto will provide three lectures about the Spanish economy and the Guggenheim Museum.

There will be day trips to Pamplona during the Sanfermines (running of the bulls) and to San Sebastian, as well as a long weekend excursion to Madrid. In Madrid, the program will visit the Prado Museum, downtown neighborhoods, the Guernica painting by Picasso, as well as provide time for participants to explore on their own.

During the four weeks the program is in Bilbao, participants will have two weekends in which there will not be any program planned activities.


[NOTE: New Haven Housing costs will be updated by 2/1/2024]

[NOTE: Students are required to stay in program-provided housing abroad.  There is no option for individually-arranged housing abroad.]

While in Spain participants will be housed with local host families either in the center of Bilbao or in surrounding suburbs located by the seashore (approximately 20 minutes by Metro to the University of Deusto), who will provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Living conditions and distance to where classes will be held will vary amongst housing assignments. Participants who are assigned a family who resides outside of the city of Bilbao may incur additional transportation expenses, than those placed within the city.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


The program starts with four weeks in New Haven, on the Yale campus, before moving on to Bilbao, Spain for the final four weeks.

Note: Effective Summer 2020, students using an International Study Award (ISA) to participate in this program will be eligible for free on-campus housing and meal plan for the New Haven period.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and may depart no earlier than the last day of the program; additional information will be provided upon admission.

This program has two sections.


For course content questions contact instructor Ian Russell. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

Important Information Before Applying

  • All YSS Programs Abroad are intensive, highly structured academic programs for Yale credit and grades.
  • Students may only apply to one YSS Program Abroad per summer.
  • Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants should anticipate that more students will apply than there are spots available, and Yale College students should apply to a backup Non-Yale Summer Abroad opportunity.
  • Ensure that your transcript reflects how you have met the pre-requisite, if applicable, prior to applying.
  • Participants must commit to the full program dates. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.
  • Participants are required to be enrolled in all program courses.
  • Participants should expect evening and weekend requirements. Students who have questions about religious observance during a YSS Program Abroad are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.
  • Program-arranged housing is required for all YSS Programs Abroad. Students are not permitted to secure independent housing. Students who have housing-related questions about placements, allergies, religious observance, or disability-related access are encouraged to Meet with an Adviser.

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