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Donostia (in Basque) or San Sebastián (in Spanish) is the capital city of the province of Guipuzcoa, in the Spanish autonomous community of the Basque Country. Its population is 178,017 (2001 estimate).

The city is located in the northeast of Spain, on the Bay of Biscay, close to the French border. San Sebastian's picturesque coastline makes it a popular beach resort.


    * 1174 The city is awarded status as fuero by king Sancho VI of Navarre.
    * 1200 The city is conquered by Castile, whose king Alfonso VIII, confirms its fuero.
    * 1728 The foundation of the "Real Compañía Guipuzcoana de Caracas" boosts commerce with the Americas.
    * 1808 Napoleonic forces capture San Sebastian in the Peninsular War.
    * 1813 British and Portuguese troops besiege San Sebastian and eventually defeat French occupying troops. After being welcomed by the inhabitants, the relieving troops burnt down the city.
    * 1813 The city is rebuilt in the same spot.
    * 1863 The city walls are demolished and an expansion of the city begins.
    * 1937 The province falls to Falangist forces in the Spanish Civil War.


Every year on 20 January (the feast of Saint Sebastian) the people of San Sebastián celebrate a festival known as the "Tamborrada". At midnight in the Konstituzioa plaza in the "Alde Zaharra/Parte Vieja" (old city), the mayor raises the flag of San Sebastián, during 24 hours the entire city is awash with the sound of drums. The adults dress as cooks and soldiers, and march around the city. They march all night with their cook hats and white aprons with the March of San Sebastián. Adults usually have dinner in "Sociedades" which traditionally were only admitted for males. Nowadays even the strictest ones allow women on the "Noche de la Tamborrada". They eat very sophisticated meals cooked by themselves, mostly composed of seafood (traditionally elver, now no longer served due to its exhorbitant price) and drink the best wines. For "Donostiarras" this is the most celebrated festival of the year. After hearing drums all night children wake up with a version of the Tamborrada for kids. Children dress traditionally as soldiers and march around the city. Children from all the schools of San Sebastián march that day. They have their specific costumes which usually represent a particular country (England, Germany, Romania, etc.)

A festival called Semana Grande or Aste Nagusia is held every year in August. There is a fireworks competition in which every night, there is a fireworks presentation over the bay, and at the end, a winner is declared.

San Sebastián is known for its Basque cuisine and pintxos (tapas) and restaurant district near the port.

The most important Spanish International Film Festival is held in San Sebastián, the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival


Donostia-San Sebastian is a coastal city in the Vizcaya Gulf (Cantabric Sea, Atlantic Ocean) situated in the Basque Country. There are 20 km to the Frech border.

How to come

By plain: From Madrid there are two daily flights to San Sebastian. From Barcelona there is one daily. The airport is situated in Hondarribia/Fuenterrabia. From the airport you can take a bus or taxi to reach Donostia. Airport phone number: 943668500.

By train: From Madrid RENFE (Spanish train company) goes to San Sebastian, or even to Irun/French border. There are also trains from Barcelona. I would recommend you, if you take a train from Madrid or Barcelona, to take a night one (about 6 hours from Madrid, and 7 from Barcelona). From Paris you can take TGV (Great Speed Train, belongs to SNCF, French train company) upto Hendaia/Hendaye and combine it, in its last 20 km, with Eusko Trenbideak company's train that link Hendaia with Donostia (both train stations are one in front of the other in Hendaye).From Bilbao or Pamplona is much recommended to take a bus to reach San Sebastian. RENFE - SNCF

By bus: Well linked to Spanish major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Pamplona, Valencia, Alicante, Salamanca, etc. Take Continental Company to go from Madrid, La Roncalesa from Pamplona, Pesa from Bilbao. It is also linked with London (Euro Lines company, 22 hours including the time for the Dover-Calais ferry), an inexpensive way to go to San Sebastian.
By car: From Madrid take N-I (National One) road, via Burgos and Vitoria-Gasteiz; alternatives to this road: take toll road between Burgos and Miranda de Ebro, and take another toll road from Vitoria upto to Durango (direction Bilbo/Bilbao). About 5 hours.
From Barcelona take N-II upto Zaragoza, then go to Pamplona. Even it is a good road, the alternative is to take toll road. About 6 hours.
From Bilbao take A-8 toll road (about 9 euros) to reach San Sebastian in one hour, or take the national road (2 or 3 hours, depending on the traffic). If you are not in a hurry I can suggest you to take the national road to visit different towns and villages in the Basque coast (Orio, Zarautz, Zumaia, Getaria, Mutriku, Ondarroa, Lekeitio, Gernika, etc).
From Pamplona take A-15 and N-I to reach San Sebastian. It is just 45 minutes-1 hour.
From Paris take A-10 toll road till the border (via Orleans, Tours, Poitiers, Bordeaux) and A-8 toll road from the border to San Sebastian. Not paying alternatives are N-10 in France and N-I once crossing the border.

San Sebastian

    * Distances: 20 km to the French border (Hendaia/Hendaye in Lapurdi province), 75 km to Pamplona, 100 km to Bilbao, 465 km to Madrid, 780 km to Paris.
    * Names: It is called officially Donostia-San Sebastián, in Basque is called Donostia, and in Spanish San Sebastián. Although many people called it just Donosti, even using Spanish.
    * Weather: Temperature is moderate the twelve months of the year, but rainny during the winter, maintaining an average of 22 ºC. The climate is oceanic humid.
    * Tourist Information center: at Reina Regente, s/n, close to the Donostia's Boulevard, in the Victoria Eugenia building (phone 943481166).

      Donostia-San Sebastian is very famous by its gastronomy. It is a city where visitors can eat fenomenal. But this doesn't mean that we have to have a large quantity of money. For little money we can eat in the pintxos bars (pintxos are called tapas in a lot of place of Spain) or cideries (sagardotegi, sidreria).
Popular parties and festivals

    * In mid-August (the week of the August 15th, from sunday to sunday), is the Aste Nagusia (Semana Grande, Great Week) with international fireworks competitions every night at 23:00, all kind of music at streets, usually free of charge, sport events like San Sebastian-San Sebastian International cycle competition, bull flights, etc.
    * In the second half of September there is the International Film Festival.
    * In the second half of July there is the Jazz Festival, known by the name Jazzaldia.
    * The most important events for local is in the 20th of January, the Danborrada.
    * In the 21th of December is Santo Tomas, party with very rural influence.





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The Basque Country (Basque: Euskal Herria) is a cultural region in the western Pyrenees mountains that define the border between France and Spain, extending down to the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It corresponds more or less with the historical homeland of the Basque people and language.




Basque Country

According to the Basque tradition, the Basque Country is made up of seven traditional regions. The four regions Laurak Bat to the south, within Spain, form Hegoalde (“south zone”), while the three to the northeast, within France, form Iparralde (“north zone”). The seven regions are:

Basque Country



Southern Basque Country

Three Spanish provinces comprising the heart land, were grouped into the Basqye Autonomous Community (Euskadi):

  • Álava (Araba in Basque), capital Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria is the Spanish name, Gasteiz the Basque name)

  • Biscay (Bizkaia in Basque, Vizcaya in Spanish), capital Bilbao (Bilbo in Basque), also the capital of the Basque Country

  • Guipúzcoa (Gipuzkoa in Basque), capital San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque)

East of it is a separate Autonomous Community, larger on its own:

  • Navarre (Nafarroa in Basque, Navarra in Spanish), capital Pamplona (Iruñea, Iruña or Iruñesco in Basque)



Northern Basque Country




The Basque Country shows continuity of population since the Late Paleolithic. It appeared in Roman times divided in tribes but also forming part of a greater ethnic area that included at least Aquitanie and the quasi-impassable central Pyrenees up to Andorra.

The Roman presence manifested in some roads and ill-studied small towns, probably recycled local settlements. Pamplona was formally founded by famous Roman general Pompey, who used it as headquarters in his campaigns against Sertorius.

In the 3rd century though, apparently under the pressure of feudalization, Basques at both sides of the mountains seem to have revolted in a movement associated into the Bagaudae and established an independence de facto. This independence stood the Visigothic attacks, establishing the Duchy of Vasconia, at times vassal of the FranksAquitaine. or united to

This Duchy of Vasconia is unable to resist the troubles caused by the struggles between the Muslim raiders, Eudes the Great of Aquitaine and Charles Martel of the Franks and ends as possession of this last one.

In the South, the Kingdom of Pamplona, later Navarre, was (for at least between 805 and 1200) the only political entity to encompass the Basque Country on both sides of the Pyrenees (Soule was actually autonomous and Bayonne and coastal Labourd soon fell to the English). The kingdom reached its greatest size under Sancho III of Navarre (c. 9851035). Sancho's kingdom encompassed not just Navarre, with most of the Basque Country, La Rioja and the NE of Castile, but also Castile and Aragon themselves, which at the time were just counties. Sancho, known as The Great, also exerted protectorate over Leon and the fragile remains of Vasconia, whose name was already evolving into Gascony.

After Sancho's death, the kingdom was divided among the four sons, getting one Pamplona, the other Castile, the other Aragon and this one Sobrarbe and Ribargoza. A fraticide war broke soon after and Pamplona was divided. It was during its incorporation to Aragon that the name Navarre was styled.

In 1157, Ramiro the Restorer, after a dynastic dead-end becomes king of Navarre and starts a series of wars against Castile which end in a peace that leaves La Rioja and Bureba to Castile but the Western provinces still in Navarrese hands. Nevertheless, in 1999, the Castilians launch another invasion that finally incorporates the three provinces to it, keeping (except Treviño) their self-rule (Fuero).

In 1512, the troops of Ferdinand II of Aragon took the Southern part, but Basse-Navarre, north of the Pyrenees remained independent until 1620 when it was incorporated into France, with which it had been in personal union since 1589, when the King of Navarre inherited the French throne.

Navarre and the Northern provinces also kept their particular forms of self-rule. The French provinces lost it with the centralization that happened with the French Revolution, which therefore found local resistance. But also sympathies as the autonomous government of Gipuzkoa asked for incorporation to the French Republic, request that was conveniently ignored.

During the French invasion of Spain by Napoleon, the Basque provinces were the ones that the French held more easily, as there was no resistance. Yet the occupation abuses ended rising people in arms there as well.

In the 19th century, the Liberal approach to the state, that implied centralization and homogenization in a single nation-state, caused the Basques to adhere to the reactionary Carlist party in the Carlist Wars, wars that ended when the Basque governments in rebellion saw no more possibilities to them. In the process, Basque provinces lost most of its autonomy but kept at least remnant, particularly tax-collection, that has served for a recent partial restoration.

Particular impact had the displacement of the customs border from being between the Basque provinces and Spain to the coast and the border with France, a border that runs through the middle of the Basque Country. The traditional route Pamplona-Bayonne was cut and the fruitful smuggling activities that fed the interior provinces just vanished. The coastal provinces may have been more favored though.

As result of the end of the Carlist Wars, and embedded by the ideas of nationalism that impregnated Europe in the late 19th century, the Basque people felt impelled to refound the Basque struggle into more modern foundations. Among several others, Sabino Arana and his brother Luis, founded the modern Basque Nationalism, in the late 19th century.

This ideology found fertile ground specially in the burgueoise class that flourished then in Bilbao and the other industrial areas of the country. Initially it had some clerical and racist undertones, specially as a reaction to massive Spanish and Galician immigration, as workforce for the growing industry, based specially in the rich iron, much appreciated by the British foundations. Naval industries, metallurgy, small weapons... all that made of Bilbao and some many Gipuzkoan towns, thriving economic centers. And an influential Basque burgueoise class was born with it.

Basque Nationalism, basically aligned in the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV), founded by Arana, aimed, via democratic means, to achieve some sort of self rule that approximated or superated (independence) the self rule that once granted the foral autonomy. It worked hard for it under the Republic, when also a leftist party (EAE-ANV) existed. Yet it didn't achieve it until 1937, in the last months of resistance against the fascists.

Under Franco, there was a fierce political repression that softened slowly as decades passed. There existed a Basque Government in the exile, alternatively based in Venezuela or Paris but its activities were limited to ghostly representation and difficult undercover activities. Eventually, a schism in the nationalist youths EGI, created a new group that asked for immediate action. It was named Euskadi ta Askatasuna (Basque Nation and Freedom) and it's now best known as ETA. It would eventually become a very active and bloody urban guerrilla organization.

The restoration of democracy in Spain, after c. 40 years of fascist dictatorship, brought eventually also autonomy for the Basque Country, though Navarre has so far been governed by pro-Spanish parties that prefer a separate statute and special and polemic linguistic laws. The Basque Autonomous Community, comprising only the Western provinces, has been ruled by nationalist-dominated governments. After 38 years of armed struggle, ETA declared a permanent truce in March 2006.



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The current Statute configures the autonomous community as a federation of the three constituent provinces, which had been ruled since their incorporation to Castile in 1200 by their own laws and institutions in what is known as the Foral System. This autonomy, similar to the one that enjoyed neighbour Navarre, was severely cut in the 19th century and largely suspended under the Fascist regime but was restored in its severed form by the Spanish Constitution of 1978.

The post-Franco Spanish Constitution of 1978 acknowleges "historical rights" and attempts compromise in the old conflict between centralism and federalism by the establishment of autonomous communities(e.g. Castile-León, Catalonia, Valencia, etc). The provincial governments (diputación foral) were restored only in the Basque Country and Navarre, but many of their powers were transferred to the new government of the Basque Country autonomous community; however, the provinces still perform tax collection in their respective territories, coordinating with the Basque, Spanish and European governments.

Under this system the Diputaciones Forales (Basque: Foru Aldundiak) administer most of each of the provinces but are coordinated and centralized by the autonomous Basque Government (Basque: Eusko Jaurlaritza, Spanish Gobierno Vasco).

The seats of the Basque Parliament and Government are in Vitoria-Gasteiz. But the Statute provides for their transference to Pamplona if Navarre ever decides to join the Basque Autonomous Community. The Parliament is formed by 25 representatives of each one of the three provinces, without considering their respective demographic weight. The Basque Parlament elects the Lehendakari (President) who forms government following regular parliamentary procedures. So far all Lehendakaris (even those in 1937 and in the exile) have been members of the Basque Nationalist Party (Eusko Alderdi Jeltzalea), moderate and Christian-Democrat, but they haven't always received confortable majorities and have needed to form coalitions often with either pro-Spanish or pro-Basque more left-leaning parties, often governing in a difficult minority position.

The current government, lead by Juan José Ibarretxe (Eusko Alderdi Jeltzalea) is supported also by left-leaning nationalists of Eusko Alkartasuna (Basque Solidarity) and Communist-dominated Ezker Batua (United Left). Both Spanish centralist parties, Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) and Partido Popular (People's Party) are again in the opposition as are the radical nationalists of the Basque National Liberation Movement that had to run this time under the umbrella of a new formation: Euskal Herrialdeetako Alderdi Komunista (Communist Party of the Basque Homelands).

The autonomous community has its own police force (the Ertzaintza), education and health systems, and a Basque radio/TV station. These and other attributions under the Gernika Statute have been slowly and painfully only transferred by Madrid, yet many others remain without been transferred after more than two decades of autonomy.




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International Relations Office

SOCRATES-ERASMUS Faculty Coordinator
Dr. Carlos Rodríguez González
Vicedean International Relations

Address: Decanato
              Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
              Avda. Lehendakari Agirre, 83
              48015 Bilbao (Bizkaia)

              Office hours: 10:00 to 12:30 and 15:00 to 16:00 Monday to Thursday
                                   9:30 to 12:30 Friday

Information for foreign students

In order to be admitted as a SOCRATES student to the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies of the University of the Basque Country (UBC), students should currently belong to an institution with which the UBC has a formal SOCRATES Bilateral Agreement. Therefore students should check with the SOCRATES Coordinator of their University to confirm whether it has an agreement with the UBC.


The staff of the International Relations Office welcomes you to the University of The Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and looks forward to working with you throughout your program of study, teaching or research. Each year, the UPV/EHU enjoys the presence of over 900 international students, international faculty teachers and researchers from Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and Latin-American countries primarily, a number that is growing at a steady rate.

This handbook was designed to help you in your relocation and adjustment to life in our community and at the University of the Basque Country. In this booklet, you will find general information about the Basque Country and the University of the Basque Country. An easy-to-follow “checklist” in the student’s agenda section will remind you of the steps or formalities required before you leave your country, upon your arrival and before you return home. It also contains academic information such as the grading system in our university and the academic calendar which will enable you to program your holiday periods. Finally, this handbook describes the three campuses in the UPV/EHU named after the province in which they are located: the Álava Campus in Spanish or Araba Campus in Basque, the Guipúzcoa or Gipuzkoa Campus, and the Vizcaya or Bizkaia Campus, and it includes information on lodging, language courses, cultural and sport activities, events and other services at your disposal in each of the three campuses.


The Basque Country spreads over both sides of the Pyrenees, along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Historically it was divided into seven provinces, three on the north side of the Pyrenees and four in the south. While the three northern provinces (Lapurdi, Nafarroa Behera and Zuberoa) belong to France and administratively to the region of Aquitaine, the southern provinces in the Spanish territory (Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Araba and Nafarroa) form two autonomous communities: that of the Basque Country, also called Euskadi, made up of Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and Araba, and that of Navarra formed solely by the province of Nafarroa. (*Names of provinces are given in Basque)

The autonomous community of the Basque Country was the first autonomous community to be formed in Spain in 1979. Euskadi has an area of 7,261 square kilometres, 145 km from East to West and 71 km from North to South.

With a population of 2,200,000, the Basque Country is one the smallest autonomous communities of Spain. Isolated by its mountainous terrain, the Basques maintained their linguistic and cultural uniqueness over the ages.

The present system of government of the autonomous community of the Basque Country, that has its own Parliament, stems from the Statute of Autonomy, approved by the referendum of October 25th, 1979. The Basque Government has the competence for the following areas, among thers: Education and Culture, Agriculture, Health, Industry, Income evenue, Telecommunications and Technological research, and Transport.


The Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU) is the public university of the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The UPV/EHU is an autonomous institution financially supported by the Basque Government. Founded in 1968 as "Universidad de Bilbao", it was reorganised under the present name in 1980. This meant the incorporation of Higher Education Colleges and Schools of the Araba and Gipuzkoa provinces.

The UPV/EHU is the university of a bilingual society. Its language has identified the Basque Country throughout its history: Euskara, the only pre-indo-European language still alive in Europe. While eaching at the university is essentially performed in Spanish at undergraduate level, most of the 32 Faculties and Colleges which are part of the University system offer, in addition, substantial teaching in Basque. Undergraduate course work, project work, and some full post-graduate programmes are also available in English or French.

Constant innovation is a must for University academic authorities and, along with new educational trends and new technologies in education, the UPV/EHU works hard on the curricula update within the Basque, Spanish and European University Studies frameworks. Most Faculties and Colleges are adopting Total Quality Management models and two of them were recently awarded ISO and Silver Quality recognitions, while more and more are expecting them in the near future. In addition, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is operative at the UPV/EHU. Students may obtain recognition for their university studies according to this scheme in any European partner University and, in many cases, this system is also used as a guide for credit validation at other universities.

 3.1. Languages
The Basque Country has two official languages: Basque (Euskara) and Spanish (español/castellano). All citizens of the autonomous community speak Spanish.
Euskara, the minority language, is spoken by a higher percentage of speakers in Gipuzkoa than in Bizkaia, and it is spoken by the smallest number of people in the province of Araba. Signs on motorways, airports, government offices and other official places are given in both languages.

3.2. Religion
Traditionally, Spain is a Catholic country and therefore Catholicism is the predominant religion. There is, however, freedom of worship since the Constitution of 1978 and there are temples of other religions in the capital cities.

3.3. Climate
The climate is mild and humid on the coast around Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián, and continental inland around Vitoria-Gasteiz, where it tends to be colder.
Temperatures are mild all year round, with frequent rains in spring and autumn. Average temperature on the coast is approx. 10ºC in winter and 22ºC in summer. In Alava, temperatures may drop to 3º-5ºC in winter and reach 22º-25ºC in summer.

3.4. Food
Food is an important part of the culture of the Basque Country and cooking is a usual topic of conversation and a good excuse for meeting and celebrating. Breakfast and dinner are normally lighter meals, while lunch or the meal served in the middle of the day is a more important one. Fish is the cornerstone of Basque Cuisine, since the Basques have fished for centuries all over the world. Meal times are normally as follows: breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00, lunch from 13:00 to 15:30 and dinner from 21:00 to 23:00.

3.5.Health and Insurance
The Spanish Health System covers students from the European Union holding a European Health Card (EHC) issued by the Health Authorities of their own countries, according to the agreements passed within the EU (dental expenses are not included in the Spanish Health System). Besides the possession of the European Health Card (EHC) students are strongly recommended to take out private Insurance covering eventualities in connection with travelling, stolen goods or third party liability.
Students from countries outside the EU must absolutely have medical insurance.


3.6. Passport
Students are recommended to travel with a passport. Other documents to establish identity are valid as well, but passports are excellent identification and travel documents. Students from countries outside the European Union require a valid passport and a visa. Advice can be obtained from Spanish Consulates in the home country.

3.7. Currency
The currency used in Spain is the EURO.

3.8. Business Hours
Banks open from 8:30 to 14:00 on weekdays. Some branches are also open to the public several afternoons on weekdays.

N.B. There are banking facilities on each of the University Campuses.

Shops: small and traditional shops open normally from 9:00/10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30, including Saturdays. Larger shops normally have more extended business hours and are open from 10:00 to 20:00/21:00.

Offices open normally for business from 9:00 to 13:00/14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00; official institutions, however, are only open to the public in the mornings from 9:00 to 13:00/14:00. Some open also from 15:00 to 17:00 on weekdays.

Post Offices open normally from 8:00 or 9:00 to 14:00. Many branches open all day long until 20:30.


 4.1. Academic Calendar (2006-2007)

  Academic Year:   from the 20th of September to the 30th of June  
  Christmas Holidays:   from the 22th of December to the 7th of January  
  Easter Holidays:   from the 5th to the 15th of April  
  End of lectures:   normally in the first week of June  
  Final Exams:   June / First Days of July  

The first semester goes from the last week of September or the first week of October until the third week of January. The second semester goes from the second or third week of February until the first week of June. However, since there may be slight variations, check with your faculty/college for more detailed information (

4.2. Evaluation System

Written examinations, based on factual knowledge, are the general procedure for assessment. Some subjects, however, may require a practical exam and/or laboratory report and/or field report. Annual courses have normally two midterm exams. Students who pass both do not normally have to sit for the final exam.

 4.3. Grades
The grading system in Spain is numerical (from 0 to 10) and literal. The passing grade is 5.

Literal Grades Numerical Grades Comments
Matrícula de Honor 10 The highest grade only given to
excepcional students
Sobresaliente 9 to 9.9 Given to outstanding students who
fulfil course requirements completely
Notable 7 to 8.9 Given to students who have fulfil course
requirements in a satisfactory manner
Aprobado 5 to 6.9 Given to students who have fulfilled
minimun course requirements
Suspenso Less than 5 Given to students who have failed exams.
No credits awarded.
No Presentado _ _ _ _ Given to students that fail to take the exam.
No credits awarded.


ECTS Grading Scale:
The ECTS (see below) grading scale is a relative scale, which aims to increase transparency but does not interfere with the grading procedures of each institution. It is based on the combined use of different indicators and establishes the relationship between the performance in a particular subject and that of other successful students in the class:

CTS Grade % of successful students
normally achieving the grade
A 10 EXCELENT:outstanding perfomance with only mirror errors
B 25 VERY GOOD: above average standard but with some errors
C 30 GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors
D 25 SATISFACTORY: fair but with significant shortcomings
E 10 SUFFICIENT: perfomance meets the minimum criteria
FX -- FAIL: some more work required before credit can be awarded.
F -- FAIL: considerable further work is required


4.4. ECTS Information Package (
The European Credit Transfer System, used by all European higher education institutions, can help students prepare their programmes following the courses availability and the credits attached to each course or subject. (Remember that 60 credits account for a full academic year workload). The ECTS package of the University of the Basque Country is organised by Campus and then by Faculty or School. Description of subject, number of credits, evaluation, bibliography, etc. are indicated for each subject.

4.5. Summer Courses
Besides regular courses offered by the University, students can also obtain credits by attending certain Summer Courses. Lecturers in charge of these courses are normally prestigious international professionals with an established reputation in their fields. Access to such courses requires the payment of a fee.

Information and application forms can be obtained from the Summer Courses Offices. Addresses are provided on the colour pages of each Campus.

5.1. Before leaving the home university
After having been selected as an exchange student by the home university, the host university must receive the following:

• The Exchange Programme Coordinator:
- The student’s learning agreement (signed by both the host and the home universities), indicating the programme of studies and the dates of the courses.
- The date of arrival
- Photocopy of your registration at your home university.
• The office of Language courses for visiting students (Oficina de cursos de
lenguas para extranjeros):
- Application form.
• The European Health Card (EHC):

5.2. Upon your arrival at the host university (that is to say, UPV/EHU)

Go directly to the Help Centre for Visiting Students to get information on lodging.
Go to the Exchange Programme Coordinator in your department (his or her name and address are provided in the learning agreement).
Register at the Faculty or School at the host University. In order to do so you will
  - 3 photos
  - 1 photocopy of your Identity card or Passport
  - 1 copy of your learning agreement or Erasmus accreditation from your home university
  - Photocopy of your registration at your home university.
  - Photocopy of your European Health Card (EHC) or /and other Insurance.
We advice you to open a bank account.
Attend available orientation or reception meetings.
Go to the office of Language courses for foreigners (if you have not taken a course
before starting).

5.3. Before returning home
This list is a “must” before returning home. Please remember that failing to fulfil these requirements may cause you delays and further inconveniences.

Inform your Coordinator of your departure date.
Obtain your Transcript of Records (unless it is sent directly to your home coordinator).
Remember to give notice to end your lease. Return your key.
Get your Language Course Certificate.
Return all library books you have borrowed.
Close your bank account.




1 University College of Teacher Training.
2 Faculty of Pharmacy.
3 Faculty of Philology, Geography and History.
4 University College of Social Work.
5 Services Services Building.
6 The office of the Vice-Rector for International Relations
Help Centre for visiting students
Office of language courses for visiting students
(Secretaría de los cursos de lenguas para extranjeros)
7 University College of Technical Industrial
Engineering and Technical Topographical Engineering
8 Library and teaching rooms "Las Nieves"
9 University College of Business Studies

Hall of Residence "Tomás Alfaro Fournier"





.1. Araba Campus (Vitoria-Gasteiz)

6.1.1. The University
The Campus of Araba or Alava, located in the province of Araba or Alava comprises 8 faculties or colleges, all of them in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

List of faculties and colleges









. Bizkaia Campus (Bilbao) (Introduction)

6.2.1.The University
The Campus of Bizkaia, located in the province of Biscay (spelled “Bizkaia” in Basque and “Vizcaya” in Spanish) comprises 13 faculties or colleges, 5 of which are located in Bilbao, 6 in the main Campus of Leioa which is 17 km. from Bilbao, 1 in Baracaldo and 1 in Portugalete:


List of faculties and colleges located in Bilbao
(# 1 in the map):

- Faculty of Economics and Business Studies
- Faculty of Engineering
- University College of Business Studies
- University College of Technical Industrial Engineering
- University College of Teacher Training



 6.3 Gipuzkoa Campus (Donostia-San Sebastián)

6.3.1. The University
The Gipuzkoa Campus, located in the province of Gipuzkoa comprises 12 faculties,or colleges, 10 of which are located in Donostia-San Sebastian, 10 in the main Campus of Ibaeta, 1 in Amara and 1 in the centre of the city. Another college is in Eibar (60 km. from Donostia-San Sebastián) and one more in Oñati (68 km. from Donostia-San Sebastián).
See below:

• Donostia-San Sebastián
- Faculty of Chemical Sciences
- Faculty of Computer Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Philosophy and Education Science
- Faculty of Psychology
- Higher Technical School of Architecture
- University College of Business Studies
- University College of Nursing
- Delegated Unit of Medicine
- University College of Teacher Training
- Donostia Polytechnic University College



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