Universidad del País Vasco
University Info | Faculty of Engineering Info | International Student Info
The Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao was founded on 1897. We are a public institution offering graduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies in a wide range of fields: mechanics, electric and electronics, energetics, aeronautics, telecommunications, chemical, environmental, industrial management, robotics and automatic control, materials, etc.
There are around 3,500 students mainly coming from the Basque Country. We are a bilingual country (official languages are Spanish and Basque), Spanish being the main language of communication in Bilbao and in the Faculty.
High profile research, a strong relationship with industry and a wide offer of international programmes are our major characteristics, as well as the specific engineering training that we are offering. All combined, that's why we are the Faculty of reference in the north of Spain. Our engineers are highly demanded and the average time to get a first job is about three months once they obtain their degree. Our engineers are highly demanded and the average time to get a first job is about a month once they obtain their degree.
Our location is superb, in the very center of the city, well linked by underground, tramway, buses or local trains. Our international airport is linked to the main hubs in Europe, so it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
Language of Instruction
Most courses are taught in Spanish. An increasing number of courses are also taught in English and some in French. Courses are also taught in Basque (the local language).
At least medium level is required. If the student is taking courses only in English, it is recommendable to have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish to manage on a daily basis in the city.
Students can come either for the whole academic year, or just for a semester, be it fall or spring.
Research Projects can be developed in any of our departments, for a semester (shorter periods might be agreed upon). If a student comes for a whole year, he/she can take courses on the first semester (fall) and make an internship in an Industrial Company on the second (spring). But, for an internship, the student must have previously studied at least three years of Engineering and have a high knowledge of Spanish.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: early September to late January
- Spring: late January to mid-June
- "Ingeniería industrial" , which comprises
- Mechanical Eng.
- Electrical Eng.
- Manufacturing Eng.
- Mechanical Design
- Industrial Design
- Energetics Eng.
- Nuclear Eng.
- Hydraulics Eng.
- Telecommunications and Electronics
- Chemical and Process Eng.
- Environmental Eng.
- Industrial Management Eng.
- Automatic Control Eng.
- Materials Eng.
Spanish Language Course
During the first two weeks of September, before the first semester starts, there is an intensive Spanish course free for exchange students.
Workload per Semester
A workload of about 25-30 credits (as a maximum) per semester is recommendable for an exchange student.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Bilbao will also need to submit the following:
- Application form
- Learning Agreement
- Official Transcript of University Records
Acceptance packets will be sent about 2 weeks after applications are received.
We are a Faculty in the very center of the city. Students can choose between sharing rented apartments with other students (the most common situation) or staying at one of the residences which are scattered in the city.
Our Help Center for Visiting Students help foreign students to find accommodation. For more information, please visit their website, or send them an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Estimated Cost of Living
Food/meals – 300 euros/month
Shared room in a flat: 300-350 euros/month
Residences: see information above on accommodation
The Faculty is linked by underground, tramway, buses, local trains to everywhere. There are reduced tickets which make it very affordable. About 40 euros/month.
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – approximately 300 euros/semester
Personal expenses – 100 euros/month
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Relations Office | email@example.com
Escuela de Ingeniería de Bilbao
Plaza Torres Ouevedo, 1
48013 Bilbao (Spain)
Phone: +34 946014014, +34946018228
Fax: +34 946013939
Vicedean for International Relations
Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao
University of the Basque Country
Prof. Charles Pinto
Bilbao is the main city in the Basque Country (north of Spain), with about 350,000 inhabitants, which makes it a medium-size and friendly city, with a very lively cultural and social atmosphere. It was founded in 1300 and is presently one of the main cities in Spain as well as the business capital in the north of the country. Close to the sea and surrounded by hills and mountains, it combines an urban style with countryside and seaside surroundings to enjoy your leisure time or practice sports (surfing, mountaineering, hiking, cycling ...). Our most recent landmark is the Guggenheim Museum, established in 1997, which attracts visitors from all over the world.