University of the Basque Country
The university was founded in 1968. It is one of the most widely recognised universities in Spain. The university is comprised of 32 faculties spread across 3 campuses and has about 57,000 students. Most of the classes are in Spanish, but Basque (the language of about 30% of the population) is also used. Some of the instruction is also in English and French.
Basque Country is situated on both sides of the Pyrenees along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It is an autonomous community with its own parliament. The three campuses are named after the provinces in which they are located and are close to the cities of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia/San Sebastian.
This is an Erasmus + agreement. As an Erasmus student, you will be participating in the world’s largest exchange programme and can study at good European universities without paying tuition. Through Erasmus+, you will be given an extra grant that provides more money to enjoy your stay.
Classes are in English and partly in Spanish. For nautical science students, the requirement is a B1 level in Spanish. For nursing students, the requirement is Spanish or English B1 level.
Everyone participating in an Erasmus+ exchange programme must take an online language test online before they travel, and they will be given access to a language course through this service. The Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation (AFII) will inform you of this test in advance.
If you can document that part of the study takes place in Spanish, you may receive a grant from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway for a 4-week language course to be taken in Spain prior to the start of the semester.
You will not be paying tuition at this institution and will receive the Erasmus+ grant in addition to a grant from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway. You will receive the same financial support from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway as for studies in Norway, in addition to a travel grant. You must pay a semester fee to HVL in order to receive a loan and grant from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway during the exchange period.
In order to apply for a student exchange programme, your application must first be approved by the study programme of your faculty. An approved application means that you have been given an academic pre-approval for the course or traineeship you will be doing abroad. The academic pre-approval specifies what you will be doing while you are on an exchange programme and confirms these activities will be fully approved as part of your education plan at HVL.
What can I study?
Bachelor of Nautical ScienceIf you are studying nautical sciences, you may do an exchange programme in the 5th semester. Contact the academic contact person for more information.
Bachelor’s degree in nursingNursing students from Haugesund and Stord can do their traineeship here in the 5th semester. Contact the academic contact person for more information.