University of the Basque Country


The University of the Basque Country is a public university in the Basque Autonomous Community in Spain. The university has campuses over the 3 provinces of the autonomous communit: Gipuzkoa Campus (in San Sebastián and Eibar), Biscay Campus (in Leioa, Bilbao, Portugalete and Barakaldo), and Álava Campus in Vitoria-Gasteiz. It stands out in the Basque Country as the central research institute carrying out 90% of the basic research. The University used to offer a distance Postgraduate Diploma in International Election Observation and Electoral Assistance; it is the first official postgraduate qualification of its kind, which provides advanced learning in electoral campaign processes and electoral systems, with a particular focus on contexts of post-conflict situations or developing democracies.

Founded in 1980, this institute is a model of the former University of Bilbao. The motto of the University is from a verse from the Basque anthem from the 19th century: Give and distribute the fruit (in the Basque language, "Eman ta zabal zazu"). Being a primary research institute in the Basque Country, it carries 70% of research made in that territory. In 2009 "Euskampus", the UPV/EHU project, labelled this University as the Campus of International Excellence.


This institute has a student population of about 44,000, of which almost 42,000 are undergraduate students and around 2800 are postgraduate students.

Among three campuses of the University, only two campuses are involved in the TASSEP program. The university's main campus is in the town of Leioa, which is 14km away from the biggest city in Basque Country, Bilbao. It is a modern city full of sports and cultural activities.

Primary languages in the University are Basque and Spanish, and lessons are taught in these languages. Recently many courses taught in Spanish are been accredited as English Friendly courses. The University is also growing its number of English offering courses.


Rented and shared flats are the option chosen mainly by the majority of international visitors for their accommodation while at the University. The usual procedure involves booking a temporary room at a hostel, b&b or hotel for the first 2-3 nights in the city. Immediately upon arrival, students visit the University's help centre office or the pie-upv/ehu secretariat and receive assistance to get housing. This can be done in advance by email. In addition, there is a buddy service that will give advice and support to visiting students.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the University of the Basque Country ranks 701-750.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of the Basque Country ranks 801-1000.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of the Basque Country at 467.


University of the Basque Country
Barrio Sarriena, s/n, 48940 Leioa, Biscay, Spain

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