Spanish, Basque and European Studies
Why Study in San Sebastián?
San Sebastián program opens an academic window on the Spanish and
Basque people, introducing you to the rich diversity of Spain and
offering a truly multicultural experience. The summer San Sebastián
program is ideal for students who wish to study Spanish, Basque or
European Studies. San Sebastián has the highest level of bilingualism
of any of the area's cities, since all of its inhabitants speak
Spanish, and one third speak Basque as well.
The summer San Sebastián program offers one 5-week session (Session
I) and one 4-week session (Session II). The program's intensive
language approach allows you to complete a semester of university
foreign language study in one session, or one year in two sessions. You
may participate in one or both sessions and choose from courses in
three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Basque Language and
However, the academic courses are only part of the intended value of
a summer abroad. Participation in formal and informal activities, such
as field trips to both the French and Spanish Basque Country, and
visits to cultural events and village festivals also constitute an
integral part of the experience.
The San Sebastián summer program has a Resident Director who is
responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the
program: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding
faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours and
overseeing your general well-being.
Dr. Patricia O'Connor, a U.S. native, is the Resident Director for
the Summer San Sebastián program and has been with USAC for many years.
Patricia earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and is
fluent in English and Spanish. She will arrange for the group flight to
be met at the airport and will provide an on-site orientation. The USAC
San Sebastián program staff – Aizpea, Cecilia and Tito – are also
available for support and resources while you are on the program.