Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Spain  /  Basque Country  /  Province of Vizcaya  /  Bilbao  /  Sightseeing  /  University of Deusto
University of Deusto, Bilbao
(4.4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The University of Deusto is a Spanish private university owned by the Society of Jesus, with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián, and the Deusto Business School branch in Madrid. It is the oldest non-State university in Spain.HistoryThe University of Deusto first opened in 1886, having been founded because of the Basque Country's desire to have its own university and the Society of Jesus's wish to move its School of Higher Studies in Laguardia to a more central place. To that effect a huge building was designed by architect Francisco de Cubas, which was the largest building in Bilbao at the time. Now it is the main building of the Bilbao campus, opposite to the Guggenheim Museum, in the district of Deusto, which gives its name to the university. The Universidad Comercial (Business College), founded in 1916, was the first business school in Spain, and the only one for nearly 50 years.Civil War and postwarThe advent of the Second Spanish Republic (1931) interrupted and altered university life at Deusto. On 23 January 1932, the Spanish Government dissolved the Company of Jesus by decree, and the University, owned by the Jesuits, was closed down. Some lectures still continued at the "Academia Vizcaína de Cultura", and the "Universidad Comercial" (Faculty of Economics) could carry on work as normal until the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. During the war, the University of Deusto became a military base, but after the fall of Bilbao in 1937 it was turned into a hospital, food supply centre, and concentration camp. It resumed classes in October 1940.
Work out when and for how long to visit University of Deusto and other Bilbao attractions using our handy Bilbao itinerary planner.
Source
Create a full Bilbao itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bilbao

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Bilbao by other users

8 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Europe, Africa & Middle East BY A USER FROM CHILE March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Spain, United Kingdom & Paris BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Bilbao, Cangas de Onis & Santiago de Compostela BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Bilbao BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Spain, Belgium & Paris BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Very nice University. The Chapel is very friendly and very nice. The escalintas of marble are impressive. A place for visits the cloister with Palm trees.
    View original
  • It is a splendid big building across the River in the Guggenheim. You can go across the bridge. Here is a wonderful view from the Guggenheim
    View original
  • a beautiful view to remember the visit to bilbao and its famous University of deusto so famous in Spain
    View original
Google
  • Beautiful architecture and beautiful grounds. Located just next to the river, it's a fantastic campus to have a wander around.
  • Arcitecture and style are such that you will feel like royalty there.
  • Very good University, by far the best in Spain in terms of private universities, does not have much to envy to the public, not to mention that the teaching is much better. Rooms well equipped and good study area.
    View original
  • The facilities are fairly well and in general well cared.
    View original
  • The University of Deusto is just academic prestige. But it is penalised for a little sneaky commercial zeal. This Jesuit is one of the good private universities in Spain. Distance still to the best in Europe.
    View original