Universidad de Deusto / UD

Founded in 1886

The University of Deusto was founded in 1886. It is the top destination in the world for students of humanitarian and education studies. It is internationally renowned for its two Faculties of Business: La Comercial (Bilbao) and La Este (San Sebastián) as well as the Law Faculty. Deusto offers top quality courses in Humanities, Communication Studies, Psychology and Educational Science, Sociology, Social Work, Tourism, Language and Engineering.

The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute is an academic institution created in 1997 and related to the University of Deusto. Its main purpose is to work for a human rights culture from a university perspective and with a marked social and international orientation. The Institute works in the areas of teaching, research, awareness-raising and social advocacy.


  • First semester

    The semester is composed of an inter-university joint course that brings together all NOHA students and a set of common courses which provide a space to debate the essentials of humanitarian action and its current trends.

    Intensive Programme
    Relaciones Internacionales y acción humanitaria
    Derecho Internacional y Derecho Internacional Humanitario
    Salud pública y acción humanitaria
    Gestión de la acción humanitaria
    Antropología y Aspectos Interculturales en Accion Humanitaria
  • Second semester

    Thematic specialisation: Protection in humanitarian action
    The goal of the orientation at the University of Deusto is to provide students with the appropriate tools of analysis and intervention to respond to the growing needs of protection in humanitarian action. It offers an informed and practice oriented approach to the main challenges, current discussions and key issues around humanitarian protection.

    Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding (5 ECTS)
    The course structures on two main parts: the first one analyzes the evolution of peacebuilding, its main trends, theoretical approaches and current debates, challenges and linkages with humanitarian action. In the second part, emphasis will be given to humanitarian issues that arise in peacebuilding processes focusing on protection of civilians. Through case studies, issues like access to humanitarian assistance, humanitarian negotiation, civil-military cooperation and special attention to vulnerable groups such as refugees or internal displaced people, will be analyzed

    New trends and legal responses in peacebuilding (5 ECTS)
    The main objective of the course is gaining understanding of the new trends and responses to conflicts and human rights violations, under the International Law approaches, both normative and socio-historic. The aim of the analysis will be identifying the complexity and legal challenges arising in these contexts with the goal of understaning the legal tools for human rights protection in peacebuilding operations.

    Design strategies and protection programs in humanitarian action (5 ECTS)
    The objective of the module is that students have a comprehensive view of the current challenges in the emerging field of humanitarian protection, as well as a practical approach to how to design and implement humanitarian protection programmes.

    Strategic management of humanitarian action (5 ECTS)
    The objective of the module is that students develop an in-depth understanding of the strategic management of humanitarian projects, focusing on strategic planning, evaluation and quality management, and human resources management.

    Ethical management of humanitarian organizations (5 ECTS)
    This course aims to help students to: 1) asses the ethical dimension of Humanitarian Action from a practical approach based on normative frameworks and humanitarian principles; 2) place this ethical dimension within the management framework of humanitarian organizations, identifying their social function and ethical criteria that impact on their internal management and stakeholders engagement; 3) emphasize on key issues such as transparency, accountability, efficiency, volunteer management, networking, donations.

    Introduction to applied research (5 ECTS)
    The course is an introduction to social research methodology, with the goal of providing students the capacities to analyze and synthesize when drafting the master thesis and also when applying scientific method to project design and management.

    Language of instruction: English

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  • Studying in Bilbao

    Bilbao is the industrial and financial capital of the Basque Country. It was founded by Don Diego López de Haro on 15 June, 1300. Bilbao is a city of contrasts. It changes from the green of its parks to the grey of its buildings, from the narrow streets of the Old Town to the wide avenues, from the classicism of the Fine Arts Museum to the innovative style of the contemporary art of the Guggenheim Museum; from the popular atmosphere, to the evening performances in the Arriaga Theatre and in the Congress and Concert Hall. Bilbao is a cosmopolitan city, open to Europe. Despite its industrial character, the lively rhythm of the city and the warm-hearted welcome of its inhabitants make it a place where students find they feel quickly integrated.
    At present, business, leisure and culture are seen as symbols of the new city. The estuary, which in times past was the commercial and industrial axis of the city, is now seen as the cultural artery. The construction of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao in the old port area, across the river from the university, has served to revitalise the city, thus motivating an important influx of tourists both on a national, as well as an international scale. The Euskalduna Congress and Concert Hall, which is built in the shape of a ship, is faithful to the memory of the old shipbuilding site upon which it stands. The beauty of the landscape and natural surroundings makes the Basque Country an ideal environment for excursions and travelling, both along the coast and inland.

  • Academic calendar

    Fall/Winter semester: September - December
    Spring/Summer semester: February - June
  • Accommodation

    The Student Services office offers accommodation and orientation services, information on student activities, advice and guidance on university related issues and a number of other services. More information.
  • Living costs

    Expected budget for your first month in Spain is €1.160 approximately.
    This would include:
    • First month's rent € 350
    • Rent deposit € 350 (to be returned at the end of the stay)
    • Mobile phone SIM card (optional) € 20
    • Monthly transportation pass (optional) € 30
    • Internet service (optional) € 60
    • Supermarket food € 350 
  • Language courses

    As part of the academic programme, the University of Deusto offers mobility students the possibility of enrolling on an either intensive or regular Spanish Course for foreigners. All students taking part in international programmes of the University of Deusto, which include mobility programmes, bilateral agreements between universities and holders of international grant programmes of the University of Deusto, are exempt from registration fees for the Spanish courses for foreigners, and must only pay for school materials. Your programme coordinator will give you indications on the enrolment process.
  • Other

    Library: The University of Deusto is equipped with a Library designed by architect Rafael Moneo. It is an extraordinary building strategically located in the city centre, in Abandoibarra, opposite the Guggenheim Museum. The building has 10 floors and is furnished with the following facilities: reading rooms, meeting rooms, collections, a mediatech archive, a café, a car park and the latest technological equipment. It is home to 900.000 publications (200.000 free access) and a thousand reading points. Website: http://www.biblioteca.deusto.es/

    Bookstore: Location: Main Building (Edificio Literaria - hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30h-14:00h, 15:00h-17:30h).
    Computer Lab: Behind the Main Building.

    Printing / Photocopying: ESIDE Building (Edificio ESIDE - hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30h-13:30h, 16:00h-18:30h; Friday: 8:30h-13:30h).

    Cafeteria: The campus has a cafeteria in each building (‘Edificio Literaria’,‘La Comercial’ & the Library) where students may have anything from a snack to a meal (breakfast, sandwich, burger) (Cafeteria hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00-18:45; Friday 8:00-18:00).
  • Useful links


  • Prof Dr Joana Abrisketa NOHA Director, Professor on International Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
  • Dr Cristina Churruca Muguruza NOHA Masters Coordinator
  • Itxaso Elizondo NOHA Masters Secretariat
  • Ms Maite Sagasti Goikoetxea NOHA Coordinator
  • Isabel Lamas Souto Secretary
  • Prof Dr Joana Abrisketa NOHA Director, Professor on International Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
  • Dr Cristina Churruca Muguruza NOHA Masters Coordinator
  • Carlos Codero Sanz NOHA External Lecturer
  • Prof. Dr. Cristina de la Cruz-Ayuso Professor
  • Mr Francisco Rey Marcos NOHA Lecturer
  • Luis Enrique Eguren Coordinator & Lecturer for Protection Module
  • Pilar Duch Protection Adviser
  • Elisa Garcia Mingo NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr Fernando Jesus Almansa Lopez Humanitarian Consultant and Coach
  • Prof. Dr. Gorka Urrutia Asua NOHA Lecturer, Work Placement Coordinator


Universidad de Deusto / UD

Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights
Avda de las Universidades 24, Apdo. 1
E-48007 Bilbao, Spain

+34 944 413 92 15

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Last updated: 29 October 2023

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