University Education

The European Space for Higher Education (ESHE), launched in the school year 2010/2011 and made of 45 countries, consists in the development of a flexible, understandable, and comparable degree system to increase European students’ employment opportunities and favour mobility.

ESHE is an open space for the mobility of students, graduates, professors, and administrative assistants, based on the validation of degrees and other higher education qualifications, transparency (three-level degree system: Undergraduate Degree, Master’s Degree, PhD), and European cooperation as a guarantee of quality.

Duration: 4+ years + postgraduate studies


  • Certificate of Post-Compulsory Secondary Education or equivalent degree + admission test; or
  • High-Level Technician degree for Vocational Training or Art Training; or
  • Examination for students aged 25+ who do not hold either of the degrees above.

University Studies comprise three levels:

Undergraduate Studies:

They comprise basic and general learning in preparation for the practise of professional activities.

  • Master’s Programmes: They consist in specialist training to improve competencies and do research in a specific disciplinary or professional field.
  • PhD Programmes: The highest level of University Education, PhD Programmes focus on advanced training in research techniques. They include courses, seminars, and other research-oriented activities, and end with a dissertation based on original research work. Students who complete their PhD Programmes become Doctors.

Universities and University Studies in Donostia-San Sebastián and the Basque Country (all university cities in the Basque Country are about 1 hour from Donostia-San Sebastián)

Public Universities

University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU)

Donostia-San Sebastián is home to the Ibaeta Campus of the University of the Basque Country.

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Private Universities

University of Deusto

Two schools of the University of Deusto are located in Donostia-San Sebastián:

School of Economics and Business Administration

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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University of Navarra Campus and headquarters in Pamplona (Navarra), Donostia-San Sebastián, Madrid, and Barcelona

The following schools of the University of Navarra are located in Donostia-San Sebastián:

Higher School of Engineering (Tecnun)

ISSA School of Management Assistants

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University of Mondragón

The headquarters of the University of Mondragon are in Mondragon (Guipúzcoa), but four of its schools are in other towns in the province: Irun, Oñati, Ordizia, and Eskoriatza. In 2011, the University of Mondragon and the Basque chefs established the Basque Culinary Center, a School of Culinary Science headquartered in Donostia-San Sebastián, with the support of Government agencies.

Basque Culinary Center

The first School of Culinary Science in Spain, the Basque Culinary Centre will be the only in the world to have a Research and Innovation Centre of its own

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Distance Learning in Donostia-San Sebastián or Guipúzcoa.


UNED offers official study programmes and other interesting training options to access university, languages, ongoing learning, and so forth. It has offices in Bergara (Guipúzcoa), a town 60km away from Donostia-San Sebastián.

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Higher Vocational Training

Duration: 1.5-2 years

Requirements: Certificate of Post-Compulsory Secondary Education, Medium-Level Technical Degree, or examination for students aged 20+ There are a wide range of options for specific fields of training. Students who complete this cycle obtain a Higher-Level Technical Degree.