The Basque Country and the University

The Basque Country spreads over both sides of the Pyrenees, along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It is divided into seven provinces: Three of them (Lapurdi, Nafarroa Behea and Zuberoa) belong to France (region of Aquitaine) and the other four (Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Araba and Nafarroa) belong to the Spanish territory. These four provinces are further divided to form two autonomous communities: The Basque Country (Euskadi) and Navarre (Nafarroa).

The Basque Country has two official languages: Basque (Euskara) and Spanish. While all citizens can speak Spanish, Euskara, the original language of the Basque people, is used by 35% of Donostia - San Sebastian's residents. For this reason, signs on motorways, airports, government offices and other official places are given in both languages. Therefore, the University of the Basque Country is a university of a bilingual society.