USAC students get Basque presidential audience

President of Basque Country meets with USAC students from Bilbao and San Sebastian, Spain

2/10/2014 | By: Staff Report  |

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) students at program sites in Bilbao and San Sebastián, Spain, were treated on Jan. 31 to a rare and important event:  The President (Lehendakari) of the Basque Country, Iñigo Urkullu, invited more than 100 USAC students to a reception at his home (the equivalent of the White House) to honor the long-standing relationship and friendship between USAC and the Basque Country.  USAC Director Carmelo Urza was in attendance to present the Lehendakari with a gift and help welcome the students. 

There are currently 18 students from the University of Nevada, Reno studying with USAC in Bilbao and San Sebastián.

Urza delivered a brief speech in Spanish, thanking the president for the opportunity. Afterwards, Iñigo Urkullu noted the importance of USAC´s contribution in building a bridge between the U.S. and the Basque Country for the past 30 years. He also asked students to hold in their hearts a little piece of the Basque Country once their study abroad experience is completed, and to be unofficial ambassadors for his country.

To find out more about the visit, read the USAC blog at:


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