DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao* is DigiPen’s second international campus and first campus in Europe.
DigiPen Institute of Technology is a pioneer in game education committed to providing an exemplary education and furthering research in digital media and interactive computer technologies. Through the work of its students, faculty, and staff, DigiPen strives to empower and inspire the digital media and simulation industries around the globe. DigiPen Europe-Bilbao joins the school's Redmond, WA (USA), and Singapore campuses in pursuit of this goal.
DigiPen Europe-Bilbao offers two degree programs:
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation
As the video game and digital animation sectors continue to mature, DigiPen Europe-Bilbao aims to drive the growth of these industries, both in Basque Country and throughout Europe. The development of this sector will provide cutting-edge jobs and resources for people in this region and beyond. Additionally, the school will foster connections and strengthen relationships with industry-leading multinationals, attracting businesses and helping to cultivate a skilled workforce that will promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Basque County.
DigiPen has a long history with the game industry. Many of its professors and executives have held prominent positions at companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Disney.
Because of their extensive professional experience, DigiPen's educators are able to teach a rigorous curriculum that meets the most current industry standards, giving students the knowledge and skills to thrive in a professional studio environment.
DigiPen has been permitted by the Basque Ministry of Education to establish its presence in the Basque Country as a foreign specialized institution.
*Note: DigiPen Europe-Bilbao does not fall within the scope of ACCSC accreditation.
DigiPen Europe Bilbao welcomes students from all over the world! We support international students by providing information and assistance with acquiring student visas, relocating, and living near DigiPen Europe Bilbao.
How to Get a Student Visa
If you are a European Union (EU) citizen then you do not need a student visa to study at the DigiPen Europe Bilbao campus. If you are not an EU citizen then you will need to complete the following steps to seek a student visa:
- First you must apply for admission to DigiPen Europe Bilbao. If you are accepted into a program, then DigiPen will provide you with an acceptance letter and an enrollment agreement. You should keep copies of these documents for your own use.
- Contact the Spanish Embassy in your country to arrange an appointment for a student visa. Ask the Embassy about any materials you should bring with you, such as paperwork or payments. We suggest taking copies of the acceptance and enrollment paperwork with you as proof that you have been admitted to DigiPen and to demonstrate that you plan to acquire the visa to pursue your studies.
- At the interview, the Spanish Embassy will review your request and either approve or deny the student visa.
DigiPen is happy to assist students who are relocating to attend DigiPen Europe Bilbao. We can put students into contact with current or incoming students to find roommates and connect students with local real-estate services who can help students find apartments for rent. Typically, most students choose to live in Portugalete, Santurtzi, and Zierbena, which are nearby towns that have easy transportation services to and from the campus. For more information about housing options in the local area, please contact admissions[at]digipen[dot]es.
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