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Spoken by:

900,000 people


Countries where Basque is Spoken:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, El Salvador, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela

Why Study Basque?

  • “Basque or Euskara is a unique language and the basis of their name for themselves: ‘Euskaldunak’ or ‘those who speak Basque;’ not known to be related to any other language and likely the oldest living language of Europe.”
    – “Basque Studies at Boise State
  • “The number of Basque-speakers has actually increased significantly within the last generation, and there are now, for perhaps the first time in the history of Basque, thousands of people who speak it as a second language.”
    – “Basque Basics at Boise State
  • “Euskara is one of the few surviving languages in Europe to predate the Indo-european family of languages, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe.”
    – “Studying Abroad in the Basque Country was the Best Decision I Ever Made


Basque Programatic Offerings

Featured Students

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Basque Studies Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students completing the Basque Language certificates, the Cultural Studies Certificate, and the Basque Studies Minor. Students enrolled in Basque language and culture courses (also cross-listed as Hist, Comm, Anth, Soc, Pols, etc.) should consider applying for these opportunities.

  • Pete Cenarrusa Memorial Scholarship
  • Jim Jausoro Memorial Scholarship
  • Pia Unamuno Anchustegui Memorial Scholarship
  • Frank and Winifred Ascuaga Memorial Scholarship

Apply through the Boise State Scholarship Application

Application Deadline – February 15th

For more information on scholarships at Boise State University, you may visit the Financial Aid website.

News & Updates

Basque Studies Hosts the Monthly Dinner at the Basque Center
Igor Leturia Named Visiting Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair and Keynote Speaker for TRANSLATION:
Call for Papers: 2nd Boise State Department of World Languages Conference on Cultural Studies
Ateak Ireki: Registration Open from February 1-28

Learn more about the Basque Studies Program at Boise State University.

In this video, hear about the unique opportunities Boise State’s Basque Studies Program offers to students. This video is available with captions and a video transcript.

Una entrevista con la profesora Nerea Lete de la Universidad Estatal de Boise

An interview with Professor Nerea Lete from Boise State Television (In Spanish)

This show was produced as part of Boise State University Department of Communication and Media’s Fall 2019 MEDIA 116/316 Studio Television for the Community course.