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Faculty Advisor for Basque

  • Nere Lete, Professor of Basque, Basque Section Head

Basque Instructors

Photos from Dr. Bullen’s Workshop:


Margaret Bullen Workshop

Margaret Bullen Workshop

Ongi Etorri and Welcome

The Basque Studies Program at Boise State University is a multi-disciplinary course of advanced study that involves all aspects of the language, culture and history of the Basque people. The creation of a program specifically geared to the understanding of the Basque culture, history and political challenges compliments the ongoing programs for study in the Basque Country offered by the Boise State International Studies Program.

The Basque Studies Program at Boise State also provides a resource for the greater community and region where Boise State University is located. The Basque people have been key to the development of Idaho as well as Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and California with people of Basque decent being some of the earliest settlers in the Western United States.

The Basque Studies Program builds on the work of the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture founded in 2003. We are also collaborating with other local, national and international Basque entities.

Thank you to the :Etxepare Basque Institute” for its support to our Basque Studies Minor.

For more information on the Institute:
Etxepare Basque Institute Logo

Course Offerings

Minors Offered

Certificates Offered

Elementary Basque Certificate 
Course Number and TitleCredits
BASQUE 101 Elementary Basque I4
BASQUE 102 Elementary Basque II4

Intermediate Basque Certificate 
Course Number and TitleCredits
BASQUE 101 Elementary Basque I4
BASQUE 102 Elementary Basque II4
BASQUE 201 Intermediate Basque I3
BASQUE 202 Intermediate Basque II3


Study Abroad

Boise State University offers a Direct Exchange Program with the University of the Basque Country!

Placement Exams

To schedule a Placement Interview, please contact Nere Lete,

Credit for Prior Learning

Once a student enrolls in and successfully completes a language course beyond the 101 level with a grade of C- or higher, he or she may petition to receive credit for all courses prerequisite to the level successfully completed.  For example, a student who successfully completes BASQUE 102 may receive credit for BASQUE 101. For those with native language proficiency, please see how to obtain credit for your language experience through the detailed explanation of Challenge Exams and Credit for Prior Learning.

World Language Resource Center

Located next to the department offices in the Library, Room L-144, students studying a world language have access to state-of-the art equipment in the World Languages Resource Center. Whether taking a study break in between classes or completing a research project, the Center is dedicated to providing tools and services to language students. A computer lab provides access to authentic resources such as online journals and newspapers from around the world, specialized software and recording tools. The Center also hosts a collection of more than 1,200 films for student checkout, along with mobile tablets for use in and out of the classroom.

Basque Studies Students in Action!

  1. Basque language students working at the Basque preschool for internship credit.
  2. Basque Studies Minor student and Professor Nere Lete help make traditional sausages at the Basque Center.
  3. BSU Basque club members and Oinkari Basque dancers share a Basque meal they prepared at the Basque Center, downtown Boise.
  4. Kelsey Allen helping a student and Afton Barkes showing her snake to Ikastola students!