Spain is one of Europe's most geographically diverse countries, ranging from the near-deserts of eastern Andalucia to the green countryside and deep coastal inlets of Galicia, and from the sunbaked uplands of Castilla-La Mancha to the rugged, snow capped Pyrenees. Culturally, Spain is filled with superb old buildings, from Roman aqueducts and Islamic palaces to Gothic cathedrals. The more you travel in Spain, the more it becomes evident just how diverse a country it truly is, and how many unique regions in Spain there are.
Founded by the Romans in 75 B.C., Pamplona is a an ideal place to live and study. It is located in the foothills of the Pyrennes and is less than an hour from the French Border. Pamplona is a midsize, friendly city where everything is easily accessible and students can really live like a local. The presence of more than 20,000 students makes it a vibrant place to live. English-speaking international students find it easy to assimilate with the Spanish-speaking students here. Pamplona boasts a range of cultural activities, acres of beautiful parkland, winding streets lined with historic buildings and excellent restaurants. Pamplona and the Navarra region is also known throughout Spain for its exceptional food, particularly 'pinchos' (tapas), which are budget-friendly nibbles found in most restaurants around the city. Home to the festival of San Fermín (the Running of the Bulls) and an important stop on the Way of St. James (the 480-mile pilgrimage route from France to Santiago de Compostela), Pamplona is one of Spain's brightest gems.
The University of Navarra has four campuses in Spain, with the main one located in Pamplona. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain. Its commitment to excellence and its ability to attract top international scholars in all fields make the University of Navarra a challenging and stimulating place to learn. Navarra is proud to enroll a large number of international students every year; currently, it has some 750 students enrolled from other countries. Students looking for a traditional campus setting will enjoy Navarra's expansive and beautiful grounds, as well as its close proximity to the city center.
The University of Navarra offers a great combination of language and culture courses taught in Spanish for visiting students of all proficiency levels. Students can also choose from a range of courses taught in English through the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in fields including Management, Marketing, Finance, and Economics. Students visit classes of interest during the first week of the semester and finalize their course registration at that time.
Faculty in Spain expect that students are taking a course because they have a sincere interest in learning the material, not simply to fulfill a requirement. Professors may look for different analytical skills in students' work than professors in the United States.
Accommodations and Meals
Students studying at the University of Navarra have a range of options when it comes to accommodations, from apartments to homestays to student residences. The University's Office of Student Accommodation provides details on a variety of options, however it is the responsibility of the student to reserve their housing for the semester. Some students make accommodation arrangements prior to their arrival in Pamplona, while others prefer to make their arrangements on site. For students who chose the latter option, it is recommended that they make a reservation at a nearby hostel where they can stay until they finalize their accommodation. One recommended hostel next to the university is Hostal Meson del Barro, though students can inquire with the Office of Student Accommodation for additional options as well.
Meals may or may not be included in a student's accommodation. Most homestays will charge a set monthly fee that includes room, breakfast and dinner. Private apartments will not include meals as part of the rental charge. Students residences vary in terms of whether meals are included or not. Students should be sure to check on whether meals are included as they compare the overall room and board costs of different housing options.
Pamplona is a very walkable city with the university at close range to the city center; however there is an extensive bus network as well. To travel beyond Pamplona, students utilize the national railway, Renfe, or buses that run frequently to nearby regional cities as well as Spain's larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona. Pamplona and nearby Bilbao also have airports if students wish to travel farther distances within Europe.