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University of Navarra
English Name: University of Navarra
Region: Southern Europe
Country: Spain
Found Year: 1952
Address: Edificio Central

The University of Navarra is a dynamic university of over 11,000 students enrolled in the many programs of study provided by the 15 schools and institutes located on six campuses in Pamplona, San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, New York ,Munich and Sao Paulo. One of Spain’s most prestigious universities with a distinguished record in teaching and research, it was founded in 1952 by St Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church. The Pamplona campus is the largest of the six campuses where the majority of centres of the University are located.


It was awarded the title of Campus of International Excellence by the Spanish Government in 2011, receiving a €4 million grant for research projects in Nutrition, Tropical Medicine, Bioengineering and the Humanities and Social Sciences. Furthermore, ten of its doctoral programmes were awarded the seal of excellence by the Ministry of Education in 2012.


·         An international research campus in the following fields: Center of Bioengineering, Center for Nutritional Research, Center for Research in Tropical Health, CIMA (Center for Applied Medical Research), CIFA (Center for Research in Applied Pharmacobiology), CEIT (Gipuzkoa Centre for Technical Studies and Research) and ICS (Institute for Cultural and Society) and the University Hospital of Navarra (Clínica Universidad de Navarra).

·         Offers a wide range of courses in the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Nursing, Science, Communication, Law, Canon Law, Pharmacy, Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Medicine, Theology and the International Graduate School of Management.

.     Offers 59 undergraduate degree programs 9 of which are bilingual.

·         Offers 35 Masters programs and 24 Doctoral programs.

·         Home to international students from over 90 different countries.  22% of the student population is international.

·         Established an International Summer University which enables foreign students improve their Spanish language skills and sample several academic courses taught through English.

·         Provides courses for international students in the Institute of Spanish Language and Culture (ILCE).

·         Offers a wide range of cultural and sports activities for students.

·         Stunning campus in the heart of Pamplona

·         Museum of Contemporary Art, including works by Picasso, Rothko, Tapies, Oteiza and Chillida , opened on the Pamplona campus in February 2015, designed by Rafael Moneo, the internationally renowned Spanish architect.

International Partnerships

International outlook and outreach have been hallmarks of the University of Navarra since its foundation. More than 350 partnership agreements have been signed with leading universities around the world. 

The Mission of the University of Navarra

The mission of the University is to seek out and communicate the truth, continue its commitment to excellence in academic research and teaching, and contribute to the educational, cultural and personal development of its students. The mission of the University of Navarra is realized through the efforts of professors, researchers, other staff-members and students to place science and knowledge at the service of a more just society shaped by greater solidarity. The mission is framed by the three guiding principles of the University of Navarra:

Academic Excellence

The University is committed to excellence in teaching and research and its efforts were recently recognised with the award of the Campus of International Excellence by the Spanish government. Professors are committed to the academic development of their students through teaching and one-to-one tutorials. In addition, all professors participate in national and/or international research projects which directly benefit the academic programs offered at the University of Navarra.

Research for the Good of Society

The University is home to a number of research centres which cover a wide range of areas. Fundamental to the development of these research centres is the idea of corporate social responsibility in an international context. The most recent centre is the Institute of Tropical Health which focuses on research into diseases affecting over one billion people in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The Institute works in conjunction with 20 research centres and universities in 15 countries. Another research center is the Institute for Culture and Society. It comprises four centres of study including the Center for International Development. 


 A number of the Bachelor’s degrees are bilingual. Partnership agreements with prestigious universities worldwide enable international students to study at our university for a semester, an academic year or some come to do a full degree program, comprising a wide range of interdisciplinary courses. 

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