Drexel in Spain: Universidad de Navarra
Located in the northern Spanish town of Pamplona, the University of Navarra was founded as a Catholic institution in 1952 . It is regarded as the top private university in Spain. The mission of the university is to educate and train professionals capable of playing a committed role in society, who are fully aware of the part they play in building the world of tomorrow. Navarra seeks to foster critical thinking among its students in a pluralist context that enables each student to freely develop his or her own opinions and convictions. The University has approximately 9,000 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students, and about 14% of undergraduates are international.
The exchange agreement is with Navarra’s School of Economics and Business, which welcomes more than 150 exchange students each year from around the world. The program completely immerses students in Spanish culture and education, as students take classes in Spanish alongside local Spanish and international students taught by distinguished Navarra faculty. Learn more by visiting the exchange student website.
Upon arrival, students will participate in Welcoming Days, a 3-day orientation run by the International Relations office at Navarra. During orientation, students will be given a walking tour and will be introduced to student support services, programs, and resources, as well as the many available academic and student clubs and organizations. Students will also receive instruction for course registration.
Students on the exchange program at Navarra will have the opportunity to fully immerse in local Spanish life and to take advantage of sports, cultural events, and volunteering opportunities offered by the campus and surrounding community.
Read through Navarra’s International Student Handbook for more information about preparing for life at as a Navarra student in Pamplona, Spain.
Pamplona is located in the Basque region in the North of Spain, home to approximately 200,000 inhabitants. While the city is best known for the annual San Fermín (“running of the bulls”) festival in July, the city offers year-round access to cultural and historical gems. Characterized by its green space, cobblestone streets, delicious food, and medieval architecture, there are endless possibilities to explore the city that inspired Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.
Pamplona is only one hour away from the gorgeous urban beaches in San Sebastian, which boasts a reputation as one of the best places to eat in the world. It is also approximately a 4-hour train ride away from both Barcelona and Madrid.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Prior study of Spanish language
- Sophomore status or higher
: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Navarra before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Participating students must have all courses approved for Drexel course equivalency prior to acceptance.
Students and taught and graded by local Navarra faculty. Grades are noted as “CR/NCR” on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a “C” or above at the host institution. You must plan to be a full time student at Navarra while also being careful to take the equivalent of a full time load at Drexel.
Navarra is a semester school. Drexel students may study at Navarra during the fall or winter terms. The program dates may require you to leave your spring/summer co-op early or start your spring/summer co-op late depending on the term. You may view the Navarra academic calendar here
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
|Program Start Date
||Last week of August
|Program End Date
||3rd week of December
Exchange students at Navarra typically live in apartments, as they are usually the most comfortable and affordable option. Although the university is not officially affiliated with these apartments, Navarra’s housing office offers a list of landlords and available rooms and apartments on its website. It is common for rented apartments to come partially furnished. An apartment shared with other roommates costs around 250-350 Euro per month.
Students may also choose to live in university residences (Colegios Mayores). These facilities are integrated into the University. Residents are offered full room and board, academic support, and cultural and social activities. The Universidad de Navarra has 10 such Colegios Mayores (7 for women and 3 for men) and can provide housing to approximately 1,300 students.
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a student visa for programs lasting longer than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Spanish Consulate to find out if a visa is required for Spain. The process of applying for your Spanish student visa may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Accepted students will receive detailed visa application information after acceptance.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.