Bilingual Subjects at the University
The Schools at the University of Navarra currently offer 169 subjects in English, 60 of which can be taken in First Year. In addition, six of the University's 58 undergraduate degrees are bilingual (English/Spanish) and have a total of 925 students enrolled in them.
Bilingual study programs
The University of Navarra offers a series of international programs, which are generally known as "bilingual programs". The global environment in which future graduates will forge their professional careers requires them to be familiar with international topics and have a good command of English, the current lingua franca.
The bilingual programs therefore aim to address both of these requirements by combining:
Specific content that introduces students to the global landscape of their area of specialization.
Subjects taught in English, which allow students to practice the language in an academic and professional environment, as well as giving them direct access to the abovementioned content.
Compulsory yearly or twice-yearly study periods at international universities with which the University of Navarra has partnership agreements.
Subjects in English
The University currently has more than 60 subjects that are taught wholly or partly in English. These form part of the structure of the bilingual program range and allow students to enhance their knowledge of the language within the area of specialization of each program. They also provide them with access to academic content of an international nature.
Each bilingual program has its own admission requirements in terms of the level of English proficiency needed to take subjects, but in general a minimum of level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required.
The University of Navarra, through the Institute of Modern Languages, is able to issue the following certificates:
FCE (First Certificate in English)
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
The Institute of Modern Languages offers Cambridge and TOEFL preparation courses as part of its range of courses.
CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION SESSIONS
See information regarding the University of Cambridge examination sessions.
See the range of intensive preparation courses for the University of Cambridge exams.
INTENSIVE TOEFL COURSES 2012-2013
January 15 to March 5: Tuesdays at 18:00-20:30
April 16 to June 4: Tuesdays at 18:00-20:30
* There will be no class on 1 May
Cost: €250 (including materials)
Who the courses are for: TOEFL preparation courses are open to anyone who has enrolled for the exam or intends to do so.
Content: the intensive courses involve analyzing the format of each part of the exam and developing the strategies and skills required to help students optimize their performance.
Listening comprehension: students will develop the strategies required for comprehension, memory and prediction.
Written structure and expression: the course will look at the most important lexical structures and areas, and students will carry out several complete exams.
Reading: students will practice strategies for reading and text analysis.
Written tasks: students will undertake several TOEFL-style written compositions, including essays and integrated texts, and numerous exercises designed to improve written fluency and enhance the rhetorical organization of texts.
The course includes mock examinations in the classroom, and students will also have the option to do computer-based exam simulations.
Admission: In order to undertake any course, students must first undergo a test to assess their linguistic level.
Institute of Modern Languages
The Institute of Modern Languages offers students and professionals a wide range of beginner and advanced courses and programs in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Basque. Students have access to the resources needed to develop in-depth knowledge of languages, including multimedia computers, DVDs, television, audio and video materials, books, publications and other study materials.
The Institute offers special courses that are adapted to the specific needs of each degree program. It also offers courses in communication techniques for conferences, conversational techniques, and writing for academic and scientific purposes. In addition, it runs semi-intensive preparation courses for the international TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge exams. The Institute of Modern Languages is the authorized center and local headquarters for the international University of Cambridge exams.
Spanish courses consist of grammar and conversation classes, as well as individual tutorials and academic mentoring. The classes also address subjects related to culture and art, economics and current affairs, and the courses include activities such as guided visits around the city, excursions, etc.
The Institute of Spanish Language and Culture (ILCE) has been running Spanish courses for international students at the University of Navarra for more than thirty years. Those interested in improving their knowledge of the Spanish language can choose from a varied program that includes courses aimed at different levels and with various durations covering a wide range of interests.
The range of courses includes intensive courses for Erasmus and exchange students, intensive courses in business Spanish, a course in Hispanic studies, courses in Spanish language and culture, and an intensive course in Spanish language and culture for Japanese students.
The course aimed at Erasmus students is an intensive program that consists of 50 class hours and includes optional cultural activities. These are taught at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced).
Conversation exchange program
The Buddy Program is a new initiative promoted by the International Committee designed to help exchange students make friends with Spanish students during their stay in Spain. Unlike the Mentoring Program, the Buddy Program is basically a language exchange program that encourages informal conversation between students. Spanish students who sign up for the program can choose the language they wish to practice and will be put in contact with international students who speak that language.
The University has 400 agreements with universities and institutions on five continents.