International dimension

The School of Nursing has an important international dimension, which it puts into practice year after year through its partnership agreements with universities in other countries. These enable exchanges for both faculty and students.

The School's Mobility Service and International Office facilitates exchanges for both faculty members and students. This service helps students who would like to do part of their study program at prestigious universities in other countries, as well as students who come from those universities who would like to spend a semester at our School.

  • Types

    Students at the University of Navarra School of Nursing have the opportunity to participate in international mobility programs thanks to bilateral partnership agreements signed between the University of Navarra's School and Schools of Nursing at partner universities. The mobility programs include:

    • One-semester programs: The selected student can study at a partner university for a semester or part of a semester, which normally also includes internships.
One-semester partnership agreements signed with European universities are part of the ERASMUS program or Lifelong Learning Program.

    • Summer internships: the selected student can conduct a month-long internship during the summer at a partner center or university.
Summer internships focus on cultural experience and improvement in a foreign language, as well as learning about a different healthcare system and a acquiring a comprehensive view of nursing. The focus is not strictly on clinical practice, since this can be subject to restrictions due to health policies in the host country. For example, in most states in the United States, students with health-related degrees only have observational capacity during undergraduate internships.

  • Requirements and Selection Process


    In order to be considered for the mobility program selection process, students must meet the following requirements:

    • They must be Second or Third Year students who have passed all their subjects at the time they submit their application. Exchanges take place during the Third and Fourth Years, but the selection process takes place in the previous academic year.

    • Candidates must have a GPA of 7 or higher.

    • They must demonstrate a level of English equivalent to the First Certificate of English (B2) when choosing mobility programs at English-speaking universities, or the Certificate in Advanced English (C1), in the case of exchanges that include clinical internships at English-speaking universities.

    Selection process

    a. Pre-selection

    During the Welcome Day for the new academic year, an information session will be held explaining everything related to the exchange programs: availability, selection progress, admission to the host university, recognition of subjects, scholarships, medical insurance, visas, etc.

    Students who decide to apply for exchange programs must ensure that they meet all the requirements specified in the point above and must submit the following documentation:

    • Exchange application form, indicating what universities they want to attend for their overseas study program, ranked in order of preference.

    • Copy of official certifications (Cambridge, TOEFL or IELTS) of English obtained by the student in the previous two years; this is mandatory in the case of programs at English-speaking universities, and it is recommended in all cases, because it will count toward the student's ranking when it comes time to rank students for available openings, even if the selected university is not an English-speaking one.

    • Copy of up-to-date academic transcript, which can be obtained from the Academic Information Portal.

    • Résumé

    b.    Selection

    Each candidate will be invited to a personal interview. After that, a ranking will be prepared that considers the students' academic transcripts, language proficiency and personal interview.  This ranking will be presented to the School's Board of Management for approval.

    At the end of February 2014, decisions will be announced about students selected for exchange programs, along with their assigned places and the waiting list. The decision will be posted on the School's noticeboard, and a letter will be sent to all students who have applied.

    Selected candidates will have until 12:00 on March 5, 2014, to accept or decline the exchange program; to do so they should visit the office of the Mobility Program Coordinator and sign the acceptance document. Candidates who do not confirm their place in this way by the date set will lose their place, which will then be awarded to the next candidate on the waiting list. If there are accepted candidates who decline, the new decision will be made public on March 5, including the new candidates from the waiting list, who will have until March 10 to confirm.

    Students who decline a place after confirmation for reasons that are not of a serious nature will be penalized when applying for exchange programs in the future.

    In the event that a student fails a subject before doing the exchange, the School will reassess the appropriateness of the exchange program. In any event, the student will be responsible for attending the examination session, even if it coincides with the exchange dates.


  • Admission to the partner university and recognition of credits

    Admission to the partner university

    After the selection process is complete, the Mobility Program Coordinator will hold a meeting with all candidates to explain the next steps and the deadlines to be met; the Coordinator will begin to work with each candidate on obtaining admission to the chosen university.

    a. Official nomination

    The Mobility Program Coordinator will send a letter to the host institutions to inform them about the students selected by the School to go to that university.

    It is important to bear in mind that students must not contact the host university directly until they are contacted or told they can make contact with the host university.

    b. Documentation

As noted above, the procedures and, therefore, the documentation vary a great deal from one university to the next. In general, once the universities receive the official nomination, they will send instructions on how to apply for admission directly to the Mobility Program Coordinator. At that time, the Coordinator will contact the students to give them all the information they need.

    Students are responsible for submitting all the required documentation by the deadline set by the host university. Delays in submitting documentation may cause problems in finding housing, enrolling in the desired subjects or even in getting a place at the host university.

    c. Registration

    Thanks to the partnership agreements between the University of Navarra School of Nursing and other partner Schools of Nursing, students who take part in mobility programs must register and pay the registration fees just as they normally would at the University of Navarra, since they are officially students at the University of Navarra, even though they are taking certain subjects at the other university. Therefore, except in certain cases, the agreement is bilateral, whereby the student only pays the registration fee of the home university.

    If the student wants to register at the University of Navarra in a subject in which there are no spaces available at the time of registration, the student must contact the Administrative Office Coordinator, who will take charge of making an exception in the registration. This exception is possible, since the student does not occupy a physical place in that subject.
    Recognition of Credits

The School of Nursing and the Mobility Programs team want students who participate in mobility programs to obtain academic recognition for their efforts.

    In the case of one-semester exchanges, the Mobility Program Coordinator will try to ensure that students take subjects at the host university that are equivalent to those that they would be taking at the University of Navarra during the semester in which they are overseas. To do so, a learning agreement is drawn up and signed by both universities.

    The host university agrees that the student will take the subjects agreed upon. The University of Navarra or the home university also agrees to transfer those subjects taken at the partner university to those previously selected as equivalent from the curriculum, provided the student passes the subjects.

    Students must meet with the Exchange Coordinator at the host university once they arrive in order to confirm their learning agreement. If any changes must be made, the academic coordinator and the Mobility Program Coordinator at the School of Nursing will redraft the document.

    In no case will a change to the learning agreement be accepted after the examination has been taken at the host university.

    At the end of the period of study, the host university will send the University of Navarra the student's academic transcript. The academic coordinator and the Mobility Program Coordinator will then be responsible for establishing the equivalences. The grades will be entered into the academic information portal so that they are recorded on the student's transcript.

    It is important to remember that it is possible to fail subjects abroad. In this case, students must understand that they may have to take the corresponding examination in the re-sit examination period at the host university, with all the travel expenses and inconveniences this entails.

    In the case of summer internships, students on the International Nursing Program may transfer these internships to the subject International Practice.


  • Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Financial aid is applied for after the student has been admitted to the host university. Except for Erasmus scholarships and ministerial scholarships, all other financial aid is applied for and managed by students themselves.

    • Mobility aid for students for the purpose of study (Erasmus)

    This financial aid is financed by the European Union and is managed directly by the home university. It is not a scholarship in the strict sense, but financial aid to compensate for travel expenses. The amount is set annually, but as a rough guide, the amount of aid for the 2013-2014 academic year was €115 per month. This aid is transferred in two payments: 70% at the start of the exchange (although payment is generally delayed) and 30% upon the student's return from the exchange.

    To receive this aid, students must meet the following requirements:

- Participate in an exchange program with a university that the School has signed a partnership agreement with as part of the Lifelong Learning Program.

    - Fill out the forms required by the established deadlines (the Mobility Program Coordinator will give them to the student):

a. Subsidy agreement. The following must be submitted, duly signed, before going on exchange, along with a photocopy of the bank account where the student would like the aid to be deposited.

    b. Learning agreement.

    c. Study stay certificate. This is the document that certifies the overseas study period. It must be signed by the host university and submitted to the School when the student returns.

    d. Student's final report. This consists of a survey in which students respond to a range of questions about their overseas study period. It is submitted when the student returns.

    NOTE: The amounts for the 2014-2015 academic year have not yet been confirmed; changes are expected. The University will post the information as soon as it is available.

    • Financial aid for mobility from the Ministry of Education

    This is aid financed by the Ministry of Education and managed directly by the student's home university. The amount may vary greatly from one academic year to the next, but in general is roughly €100 per month. As with the Erasmus aid, the payment is made in two installments: 70% at the beginning of the exchange and 30% upon return.

    NOTE: The amounts for the 2014-2015 academic year have not yet been confirmed; changes are expected. The University will post the information as soon as it is available.

    • Other financial aid

    - Global Internship Program Scholarships for international internships granted by University of Navarra Business Foundation (FEUN) and Caja Rural.

    Recipients: University of Navarra students in any undergraduate or graduate degree program who have a good academic record and excellent English proficiency, and who have been selected to do an international internship in countries outside the European Union.

    Features: The criteria for granting this scholarship are the academic record, level of English proficiency and the educational quality of the internship. The aid amounts to €1,400.

    More information

    • International mobility aid from the Regional Government of Navarre

    Recipients: university students from Navarre or who have residence in Navarre, who are registered in Spanish universities and who participate in any international mobility program during the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Features: this call for grant applications includes academic performance as a criteria for awarding aid. The aid amounts to €90 per month of stay, which supplements the amount allocated by the universities sponsoring the mobility programs. Aid is paid at the end of the program, after its actual duration is certified.

    More information

    - Kutxa-Caja Guipuzkoa San Sebastián

    - Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa

    - Caja Vital Kutxa

    - Other opportunities

    In addition, the Mobility Program Coordinator will send students information about the calls for grant applications that are open and of interest. It is also recommended that students regularly visit websites such as, which publishes many calls for grant applications.

  • Acceptance of the Erasmus scholarship

    Acceptance of an exchange placement at a European university entails the automatic allocation of the Erasmus scholarship; no additional administrative procedures need to be done. This scholarship is paid out in two installments:

    1. 70% at the beginning of the exchange period (although payment is generally delayed).

    2. The remaining 30% upon return from the exchange period, following submission of the required documentation (Certificate of Attendance and final report).

  • More financial aid

    In addition, the Ministry of Science and Innovation awards a scholarship to all students who undertake an Erasmus exchange; this financial aid is also paid out in two installments:

    1. 70% in January-February

    2. The remaining 30% upon return from the exchange period

    Moreover, those students who are recipients of scholarships from the Ministry of Education during the previous academic year will receive another additional scholarship from that ministry.

  • Financial Aid from Regional Governments

    The regional governments also offer financial aid to exchange students. In this case, students are responsible for the administrative procedures to receive the financial aid. This call for grant applications is usually announced in the spring on the various websites of the regional governments.

    Finally, financial institutions also often offer financial aid for international exchange, which must be applied for by the students themselves. For more information, you must visit the websites of these institutions. For more information, it is recommended that you consult the Universia website periodically.


Cristina Terroba Serrano
International Coordinator

General contact:
C/ Irunlarrea, 1 - Office 2A06
31080 Pamplona

948425600 (ext. 803455)