Languages at the University

The University of Navarra offers most of its courses in Spanish. International students have the opportunity to improve their language skills at the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas (ILCE). It offers courses throughout the academic year but also during the Summer.

The University of Navarra has a Language Institute (Instituto de Idiomas)​​ that offers students and professionals a wide variety of courses in various languages including English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Basque. The student has at their disposal the resources necessary to further the study of languages​​, such as computers, DVD, TV, audio and video materials, books, and other study materials.

The Language Institute also offers special courses to suit the specific needs of each degree as well as courses in communication skills, courses in academic writing and semi- intensive courses for the preparation of international exams like TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge.

Our Language Institute is an authorized center and local headquarters for Cambridge English language exams.

  • Required level of spanish

    A. Spanish Language Skills (for admission to any University Degree)

    1. Students will need to accredit their level of Spanish if they

    • Do not have Spanish as their first language.
    • Did their secondary education  studies in a language other than Spanish.

    2. These students may certify their level of Spanish through the following tests:

    • DELE B2 (Instituto Cervantes).
    • Subject Test in Spanish with Listening of SAT (score 540-670).
    • ILCE Tests level B2.

    Students who apply and do not have the minimum competence required, have the chance to register  in one of the summer courses offered by ILCE to achieve the necessary language skills.

    B. Proof of English proficiency (for admission to Bilingual Degrees of the School of Economics and Business)

    Students who wish to pursue any bilingual programs in the Faculty of Economics and Business, must prove their English proficiency  through one of these certificates:

    • Cambridge Advanced Examination (Cambridge ESOL Exams)
    • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (Cambridge ESOL Exams)
    • TOEFL: * IBT (Internet-based Total): 70 points or higher
    • Level C1 of the Official Language Institute
    • Students who have completed the last two years of high school in an International School whose language of instruction was English.
    • Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB): rating of 5 or higher in English, Standard Level.

    Important Note:

    Students who cannot prove the level of English required at the time of enrollment at the University and who are interested in pursuing any bilingual program, must enroll in the choice taught in Spanish and may complete a request to maintain the place in the bilingual degree until September 15.

    If the level of English required is not accredited at that time, the student will maintain the option selected in Spanish but cannot take the bilingual option.

    C. Proof of English proficiency (for the International Media Program of the School of Communication)

    Below you can find the accreditation of level of English, required and to be submitted to the School of Communication before September 1, to begin the International Media Program:

    • Cambridge Advanced Examination (Cambridge ESOL Exams)
    • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (Cambridge ESOL Exams)
    • TOEFL with the following criteria: * IBT (Internet-based Total): 80 points or higher

  • Language in the subjects

    The courses are taught mostly in Spanish but the University of  Navarra also has several bilingual degrees, which provide education in Spanish and English.

  • Classes of Spanish

    The Institute of Language and Spanish Culture (ILCE),  belongs to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Navarra and it offers, since 1964, courses of Spanish as a foreign language.

    This Institute is also a a center certified by the Instituto Cervantes to administer the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language test (DELE).

    The Institute's faculty is composed of graduates, Masters graduates and Phd candidates of the University of Navarra specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

  • The Language Exchange Program

    The Language Exchange Program is an initiative promoted by the International Student Committee to help international students practice Spanish and make friends with other students during their stay in Spain. This program promotes informal conversation and cultural exchange between students.  Students signing up can choose their preferred language for conversation and they will be paired with an international student speaking that language and who at the same time want to practice theirs.

    Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with the data of your partner. It is the responsibility of both students to organise a meeting at a mutually convenient time and place by mail or phone. We recommend you meet on campus for the first time. If you need to cancel a meeting because of an emergency, it is very important to contact your partner as early as possible to reschedule another meeting.

    This program is subject to availability and it is voluntary. For this reason, we kindly ask that if you sign up, you take it seriously and you are committed.

  • The Public Speaking Club

    The Public Speaking Club is a Communication workshop organised by the International Relations Office and professors, designed for students to improve their public speaking skills through English. Each workshop is structured whereby students will learn about various communication skills through presentations by professors and will practice their own skills through impromptu and formal presentations.

    Join us and you will discover that speaking in public can be fun!

    The sessions take place every two weeks from 14:00 to 15:30 hrs.

    For more information you may contact us:

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