International dimension

One of the priorities of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to develop the international dimension of the education it provides. To achieve this, it promotes the mobility of its students and professors and sets up exchange programs for international students and researchers through partnership agreements.

Through exchange programs with foreign universities, students have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of a second language, learn about the international context of the subjects they are studying, gain academic and personal experience in other European countries and develop research skills, in addition to many other benefits offered by an overseas study period.

Visiting students, on the other hand, become fully integrated in the School and are able to take subjects in both English and Spanish, as well as subjects taught at the Institute of Spanish Language and Culture.

  • Location and opening hours

    The International Office of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is on the second floor of the Central Building, on the right, in the School's Administrative Office.

    International Office
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    University of Navarra
    Central Building
    31009 Pamplona, Spain
    Tel.: (+34) 948 42 56 00 ext. 80 2036
    Fax: (+34) 948 42 56 19

    Opening hours: 09:00-14:00

  • How do I get to Pamplona?

    Getting to Pamplona from Madrid or Barcelona is very straightforward. There are a number of bus and train combinations that link these two cities with Pamplona, or you can fly direct.

    Bus: Buses from Madrid to Pamplona depart from the bus station on Avenida América and the journey takes around five hours. There are also direct buses between Madrid-Barajas Airport and Pamplona.

    The bus stations in Barcelona are Barcelona Nord and Sants Station (which is also a train station). The company that operates the route between Barcelona and Pamplona is VIBASA.

    Train: The railway station in Madrid is called Atocha and the journey takes about three and a half hours. The journey from Barcelona takes four hours and trains depart from Sants Station. The national rail company is Renfe.

    From Pamplona airport: If you arrive in Pamplona by air, the easiest way of getting to the city is by taxi. There is a taxi rank at the main entrance and the journey to the city center costs about €15.

  • What options do I have for going abroad?

    Although the majority of overseas stays are study periods, there are other ways for students to benefit from an international experience. The following are some of the options offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences:

    • Erasmus. This is an overseas study period lasting one semester or academic year that can only be undertaken once in a student's lifetime. Erasmus programs can only be carried out in European universities. All students who apply for Erasmus programs will receive an Erasmus scholarship (as long as they submit the required documentation on time).

    • Exchange. Like the Erasmus program, an exchange program is an overseas study period lasting a semester or academic year. However, an exchange program implies a period in any country outside Europe.

    • Practicum. The internships undertaken as part of the Humanities degrees and the practicum undertaken as part of the Education degrees, which are obligatory in some degree programs, can be carried out in Spain or abroad. In these cases, the stays are shorter than study periods and can be undertaken in summer (when they are voluntary) or during the academic year (when they are generally obligatory). 

    • Summer University. Many universities abroad offer summer courses, also known as a Summer University. Some of the short programs are recognized by the University, and therefore grant credits. There are short, intensive stays that give students an experience of the academic world overseas, provide them with in-depth knowledge on a topic of interest, and enable them to practice the language.

  • What are the selection criteria?

    The basic selection criteria for allocating places on exchange programs are the average grade achieved up to the first semester of the year of the application and the command of the language. The candidates are ranked based on this information, and the candidate in the highest position is allowed to choose, and so on.

    The students' command of the language is crucial. Not only is it necessary to consider the requirements of the School itself, but also the specific requirements of each host university. Although the TOEFL is only required for periods outside Europe, it is highly recommended and makes the process of applying for Erasmus programs more straightforward.

    Students who have failed subjects in the same semester as the exchange cannot take part in overseas study periods.

  • What is the credit transfer system?

    To establish the details of the credit transfer, each student must sign an AGREEMENT FOR THE TRANSFER OF STUDY CREDITS (learning agreement).

    Although many host universities require completion of a full semester (i.e., 30 ECTS credits), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences sets a maximum and minimum number of credits that can be transferred per semester-long stay.

    • Maximum: Up to 37 ECTS credits will be recognized per semester, and 67 ECTS credits per academic year.

    • Minimum: Under no circumstances are students permitted to take fewer than 20 ECTS credits per semester.

    ATTENTION: Enrollment for subjects must be done at the University of Navarra, just as in previous years, as if no overseas study period were taking place.

    1. Learning agreement and subject selection

    • Before the Erasmus/exchange program

    Students must sign a study or learning agreement. For this reason, they must prepare a study plan (i.e., a list of subjects) together with their academic mentor or the School's International Office coordinator. This list must include the subject name and the number of ECTS credits of the subjects at both the host university and the University of Navarra. It is important to take into account the similarities in terms of academic content and student interests. This study plan must be sent to the International Office coordinator so that the learning agreement can be signed.

    The subjects chosen at the host university generally have a different study load to the subjects for which they will be validated. This should not be a problem when creating the study plan. What matters is that the total number of credits in the Erasmus/exchange program is the same as (or higher than) the total number of those to be transferred.

    • During the Erasmus/exchange program

    Once at the host university, the coordinator of that university must sign the learning agreement and send a scanned copy or fax to the School. At the same time, any significant modifications should be made. These should be confirmed with the School's International Office coordinator to ensure that these new subjects are valid for the credit transfer. Once the modifications have been accepted, the coordinator of the host university must sign the amended learning agreement and re-send a scanned copy or fax to the School. The student should keep the original.

    The time limit for making changes is one month, starting from the beginning of the academic year at the host university.

    • After the Erasmus/exchange program

    When the study period is over, the original learning agreement must be submitted to the School's International Office coordinator.

    2. Grades

    The grades earned at the host university will be transferred without any changes.

  • How much does it cost and how can I pay for it?

    1. Costs

    The cost of an overseas study period varies depending on a number of factors that should be taken into account when choosing a destination.

    • Location: The cost of living in the host country, whether it is a large or small city, the cost of flights, the cost of urban transport, etc.

    • Duration: The longer the stay, the lower the day-to-day costs will be.

    • Housing: Some housing options are cheaper than others.

    • Activities: Taking part in extracurricular academic activities or activities organized by the city works out cheaper than traveling in your spare time. This also enables you to learn about the local culture and make contacts at the university and in the city.

    • Financial aid: A stay at a European university can be funded through an Erasmus scholarship. For a stay outside Europe (and within Europe), grants are available from regional governments, banks, etc.

    Overseas study periods do not carry any additional registration fees. Enrollment is carried out at the University of Navarra, not the host university.


    2. Financing

    There are several ways to obtain a scholarship for an overseas study period.

    • Erasmus Scholarship: this is the best-known scholarship. It is awarded to all students (regardless of nationality) who carry out study periods at European universities. Once you apply for this scholarship, it is awarded automatically, regardless of your family's financial situation, your average grade, etc. It can only be requested once. The scholarship varies depending on the year, but it is usually about €120 per month of the stay. This amount is divided into two payments: 70% is provided at the start of the stay and 30% at the end, when all documentation is submitted. The scholarship should be applied for at the International Office once confirmation from the host university has been received.

    • Ministry Scholarship: All those who apply for the Erasmus scholarship also receive the ministry scholarship. This grant is similar to the Erasmus scholarship and does not require any additional documentation to be processed.

    • Other: Other funding options are available from banks, regional governments, etc. Students are required to find out about these. Students who undertake stays outside Europe are only eligible for these types of complementary grants.

    The University of Navarra only coordinates and provides advice on the Erasmus and ministry scholarships.

  • How can I apply for an exchange program?

    To apply for an exchange program, the following documents must be submitted:

    •  A completed application form.

    •  A copy of your academic transcript, including your grades from the first semester of the current academic year.

    •  Language certificate. The TOEFL is obligatory for destinations outside Europe.

    •  2 passport photos.

    •  A photocopy of your DNI or current passport (UNTRIMMED, SIZE A4).

    •  The compliance or approval of the student's mentor (page 3 of the application form).

    •  A statement signed by the student in which he/she undertakes to submit, in a timely manner, all documentation required by the Office of Exchange Programs at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (page 3 of the application form).

    •  Photocopy of the account number (20 digits) held by the student requesting the exchange.

  • When can I undertake an overseas study period?

    Exchanges can be undertaken during the following academic years:


    3rd Academic Year

    4th Academic Year

    5th Academic Year

    1st semester 2nd semester 1st semester 2nd semester 1st semester 2nd semester






















    Spanish Philology














    Philosophy + Journalism







    Philosophy + Law

    No No No No No Yes

    History + Journalism







    Philology + Journalism







  • Regulations of the School

    • Students who have failed subjects with a study load of up to 6 ECTS credits, or who have failed subjects in later examination sessions (fourth or fifth session), are not permitted to apply for exchange programs.  If students pass these subjects in June, it is possible to apply for an exchange program for the second semester, provided that their degree program allows it and there are places available.

    • An intermediate level in the language of the host country is required. This must be verified through an official certificate of language proficiency (from Cambridge, the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, the Escuela de Idiomas, etc.), or by passing a level test that shortlisted candidates are required to sit, if it is deemed necessary. For stays outside Europe, a score of 80 in the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) is required.

    • Students must apply for Erasmus/exchange places in the academic year before the one in which they wish to undertake the overseas study period. In other words, if students wish to go abroad in their Third Year, they should apply for a place during their Second Year. Students pursuing double degrees with Communication should apply for exchange programs through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences when they are in their Second Year, and through the School of Communication when they are in their Third Year (and therefore wish to go abroad in their Fourth Year).

    • The Key Issues in the Modern World subjects will not be validated under any circumstances. These must be taken on campus at the University of Navarra.

  • How can I apply?

    • Application Process:

    • If you are coming to study a degree program, you must enrol as a new student on first year. You should contact the International Admissions Office at

    •  If you are an exchange student from a partner university you must contact your home university in order to make the exchange come into place.

    •  If you would like to come one semester or one year but your university is not a partner university, then, contact us directly at

    •  If you are Professor or Researcher, then, go to this Website.

    • Application forms:

    Once you have been selected to study in Universidad de Navarra and nominated by your home University, you are now ready to begin the application process.

    A complete application includes the following:

    1. Application Checklist

    2. Exchange Application Form (Please print or type clearly)

    3. Copy of Passport (Personal information page)

    4.  Institution's statement of participation in the mobility programme

    5. Academic Transcripts

    6.  List of courses (This form is NOT a registration form)

    7. Evidence of Spanish language proficiency (just if you would like to study in Spanish language. Not required for students interested to study language courses)

    8. Three passport sized original photographs

    9. Personal statement (recommended, but not required)

    Applications must be complete by the deadline and submitted to:

    Relaciones Internacionales
    Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
    Universidad de Navarra
    Central Building
    31009 Pamplona
    Tel. +34 948 42 56 00. Ext. 80 2036

    • Application deadlines:

    • Fall/Academic Year: April 30th

    • Spring Semester: October 15th

  • Which is the academic offer?

    • Course catallogue

    The School of Humanities at Universidad de Navarra has 7 undergraduate programs (called GRADO in Spanish) divided in two different areas:

    • Humanities

    • Education

    To see the academic programs of the grados just click on them:

    See also the English offer of the School.

    Also, for those interested in improving Spanish language, we have the ILCE (Spanish Language and Culture Institute). ILCE offers a range number of courses with different levels. ILCE is, additionally, a delegated center of the Cervantes Institute for the realization of the exams for the Degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE).

    • Course load:

    If you are required to be a full-time student, then, you should enroll in 30ECTS per semester. All incoming students admitted at the undergraduate level are required to enroll in at least 18 ECTS.

    • Course registration:

    Before to arrive, you must arrange an appointment with your coordinator in order to confirm your choice and register.

    • Academic calendar:

    View the complete academic calendar.

  • Which steps should be checked once admitted?

    Once admitted: before coming to the University of Navarra there are some steps that should be checked:

    • Visas: If you are not a student from the European Union, you must apply for a student visa from the Spanish Embassy or Consulate, fulfilling the requirements of the documents needed by the visa authorities. 

    • Health Insurance: International students from the European Union should apply for their European Health Card before travelling to Pamplona. It is strongly recommended that students from other countries apply for insurance that guarantees assistance in Spain before travelling to Pamplona.

    • Very important: Given the limitations of the health coverage offered by the public health system in Spain, we highly encourage international students who will be staying in Spain to obtain complete travel insurance prior to leaving their country of origin, either providing access to the public health system of the destination country, or else providing access to private hospitals.

    • Housing options: the University has an Office of Student Accommodation to help students rent individual rooms or entire apartments, although the university is not officially affiliated with these apartments.

    • To find out more about these housing options and more (hotels, hostels, etc.), please feel free to write an email or go directly to the university webpage and check for  accommodation options.

    • Mentoring program: this is a program that matches new international students with current students of the University of Navarra. The mentor is there to help you settle in during our first weeks in Pamplona. With this program you can get first hand advice from students, some of whom are international students and have been in your position. You will also be in contact with them before arriving, so any question that you may have will be answered before you leave your country. If you would like to be assigned a mentor, please fill out the  application form.

  • Upon arrival

    • Welcoming week: the Welcoming Week takes place some days before the beginning of each semester. All international students are welcome, whether they are first year undergraduate students, students on master's or doctoral programs, or students participating in the Bridge Year or ILCE programs. Its main purpose is to help international students adjust to their new life in Pamplona. In addition, it is a wonderful opportunity to get to know new people. During the Welcoming Week students will be show the campus, including its libraries, study rooms, sport facilities, computer labs, etc. In addition, they will be able to set up the university Wi-Fi network on their laptops, as well as have a guided tour of Pamplona.

    • Bank Account: in case of you wishing to open a bank account in Spain, it is possible to do that with the help of the University during the Welcoming Week. The University has an agreement with Banco Santander, a prestigious bank company on Spain, which has special offers for all International students; mainly being free of paying any commission on their services.

    • Cell phones: once you are in Pamplona, you will probably want to be in contact with your friends and therefore, getting a cell phone would be a great idea. There are different companies in Spain, which mostly offer the same services, including pre-paid contracts. Getting a cell phone itself should not be difficult to, since most companies will offer you one for free with your pre-paid contract.

    • Obtaining a student card: Once in the European Union or Spain, and just if you are coming for more than one semester, you must apply for a student card from the immigration authorities. It is advisable to get instructional advice from the Office of Aires Vaz, located on the 2nd floor of the "Edificio Central".

  • Are there summer courses in Spanish language and culture?

    Spanish courses in small groups, grammar and practical conversation classes, individualized tutoring and academic advising.

    • For more infomation, visit this website.

  • On-Campus life

    - Student Employment: if you wish to study and work at the same time, either via a collaboration scholarship with a service or department of the University, or finding a work outside of the University (individual classes, child care, etc.) you may register or get more information at the Student Aid Service (Central Building).

    - Cultural activities and events: there is always something around university; concerts, theatre, exhibitions, etc. If you are interested on any cultural activity going on, make sure to check their webpage.

    Moreover, in order to be up-to-date on all these activities, pick up a copy of "Vida Universitaria" a weekly bulletin that is distributed every Monday. You will find it at the doorman's desk in every building.

    - Voluntary Social Work: if you would be interested on volunteering, while you are abroad, you should join UAS (Universitarios por la Ayuda Social).

    - Sports: the Sports Office of the University offers the opportunity to practice, receive classes and compete in various disciplines such as the following: tennis, soccer, indoor soccer, rugby, basketball, paddle ball, baseball, squash, field hockey, judo, jiu-jitsu, karate, weight room and ping-pong. Check the sport facilities and activities.

    - Chaplaincy: Father José Alviar  is available for international students interested in spiritual services. Find out more about the International Chaplaincy.

  • Beatriz Arbeloa. Grado en Historia (Italia)

    Mi Erasmus acaba de comenzar. Me encuentro en Roma en la Universitá degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza". Personalmente, me está sirviendo para ganar en autonomía y determinación, pues esta universidad es mucho más grande que la nuestra , hay más alumnos y por lo tanto no se recibe una atención tan personalizada.

    Por un lado el Erasmus te enseña cómo se trabaja en otras partes, viendo así las cosas buenas de estos sistemas y viendo también las cosas buenas del sistema de trabajo de tu lugar de origen. Lo que más me ha sorprendido de esta universidad es la gran cantidad de gente que realiza estudios humanísticos, pues en Navarra estas disciplinas son cursadas por unos pocos. Roma es el mejor sitio para expandir los horizontes tanto histórico-artísticos, como los personales, pues aquí hay muchísima oferta de cualquier tipo.

    Dentro de la universidad hay una asociación de estudiantes llamada ESN, que se encarga de organizar excursiones y fiestas para los alumnos de Erasmus, fomentando la sociabilidad y evitando que ninguno se quede solo.

    Otra cosa importante de esta universidad es que la existencia de cursos de italiano que fomenta el aprendizaje del idioma en unos casos y el perfeccionamiento en otros. En mi caso yo llegue a Roma con conocimientos básicos y en menos de un mes mi nivel de italiano ha mejorado mucho, sobretodo mi comprensión, esto es bueno pues las clases comienzan en marzo y el curso de italiano en febrero, elemento positivo, porque de esta manera estas más preparado para el comienzo de las asignaturas.

    Animo a todo el que tenga dudas a solicitar el Erasmus, en la universidad que sea, pero lo importante es salir fuera y ver personas y cosas nuevas, es algo muy importante para el desarrollo personal e intelectual.

  • Edgar Santini. Licenciatura en Humanidades. (Hong Kong)

    Es impresionante lo similar que somos a otros aún viviendo tan lejos. Mis días en Hong Kong me han permitido descubrir que a pesar del aparente abismo cultural la isla no es más que una prolongación del sistema y aspiraciones occidentales. Me han permitido abrir mi mente; ver que existe mundo más allá del continente en el que vivo. Un mundo de distintos edificios, olores, sabores habitado por personas comprometidas con la excelencia laboral y académica. Un lugar lleno de personas de gran calidad humana: llenas de felicidad, humildad y hospitalidad. Seres que a veces rehusamos tratar y a los cuales he tenido no sólo la suerte, sino también el placer de conocer. No se puede pedir más de un intercambio...

  • Estefanía Herrera. Bachelor of Arts (Alemania)

    En Mainz la vida es muy amena, puedes andar a casi todo lado a pie sin problema. La Universidad ofrece cursos y asignaturas excelentes, que requieren mucho esfuerzo. Vivir en piso ha sido una buena elección, más económico. Mi Erasmus en Mainz ha sido para mi una experiencia muy buena y enriquecedora, que además de mejorar significativamente mi dominio del alemán y mis habilidades comunicativas, también es cierto que ha aumentado mi empleabilidad. ¿Por qué? Simplemente por el desarrollo personal al que te sometes con una experiencia internacional. Siento que he madurado, soy más independiente y tengo más seguridad en mi misma.

  • Luisa Varona. Grado en Humanidades bilingüe (Polonia)

    Mi Eramus en Lublin (Polonia) ha representado una gran oportunidad para conocer una cultura, para ampliar mis horizontes académicos y, sobre todo, ha sido una gran lección de vida. He realizado mi estancia en The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin en la que, como indica su nombre, Juan Pablo II dio clase. Este centro tiene especial prestigio debido a sus profesores de filosofía.

    La coordinadora de oficina de Eramus y todos sus miembros se esforzaron desde el principio para asignarnos un estudiante polaco que te ayuda con las cosas prácticas. Organizaron los primeros días excursiones a pueblos cercanos con el fin de que nos conociéramos entre nosotros y conociéramos la región. Además, se organizaban comidas y cenas con distintos motivos para reunirnos y compartir experiencias. Lublin es una ciudad universitaria, en la que hay muchísimas personas de otros países. Debido a la reciente incorporación de Polonia a la Unión Europea, existen bastantes asignaturas centradas en este tema. El idioma resulta complicado pero las palabras útiles se aprenden en seguida.

    Las dos cosas que más me han llamado la atención de este hermoso país han sido: la amabilidad de la gente y su optimismo, a pesar de su sufrimiento a lo largo de los años. Creo que nada de lo que pueda escribir explicará lo que significa esta experiencia, pero lo que tengo claro es que todos deberían experimentarla.

  • Rocío Herraiz Zulueta Doble grado de Historia y Periodismo (Francia)

    No soy capaz de describir mi experiencia en Tours (Francia) de Erasmus sin emocionarme. Aprendí muchísimas cosas, y no sólo de la carrera sino cosas que sólo se aprenden cuando te ves en medio de un lugar que no conoces con gente nueva y diferente experiencias. Ha sido un semestre increíble. He tenido la oportunidad de aprender un idioma, de estudiar cosas nuevas y de ver lugares asombrosos que nunca imaginé que existirían. Creo que todo el que pueda debería tener una experiencia Erasmus, ya que es única y te llena para siempre. Creo que es algo imprescindible para completar una carrera universitaria.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers people from other national and international centers the possibility to undertake research visits. Three different profiles have been identified to meet the needs of each researcher:

  • Visiting scholar: these are professors from other institutions who are visiting the School in order to complete their education or carry out a research program under the guidance, or in partnership with, a professor at the University.

  • Visiting postdoctoral researcher: these are PhDs with little experience (fewer than five years since defense of their thesis), who are pursuing studies or research tasks under the guidance of a professor at the University in order to complete their education as researchers.

Relaciones Internacionales

Regina Sheerin
Coordinadora de Relaciones Internacionales de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras

General contact:
Campus Universitario s/n
31009 Pamplona

+34 948 425 600
Extensión: 802982