International Foundation Program
When do classes start? When do they end?( I want to book tickets home.)
The academic calendar can be found on the UNAV website. The exam period is after the end of classes. At the end of the academic year, in June there is a “Convocatoria Extraordinaria de exámenes” which is for students that have failed a class at any point during the academic year. They are able to take an an exam in June and if they pass it, they will receive a passing grade for that class. Please be aware that every class has a different exam schedule, and some don’t have exams. You can check the exam dates for your classes on the web page of each Facultad (Department) under “Alumnos” (Students) and “Examenes”. The dates are generally posted by the end of the first month of classes. Do not book any tickets home until you are sure of the date of your last exam. Professors will not allow you to take an exam early.
How do I access my university email account?
Your university email account can be found in the portal MyUNAV. Your university email ends: alumni.unav.es. The password is the one you created to access the MyUNAV portal during the application process. If you have forgotten that, or have any trouble logging on, you can go to any one of the “Puntos de Información” (Information Points) that are located in the lobby of the Edificio Central and in the central area of the Edificio Amigos. You can also go to IT Services which is in the basement of the Edificios Amigos.
Will I have a student ID? Where do I pick it up?
Your “carnet” is your student ID card, and it allows you access to the buildings on campus. You will receive your student ID at the Orientation meeting for IFP students. If you arrive on campus earlier, do not worry, there are “bedeles” (security guards/receptionists) in the entrance to each building, and they can let you enter the buildings until you have your ID.
I took an online Spanish test when I was accepted. What if I think my level has changed?
Once you arrive on campus, all non-native speakers will take a brief diagnostic test the first week of school. The results of this test will allow the Spanish professors to make any last minute adjustments to the language classes. For this reason, the Spanish language classes begin the second week.
Is there WIFI on campus?
Yes, there is free WIFI on campus available to students. To access WIFI, choose “”eduroam” from the WIFI option on your device. You will need your university email and password to sign on (see above).
I need to talk to someone about my payments, where do I go?
If you have to make a tuition payment, check on any previous payments, or arrange future payments, you need to go to “Oficinas Generales” (Registrar's Office). The office is in the Edificio Central, on the main floor.
Is there a bookstore on campus?
There is a bookstore, called TROA, on campus where you can purchase the books you will need for class, as well as supplies. The bookstore is located on the main floor of the Amigos Building. There is also a branch of the bookstore off campus (but within walking distance) located at Avenida Sancho el Fuerte, 24 (in the Iturrama neighborhood). Website for University bookstore. The campus bookstore is open from 9am to 7pm Monday through Friday.
What is ADI?
ADI is an indispensable tool that you will use constantly. It is essentially an online classroom. Every class you are registered for will appear there, and you will find all information about the class, the contents and the professor, as well as when and where the class is held. Your professor may leave relevant information on the site (grades, information on tests and quizzes or projects) as well as study material. You can access ADI with your student ID and password (just like for your student email account) from the University home page (the tab at the top of the page that says Aula Virtual ADI).
Will I have an advisor?
Every student at the University is assigned an academic advisor. It is important to meet with your advisor early in the semester and whenever else you have questions about your classes, future degree programs, grades, etc. You will be notified of your advisor via email (with the contact information) at the beginning of the semester. The email will go to your student email account- every effort will be made to get you that information by the end of the first week of class, if not earlier.
How do the Spanish language (ILCE) classes work?
The exception to the standard start and end dates are the ILCE classes. ILCE classes are Spanish language, grammar and pronunciation classes, as well Inmersión Sociocultural, The Business of Wine and Gastronomy, Relato Creativa, etc. These classes will begin the second week of the semester. The final exams for these classes will be the last day of class. In other words, all the exams for ILCE classes will be taken before the start of the general exam period. For more information on ILCE offerings, please click here.
Where do I get a copy of my schedule with the buildings and classes (I can’t find the one that was sent to me via email)?
If you need your schedule, or to check your grades, or to create an Instancia (a formal request to the University concerning academics), you can go online to Gestión Academica (Academic Management). This can be reached via the UNAV home page, under the students section. You can sign into Gestión Academica from there using your UNAV user id and password. The link to the Student page can be found below.
Do I need a laptop?
For the IFP there is no requirement for a laptop. However, many students do bring laptops and find them very useful. In several (though not all) of the degree programs, laptops are required.
What should I bring the first day of class?
The first day of class bring yourself, some paper and something to write with. The professor will inform you about what specific materials you will need. If you have a laptop, you can bring that as well.
What do I do if I go to a class and decide I want to change out of it?
You are allowed to change classes, when possible, for the first two weeks of the semester. After that, no changes can be made. Please come talk to the Head of the IFP before changing. There are several factors to take into account: if there is room in the class you want to switch into, if there is a time conflict in your schedule with another class, and if the class is in English or Spanish (a B2 level is needed to take a class in either language).
How do I apply for a degree program at the UNAV?
Students from the IFP almost always continue at the UNAV in one of the degree programs. Each School (Facultad) has particular admissions requirements, but in general (with the exception of the School of Medicine) the admissions deadlines are as follows:
There is a first round of entrance exams in the middle of December; there is no preparation necessary. You can ask the Director of Admissions of the Department you are interested in for more information. An interview is also required by each department. You will be contacted by Admissions to arrange this. If you are planning on going home for the holiday break, be sure you have the interview done before your departure date (The possibility for an online test in English for the December round of admissions exists in SOME departments, though not all. You will need to check with the Department you are interested in).
The second round of entrance exams is in mid-February and then there is another round in mid- April (depending on the Department, there may be another entrance exam in June) . Please check with the individual Departments to see the particulars of their process, although all schools adhere to roughly the same procedure. For more information, you can click here.
Will I be able to validate the class credits from the IFP in my degree program?
Generally speaking, you are able to transfer a maximum of 36 ECTS (academic credits) to a degree program from the IFP Year (the proportional amount for a semester). However, each Facultad (Department) reserves the right to accept the credits; therefore, you must check with your intended Department. In general, the Spanish language classes are not able to be transferred.
Some classes will be validated as first year classes and others (electives) will generally be validated in the third, fourth or fifth year of your degree program.
Here is a very useful link for UNAV students- you can find information about grants/financial aid, reserving courts and fields at the sport center, the academic calendars, access to ADI, access to your grades via Gestión Academica, etc.