Regulations on permanence in official university degree studies

Approval Date: August 2011


1. A student’s permanence in a university degree’s studies is limited to a period that includes two courses more than those established in the degree’s corresponding curriculum.

2. However, this period may be extended by one or two further courses for those students who have completed the majority of credits for the degree, and who justify that they have not been able to dedicate themselves to their studies for valid reasons.

3. The extension must be requested during the last course of permanence through an application addressed to the Rector of the University, who will consult with the Board of Directors about said application.


4. Generally, all students should enroll annually in the minimum number of credits established for each degree. In this way, the pace of the studies is distributed in an orderly manner according to the number of courses in the curriculum. Students should first register for compulsory courses that have previous courses pending, and complete the rest of the credits with other courses until reaching a minimum of 40 ECTS or a maximum of 78. Within these limits, one can set more specific maximums and minimums for each particular degree.


5. Those students who are not able to study on a full-time basis may apply for part-time status through an application addressed to the Rector of the University, who will resolve said application with the Board of Directors. Part-time students can enroll in a minimum of 3 ECTS and a maximum of 39. Within these limits, one can set more specific maximums and minimums for each particular degree.


6. Upon the completion of the first year, students who have not obtained a minimum of 15 ECTS in the field of Engineering and Architecture as well as an additional 18 ECTS from other fields, corresponding to compulsory or basic courses, will not be able to continue their studies in the degree for which they would have enrolled.

7. As an exception these students may be admitted, only once, to start a different degree at the University of Navarra in which there are vacancies. If the student is still unable to attain the number of ECTS indicated in the previous paragraph, they will not be able to continue their studies at the University.


8. Students are entitled to four examination sessions for each subject, except as indicated in #6 for first year students.

9. Those who fail to pass a course after the third exam session may apply for an extension of the four sessions to include an additional two, except as indicated in #6 for first year students. The application must be formalized within the month following the publication of the third exam session results, through a written request providing reasons for why the student should be granted the extension. This should be directed to the Dean or Director of the Center. If the Board of Directors and the Dean are not in agreement as to granting a fifth and sixth session, the Rector will decide the outcome of the application.

10. Students may not disclaim examinations at their own discretion, but examinations may be waived if a student is unable to attend an exam for justified reasons. These reasons must be argued in writing to the Dean or Director of the Center thirty days before the end of classes, or before the exam if the cause for missing the exam occurs first. This has no financial ramifications.

11. Other than the exceptions mentioned in the previous number, all exam sessions in which a student was enrolled, including those from other universities and those where the student was not present, will be taken into account for grading, except those from incompatible courses with other methods of grading.

12. The examinations corresponding to a sixth session, when granted, are taken before a panel constituted for this purpose, which, in addition to assessing the results of the test, will take into account the academic history and other circumstances that apply to the student.


14. The degree curriculum may establish certain conditions for access to a course or to the second half of the degree.


15. Students who lack a maximum of 30 ECTS to complete the degree, even if they have not enrolled in previous courses, will be able to attend the special exam session, provided that they have completed in their studies the period of education determined in the current regulations.


16. When there are sufficient reasons and experience advises, the Centers may propose specifications related to these regulations to the Rector.

17. Part-time students or those with special education needs who cannot comply with these regulations must present their situation every year before finalizing enrollment, in order to adapt them to their particular study-related needs.

18. Students enrolled in curricula not adapted to the European Higher Education Area will be subject to the rules of permanence applicable to those studies.

Approval Date: August 2011

Modification Date: October 2016


1. Completed studies leading to other official degree titles at the University of Navarra, or in any other university that offers these degrees or their equivalent, may be recognized according to the following basic rules:

1.1. As long as the designation in question belongs to the same branch of knowledge, a number of credits will be recognized equal to at least 15 percent of the total credits of the degree, corresponding to the basic subjects of said branch.

1.2. Credits obtained in other basic subjects corresponding to the desired degree’s field of knowledge will also be recognized.

1.3.The rest of the credits may be recognized according to what is indicated in #3.

2. Credits awarded in other official higher education or university studies leading to a degree, as referred to in article 34.1 of Organic Law 6/2001 of December 21st of Universities, may also be recognized. Accredited work and professional experience may also be recognized in the form of credit, which will be evaluated for the purpose of obtaining an official title, provided that such experience is related to the competences inherent in that title. The number of credits subject to be recognized for work experience and/or unofficial university studies cannot exceed 15 percent of the total number of credits in the curriculum. The recognition of these credits will not include a grade evaluation, and as such will not contribute a grade to the transcript. Notwithstanding, credits from acquired qualifications may be subject to recognition in a higher percentage or, if applicable, in its entirety, provided that the corresponding qualification has been extinguished and replaced by an official qualification. The verification report of this official qualification should include such circumstances, as well as the required mandatory information.

3. In all cases, the assessment will take into account the parallel between the skills and knowledge associated with the subjects or lessons learned by the student or associated with previous professional experience, as well as those provided in the curriculum.

4. Credits for Degree Final Projects will not be recognized.

5.  Academic recognition also includes participation in university cultural activities, sports, student representation, and solidary or cooperative activities. These should be approved by the Rector or by each Center, and consist of at least 6 credits in accordance with the provisions of the curriculum.

6. In addition to those previously indicated, courses completed at another university are recognized when they are within the framework of an exchange program or a university agreement.

7. These recognitions will be reflected in the student’s academic record and will count towards the student’s official qualification, after considering the rights that are established in each case.


8. Also included in the academic record are all the credits obtained in previous official courses that did not lead to the obtaining of an official degree.

9. All credits obtained by a student in official courses taken at any university, transferred, recognized and passed in order to obtain the corresponding degree, will be included in the academic record and reflected in the European Diploma Supplement.


10. The student must submit his application for recognition at the University’s General Offices for registration. Together with the application, the student should attach the academic certificate accrediting the completion of the studies that he/she wishes to have recognized. The General Offices will send the file to the center responsible for the degree. The degree’s Recognition Committee will evaluate the competences acquired in the previous studies and will issue a recognition report. Upon considering the recognition report the Rector will issue a corresponding conclusion, which the General Offices will share with the student via post or email.


11. Each degree has a designated recognition committee that carries out the evaluation of accredited competencies and that issues recognition reports.