*details are correct as of March 2024

  • private research university
  • established 1952
  • One of Spain’s most prestigious universities
  • 12,000+ students from 113 countries
  • 33% international students


  • 4 campuses and a number of international bases for postgrads
  • Main campus in Pamplona – all undergraduate programmes are based here / except the School of Engineering which is in San Sebastian (on the beach)
  • A campus university
  • Pamplona is a small, safe student city with a population of around 200,000 – very liveable and walkable, much cheaper and less hectic than Madrid and Barcelona
  • Excellent nightlife – people come from other cities to enjoy the nightlife


  • Schools: Humanities and Social Sciences / Education and Psychology / Architecture / Communication / Law, Economics, Applied Management and Business / Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Medicine / Engineering
  • Undergrad courses are usually 4 years
  • Options for many double degrees – 5/6 years
  • Many courses start in English and then move into Spanish in later years – students should be motivated to learn Spanish as part of their studies.
  • No programmes are 100% in English.
  • Need B2 in Spanish to start the majority of the programmes – students take an online Spanish test + interview
  • 6 year medical degree – 200 places, taught in English and Spanish – not a huge number of international students
  • Business and Economics programmes are the most international
  • International Foundation Programme – divided into Year and Second Semester (for students who finish school in December) options , takes an average of 80 students, 60% of Year students are absolute beginners/low level in Spanish, intensive Spanish classes 10am-4pm many days, also take an anthropology class – humanistic values and ethics, credits can be transferred to a degree programme, each IFP student has their own academic mentor, the chance to work towards graduating from the university bilingual, close to 80% stay afterwards to attend the university for a full degree programme


  • Admission opens in early October with deadlines in December (find out in January), March, and then May/June/July if places remain – encouraged to apply for the first deadline.
  • Students should register first on the miUNAV Portal and complete the form and upload required documents. Fill in one form per programme, but only one fee/doc upload
  • Required documents: junior year high school grades, letter of recommendation, passport photo, copy of passport
  • Euro 100 application fee
  • Students then take an online admissions test – which includes a Spanish test, an English test, subject specific questions, and an interview.
  • The interview is to learn about the human side of the students – communication skills, ability to adapt to life in a new country
  • Medicine applicants can take the BMAT, the UNAV test or apply with IB grades
  • Admission for most courses based 60% Junior year grades + 40% admission test / for medicine and nursing 30% junior year grades + 70% admission exam


  • Tuition fees – every programme has a different fee, international and domestic students pay the same. Eg. IFY 11,000 euro per year (the cheapest programme), Medicine 19,000 euro – (most expensive), Economics 17,000, Communication 15,000
  • Offers personalised fees based on an individual student’s financial and academic status.
  • Use the online fee tool to get an estimate of first year cost
  • No full ride scholarships
  • Student jobs available through departments/services, tutoring, babysitting, companies and individuals
  • With student visa can work up to 20 hours per week in term time


  • University Residence Halls on campus have stricter rules for curfew, girls and boys are separate, some are run by religious communities / off campus more mixed
  • Also options for flats/apartments – university and private ownership
  • Students always have their own room
  • Recommend to stay in university accommodation in the first year to settle in and have a support system while you settle in


  • On campus activities: university chorus, symphonic orchestra, theatre group, exhibits,
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • A wide range of sports – different levels of competition
  • COMPASS – Guidance Counselling and Wellbeing Unit – focus on prevention and follow up. Offers a trained psychologist, mentoring, a Buddy Program, workshops on issues like anxiety, time management, substance abuse, cultural shock, etc.
  • Support is available for students with learning and physical challenges

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