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Universidad Pública de Navarra

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Each day, almost 9,000 students attend the University, students seeking an education which will equip them for the future. The university prides itself on its commitment to providing quality in higher education. Excellent resources complement classroom learning in this young and dynamic university.

Universidad Publica de Navarra is situated in a peaceful and sunny part of Pamplona, not far from the city center. Pamplona is a manageable size. You can reach most points of interest in Pamplona on foot. Internationally, Pamplona is best known for its festival of San Fermin and el Encierro (Running of the Bulls), which take place in July of each year.

Pamplona is the capital of Navarra, a region located in the north of Spain bordering on France. Pamplona is a one hour bus ride to France, 2 hours by bus to Bilbao, 3 and a half hours by train to Madrid and 4 and a half hours by train to Barcelona.

In the Middle Ages, Navarra was important as a crossing point for highways and the pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James). In addition to its historic importance, Navarra is especially rich in natural attractions. Though only 10,400 square kilometers, Navarra is characterized by three distinct climatological zones, which lead to a variety of natural settings. An airport is located just an hour's bus ride outside of Pamplona. The sea in San Sebastian and desert to the south are also located just an hour outside Pamplona.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.
ISEP Direct: Bridge Program, a three week language program, offered in August and January.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Direct chance of placement for all students on the Bridge Program is Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
ISEP- Exchange: Academic year: late August to June; Semester 1: late August to end-January; Semester 2: February to early June.

ISEP Direct: August and January.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Pre-Semester 1 16-17: $2,350
Pre-Semester 2 16-17: $2,500

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 15, 2016
SM2: October 20, 2016

Fast Facts
Pamplona, Spain (pop. 200,000)
Student Enrollment: 9,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English and some Basque
University Home Page
Course Information
ISEP-Direct Bridge Program Application
Important Visa information for Spain
Tips for Finding Courses in Spain

Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses:
Agriculture (Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Food Processing, Horticulture & Gardening); Business (Accounting, Business Administration, Commerce, Finance, International Commerce, Management, Marketing); Economics (Applied Economics, Economic Theory); Education (Teacher Training in Pre-School and Elementary); Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Sound & Image, Telecommunications); Social Sciences (Industrial Relations, Law, Sociology, Social Work); Health Sciences: Nursing, Physiotherapy

Option 2: ISEP Direct Bridge Program:
A three week intensive Spanish language program designed to help students with at least 3 semesters of college level Spanish prepare for their exchange. Students will receive 90 instruction hours (on-site classes and students’ work by themselves at the Resources Center) which will count as 2 semesters toward the 5-6 semester language requirement to participate in an ISEP-Exchange in Spain. Students can participate in this program before exchanges at most sites in Spain. This can also be a stand alone summer or J-term program.

Courses taught in English
An increasing number of courses are taught in English. For more the most current list consult this website.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate students are accepted on an individual basis.

Academic Notes
Among fields most appropriate for incoming students are economics and business, engineering (electrical, mechanical, agronomical) and social sciences. Though there are no degree programs in humanities at Universidad Publica de Navarra, more than 70 elective subjects are offered each year designed for students from all majors. Of special interest to ISEP participants are the electives about the art, history, geography, literature, and politics of Spain.

Navarra is well known for its work in the fields of agriculture and engineering. These fields are highly recommended for ISEP participants and are open to participants interested in preparing a research thesis. Research projects can be supervised in English upon request.

Students generally enroll in five to six courses and spend 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in mid April for Semester 1 and in late August for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP Exchange: Regular University Courses:
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to take a mixture of courses in English and Spanish. Students who have completed 5 semesters of university - level Spanish or the equuivalent may take regular university courses in Spanish. Native Portuguese speakers must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish prior to the start of the program.
Official Languages of Navarra: At the university, all courses are offered in Spanish. For some subjects, additional course sections are taught in Basque language, depending on demand.
Language Courses: One non-intensive Spanish language course is included in ISEP benefits in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester for Intermediate and Advanced levels. Students may enroll in additional language classes at their own expense. These benefits only apply to students enrolled in ISEP Exchange. These courses will be listed on the university transcript as pass or fail. The letter grade earned in the class will be noted on an official certificate, separate from the transcript.Students should verify with their home university if credits will be accepted for transfer.
Pre-Session: A one-week langauge pre-session is included in ISEP Benefits. (Note: This is different than the Bridge Program)

Don’t meet the language requirement? Need to brush up on your language skills before enrolling in regular university courses in Spanish? Consider enrolling in the ISEP Direct Bridge Program before your ISEP Exchange.

Option 2: ISEP Direct Bridge Program
Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students should only select courses from the Arrosadia campus. The Tudela campus is 100km from Pamplona and is closed to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
How to apply for the ISEP Direct Bridge Program on the ISEP application:

1. On the Academic Information Tab of the Participant Profile, select that you would like "2 placements."
2. Select your programs as "Semester 1" and "Semester 2".
3. On your Host Site Request List, indicate the Select Universidad Pública de Navarra in your Semester 1 placement, and the information for your second placement in Semester 2. If you are applying for a full year program in your second semester placement, please indicate this on the course request list.
4. In the course request list for Semester 1, please list “ISEP Direct Bridge Program.”
Application instructions

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on Course Information.
2. This will give you a list of majors. Click on a major and you will either go directly to the major’s website.
3. Fom the majors website, look for plan de estudios or lista de asignaturas to get to course listings.
4. Under lista de asignaturas click on a course title to obtain a course description where available.
5. Note the asignaturas específicas de libre eleccion within each faculty. These are elective courses which may be of interest to ISEP students. Choose them with your coordinator when you arrive at UPNA to make sure that they are offered.

Download Tips for Finding Courses in Spain.

Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange: ISEP students are placed in shared student apartments, or may choose to live in a residence hall, and receive a stipend to cover rent and meals.

ISEP Direct: ISEP students are placed in a residence hall with kitchen facilities. For more information on the residence halls visit this link.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 400 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

ISEP Direct: Personal Expenses for the duration of the program are estimated at 350 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Orientation will take place once students arrive on campus and will include a coffee break, information session, and a tour of the campus. The following day students will go on a tour of Pamplona and enjoy a day trip to experience the remarkable landscape of Navarra. During orientation, students will have their computer accounts activated and will be given information regarding registration for courses. An academic coordinator will be assigned to help with the learning agreement and make any changes if necessary.

The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The UPNA offers a wide range of cultural activities that include, drawing and painting, courses to improve communication skills, cinema and photography, science and technology courses, and cooking. You can take part in the university chorus or join the theatre club, as well as enjoy many cultural excursions and trekking trips. The university offers easy access to a multimedia language center, library, and sports facilities which include an indoor pool and a climbing wall. The UPNA also has a free medical and psychological care service available to all students which you can use for basic health care or to receive advice on health matters.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Internships are available on an individual basis in fields where internships are compulsory to obtain a degree (Nursing, Education and Social Working). Other students wishing to do internships may bring their curriculum vitae to the Office of Employment and Internships at UPNA, which distributes positions as they become available. Each internship application is reviewed on an individual basis, and payment varies and is determined by the company.

Students can enroll for volunteer positions at the Social Action Office. The Office also offers free courses or seminars about volunteering, health, and lifestyle issues.

Built in the 1980s and 1990s, Universidad Publica de Navarra’s centralized layout and harmonious design make it unique among Spanish universities. The university prides itself on its commitment to providing quality in higher education. Excellent resources complement classroom learning in this young and dynamic university. Tthe UPNA is been appointed International Campus of Excellence, a commitment to innovation and collaboration.