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Five Reasons to Consider Studying in Navarre, Spain

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Imagine studying in a city where your university is only five minutes away (on foot) from where you live, ten minutes from popular nightspots and fifteen minutes from the theater.

Imagine studying in a small city that is open to the world, where the local university has global aspirations.

Sound good? You can have all of this if you choose to study in Pamplona, the capital of Navarre – one of the finest and most culturally rich regions of Spain. Want to learn more? Here are five important things to know about studying in Navarre.

You’ll have the chance to learn from excellent professors

A good university professor knows their two main commitments are to their teaching and their research, two mutually enriching activities. Most of the 910 professors at the University of Navarra hold a PhD.

Furthermore, the professor-student ratio at the university is 1:12, which makes for close contact and ensures you’re always able to turn to someone for academic support.

When you start at the university, you’re also assigned a mentor, who will answer any questions you have about academic studies, campus life and employment opportunities.

You’ll never be short of things to do outside of your studies

As well as a wide range of festivals and cultural events, the city has plenty of other ways to offer entertainment. You can also visit exhibitions and see performances each academic year in the museum theater at the Museum University of Navarra, which is located in the center of the university campus.

If you’re artistically minded, the museum also offers many different activities that can help you get involved in campus life such as the Symphony Orchestra, University Choir and Musical Performance Workshop.

For sport lovers, the Sports Talent program lets you combine university studies with participation in competitive sports. If you really want your campus experience to leave a mark, you can join more than 1,300 volunteers at the University’s Time Bank, which collaborates with 134 NGOs and associations. Basically, there’s so much to do here that your only worry will be deciding what to do first.

You’ll find yourself studying on a stunning campus

The largest park in the city of Pamplona is the university campus, which covers 113 hectares and contains more than 4,190 trees of 173 different species. This year, the university received the international Green Flag Award, making it the first university campus in Spain to receive this quality certification.

As well as memories of a pretty campus and your university degree, the University of Navarra will leave you with something more: well before graduation, their team of professionals will provide you with support for entering the job market.

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Navarra was ranked first in Spain in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019. It was also ranked 61st in the world.

You’ll get to experience the San Fermín Festival

Pamplona is world-famous for San Fermín, its yearly festival, made popular by the author and regular participant Ernest Hemingway. At today’s festival, the entire city is dressed in red and white and welcomes a million visitors from all over the world.

You may have seen videos of groups of people running in front of the bulls, an event that’s part of the San Fermín tradition. There’s more to Navarre than the bulls though. At other times in the year, Pamplona also organizes other events such as rock and indie music festivals, the Flamenco on Fire festival and, of course, Tapas Week. This region is very famous for its gastronomy and, when you try it, you’ll understand why.

You’ll discover that Navarre is more than just a small region in northern Spain

Even though Pamplona is a small city, you’ll meet young people from all over the world here. What do you think about studying at a university where more than 24 percent of the student body is made up of international students?

In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than 3,000 young people from other countries chose to study at the University of Navarra and 500 students come to the university each year as exchange students. All of this means there are more than 96 nationalities represented on campus. The University of Navarra has also signed 482 partnership agreements with 386 institutions in 54 countries.

Of course, the most important things you take away from your university experience are the friendships and relationships you make, which is why the size of a university is never the most important factor. What really matters is it’s open to others and the world.

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As editor of TopUniversities.com, Craig oversees the site's editorial content and network of student contributors. He also plays a key editorial role in the publication of several guides and reports, including the QS Top Grad School Guide.

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