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BMGT Exchange: School of Economics & Business Administration, University of Navarra (Spain)

Pamplona, Spain
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Universidad de Navarra, founded in 1952, is located in Pamplona, Spain. There are 13,197 students enrolled in the university and foreign students make up 13.74% of the total student body. The School of Economics and Business Administration recently moved to a new building in March 2012.

Host City
Pamplona, Navarre is famous for the San Fermin festival where the famous “running of the bulls” takes place. The city also hosts the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, the most important Spanish documentary film festival that is held annually. There are many Gothic cathedrals in the city’s landscape and a walk around the Taconera Park is a must before leaving the city. A medium-sized Spanish city, Pamplona is not far from Bilbao, Madrid, and Barcelona.

To read about students' experiences on the University of Navarra exchange program, visit the Smith Goes Global blog. 

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students can take intensive or regular classes in Spanish while studying at the university. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. English taught courses revolve around economics, finance, and marketing and management. For a full list of English courses, visit: For equivalencies of courses approved for transfer in the past, visit the Smith Equivalencies


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at University of Navarra Credit will be converted as follows:

University of Navarra Credit UMD Credit
.5 ECTS  1 UMD Credit
6 ECTS 3 UMD Credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on January 29, 2015.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the Undergraduate Exchange page hosted by the Smith School of Business and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

University of Navarra Grade UMD Grade
5 C -

Students can live in residential housing or apartments; the most popular option for international students are apartments. There are 12 Colegios Mayores (7 for women and 5 for men) and residents are offered full room and board, academic support and cultural and social activities. Dormitories are separate from the university but offer full room and board as well. In terms of apartment living, the Office of Student Accommodation publishes a list of students or landlords looking for tenants on their website. Most apartments come partially furnished with beds, tables, and other essential furniture. The cost of living in an apartment per month is roughly $260 - $520 per month.

All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
  • If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline. 

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Year (Fall-Spring) 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018 01/05/2019 05/18/2019
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.