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

Pamplona, Spain
Terms Offered: 
Year (Fall-Spring)
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Minimum GPA: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Rachel McCloud
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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), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. 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. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. 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.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


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.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


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 Credits

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


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.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. 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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
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, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
There are many student activities and sports for international students to get involved in! These activities are a great way to meet local students.

International Welcome/Orientation
The Universidad de Navarra offers both Welcome Days and a Buddy Program to help international students get acquainted to their new surroundings.

Counseling & Health Services
The Spanish healthcare system is ranked among the best in the world. As an International student studying at the Universidad de Navarra, you have certain access to the system.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*
Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 09/09/2022 09/15/2022
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023