UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Program

Spain: University of Navarra

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    A NOTE ABOUT PASSPORTS AND VISAS: It is strongly recommended that students have in their possession by the application deadline a valid passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the program end date. Due to visa regulations, students should consult their study abroad advisor before making international travel plans prior to the program start date. Students accepted into this program will need to travel to a Spanish consulate here in the United States, with passport in hand, to obtain a visa permitting them to study in Spain.

    The University of Navarra School of Economics and Business was founded in 1987 and was the first university in Spain to launch a bi-lingual Spanish-English Business program. A strong international perspective, combined with a humanistic educational approach aligns with the University of Navarra’s mission to provide a holistic learning environment. The School boasts a student-centered approach and fosters student participation in and out of the classroom.

    As the capital of the Navarra province in northeast Spain, Pamplona (or Iruña) boasts a rich history with exciting traditions, such as the world famous Running of the Bulls. Pamplona is a laid back city and is well-connected to Barcelona and Madrid, making the rest of Europe easily accessible. English is not spoken as heavily in Pamplona, so your Spanish language skills will certainly develop throughout your exchange experience.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: 4 semesters
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English and Spanish
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No
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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    ​​ Fall - Late August to Late December
    ​​ Spring​ - Early January to Mid May

    ​​Spring 2018 dates are January 7, 2018 – May 19, 2018

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

     The undergraduate business program at The University of Navarra School of Economics and Business offers courses in Spanish and English. Courses are at an appropriate level for second semester junior and senior business students, and transfer for mostly business elective credit. There are very few courses, if any, that will be offered for business core credit each semester.

    Participants have the opportunity to take some of their business coursework in Spanish. It is necessary for applicants to have Spanish language proficiency commensurate to completing level 4. The University of Navarra offers an intensive Spanish crash course in August prior to the program's official start date.

    Courses taken at The University of Navarra will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 5 (out of 10) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 5 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the University of Navarra transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 5 ECTS credit course, and are expected to take a minimum of 23 ECTS credits during the semester (maximum number of credits is 30 ECTS). A student who earns a grade of 5 or more in all courses will receive a total of 13.5-18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.

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  • Housing

    Pamplona is a university student friendly city, and there are plenty of housing options in the neighborhood areas located within walking distance to campus. Most exchange students choose to live in private apartments, however, on-campus accommodation is available. Each student is responsible for making their own housing arrangements. The University of Navarra Housing Office provides information and advice about the different types of housing available.

    There is also the option for placement in family homes. The University of Navarra provides the homestay information, but students are responsible for managing the process themselves. The University of Navarra cannot guarantee placement in a homestay.

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  • Student Life

    The University of Navarra is ranked as one of the best private universities in Spain and hosts thriving sport, culture, and art scenes that are enjoyed by its large international student population.

    Exchange participants benefit from the lively student life on campus and in the local community and will have ample opportunity to practice their Spanish language skills. Hear more about the student experience at the University of Navarra here. For a tour of the Amigos Building, where the School of Economics and Business is located, click here.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,500
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $200
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $150
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $500
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $15,310
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $28,324

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.« PrevNext »
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