Universidad Pública de Navarra

Universidad Pública de Navarra

About Millersville University's Program at UPNA

Many people think of the San Fermin Festival (The Running of the Bulls) when they think about Pamplona, Spain. Although this is the City's hallmark, Pamplona has much more to offer. Beautiful parks and gardens, medieval churches and buildings are all contained within the city's walls. This hospitable and friendly city is filled with local tradition and has many leisure and shopping facilities as well as delicious cuisine.

The Arrosadía Campus of la Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA) is located in the southern part of Pamplona, surrounded by open views of plush landscape and the river. The Arrosadía Campus is located in the city center and near the bypass which gives quick access to any other part of the metropolitan area of Pamplona. Many bus stops provide a quick means of transport from the campus to almost anywhere in the city; although a considerable number of teachers and students prefer to walk to the university. After all, Pamplona is still a city where the pedestrians can walk from the heart of the city - Castillo Plaza - to the university in less than half an hour.

UPNA is only 13 years old. Very young, but intense due to the activity involved in order to transform the Arrosadía area into a combined urban complex, fit for teaching and research work and integrated by a solid collectivity of teachers and administrators.

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Most students who have studied abroad have traditionally been juniors. However, Millersville students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed their first year or 24 credits. A limited number of participants are accepted for the exchange each year, and the selection may be competitive. Students should complete the application for direct student exchange one semester before wishing to go abroad. Please visit the Office of Global Education and Partnerships’ web site for an application, deadlines and more information. Students planning to study at la Universidad Pública de Navarra must demonstrate a proficiency in the Spanish language equivalent to Millersville Spanish 202. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA and two recommendations from MU professors are also required. The Director of Global Education and Partnerships will then review applications and a selection will be made shortly thereafter.


UPNA’s semester courses are offered to full time students, in which international undergraduate students attend classes with their Spanish peers. Students can take many UPNA regular courses according to their needs and their level of Spanish proficiency.To view the regular courses at the university refer to this site. After selecting a degree, to view the list of courses select "plan de estudios".  Click on the actual course (asignatura) to see a description.  Within each degree, a wide range of courses can be offered so it is recommended to research course offerings within multiple degree programs.

Spanish for Foreigners classes are also offered through the Centro Superior de Idiomas for an additional fee, independent from the exchange program.

La Universidad Pública de Navarra  Offers Courses in:

UPNA offers a full curriculum. Students may select courses from: Sociology, Math, Science, Business, Social Work, Education, Music, History, Literature, Spanish, Psychology, Geography, Journalism, Health Sciences and more. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Housing & Meals

Students have the options of an independent apartment rental or residence hall within the city of Pamplona.


Students may choose to study abroad either for a semester or for a full academic year. The first semester runs from mid-September to late January. The second semester starts in early February and ends early June. Study abroad participants receive an orientation at UPNA and have the option to take an intensive week-long Spanish course before the semester begins for an additional cost. Fall semester study is only for students not returning to Millersville for the spring semester.


Studying abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal travel expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville. However, in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less. Traveling while you are abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your travel plans in financial perspective. 

To help students plan for all academic costs, the Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all official MU study abroad programs. These cost worksheets take into account all academic costs associated with studying abroad. Some of the amounts listed are estimated for budgeting purposes (airfare, meals, and living expenses); others are actual fees (tuition, passport fees, insurance, participation fees, etc.). Global Education does not provide estimates for additional personal travel.

Cost Worksheet(s):

Here is an estimated worksheet of costs for the Spring 2015 semester at UPNA-UPNA Cost Worksheet (PDF)

Cost Overview:

Students pay MU tuition and the Millersville general and tech fees directly to Millersville. There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application. Room and board is arranged and paid for separately; costs will vary depending on the type of housing selected. These charges do not include passport and visa fees, airfare, books and supplies or incidental expenses such as laundry, personal travel or entertainment.

Funding Your Experience

Students should investigate loans which may be available, such as application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships have individual regulations, and students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarships are transferable. Students can look into grants such as the Rotary Scholarships which cover expenses, including room, board, tuition, and airfare. This scholarship form must be completed one to one and one-half years in advance and is available from any Rotary Club. Another option is to research online or stop by our office for additional opportunities. Please see Financial Considerations for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which help them make academic progress. Courses may fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate.  The Office of Global Education cannot provide academic advice or determine class equivalencies. 

After being accepted to study abroad, a Study Abroad Transfer of Credits Form and detailed instructions are  made available to students and must be completed before a student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine potential course choices abroad and the MU equivalencies before departure.  With advisor, department, and The Office of Global Education approval, the Transfer of Credits Form can also be amended while abroad, should students choose to register for other classes that was not originally approved. 

After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, all courses taken will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for details regarding Millersville University’s transfer policy.

To Apply

Refer to Global Education's home page at www.millersville.edu/globaled for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • Spring: mid-Sept
  • Fall: mid-February
  • Year-long: mid-February

Before downloading and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.

To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage