Pamplona

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Pamplona at a glance

Pamplona is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, placed in the middle of Navarre in a valley, called the Basin of Pamplona.With a highly multicultural environment, home to at least one reputed university and a dynamic and active city life, Pamplona has been attracting thousands of international students and has become one of the most interesting destinations in Europe in which you can pursue your studies. Universities in Pamplona have a long tradition in excellent teaching and their mission is to become leaders in academic research that has a global impact.

Studying

Studying in Pamplona

Higher educational institutions in Pamplona offer various university programmes for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and PhD. You have the possibility to pursue your degree courses either taught in English or Spanish. For each language you have to make proof of your language proficiency, TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge for English, or DELE – B2 level (accredited by Cervantes Institute) for Spanish.

After enrolment, universities organise special intense Spanish language and culture courses for international students.

You can start or continue your academic training in subject areas like: arts, law, economics, international relations, communication, journalism, nursing, medicine, engineering, agricultural studies and more programmes, including popular PhD courses in education, finance and psychology.

Most online degree courses are dedicated to business administration, accounting and economy fields and you can also apply to several MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) programmes.

Career

Career opportunities in Pamplona

Pamplona has a diverse and stable economy, with the following major sectors: automobile manufacturing, building materials, metalworking and food processing, renewable energy, and healthcare.

Some of the top employers in Pamplona include: Volkswagen, Deloitte, Viscofan, Indra, Whirlpool, PwC, Pepper Group, Pamplona Capital Management, Ikea, Manpower.

Internship opportunities in local companies are available for international students, and they will have many fields to choose from.

Life

Pamplona city life

Pamplona is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually. However, there is more to this city then one festival; you can visit several museums and churches, enjoy natural landscapes and relax with a sangria in a nice pub in the evening.

The major landmarks of Pamplona are:

  • Pamplona Cathedral
  • Ciudadela or citadel – built in the shape of a pentagon under the rule of King Philip II
  • Plaza del Castillo
  • The Museo de Navarra
  • The Museo Diocesano of religious art
  • Fortress and Walls of Pamplona

In Pamplona, you can relax and walk around many parks and garden areas, like the Taconera Park, or Media Luna park.

You can enjoy football or handball matches, or attend a bull ring performance; the city is also hosting cycling events, water polo contests.

The entertainment life is pretty active at night, look for the bars and pubs on the San Nicolás, Estafeta, and Jarauta streets.

Pamplona surroundings are rich in attractions, just outside the city in Gorraiz, you will find a palace that once belonged to Sir Lancelot of King Arthur.Vvisit the Monastery of Leyre, which is a 30 minutes-drive from Pamplona, the little town of Sangüesa and Ayerbe village – at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Zaragoza and Bilbao, two lovely cities in Spain, are only two hours away from Pamplona, so you can always make a trip there too and you can even get to France in just two hours with the bus.

International atmosphere in Pamplona

Pamplona counts a significant number of international students, particularly from European countries. The rest of the multicultural environment is enriched by the ethnic communities living in Pamplona, many people come from Romania and other countries from Eastern Europe, Morocco, Ecuador and Colombia.

Pamplona is pretty popular in terms of foreign investment, particularly in fields like manufacturing and real estate and also, many branches of foreign companies were established here. Most international business people are from EU countries, and a few from Latin America.

Weather Pamplona

Influenced by the Mediterranean, in Pamplona, you would experience mild winters and somewhat drier summer months. However, throughout a year, the city counts more rainfalls than most parts of Spain, particularly March and October are the wettest months. The average high temperatures in summer months are 28 °C (83 °F) and in the winter, they are around 9 – 10 °C (48 – 51 °F). The cold season usually lasts from November to March.

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