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Rovira i Virgili University

The URV was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment.



University education in the Tarragona area goes back to the 16th century when Cardinal Gaspar Cervantes de Gatea founded a university in the city of Tarragona to teach Grammar, the Arts and Theology. This Universitas Tarraconensis was practically wiped out by the reprisals of Philip V after the War of Succession. 


The range of academic programmes offer by the URV covers all fields of knowledge: engineering and architecture, arts and humanities, health, and social and experimental sciences. We offer a wide range of programmes including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral programmes, as well as lifelong training programmes for professional development.


The University aims to promote all the research activities of its members and pays particular attention to the strengthening of groups, and the quality and the magnitude of its scientific production.

There are a variety of complex structures that work together on this task and focus on research groups as the basic unit.

Institutes and Centres for Research and Innovation:
  • ICAC - Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology
  • ICIQ - Catalan Institute of Chemical Research
  • IPHES - Catalan Institute of Human Palaeocology and Social Evolution
  • IISPV - The Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research
  • IREC - The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research
  • CITEE – Technological Innovation Centre in Electronic Engineering


Our Job Notice Board and Career Guidance Department will help you find your first job once you have finished your degree. You will receive personal guidance to plan your professional future and you can take part in specific seminars where you will learn how to improve your CV and how to prepare for a job interview, among other skills.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
601 -100
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
625 -25
600 -43
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
751 -50
701 50
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Student services

At the URV we are committed to your learning, both inside and outside the classroom. For this reason we offer you all kind of services so that you can make the most of your stay at the university. We offer a wide range of cultural, sporting, volunteering and leisure activities. Make the most of your free time, discover new passions, make new friends and become one of us. For more information:

Living and studying abroad is a challenge for any student. This is why we have an International Center to help you with accommodation, health information, paperwork abroad and other services specifically for international students. We will help you feel at home from the very first day.

Housing services


We can help you find accommodation. We have two university residences in the city of Tarragona or, if you prefer, we can help you find a shared flat with other students.

Spain is one of the cheapest countries for students in Europe. The average cost of living, including accommodation, living expenses and transport, is 600-700 euros a month.

Library services

The Learning and Research Resource Centre (CRAI) on each campus offers a wide range of services to make your learning easier. In addition to the library, we offer individual and group study spaces equipped with multimedia devices, guidance and material for learning languages and training to improve your computer skills and information management.

ICT services

Managing the systems of information, the infrastructure and the services of communications of the URV, giving technical support for developing applications and optimizing the investment in technology, administering in a suitable way the risks and the opportunities associated to IT, the Computer and ICT Service provides for the University’s needs in the area of the information technologies.

Medical services

In Catalonia health care is provided at CAPs (Primary Health Care Centers) and Hospitals.

The CAPs have fix opening hours and you will be assigned one depending on where you live. If you need to see a general practitioner, you should ask at your CAP to be assigned one.

If you have an urgent problem but it is not an emergency, the professionals at your CAP can receive you during the opening hours.

Student Life

Campus life

URV has 12 faculties and schools  divided into 5 campuses among which you can use public transport and also to travel around the area easily.

What is more, the southern regions of Catalonia enjoy a high quality of life: medium-sized cities full of personality, a mild Mediterranean climate, sea, beaches, mountains and exceptional national landscapes such as the Ebro Delta, privileged cultural areas such as Roman Tarraco (a World Heritage site) or the Catalan Art Nouveau legacy in Reus, a wide range of leisure activities and an important communications network (port, airport, motorway and high-speed train).

Sports facilities

EsportsURV is the URV's sports service. As well as looking after the university's sports facilities, EsportsURV organizes all sorts of sports course (tennis, yoga, basketball, swimming, sailing and many more)

If you are a member of EsportsURV, you will have the following advantages:

  • You will be given discounts on all courses organized by EsportsURV.
  • You will be able to hire the URV facilities.
  • You will be given discounts on gymnasiums, clubs and sporting entities.
  • You will be able to take part in university leagues.

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Student clubs

The Rovira i Virgili University, with the objective of keeping up-to-date information on Associations and Groups of students of the University, has approved on the Board of Governors on February 25 a new Regulations for the Registration of Associations and Groups of Students.

Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

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