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Universitat Rovira I Virgili

4.1 out of 5 (26 ratings / 11 reviews) Tarragona, Spain
The Universitat Rovira i Virigili is located in the province of Tarragona, close to Barcelona, in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is a young and dynamic university serving the needs of society, open to the world and, at the same time, closely connected to its social and economic surroundings.  

PhD Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Humanities (3)
Medicine & Health (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)
  • Ph.D. Law
    Faculty of Legal Sciences



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.


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


Student Services Centre (CAE) can provide you with the following services:

  • URV Sports
  • Careers Service
  • Psychological Support

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Student services

The quality of the University is guaranteed with a thorough and attractive academic programme, and lines of research that are adapted to the demands of the European Area.

To help them in this task, lecturers and students enjoy a wide range of services provided by various administrative units.

These units give assistance and support on such diverse and necessary issues as human resources, economy, information technology, academic management, extra-mural activities, international relations and language.

The URV International Center is the one-stop shop for international students. Come and see us when you arrive!

Housing services

  • Sant Jordi Residence

The Rovira i Virgili University has a student residence in the centre of Tarragona, next to the Plaça Imperial Tàrraco and just a few minutes from the university campus. There are single and double rooms. It has a total of 175 places and a variety of facilities, all designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Flats or rooms to rent

In our city it is very normal to share a flat with other students. If you are going to be with us for very long, renting a room in a flat with other students will help you to integrate and get to know people.

The URV has an accommodation office that puts those who are looking for accommodation into touch with those who have rooms available.

Library services

The URV has libraries on all its campuses which provide resources for learning, teaching and research. Some of the services they provide are:

  • Library loan
  • Self-service borrowing
  • Laptop loan
  • Loan of Group Work Rooms
  • E-reader loan
  • Access to electronic resources/publications, scientific journals, etc. to which the URV is subscribed, both internal and external to the university's computer network.

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

The faculties and schools of the URV are divided into several campuses.

You can use public transport to get to all of the URV's campuses 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.