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International Program in Medicine

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To continue giving future medical graduates a world-class education, the International Program in Medicine was developed in 2013 by the School of Medicine at the University of Navarra as a complement to the Medical Degree. This program educates students with a comprehensive global vision through its specialized coursework, the English language, and international clinical rotations.

If you want to study Medicine in Spain, the International Program in Medicine at the University of Navarra gives you many benefits, such as:

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English teaching in the 1st year and 2nd year (check details on this webpage).


A global medical vision and experience through international clinical rotations with our partner university hospitals (restricted number of spots for the best students).


Exclusive opportunities to work with international specialists in intensive workshops.

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Deeper medical reasoning and diagnostic skills through case-based teaching methodology and subjects taught by international visiting faculty.


Up-to-date medical knowledge and research opportunities through access to international medical journals and databases. 


In addition, First and Second-year students of the International Program are privileged to participate in the Summer Course, a faculty-led study tour to an international destination, as a week-long study abroad experience. This experience integrates both an intensive academy environment and also cultural learning experiences.

The International Program also helps students with self-evaluation relative to international standards. For example, the School of Medicine has special permission to offer its students the International Foundations of Medicine exam (IFOM), organised by the US National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The IFOM exam is aimed to give students a performance evaluation relative to USMLE Step 1. The USMLE score will determine if it is possible to access the residency matching program in the USA.

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Do you want to obtain an international profile?

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The International Program offers two different types of courses that complement the Medical Degree:

  • Compulsory Subjects: These are selected subjects from the foundational curriculum of the Medical Degree that are taught entirely in English.

  • International Core Electives: Exclusive subjects taught entirely by specialized doctors from partner international universities. These electives are designed to be interactive and focus on teaching through clinical cases.

  • Other Electives: These have been selected for a broader understanding of the world and include electives in Medicine, the social sciences and other languages besides, English.



Academic recognition

To complete the program, students must attend and pass all compulsory subjects given in English corresponding to the year in which they are enrolled. Students who have completed these program requirements will receive mention in the European Diploma Supplement and a transcript denoting the subjects completed in English.



When applying to the School of Medicine through Portal miUNAV, choose: Medicine + International Program.

Please upload the English level certifications.

Admission decisions are organised by the Admissions Committee, who base their decisions on the applicant's entrance examination scores and academic profile. Certification of English is a requirement for application.

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When applying to the International Program, students must present one of the following English certifications:

  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): ≥180.

  • TOEFL ibt Test: ≥ 95.

  • IELTS: ≥ 7.

* No exceptions will be considered. 



We require students to have a B2.2 Spanish level before starting the medical programme. If you do not have the language proficiency level, the Medical School can offer you two options to achieve the Spanish level:  

  • Option 1 - Intensive Summer Program: For students between B2.1 and B2. These students will be required to complete the necessary Intensive Summer Program to achieve a B2.2. before starting the medical program. 
  • Option 2 - GAP year IFP: For students with less than B2.1. These Students will be required to complete an IFP year. After completing the Medical School's IFP requirements and achieving the Spanish level of B2.2, the student can start the medical program. The School of Medicine will reserve the student's place while in the IFP. 

If you have any questions, please contact us via WhatsApp (+34) 606 21 68 80 or email



The International Summer Course is an intensive one week elective for 1st and 2nd year students in the International Program. The goal of the program is to provide our med students with a global medical education and experience along with the opportunity to earn ECTS credit towards their degree. The course is taught in English by invited international professors from prestigious partner institutions. 

The School of Medicine selects a different location each year for the Summer Course. 

Past locations: 2019 | Imperial College London; 2018 | Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma; 2017 | Newcastle University; 2016 | University of Edinburgh; 2015 | University College Dublin (UCD); 2014 | IESE Barcelona.