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Rovira i Virgili University

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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
  • VITEC – Wine Technology Center
  • EURECAT – Technology Center of Catalonia

University Ranking

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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

We are aware that studying and living in a foreign country is always a challenge for students, but we are sure that at the URV it will be a challenge that you will rise to with ease.

The URV International Center is the one-stop shop for international students. We'll help you find out all you need to know to feel at home from the very first day.

In the province of Tarragona you can really enjoy a high quality of life. It is safe and welcoming and a great place to explore at any time of day or night. It has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers, which means you can enjoy its natural attractions and a rage of outdoor activities such as water sports, hiking and climbing all year around.

Housing services

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili has two different residence halls for students in the city center. The Sant Jordi Residence Hall offers you singles or double rooms. The new Tarragona Mediterrani Residence Hall has 80 studios for one or two students. However, you can also find accommodation in any of the residence halls, hostels, apartments or shared flats around the city.

Library services

What is the CRAI?

A common place for all those services provided by the university that support learning, teaching and research and are related to information and ICT. 

The library lies at the heart of the CRAI. It makes information resources and documentation available to support:

  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • The acquisition of information competencies

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 7 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) For some of these courses you may be able to obtain ECTS credits.

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.

Student clubs

We are convinced that the life of a student does not consist only of books, classes and study. And at the URV you will find many fun, enriching activities to enjoy in your free time. At the same time you will discover new hobbies and make new friends.

Some of the university extension options are:

  • Cinema Group: organises films, seminars and talks.
  • Theatre Group: for lovers of the stage.
  • In the Art Group you will meet people interested in the world of artistic creation.
  • Debating Club: is the place for you if you are looking for people to argue and discuss ideas with.
  • University Choir
  • XVI-XXI Orchestra
  • URV Solidarity: for those of you who are interested in more altruistic projects.

Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

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