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Rovira i Virgili University

History

On 30 December, 1991, the Parliament of Catalonia approved Law 36/1991, and thus created the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). This law determined that the URV had to bring together and organise the university programmes taught in the southern regions and set up new ones as a basis on which a new university with its own personality could be developed.

Education

The URV has twelve centres of its own and two affiliated centres which between them teach about fifty courses, at both first and second cycle level. They also offer postgraduate diplomas, doctorates and master's degrees. 

Research

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:
  • 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

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
731 -70
2024
661 90
2023
751
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
501 100
2023
601
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
701 -100
2022
601
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
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2024
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2023
625
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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

Rovira i Virgili University makes available to its university community the open network service, consisting of the possibility of accessing different services and electronic resources of this university from the laptop owned by the user, and for internet extension.

This service allows connection to the University's network (eduroam or CRAI-URV), through WiFi communication.

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.

Campus life

The URV provides you with a unique university experience, full of opportunities to live and bond when you are not involved with course work or research. The whole university community can take advantage of the services and opportunities on the campuses and environments full of activities and dynamism. Explore everything that the Universitat Rovira i Virgili has to offer and discover that it is unique!

Sports facilities

Esports URV aims to promote physical activity and sport at the University. You can enjoy:

  • Economic prizes in all Esports URV’s activities;
  • Discounts when presenting the membership card to the entities with an agreement.
  • The possibility of renting the University Sports Hall from Campus Sescelades.

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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