Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

ILR School and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) Exchange

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) student exchange is with the Faculty of Business and Economics. URV was created by the Catalonian Parliament in 1991 and named  after Antoni Rovira i Virgili,  a journalist, writer, and politician actively involved in Catalonian public service.  URV's core values are public service, social commitment, and responsibility. URV is a leading university in Catalonia and in Europe, and it is well known for the quality of its teaching, its commitment to continuous training, and the excellence of its research, development, and innovation.


Universitat Rovira i Virgili is located in Southern Catalonia with campuses in Tarragona and Reus, Spain.  Tarragona, which is on the Mediterranean coast, is a central point of departure to Barcelona, London, Paris, and Rome. Reus is just eight miles inland from Tarragona.  ILR students are based on the Bellisens campus in Reus.

  • Program Terms and Dates

    Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

    • Fall 2017 Semester: early September 2017 to late December 2017
    • Spring 2018 Semester: early February 2018 to early June 2018

    *Exact dates to be confirmed by URV

  • Courses and Credits

    Students participating in the URV exchange program are required to have at least basic Spanish language ability (equivalent to two years of high school Spanish or at least one semester of college-level Spanish).  Students will have the option to take selected courses in English, and those with approved language skills may take courses in Spanish.  All students must take at least one language course in Catalan or Spanish. View URV's course offerings in the Faculty of Business and Economics here: URV Faculty of Business and Economics Courses.

    • Students must enroll in four full-time courses, and one course must be a langauge course in Catalan or Spanish.
    • Students can earn up to 15 ILR elective credits per semester.
    • Courses have to be approved for ILR elective credit.
    • Students will receive credit for academic coursework completed abroad that is equivalent to a Cornell grade of "C."
    • Students cannot take courses as Pass/Fail.
    • All courses and grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the host institution.
    • Grades are not calculated in the overall GPA.
  • Tuition and Other Costs
    • This exchange program is tuition-neutral (students pay regular tuition to the ILR School).
    • Financial aid would apply; if you are currently receiving financial aid, your package would be adjusted based on your determined level of need and the projected costs of the program.
    • ILR exchange students are responsible for the following expenses: passport, visa, airfare, room and board, transportation, course fees (if applicable), books, and personal expenses.
  • Eligibility

    ILR undergraduate students interested in expanding their academic knowledge of Spain, international business, and economics may apply. In addition, ILR undergraduate students must

    • have junior or senior standing;
    • have all ILR core requirements completed;
    • be in good standing with the ILR School and the University;
    • have a 3.0 GPA; and
    • have basic Spanish language proficiency.
  • How to Apply

    1. Make an appointment.

    Interested students must meet with Tamara Ingram, Assistant Director ILR International Programs, to discuss plans and eligibility.  To make an appointment, e-mail: tsi4@cornell.edu.

    2. Complete online application (for Fall 2018 study only).

    You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

    Please note that you can only apply the semester prior to your intended semester abroad.

  • Application Deadlines

    Spring 2018 Application Deadline: September 30th, 2017, by midnight

    Fall 2018 Application Deadline: March 15th, 2018, by midnight