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            Office hours:
          Monday to Friday
           9:00 to 14:00

           Avda. de La Paz 93
           Edificio Rectorado
             26006 Logroño
             La Rioja Spain
   Telephone: +34 941 299 152/ 777
         Fax: +34 941 299 208

The International Relations Office
Before your arrival
Application form
Learning agreement
Other documents
Student Visa
Academic calendar
Hosting options for your first days
How to get to Logroño
How to get to the University of La Rioja (UR)
Orientation days
Administrative formalities: student visa and study permit
Spanish Language Courses
University Services (Library, Computer rooms, Sports centre, etc.)
Accommodation (Halls of Residence and Apartments)
About Logroño and the local region
Cost of living
Internet: wireless
Mobile phones
Useful telephone numbers
Medical care
Banks and currency
Useful websites
Campus Map


Welcome to University of La Rioja!

We want you to enjoy your stay with us as much as possible and make the utmost
of all the personal and academic opportunities you will have during your stay. In
order to do so, in this guide you will find some useful information regarding the
procedures you must follow and documents you must submit prior and upon your
arrival to the UR. We hope they will help you to settle into our University.

Please take the time to read it very carefully as you will find answers to most of
your questions. You will also be able to familiarise yourself with Logroño and the
University before you arrive.

We look forward to meeting you very soon.

The International Relations Office

The University of La Rioja

The University of La Rioja (UR) is located on a modern campus in Logroño, capital
of La Rioja, where 7,500 students are registered on courses in 26 undergraduate
programs, Doctorates, Masters and other postgraduate courses.

The size of the campus, occupying an area of 200,000 m2, guarantees an
atmosphere of personal treatment and cultural immersion which is ideal for learning
Spanish as a Foreign Language. The students study in small groups, with free
access to computer rooms in each building and recently inaugurated sports

All the buildings of the University of La Rioja are grouped together on a single
campus. At its heart, a stone’s throw from each building, is the UR Library. Rated
as one of the five best university libraries in Spain, it has a stock of 200,000 books
and also on-line services via Internet: DIALNET is one of the most important data
base of scientific articles in Spanish.

The University of La Rioja campus is on the outskirts of the city, but only a short
distance from the centre of Logroño. This is the capital of La Rioja, with a
metropolitan area of 150,000 inhabitants and all the facilities of a modern capital
but with a comfortable, manageable size.

For further information about La Rioja, see:


The International Relations Office at the University of La Rioja is structured as

Sylvia Sastre i Riba
Vicerrector for International and Institutional Relations.

International Relations Office
- General administrative matters
- Incoming students
- General Information
- Application forms

Upon arrival in Logroño students are asked to contact the International Office at the
following address:

Edificio Rectorado
Avda. de La Paz 93
26006 Logroño
Ph: +34 941 299 152/ 9777
Fax: +34 941 299 208/ 9769
Please bear office hours in mind: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 14:00 hours.


    3.1.      Application form
   International students who have been selected by their home institutions to
study at University of La Rioja must send the following application form to the
International Office:
Deadlines to send applications:

-   June 30th for full year and first semester students.
-   November 30th for second semester students.

In order to be accepted, your application form must be duly signed and stamped by
your home institution.

    3.2.      Learning agreement
   You are coming to the University of La Rioja to study for a year or for one
semester. We advise you to refer to your co-ordinator’s Faculty and take a learning
agreement. Then, you must sent it to International Relations Office in the shortest
delay. Please note that changes might occur in your arrival at University of La Rioja
according to the timetables.

How to see courses? Please visit the following website.
There you have access to all study programmes offered at UR. If you want to see
course contents, please click on its code:

    3.3.      Further documents to be sent

-A photocopy of passport or identity card.
-2 passport-size photos.
-Proof of your medical insurance:
European students must send a photocopy of the European Health Card (E-128)
Non-European students must send a proof of private health insurance.

-Letter of selection issued by the home institution (optional).

         IMPORTANT: A student with no medical insurance
                     cannot be registered.

All these documents must be sent along with the application form to our office:
Universidad de La Rioja
International Relations Office
Edificio Rectorado
Avda. de la Paz 93
26006 Logroño Spain
Ph: +34 941 299152/777 Fax: +34 941 299 208

Delay in sending the documents may provoke delay in your application.

   3.4.       Student Visa
EU Community students needn’t to obtain any type of visa, resident’s permit or
study permit.

Non-EU Community students need to obtain a Student Visa BEFORE leaving their
home country. This visa can be processed at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate
closest to your home.
Please visit the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

If your stay in Spain is longer than 6 months, we recommend to bring with you a
copy of all the documents you had submitted to apply for the student visa (proof
of insurance in English and in Spanish, proof of sufficient funds in English and in
Spanish, etc.). You will need them also in Spain.
For further information please visit the following website:

    3.5.       Academic calendar:
   On this website you will find apprehensive information about semester dates,
Christmas and Easter period:
In order to give you a clue, the current academic calendar is available there:

    3.6.      Hosting options for your first days
   Perhaps you need a temporary accommodation for first days. You will find some
hotels and hostels in this webpage: A room could cost about
21 euros. We recommend you some of them:

-   Hotel Residencia Marqués de Vallejo *** C/ Marqués de Vallejo 8 – Tfno.: 941
    24 83 33.
-   Hotel Residencia Isasa * C/ Doctores Castroviejo 13 – Tfno.: 941 25 65 99.
-   Hostal Residencia Rioja Condestable ** C/ Doctores Castroviejo 5 – Tfno.: 941
    24 72 88.
-   Hostal Residencia La Numantina ** C/ Sagasta 4 – Tfno.: 941 25 14 11.
-   Hostal Residencia Niza ** C/ Capitán Gallarza 13 – Tfno.: 941 20 60 44.

  If you need temporary accommodation for your first day at the city and you
want us to look for it, you should inform us via fax: +34-941-299208 or e-mail:

                                                                                      5 at least 3 weeks PRIOR to your arrival. If
you did afterwards, we won’t be able to book a room due to limited vacant

   3.7.       How to get to Logroño

   Logroño has a small airport which receives domestic flights from Madrid and
Barcelona. However, there are other nearby cities with international airports
such as Madrid (Barajas), Barcelona (El Prat), Bilbao (Loiu), Vitoria (Foronda),
Pamplona (Noain), San Sebastián (Hondarribia), Santander (Maliaño), Zaragoza,
Burgos, etc. For further information you can visit webpage, contact
phone: +34-941-276400. Once you are at one of those airports,
communication to Logroño is much easier and faster by coach than by

Note: There are several coach companies in Spain. However, there is one and
only National Train Company in Spain which is called RENFE. For information on
the train timetables visit the webpage:, contact phone: +34-902-

MADRID-LOGROÑO (distance: 333 km)

Coach: If you arrive at Madrid airport (Barajas) you can take either a taxi or the
metro (look metro map at: to stop
at Avenida de America Station. Then go to CONTINENTAL AUTO (address:
Intercambiador de Avenida de América nº 9, webpage: www.continental- and ask for coaches to Logroño. Contact
telephones in Madrid: +34-91-745 63 00 or +34-91-5330400.

Train: There are very few trains from Madrid (Chamartin or Atocha railway station)
to Logroño. For information on the train timetables visit the webpage:, contact phone: +34-902-240202.

BARCELONA-LOGROÑO (distance: 468 km)

If you arrive to Barcelona airport (El Prat), you can get a suburban train or a bus. If
you get suburban trains (RENFE «Rodalies» service), you must leave at Arc de
Triomf stop (Estación del Norte bus station) or Sants stop (Sants railway station).
You can see timetables in this website:

If you get a bus (line 46), you must leave at the last stop: Espanya square (Pl.
Espanya) stop. Then you must get a line metro to Arc de Triomf stop (Estación del
Norte bus station) or Sants stop (Sants railway station). Barcelona Metro can be
found on this website:

Coach: Coaches from Barcelona to Logroño leave from the Barcelona Nord station
(C/ D’Ali Bei, nº 80). The name of the company that goes to Logroño is called
ALSA. Webpage: (you can purchase tickets online). Contact
telephone: +34-902-260606.

Train: There are several trains from Barcelona (Sants railway station) to Logroño.
For further information on the train timetables visit the webpage:,
contact phone: +34-902-240202.

BILBAO-LOGROÑO (distance: 152 km)

Coach: If you arrive at the airport of Loiu/ “La Paloma” (Bilbao), take a taxi or a
bus to the Bus Station of Terminal Garellano (C/ Gurtubai nº 1). The name of the
bus company that goes to the centre of Bilbao is called Bizkaibus. This line is
operated every 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The single way ticket
costs about 1.20 Є.
Once in the station, look for LA UNION (ALAVESA) company. It’s the name of the
bus company that goes to Logroño. Several coaches run everyday. You should go to
their counter and ask for coaches to Logroño. Website:
Contact telephone in Bilbao: +34-944-271111 or +34-944-395077 (general
information). Bus station contact telephone in Logroño: +34-941-235983 (general
NOTE: Bilbao bus station is outdoor!

Train: The Train station at Bilbao is called Estación de Abando; address: Plaza
Circular, 2; contact phone: +34-94-423 86 23. For information on the train
timetables visit the webpage:, contact phone: +34-902-240202.

ZARAGOZA-LOGROÑO (distance: 172 km)

Coach: Coaches from Zaragoza to Logroño leave from AUTOBUSES JIMÉNEZ station
(C/ Juan Pablo Bonet, nº 13-15). For further information: www.grupo-; contact telephone: +34-976-276179/ +34-976-275133.
Be careful! Every coach company has its own station in Zaragoza.

Train: There are several trains from Zaragoza to Logroño. The national rail
company in Spain is called RENFE, for further information see the webpage; contact phone: +34-902-240202.

HENDAYA (France) – LOGROÑO (distance: 114 km)

Coach: If you come from France by train you should arrive to Hendaya. Hendaia/
Hendaya is a small French village border on Spain. The name of the company that
goes to Logroño is called LA ESTELLESA ( If you phone LA
ESTELLESA (contact phone: +34-948-326509/ +34-902-101044; fax.: 948-
326518; e-mail: at least in a day BEFORE, coach will
come by to pick you up. Its way is Hendaya-Irun-San Sebastián-Logroño.


Logroño has a small airport which receives national flights from Madrid and
Barcelona. It works with Air Nostrum L.A. Mediterraneo-Iberia Regional. You can
book your tickets in the next web: Once you get Agoncillo
airport, you must call a cab (Taxi phones: 941-505050/ 941-222122). It cost about
15-18 euros and you will be in the centre of Logroño in 10 minutes.

Should you travel by car and other means of transport:

Area map


    4.1.      ORIENTATION DAYS

   In order to fit into University of La Rioja and its town the International Relations
Office has arranged Orientation days:

-   For FULL YEAR and FIRST semester students, it will begin the last week of
-   For SECOND semester students, it will begin the third week of February.

The International Relations Office (SRI in Spanish) organizes a programme of
welcome activities and guidance for international students before they start classes
in order to provide initial contact with the university, the city of Logroño and the
local culture in general. The programme consists of some information meetings so
that international students can get to know each other, their exchange
coordinators, and the staff from the IRO.
   IRO advises full year and first semester students that the third week of
September the town’s holding one of its annual festival (San Mateo). We strongly
recommend you NOT to arrive at the University during that dates. Due to local
holidays it is impossible to find any accommodation (temporary or permanent) in
the city and the International Relations Office won’t be able to help you. Please
bear in mind that the IRO office hours are from 9 to 14h., and that 21st September
is a local holiday and the University will be closed.

   As far as the Orientation programme is concerned, attendance is compulsory
for all International students. Al least two weeks prior to your arrival you should
inform our international office by e-mail ( with
your exact date of arrival.

    4.2.      REGISTRATION

   Registration for courses takes place at the International Office usually A WEEK
AFTER the start of every semester. This way students have enough time to attend
the courses they may be interested in taking as well as to make all the necessary
arrangements and changes in their academic time-tables.


How to apply it?
EU Community students needn’t to obtain any type of visa, resident’s permit or
study permit. However, it is recommended that once you are in Logroño you apply
for the document identifying you as a foreign resident in Spain, known as the
Foreigner’s Identification Number (NIE). This document can be formalized at the
nearest police station (Doctores Castroviejo street, nº 9).

Non-EU Community students need to obtain a Student Visa BEFORE leaving their
country of origin. This visa can be processed at the Spanish Embassy or
Consulate closest to your home. Please visit the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

How to renew it?
Student Visa will not be required if the study period is shorter than 6 months, but
you have already obtained the corresponding visa.
If the study period is longer than 6 MONTHS, the international student MUST
apply for the foreign student card within A MONTH from the day they entered
You must follow the next two proceedings. First of all you must go to town council
and register with the local council. Then you must go to Office for Foreign Matters
and renewal your study permit. Anyway, you will get comprehensive information at
the meet International Relations Office.
Documents you will be apply for:
— Visa.
— Current passport or identity card and attested photocopies.
— 3 passport photographs.
— UR registration document.
— Proof that insurance has been taken out providing full illness and accident
— Proof that the student has sufficient financial means to cover the cost of his or
her studies and the period of residence he or she is requesting (e.g. proof of access
to a grant).


   The Language Centre of University of La Rioja offers free Spanish Courses
during the academic year. The aim of these courses is to help students to improve
their language skills and thus be able to make the outmost of their study period.
Students should take into account that these courses are not official and that no
credit points are awarded for them (otherwise agreed with your home University).
At the beginning of every semester students who are interested in these courses
will need to take a level test. There are currently two levels, intermediate and

For further information on other language courses, see webpage:

NOTE: University of La Rioja Foundation (FUR) cooperates with Instituto Cervantes
to accredit the Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE). The
Diplomas in Spanish are considered as sufficient accreditation of knowledge of the
language for any professional or academic activity in Spain requiring the

appropriate level of competence (Article 4.3, Royal Decree 1137/2002). In order to
inform you about international recognition see website:
You can take the examination (Intermediate–High–Superior) in November or May.
For further details:


Eating at the University

On Campus are two cafeterias situated in the Quintiliano and Científico Tecnológico
buildings (take a look in the campus map which is at the end of this guide). In
these cafeterias it is possible to have either snacks, sandwiches or a proper meal.
They offer a special menu (“menú del día”) at a relatively low cost (approximately 5
- 7 €).


The University Library houses more than 150.000 books. There are three reading
rooms with a total of 400 reading seats. There are also some small rooms which are
used by the students to work in groups. The Library also has other facilities such as
an Hemeroteca, which receives more than 2000 academic periodical publications,
the European Documentation Centre and a Newspaper-room where International
and National Newspapers are available.
Students can borrow books once they have their student card. Students can borrow
three books for a week and renew the loan at library or online if there is no waiting
list. You can visit this website for further information:
Open hours:
Monday to Friday – from 8:30 to 21:30.
Saturday – from 9:00 to 14:00.
NOTE: During exam times the library changes its open hours. You should check
their schedules for this period.

Recreation & Sport

The Modern University Sports Centre is located on Campus. There you can find
information about the different activities you can sign for (aerobics, basketball,
soccer, excursions, fitness, trekking, ski…). The sports centre has its own website
where you will be able to find more about the different activities they offer:
Registration for activities takes place at the sports centre at the beginning of every

Computer Rooms

At the UR there are 12 Computer Rooms with over 200 computers (Quintiliano,
Filologías, Vives y Científico Tecnológico buildings). They are equipped with Internet
access and have all the necessary applications to write and print your University
work, etc. Students have free access to these facilities. You only need your
passport number. Visit our website:

Student Associations

In the University of La Rioja there are cultural, professional, solidarity and leisure
associations,… There is also a literary magazine and a theatre group. If you are
interested in joining in any of these activities you will be able to obtain more
information once you are in Logroño at the Consejo de Estudiantes (Filologías
building). See this website:

    5. ACCOMMODATION (Halls of Residence and Apartments)

  First days you could need a temporary accommodation.
  Visit this webpage for
booking a room in a hotel or a hostel in Logroño. We recommend you:

-   Hotel Residencia Marqués de Vallejo *** C/ Marqués de Vallejo 8 – Tfno.: 941
    24 83 33.
-   Hotel Residencia Isasa * C/ Doctores Castroviejo 13 – Tfno.: 941 25 65 99.
-   Hostal Residencia Rioja Condestable ** C/ Doctores Castroviejo 5 – Tfno.: 941
    24 72 88.
-   Hostal Residencia La Numantina ** C/ Sagasta 4 – Tfno.: 941 25 14 11.
-   Hostal Residencia Niza ** C/ Capitán Gallarza 13 – Tfno.: 941 20 60 44.

   If you want to find permanent accommodation the University of La Rioja
maintains    a     webpage      with  database    for   housing.     Click   on There you have
access to the different types of accommodation in Logroño: Residencias (Halls of
Residence) and Pisos (Apartments).


Halls of     Requirements    A night      A month Webpage
Residencia    Mixed             32 Є         430 Є
Universitaria                 =single       =single     (
La Ribera                      room          room
                            +registration +registration
                              (100 Є)       (100 Є)
Residencia    Mixed           20.50 Є        488 Є
Universitaria                 =double       =single
de La Rioja                  room, full    room, full
                               board         board
Residencia   Only males          ¿?          559 Є
Francisco                     =single       =single     (
Jordán                         room        room, full
Residencia   Only girls         33 Є         482 Є
Santa                         =single       =single     (
Mónica                       room, full    room, full
                               board         board
Residencia   Only girls          ¿?          330 Є
Jorbalán                      =single       =single     (
                               room        room, full


   The University of La Rioja does not own students flats but maintains a webpage
with a database for housing which students may look at prior to arrival. You will

find information updated and detailed information regarding prices, size, location,
etc. Apartment databases:
Searching options are:

Listado completo (Whole list)           All database entries
Piso compartido (Shared flat)           Flat on a house sharing basis if you are looking for
                                        a room
Piso completo (Whole flat)              To hire the whole of the flat, not only a room
Otras opciones (Other options)          Different accommodation options
Búsqueda                                Search

The information provided is:
Dirección (Address): The red letters are the name and number of the street, the
ones in black are indications about the proximity to the University. “Cercano a UR”
is close to the University; “Centro” is city center; "Otras zonas" is other places in
the city.
Contacto (Contact person): Contact person and phone number. Starting with 941 is
a land line and starting with 6 is a mobile phone.
Habitación (Rooms): Number of rooms in the flat.
Plazas (Number of rooms vacant): "sólo chicas" is only girls, "sólo chicos" only
Precio (Price): Monthly payment. It may include the monthly payment for a room
(from 120 to 200), or for the whole house hiring. "A convenir" means that it is
Gastos (Other expenses: water, electricity,…): “n/c” to be confirmed, “incl.” means
Muebles (Furniture): “Amueblado" means with furniture.
Calef. (Heating): “Calefacción central” is central heating, “individual” means
arranged on each flat.
Observaciones (Further details): See the table below.


    6.1. About Logroño and the local region (pendiente…)

Sobre La Rioja (FUR):
- Gobierno de la Rioja:
- Consejería de Turismo:
 --------         -   Programación
Riojaforum, Teatro Bretón, Casa de las Ciencias, todos los cines, etc.
Ayuntamiento de Logroño:
- Turismo Logroño:
Teatro Bretón de los Herreros
Sala Amós Salvador
Guía del Ocio de Logroño
La Rioja y los 5 sentidos
Fiestas de San Mateo

    6.2.     Cost of living:
   The main expenses are living, food, clothes, transport, etc. You could see in this
website: Some clues:
- Accommodation for a month: 600 Є.
- Cost of food for a month: 250 Є.
- Transport for a month: 45 Є.

-   A cinema ticket: 5.71 Є.
-   A newspaper: 1 Є.
-   A loaf of bread: 0.50 Є.

    6.3.       Climate
   Logroño has a continental climate with gentle and pleasant temperatures
practically all year round. The seasons of the year follow a regular pattern and
extreme temperatures are not common. November to January are the coldest
months (average temperature 6ºC). The highest temperatures are recorded in
summer, during July and August (average temperature 29ºC).

  6.4.       Times
GMT + 1h. (two hours more in summer).

Mealtimes. We have the custom of eating quite late:
Breakfast: between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Aperitif (or vermouth): an aperitif is typical at working days for having a rest,
between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This consists of small snacks accompanied by soft
drinks or the classic vermoth in a bar.
Lunch: between 1.30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Afternoon snack: between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Supper: between 9 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.

   Generally speaking, it is not difficult to find somewhere to eat at any time of
day: the restaurants are open during lunch and supper times and if you want to eat
at another time you can always eat in a bar or cafeteria, buy sandwich or have
some tapas, smalls snacks.

Shop-opening hours
   From Monday to Saturday, shops in the city open between 9-10 a.m. and close
for lunch between 1.30-2 p.m. In the afternoon they open again between 4-5 p.m.
and close between 8-9 p.m. The big department stores in the city centre stay open
all day between 10 a.m. to between 9-10 p.m. in the evening. On Sundays and
public holidays it is prohibited for nearly all shops to open (with the exception of
cake shops and newsagents), except on some specific dates.

    6.5.       Voltage
   We remind you that the Spanish electrical standards are 220 volts. If you bring
electrical appliances with you, remember to check whether they are compatible
with this voltage.

   6.6.       Internet: wireless
  Once you have registered for courses at the University (around the END of
OCTOBER) you will be able to use the wireless in your own laptop. Furthermore, the
UR has at least one computer room in every building.

    6.7.      Mobile phones
   If you wish use a mobile phone in Spain you have to know that there are four
networks: Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo.
   You can buy a phone card and calling credits in many shops near to the campus
(Avda. De la Paz). The logo of the network is usually displayed outside. You could
renew calling credits in some supermarkets, cash dispensers and mobile phone
shops in the town.

    6.8.      Useful telephone numbers

112 – Emergency numbers (Emergencias)
061 ó 112 – Emergency Attention (Urgencias sanitarias)
062 – The Police (Guardia Civil)
091 – National Police Force (Policía Nacional)
092 – City Police (Policía Local)
080 – Fire Brigade (Bomberos)
085 – Fire Fighting Service (Incendios Forestales)
Taxi – 941-505050/ 941-222122
The Post Office – 941 286802 (Correos y Telégrafos)

The International Relations Office (UR) – 941-299152/ 9777 Office hours:
9 to 14 hours

    6.9.         Medical care

   If you are from an European Economic Area country (EU countries, Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway) you are insured through your own national health
service. Before leaving your home country, you should ask for the European Health
Insurance (E-128) temporary form. This form covers you in case of illness abroad,
and is valid for a maximum of one year. For further information, please visit:
   If you are insured under a national scheme but your country is not part of the
European Economic Area, you should check whether or not your country has
signed a health agreement with Spain (this is the case with some Latin American
countries). You will have to apply to the relevant authorities in your country for a
form enabling you to obtain free medical care in Spain.
   If you need to receive medical treatment without charge in Logroño, you will
have to go to the Primary Health Care Centre closest to you and show your
European Health Insurance Card, together with your passport or identity card.

   Note: Please remember that you must bring with you your E-128 form or
Private Insurance Policy. You will be required to send a copy to UR before arrival.
Bear in mind a student without a medical insurance cannot be registered!

    6.10.        Banks and currency

There is a Bank Office in the Campus (Quintiliano building) and others near the
Bank opening hours: Monday to Friday – from 9:00 to 14:00 a.m./ from 16:00 to
19:00 p.m.

Currency: The Spanish currency is the Euro.
Coins: 2 €, 1 €, 50 c, 20 c, 10, 5 c, 2 c, 1c. €
Notes: 500€, 100€, 50€, 20 €, 10 €, 5 €.

    6.11.        Useful websites

University of La Rioja                
Logroño City Council                  
Government of La Rioja                
La Rioja Tourism                      
Logroño Tourism                       
Cultural events guide in La Rioja and Logroño



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