The Universitat Rovira i Virgili's (URV) summer research program is a great opportunity for students looking to spend a summer abroad earning credit towards their Northeastern degree. Students will be working directly with faculty at URV throughout the course of the program. Placement and acceptance onto research teams will be determined by the faculty members at the host university. This program is different from a a typical study abroad program in that you are not taking classes while abroad but you will be earning NU course credit upon successful completion of the program. You will be working closely with the Global Experience Office during the application period up until your departure. Please inquire with the Global Experience Advisor in charge of this program for further information.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: February 15, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: E-mail a colored photocopy of your passport to your GEO Advisor.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Once you have submitted the GEO application, you will also need to contact your GEO Advisor to begin the URV application process. Please have a research project selected by the time you apply to the program.
  • CV/Resume
  • Official Transcript: You can request an official transcript through myNortheastern.
  • Photo(s) (passport sized [1x2])
  • Interview: After submitting all application materials, an online interview between the URV project supervisor and the student will be set up to discuss the details of the project and agree on the work to do. If the interview is successfully completed, the supervisor will accept the student in the project.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
  • Restricted to: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry students

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.



  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.534 (Universitat Rovira i Virgili: Northeastern).
  • Students participating in this program will be receiving 15 ECTS for the completion of their project at the URV.
  • If a student takes 15 ECTS credits abroad, they will receive 8 NU credits.
  • Students will receive the same grade for the two courses that they receive NU credit for, with 4 NU credits per NU course.

Course Description

Students will select a research position in a specific academic department to apply to. The admissions process will start with GEO and continue with the URV faculty who will select applicants for specific projects.

Chemical Engineering

If upper-level students have taken CHME 2308 prior to going abroad, the project will count for the following NU courses:

  • CHME 4721 – Projects 1
  • CHME 4722 – Projects 2

If students have not yet taken CHME 2308, the project will count for the following NU courses:

  • CHME 2949 – Introductory Directed Research in Chemical Engineering
  • CHME 2990 – Elective


Student studying Chemistry will receive 4 credits for each of the following two courses:

  • CHEM 3990
  • CHEM 4901

Students should meet with Professor Rein Kirss who is the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s Course Policies. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.


Northeastern Tuition:
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 Northeastern credits.  On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources


Tarragona is a city located in the south of Catalonia on the north-east of Spain by the Mediterranean. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragones. Today, the city had a population of 134,085. A number of beaches line the Mediterranean coast near the city.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Spain here. Please review this information before applying.


Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

Host University or Organization

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way, the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time. URV is not only one of the leading universities in Catalonia but also one of the leading universities in the European area for the quality of its teaching, its commitment to continuous training and the excellence of its research, development and innovation.