SPEA in Pamplona

Study in the city famous for the running of the bulls

Spend three weeks studying the comparative economic evaluation of health, safety, and environmental issues in Europe and the United States at the Public University of Navarra (UPNA) in northern Spain.

Learn more about the SPEA in Pamplona program

May 12 – June 2, 2016

V482/V582 – Economic Evaluation of Health, Safety, and Environmental Programs (3 credits)

Program Director: Justin Ross

This three-credit hour program offers introductory courses on the theory, methods, and applications of economic evaluation to human health, safety and environmental programs. In daily classes taught by SPEA Professor Justin Ross, as well as faculty at UPNA, you will learn how to evaluate options for healthcare delivery, occupational safety and injury control, and environmental health and protection in Europe and the United States. You will also learn to consider the impacts of policies on all citizens in a society. There are no formal course prerequisites, though a prior course in microeconomics or cost-benefit analysis is helpful.

The generic term “economic evaluation” includes cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and cost utility analysis. Unlike a business course, which focuses on profit or loss to the firm, this course is taught primarily from the societal perspective, so that impacts on all citizens in society are considered. Periodically, the instructors will underscore how the results from a “societal” analysis might differ from other perspectives. Differences between the U.S. and the European Union in how analyses are conducted and utilized by decision makers will be highlighted.

The learning objectives of the courses are:

  1. Develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of economic evaluation;
  2. Learn how different types of economic evaluations are carried out in practice in the U.S. and EU;
  3. Learn how to critically examine economic evaluations of specific programs;
  4. Explore how economic evaluation bears an impact on the real-world decision making responsibilities of authorities in the public and private sectors (U.S. and EU).

See the Professor Ross's course website for more information.

See your academic/faculty advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The IUB SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office has preapproved this course to fulfill the following undergraduate academic programs:

    • Environmental Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Law and Public Policy
    • Management
    • Policy Analysis
    • Public Financial Management
    • Public and Nonprofit Management
    • Arts Management
    • Healthcare Management & Policy
    • Enjoy a reception at the Palace of Navarra in Pamplona; Seat of the Presidency of the Regional Government
    • Visit the medieval town of Olite; includes a tour of the Palace of Olite and a stop at a winery
    • Tour old town Pamplona; includes the Cathedral the City Walls
    • Day trip to Baztan Valley; small villages and farmlands
    • Explore the coastal city and beautiful beaches of San Sebastian

The program will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Courses will be taught in English, so there is no foreign language requirement.

Priority will be given to undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better, but anyone with a GPA of 2.75 or better is welcome to apply. Juniors and seniors will also have priority, but sophomores will be considered based on their academic record.

Graduate students are eligible to apply if they are in good standing or have been admitted for fall 2015. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations for graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

See the course website for more information.

You will live in a single room, in a university dormitory with Spanish students. The rooms are non-smoking, with heating and air-conditioning, private bathroom, kitchen, refrigerator, TV, and free Wi-Fi. You will have access to common areas such as a library, fitness center, game room, vending machines, and coin-operated laundry.

See the course website for more information.

Please note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

SPEA in Pamplona Program Fee: $3,100

SPEA graduate student program fee after fellowship: $2,600

SPEA undergraduate student program fee after scholarship: $1,550

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances


Scholarships will be awarded to all SPEA students based on availability; however, if you apply by the priority application deadline, you will be guaranteed a scholarship as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Graduate Fellowships are available to all SPEA graduate students based on availability in the amount of $500 USD.

Undergraduate scholarships will be in the amount of 50% of the program fees up to a maximum of $2000 USD.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis. 

IU Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Pamplona is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Spain, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.

See the course website for more information.