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FAQs

  1. Is it necessary to be a university student, faculty, employee or alumni to request the Pilgrim University Credential? - To request the Pilgrim University Credential it is not necessary to be a university student, faculty, employee or alumni. Anybody can request the Pilgrim University Credential. However, to receive the Pilgrim University Certificate it is required to be a student, faculty or alumni from whichever university around the world.
  2. What is the difference between the Official Pilgrim Passport and the Pilgrim University Credential? - Official Pilgrim Passport: This is a document issued by the Catholic Church through the following institutions: Bishop’s Office, Parishes, Way of St. James Associations, Universidad de Navarra, etc.) This passport is for access to stops along the route such as refugios or albergues. Also, it is used to request the Compostela. - Pilgrim University Credential: This document is issued by the Universidad de Navarra. It identifies the bearer as a pilgrim and it serves as a record book to receive the stamps of the universities along the route. Also, it is used to request the Compostela and the Pilgrim University Certificate.
  3. What is the difference between the Pilgrim University Certificate and the Compostela? - Pilgrim University Certificate: This certificate is used to certify the completion of the Jacobean University Pilgrimage to Santiago on whichever of the chosen routes. - The Compostela: This is a document that grants the person who is on a Christian pilgrimage that shows they have completed the last 100 kilometers of the walk on foot or horseback or the last 200 kilometers on bicycle. This document is applied for and received from Pilgrim Office (Street Rua Nueva in Santiago de Compostela.)
  4. Is it necessary to have a stamp from all the universities of all routes to obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate? - It is not necessary to have a stamp from all the universities of all routes to obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate. It is sufficient to have one stamp from one university in each city of the chosen route.
  5. Is it required to bring the Official Pilgrim Passport and the Pilgrim University Credential to have access to the refugios and albergues along the route and to solicit the Compostela? - It is not required to carry both at the same time. It is sufficient to carry the Pilgrim University Credential because it identifies the bearer as a pilgrim and it serves as a record book to receive the stamps of the universities along the route. Also, it serves as a pass to receive shelter (refugio or albergue) along the route.
  6. Can you obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate in the same manner as the Compostela by completing the last 100 kilometers on foot or horseback or 200 kilometers on bicycle? - To obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate the pilgrim must complete in entirety the chosen route and have a stamp in the necessary universities and intermediate places. Furthermore, it is not important the distance traveled but it is required that the pilgrim travels the whole distance of the route.
  7. Do I have to send the Pilgrim University Credential to the Alumni Office of the Universidad de Navarra to obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate? - To obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate it is not necessary to send the original Pilgrim University Credential. It is sufficient to send by E-mail a scanned copy that shows the university stamps and certifications along the route.
  8. May I solicit the Pilgrim University Certificate if I do not have the stamp from my affiliated university? - To receive the Pilgrim University Certificate it is necessary to have the stamp from your affiliated university. If you are unable to obtain the stamp from your university, you may present (or send a copy of) a document of affiliation (i.e. student, faculty, or alumni card; a diploma; official academic transcript; etc.) Also, it is required to have the stamps from the universities along the route with other certifications that prove your passage.
  9. When is it necessary to request the stamp from my affiliated university? - The pilgrims may ask for the stamp from their affiliated university before or after the completion. It is not important when you obtain this stamp, it is only necessary that you have it to solicit the Pilgrim University Certificate.
  10. Does the Pilgrim University Credential have an expiration date? - No it does not have an expiration date. The pilgrim may complete the pilgrimage when he/she is able (weeks, months, years, etc.). There is no time limit.
  11. How much the Pilgrim University Credicial cost? - The cost of the Pilgrim University Credential is; 2 Euro if you choose to pick it up at the Main Building at Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona; 5 Euro if you choose to be shipped to an address in Spain; and 10 Euro if you choose to be shipped to other countries.
  12. How much the Pilgrim University Certificate cost? - The cost of the Pilgrim University Certificate is free of charge, including shipping.
  13. Is it possible to obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate if you start from other places for example Burgos, Leon, etc.? - To earn the Pilgrim University Certificate it is required to complete the entire chosen Spanish route while obtaining the necessary stamps. If you want to do the French route (Camino Francés) and you want to receive the Pilgrim University Certificate, you have to begin at the minimum in Pamplona. Also, if you would like to begin your route in a city such as Burgos or Leon and want to receive the Pilgrim University Certificate, you will need to complete the entire route. It is not necessary to complete the route in order.
  14. Can you obtain the Pilgrim University Certificate starting in Oviedo? - If you would like to do the “Camino Primitivo” it is sufficient that you begin in Oviedo to receive the Pilgrim University Certificate. If you want to do the “Camino del Norte” beginning in Oviedo, you will need to complete the entire route which begins in Guipúzcoa to receive the Pilgrim University Certificate.
  15. As a university student may I receive school credits if I complete the Camino de Santiago? - If you are a university student, you may be able to receive credits. It depends on your university. For example, students in the past have received credits by creating a report or presentation relating to their experiences and education along the route.
  16. Is the Pilgrim University Credential an initiative supported by a specific institution other than the Universidad de Navarra? - The Pilgrim University Credential is an initiative supported since the beginning (October 2003) by many different organizations.
                - Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture 
                - European Parliament 
                - Foundations such as the CUME Foundation, Caja Navarra Foundation 
                - Mayor’s Offices, autonomous governments 
                - Businesses 
                - Friends Associations of the Camino de Santiago 
                - Universities from around the globe 
  
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