Mobility programmes

Doctoral Programme

PhD Programme in Advanced Management in Organizations and Social Economy


Full-time: 3 years (possibility of extending in 2 years).

Part-time: 5 years (possibility of extending in 3 years).




Spanish, Basque, English



Class Size

7 places

What is Doctoral Mobility

Mobility in the PhD programme consists of doing a pre-doctoral research project at an international institution external to Mondragon Unibertsitatea to complete a phase of developing the dissertation.
In any event, the international research project must have prior approval from the dissertation director and the Doctoral Programme Academic Commission.
When the mobility project is finished the student can request recognition of it as a specific activity.
The specific goals of mobility projects for PhD students are:
  • Internationalise the research CV
  • Promote cooperation between institutions and enrich the research environment for the student and their group
  • Contribute to creating a community of researchers
  • Recognise specific activities in the research plan
  • Opt for an International Honourable Mention in the PhD degree

How to formalise a Phd Mobility Project (Research Project)

In this kind of international exchange, the student, alongside the director or manager of the PhD programme, play an active role, because they are the ones who search for a destination (university, research centre, etc.), and they contact a reference researcher at the chosen destination who gives their approval to supervise the research project. 

After the destination has been confirmed, the PhD Commission can guide and support the PhD student during the process of formalising their pre-doctoral research project and looking for funding options.


PHD with an International Honourable Mention

The International PhD Honourable Mention

A Mondragon Unibertsitatea PhD degree may include an international honourable mention when the following requirements are met.

a. During the training period necessary to obtain a PhD degree the PhD student has done a research project outside Spain for at least three months at an institution of higher learning or prestigious research institution, either taking classes or doing research. The international research project and activities must be endorsed by the director and authorised by the PhD Academic Commission and they will be included in the PhD activities document.

b. Part of the doctoral dissertation, at least the abstract and conclusions, has been written and defended in one of the common languages for scientific communication in their field of study that is different from any official or co-official language in Spain. This rule will not be applicable when the research project, reports and experts are from a Spanish speaking country.

c. The dissertation has been informed by at least two PhD experts affiliated with an institution of high learning or research institution outside Spain.

d. At least one expert affiliated with an institution of higher learning or research centre outside Spain, with a PhD and different from the international research advisor, has sat on the dissertation defence committee.

Duration conditions for a research project to obtain an international honourable mention

The research project must last at least three months. It can be done in a single period or be split over several periods of at least one month each.


As an extraordinary measure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Doctoral Programme Academic Commission (in a meeting on 20 June 2020) approved the following statement regarding international research project requirements to obtain an international honourable mention for a PhD degree.

Virtual research projects for an international honourable mention during the Covid-19 crisis


Financial aid for Doctoral Mobility

There are different ways of funding a pre-doctoral international research project, most commonly:

a) Students with pre-doctoral financial aid from the Basque government: This financial aid usually includes funds for international research projects that are organised by the corresponding entity. See the application criteria for each opportunity for more details.

b) Eramus + aid: managed through the school’s international relation coordinator.

Erasmus + programme mobility aid is funded by the European Union. They can cover up to 12 months per cycle (total period of doctoral studies) and they can be used in one or many research trips.

Erasmus + grants from the European Union are compatible with complementary mobility funding that is not from the same source.


International research projects for Doctorate Students

Doctorate Students Host University Academic Year
Alma Yadira Bayona Arrieta Tecnológico de Monterrey-México 2018-19
Nerea Sánchez Urien Aalborg University- Aalborg, Denmark 2019-20
Jokin Bergara Eguren Università di Bologna- Italia 2021/22
Gorka Mendizabal Arrieta Ibis Lab- Università di Firenze- Italia 2021/22
Maider Elorza Iturbe Universidad de Malta 2022/23
Jokin Bergara Eguren Universidad de Toronto-Canadá 2022/23
Mario Andrés Manzi Puertas Santa Clara University-School of Engineering- Frugal Innovation Hub-San José-California-USA 2023/24

Visiting International students at the School of Business

The Mondragon Unibertsitatea School of Business hosts PhD students from other universities to do research projects.

Students interested in studying at Mondragon Unibertsitatea must meet certain administrative requirements that differ depending on the student’s country of origin. Those requirements include obtaining a visa, residence permit, medical insurance and insurance for accidents and civil liability.

To apply for a research project, applicants must make an application to the Doctorate Programme Commission that includes a letter of intentions, CV and research proposal.


Enpresagintza has agreements with the following universities where our students can carry out research projects: