Approved at the International Relations Commission of 17 January 2007 and ratified in the meeting of the Governing Council of 2 February 2007.
University institutions abroad have shown a growing interest in establishing bilateral agreements with the University of Cordoba. In accordance with the regulations of the University of Cordoba, students under these agreements may only register in courses at the university by means of the procedures established by the former Senate of the University of Cordoba regarding visiting students in the session held 3 July 1995.
One of the main objectives of the Strategic Plan of the University of Cordoba is to enhance the institution’s international scope. However, the current figure of “visiting student” does not adequately respond to the wide variety of situations affecting international students studying at our university (international programmes for cooperation and exchange in which the University of Cordoba participates, agreements signed directly between the University of Cordoba and other international universities and higher learning institutions, etc.) This has led to the need to regulate, among other questions, stays by international students who wish to further their academic training by enrolling in degree courses offered at the University of Cordoba under agreements that fall outside the sphere of the mobility programmes in which the university participates. The present regulations have a twofold aim: 1) to eliminate unnecessary procedures given the nature of the stay of these students (i.e., the difficulties that international students encounter when enrolling in courses which require prior departmental approval, or the assessment and credit recognition system for periods of study abroad under the current scheme for visiting students), and 2) to establish mechanisms that guarantee credit recognition by the student’s home university for courses taken at the University of Cordoba.
1. International students wishing to undergo an undergraduate course of study at the University of Cordoba under bilateral agreements which fall outside the sphere of mutual exchange agreements must enrol at the University of Cordoba as international visiting students in accordance with the provisions set out under these regulations.
2. Studies completed under this modality do not entitle students to obtain a degree granted by the University of Cordoba, nor allow them to be admitted to or enrol in an official programme of studies or the University of Cordoba’s own programmes of study. Credit recognition for studies undertaken at the University of Cordoba will only be awarded by the home institution when so established in the corresponding agreement.
3. In the event that an international visiting student under a bilateral agreement wishes to obtain a degree from the University of Cordoba or the recognition of a course of study by means of the provisions established in the agreement, the student will be subject to the legislation regarding admissions procedures and required to provide proof of qualifications and exams and comply with the admissions procedures established under general regulations.
4. Before coming to the University of Cordoba, international students under an agreement of this type must send a document (the study agreement) to the Office of the Registrar at the host school or faculty clearly stating the courses in which they wish to enrol and the dates and duration of their study abroad period
5. Once the document has been received and in a period not to exceed 20 days, the dean or director of the school or faculty will inform the applicant if she or he has been admitted to the proposed programme of studies, or on the contrary, if the student needs to modify the study agreement in order to comply with current regulations.
6. The deadlines for sending the study agreements are as follows:
7. Under general regulations, international visiting students must remain at the University of Cordoba for at least one semester and enrol in a minimum of 12 ECTS credits and a maximum of 30 ECTS credits (or their equivalent) per semester.
8. By resolution of the rector and at the proposal of the corresponding faculty or school, international students may have limited access or be excluded from courses due to their specialised nature (courses given to small groups, courses with limited access, courses having prerequisites).
9. The enrolment period is as follows:
10. Upon finalisation of each of the above enrolment periods, the Office of the Registrar at the corresponding faculty or school will send the International Relations Office of the University of Cordoba a list of enrolled students in accordance with these regulations.
11. Students who enrol under this modality are required to pay a general fee and tuition fees:
12. These fees are subject to change each academic year in accordance with the prices established for official academic degree programmes, unless the competent body agrees otherwise.
13. 50% of the revenue generated from student tuition fees shall be deposited in the expense account of the host faculties and schools. The revenue received by these faculties and schools shall be used for the organisation of mobility programmes, the funding of scholarships for the international exchange of students at the faculty or school and other needs as established under the specific regulations of the University of Cordoba.
NOTE: The text of Article 13 is subject to the specific regulations established by the Commission for Economic Affairs and must be approved by the corresponding commissions.
14. Students who enrol in a course of study under the present regulations are not considered official students and are therefore excluded from the university’s general health insurance scheme. For this reason, international visiting students must provide proof of health care coverage for the duration of their period of study at the university. Proof of health coverage must be submitted at the time of enrolment.
15. Visiting international students under this agreement will be subject to the academic regime of the University of Cordoba and the teaching and assessment systems established in the syllabi of the courses of study in which they enrol in accordance with these regulations.
16. International visiting students may not enrol in courses that are not given in part or in their totality during their stay at the University of Cordoba. Exceptionally, and upon submission of a report by the corresponding department or departments, the Board of Deans or directors of the faculty or school may authorise students to enrol in part of an annual course of study solely in the event that the student has registered and studied at the University of Cordoba during the first semester of the academic year.
17. Grades obtained by international visiting students under this agreement will be recorded on the official certificate of grades following the exam sessions of February and June and the resit examinations of September corresponding to the academic year of the study abroad period. Grades obtained by students who have been granted authorisation to undergo part of an annual course of study will not be recorded on the official certificate of grades for said academic year.
18. Upon receipt of the official certificate of grades following the exam sessions, the Office of the Registrar of the faculty or school in which the student is enrolled shall issue a certificate that will be submitted to the student’s home university. Said certificate will be issued on the official form approved by the Registrar of the University of Cordoba for this purpose. The document will contain the grades received by the student in accordance with the grading system in force in Spain at the time of issuance.
19. Grades received for partial courses of study will be recorded in a grade report to be issued by the instructor in charge of the course of study. The Registrar of the University of Cordoba will provide course instructors with an official grade report form which shall include the grade received by the student as well as a description of the part of the programme completed by the student. A copy of these grade reports will be sent to the student’s home university.
20. Visiting international students under this agreement shall have full access to the services and facilities available to the student body and shall be fully entitled to participate in university life under the same conditions as international students in regulated exchange programmes.