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Admisión de estudiantes europeos

European Union Students

F.A.Q. European students admission. Admission to spanish universities for EU students and students from countries with international agreements.

  1. Admission to Spanish universities without sitting an admission test (questions 1 to 13)
    1. How to obtainyouruniversity admission credential? (questions 14 to 37)
  2. University entrance examination (Selectividad) (questions 38 to 47)
    1. Area-specific examination phase (questions 48 to 50)
    2. Deadline for applications (question 51)
    3. Tests (questions 52 to 57)
    4. Marks (questions 58 to 67)
    5. Complaints and deadlines (questions 68 to 76)
  3. Certificates that qualify students to begin university studies in the educational system of their country of origin and are equivalent to Spain’sAdvanced Expert’s degree in Vocational Training, Advanced Expert’sdegree in Plastic Arts an Design or Advanced Expert’s degree in Sports (questions 77 to 79)
    1. Area-specific examination phase (questions 80 to 86)
  4. Pre-enrolment (questions 87 to 88)
    1. Deadline (question 89)
    2. Applications (questions 90 to 95)
    3. Procedure (questions 96 to 99)
  5. Enrolment and transfer of records (question 100)
  6. Admission procedures in other Spanish universities (question 101)
  7. Accommodation (questions 102 to 107)
  8. Other relevant information (questions 107 to 108)
  9. Calculation of equivalent average marks of university studies completed abroad
  10. Relevant legislation

1. Who may gain admission to a Spanish university?

Students from EU educational systems and students from other countries with which Spain has signed relevant international agreements, on a basis of reciprocity, may be admitted to a Spanish university.

2. Which countries does Spain have such agreements with?

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

3. Which other educational systems are party to these agreements?

Students who hold either the European Baccalaureate (EB) certificate or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma may be admitted to a Spanish university.

4. Which requirements must applicants meet?

Applicants must meetwhatever academic requirements and supply whatever diplomas and certificates qualifying students to begin university studies in the educational system of their country of origin.

5. How may these students participate in admission procedures?

Students may only participate in admission procedures for an academic year given and via a single admission procedure.

6. As for students who have been admitted to a Spanish university in the past via any procedure other than that laid down in the current regulations, may they apply for admission?

No.

7. As for students who have been admitted to a Spanish university via the procedure laid down in the regulations for the 2007–2008, 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 academic years,what are they required to do if they wish to participate again in admission procedures?

They must apply for a new credential.

8. Are studentsrequired to sit the university entrance examination?

Not necessarily.

9. Do students apply for admission on an equal footing with Spanish students who have successfully passed the university entrance examination? (P.A.U.)?

Yes. They participate in admission procedures under equal conditions.

10. In addition to the provisions in the relevant regulations, may universities set special terms or exams for admission to certain qualifications?

Yes; these must be included in the approved and verified degree curriculum report.

11. Should students have an appropriate knowledge of the language of instruction of Bachelor’s degrees?

Yes.

12. May universities establish accreditation exams for students to demonstrate their language ability?

Yes.

13. May students use their CV to demonstrate their language ability?

Yes.

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14. Who verifies whether students from EU educational systems or studentsfrom other countries with which Spain has signed international agreementsfulfil all university admission requirements?

Verification will be performed by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

15. What are students required to do to start this admission procedure?

Students wishing to start this admission procedure should submit their application to the Vice-Rector’s Office for Academic Planning of the UNED.

16. Where may this application be submitted?

It may submitted through the University website: uned.es/accesoUE

17. Where else may students submit an application, according to the law?

Applications may be submitted:

  1. At the registry office of any administrative bodies belonging to either the central state administration, the administration of the autonomous regions or any local government authorities, should the latter have signed a relevant agreement.
  2. At any post offices.
  3. At any of Spain’s diplomatic representations or consular offices abroad.

18 Which documents must be enclosed with an application?

  1. Certified copy of the degree certificate, diploma or provisional certificate qualifying the student to begin university studies in the educational system of his or her country of origin.
  2. Certified copy of the transcript of records of the last two years of secondary education, or the last three years in those educational systems where upper secondary educationspans over two years.

19. Where may certified copies of documents be obtained?

Certified copies of documents to be submitted to the UNED may be obtained from UNED’s affiliated centres or any of the Student Support Services (Unidades de Atención al Estudiante) in Madrid (Bravo Murillo 38, PaseoSenda del Rey 7, or Juan del Rosal 16). They may also be obtained from the Education Department of any of Spain’s embassies abroad and from other countries’ embassies/consulates in Spain.

20. Where may an official translation into Spanish be obtained of documents, issued in a foreign language by the relevant authorities in the country of origin, that are to be legally valid in Spain?

In Spain, an official translation may be requested from a Sworn Translator of Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

21. What if the student lives outside Spain?

An sworn translator from the above list may be contactedor, failing this,the equivalent body to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the student’s country of origin may be contacted in order to request an official translation into Spanish.

22. What does UNED do with the documents submitted?

Once an application has been received, UNED verifiesfulfilment of admission requirementsby the applicant.

23. What does UNED once it has verified fulfilment of requirements for admission to university in the educational system of the student’s country of origin?

UNED assigns him or her a university admission mark, expressed to three decimal places.

24. When does UNED give a decision? 

The University shall take a decision within three months.

25. How long should the procedure take until a decision is made?

The procedure should take a total of six months from the date of the student’sapplication.

26. What decision may be issued on a student’s application?

A decision of approval or refusal.

27. What happens if UNED approves a student’s application?

The university shall issue a credential to the applicant.

28. What is the holder of a credential entitled to?

A credential entitles its holder to gain admission to a Spanish university.

29. How long is the credential valid for?

The credential is valid for a period of two years from the date of its issuance; it will be valid for the purposes of admission and enrolment.

30. What happens if UNED does not issue a decision within the set period?

If nodecision is issued within the set time, the application shall be deemed as refused.

31. May a student lodge a complaint or appeal against a decision?

Yes. The student may lodge an administrative appeal against a decision to the Rector of the UNED.

32. How much time does the university have to rule on the appealand notify the decision to the student?

The appeal shall be ruled on and notified withina period of up to three months.

33. What should the student understand if the university does not give an answer by the set deadline?

The appeal may be deemed as dismissed.

34. When does the entire administrative procedure end?

A decision from the Rector or a lack of decision within the set deadline will settle the administrative procedure.

35. When does UNED issue a temporary credential?

Exceptionally, and solely in cases in which educational systems in whichaccreditation of admission requirements include the use of documents based on predictions and estimates, issued for such purposes by the accredited institutions in the country of origin, may UNED issue a temporary credential.

36. What effects does a temporary credential have?

A temporary credential shall be of a provisional nature and shall be valid solely for the purposes of admission to all universities in Spain.

37. When should a temporary credential be replaced with a permanent credential?

A temporary credential must be replaced with a permanent credential prior to enrolment.

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38. May a student who has been issued a credential gain admission to a Spanish university on an equal footing with Spanish students who have successfully passed the university entrance examination?

Yes.

39. Are prospective student requiredto sit any examsjust as Spanish students sit the university entrance examination?

While not required, it is advisable.

40. What type of exams?

Prospective students are advised to take the area-specific examsof the university entrance examination a Spanish student takes.

41. Whyareprospective students advised to sit the area-specific exams of the university entrance examination?

Theyare advised to do so in order to improve the mark recorded on their credential.

42. To what extent is it advisable?

It is advisable when prospective students wish to be admitted to thoseBachelor’s degrees where the number of applicants is higher than the number of places on offer.

43. Do universities set a limit on the number of students to be admitted to a degree given?

Yes. Every academic year, admission is limited toa certain number of students.

44. Which degreesseea higher degree of competition for admission?

In general terms, degrees in the Health Sciences area see a high degree of competition for admission, but so do a number of degrees in other areas of knowledge.

45. How can a student find out aboutthe level of difficulty involved in gaining admission to a certain degree?

The level of difficulty involved in gaining admission to a degree may be known by takingthe minimummark needed for admissionto a degree given in the latest academic year as a reference point.

46. What is the minimum admissionmark?

It is the mark of the last student to have been admitted to a degree given, which cannot be known until the pre-enrolment process is completed. Thus it is not a mark set in advance by the university, and it may go up and down every year.

47. Can the minimum mark needed for admission to a degree given last year be found anywhere? The minimum mark can be found on the website of the University of Córdoba.

 

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48. It has been said that it is advisable to sit the university entrance examination. Where can the area-specific exams of said examination be sat?

Students who choose to sit the area-specific exams may do so through the UNED.

49. Which regulations govern the holding of these exams by UNED?

These exams are held in accordance with the provisions of Orden EDU/473/2010, of 26 February, which lays downprocedures for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees.

50. Which requirements must a studentmeet to be able to sit the area-specific exams?

Through their credential, students must provide evidence that they fulfil the requirements for admission to a university in the educational system of his or her country of origin.

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51. How and where should students apply for sitting this examination, and by which deadline?

Application deadlines and venues are set by UNED

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52. Where are the area-specific exams of the university entrance examination taken?

Examination venues and dates can be found on the UNED website 

53. Which subjects may a student choose to be tested on in order to raise the mark in his or her credential?

A student may choose to be tested on any of the area-specific subjects as laid down for the last year of upper secondary education in article 8 of Orden ESD/1729/2008, of 11 June (see Anexo II).

54. What do these exams consist of?

The exercises comprising each of the subject testsselected by the student will involveanswering, in writing, a number of questions appropriate to the knowledge and competencies to be assessed, the answer format of which should ensureapplication of pre-approved objective assessment criteria.

55. How long are the exams?

Each exam shall last one and a half hours. There shall be a 45-minute interval between the end of a test and the beginning of the next.

56. Can the aims, specific guidelines, programme, marking criteria, past examinations, etc. for each area-specific subject be found anywhere?

They can be found on the Subject Guides.

57. How are the tests?

Test distribution for the nextexamination session can be found on the UNED website.

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58. What does the marking system consist of?

The admission mark shall be calculated on the basis of the mark recorded on the student’s credential and the marks obtained for each of the area-specific subjects, if those subjects are assigned to the area of knowledge of the degree to which the student is seeking admission, in accordance with Anexo I of Real Decreto 1892/2008.

59. What is the calculation formula?

Admission mark = Credential mark + a*M1 + b* M2

60. What do M1 and M2stand for?

They are the highest marksfrom among the area-specific test marks.

61. What do a and bstand for?

A and b are the weight parameters of the subjects students aretested on as part of the area-specific exams.

62. What value do the above weight parametershave?

They have a value of 0.1.

63. Are universities allowed to raise such parameter to 0.2?

Yes.

64. When are universities allowed to raise such parameter to 0.2?

Universities may raise such parameter to 0.2 for those subjects theydeem to be more suitable for successfully completing the relevant official Bachelor’s degrees.

65. When do universities publish their weight parameters?

Universities publish their weight parameters for the relevantsubjects at the beginning of the academic year in whichthe examination is to be held.

66. Which weight parameters have been set by universities in Andalusia for enrolment in the 2011–2012 academic year (forthcoming)?

The list of weight parameters for the area-specific subjects in upper secondary education as apply to university degrees for admission in the 2010–2011 academic yearcan be found on the website of the Distrito Único Andaluz.

67. Where can studentsfind outexam results?

Exam results will be posted on the UNED website.

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68. May a student lodge a complaint should he or she be unhappy with the markgiven following the first marking? Yes.

69. What system or procedure should students follow to lodge a complaint? On the basis of the markgiven following the first marking, each student may choose one of two options:

  1. Submit a request to the chair of the assessment board for a SECOND MARKING of those exams where application of general and specific evaluation and marking criteria for each subject are deemed to have been inadequately applied, or
  2. Submit a request to the examination organizing committee for a COMPLAINT, in which case it will not be possible to request a second marking.

70. Is there a specific request form?

Yes,there is a form to request a second marking and anotherto request a complaint.

71. How much time is there for a student to submit a complaint request?

Complaint requests are to be submitted within three working days, from the date of publication of the marks.

72. How is a complaint request handled?

Examsagainst whose results a complaint has been lodged will be reviewed in order to verify whether all questions have been assessed and whether general and specific marking criteria have been properly applied; verification that no clerical errors have been made in the process of calculating the final mark is also included.

73. How is a second marking request handled?

Exams against whose results a second marking request has been submitted will be marked by a specialized teacher different than the one who carried out the first marking.

74. What mark is an exam given once subject to a second marking?

The mark an exam that is subject to a second marking is given is calculated by averaging the results of both markings.

Should there be a difference of two points or above between both markings, a different board shall carry out an additional marking on its own motion. The final mark is calculated by averaging the results of all three markings.

75. Can a complaint be lodged to the organizing committee against the mark given following both markings?

Yes, within three working days from the date of publication of the marks against which the complaint is to be lodged.

76. What decision shall be adopted by the organizing committee?

It shallmake such decisions as will formally set the final marks of those examswhose markings have been appealed, via one or another procedure, and shall notify them to the claimants.

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77.May students from an EU educational systemor other countries with which Spain has signed relevant international agreements, on a basis of reciprocity, be admitted to a Spanish university, while holding a degree certificate or diplomathat qualify them to begin university studies in their country of origin and are equivalent to Spain’s Advanced Expert’s degree in Vocational Training, Advanced Expert’s degree in Plastic Arts an Design or Advanced Expert’s degree in Sports?

They may be admitted subject to verification of admission requirements by Spain´s Ministry of Education.

78. Where are students required to submit a request forverification of admission requirements?

At UNED.

79. What does UNED do with the request and the accompanying documents?

It forwards them to Spain’s Ministry of Education, which shall subsequently issuea binding and determining report.

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80. Is it necessary for students to sit any exams just as Spanish students sit the university entrance examination?

While not required, it is advisable.

81. What type of exams?

Students are advised to take the area-specific exams of the university entrance examination a Spanish student takes.

82. Why are students advised to sit the area-specific exams of the university entrance examination?

They are advised to do so in order to improve the mark recorded on their report.

83. To what extent is it advisable?

It is advisable when students wish to be admitted to those Bachelor’s degrees where the number of applicants is higher than the number of places on offer.

84. Do universities set a limit on the number of students to be admitted to a degree given?

Yes. Every academic year admission is limited to a certain number of students.

85. Which degrees see a higher degree of competition for admission?

In general terms, degrees in the Health Sciences area see a high degree of competition for admission, but so do a number of degrees in other areas of knowledge.

86. How can a student find out about the level of difficulty involved in gaining admission to a certain degree?

The level of difficulty involved in gaining admission to a degree may be known by taking the minimummark needed for admissionto a degree given in the latest academic year as a reference point.

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87. What must a student wishing to be admitted to university do once he or she has his final mark?

Most Spanish universities require students who are going to begin university studies to pre-enrol or apply for admission tothe relevant Faculties.

88. Forthe purposes of enrolling in universities in Andalusia, ¿who comprises the Distrito ÚnicoAndaluz?It is comprised of all public universities in Andalusia and the Committee of the Distrito Único Andaluz (D.U.A.).

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89. How much time is there for a student to apply foradmission to a Faculty in Andalusia?

Every year the schedule is set by the Distrito Único Andaluz (DUA), with dates for the regular June session and the special September session.

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90. How do students from EU educational systems and students from other countries with which Spain has signed relevant international agreements, on a basis of reciprocity, apply for admission to Bachelor’s degrees offered by universities in Andalusia?

They can do so by submitting the relevant pre-enrolment application on the DUA website.

91. What should a student include in his or herapplication?

Other than personal and academic information,students should also indicate thoseBachelor’s degrees they wish to be admitted to by priority order.

92. Which degrees are offered in Andalusia?

Degrees on offer can be found on the Degree Catalogue published by the Government of Andalusia.

93. Are students required to accompany any documents once an application has been filled in and submitted online?

Students should contribute documents as indicated by the computerized system once the application has been submitted.

94. What type of documents are usually required from EU students?:

  1. Original and photocopy, for comparison purposes, of your National ID card, your Foreign Resident Identity Number (NIE), or, failing this, your passport.
  2. Original and photocopy, for comparison purposes, of the relevant credential qualifying students gain admission to University in Spain.
  3. If applicable, proof of having successfully completed any area-specific exams of the university entrance examination, clearly identifying the marks obtained as well as the session in which each exam has been taken.

95. Where shall these documents be submitted?

Every university in Andalusia has an admissions office that collects documentation required by the computerized system.

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96. What does the admission procedure consist of?

Information on the admission procedure can be found on the DUA website.

97. What happens once the deadline for submitting applications passes?

Applications submitted before the relevant deadline are handled in accordance with the regulations, and three lists of admitted students are published according to the admissions schedule.

98. What should be done before each deadline, following a priority order, once a list of admitted students has been published?

Information on the procedure to be followed can be found on the DUA website.

99. What must a student do once he or she has been admitted to his preferred degree?

The student must proceed to enrolment according to the schedule set by the universitywhere the Bachelor’s degree to which the student has been admitted is taught.

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100.What documents are students required tosubmit to proceed to enrolment?

Along with documents indicated by the university to which the student has been admitted, students must submit acertificate that he or she has applied for a scholarship (provided that he or she complies with the requirements for receiving these aids) and a certificate that he or she has transferred his or her student records, if applicable.

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101. Where can I find information on admission to other universities in Spain?

Information can be found at the Student Information Office (O.I.E.) at this University.

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102. Where can I find accommodation at the University of Córdoba?

Accommodation can be found through the Accommodation Service or the O.I.E. websites.

103. What does theAccommodation Service at the University of Córdoba offer?

The University of Córdoba’s Accommodation Service is comprised of institutionsthat provide the members of the university community with accommodation and foster their human, cultural and scientific training.

104. Which institutions comprise the Accommodation Service at the University of Córdoba?

  • "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción" Hall of Residence
  • “Bélmez” Student Residence
  • “Lucano” Student Residence
  • University Flats and Rooms

105. Which accommodation information is provided by the O.I.E?

The Student Information Office’s main aim in this regard is to assist those students who attend our university in order to complete their academic training at either one the Campuses in Córdoba or the Belmez campus to find accommodation.

106. What kind of private accommodation information is provided by the O.I.E.?

Private accommodationoffers included in the database are sorted into four areas:

  • Flats offered for rent.
  • Vacant rooms offered in flats shared by students
  • Full-board accommodation offers (shared or individual accommodation if applicable).

107. Where can information be found on Spanish as a foreign language courses? 

Information can be requested from the Ucoidiomas language centre at the University of Córdoba.

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108. Where can information be found on the University of Córdoba?

Information can be sought from the Student Information Office.

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Existing legislation

  1. Real Decreto1892/2008, of 14 November, which sets out the requirements for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees and procedures for admission to Spanish public universities. (B.O.E. núm. 283 de 24/11/2008)
  2. Correction of errors in Real Decreto 1892/2008, of 14 November, which sets out the requirements for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees and procedures for admission to Spanish public universities. (B.O.E. núm. 75 de 28/03/2009)
  3. Correction of errors in Real Decreto 1892/2008, of 14 November, which sets out the requirements for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees and procedures for admission to Spanish public universities. (B.O.E. núm. 175 de 21/07/2009)
  4. Orden EDU/1434/2009, of 29 May, which updates the appendices to Real Decreto 1892/2008, of 14 November, which sets out the requirements for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees and procedures for admission to Spanish public universities.(B.O.E. núm. 135 de 4/06/2009)
  5. OrdenEDU/473/2010, of 26 February, which sets out the procedure for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees for students from international educational systems holdingqualifications equivalent to Spain’s “Bachillerato” certificate. (B.O.E. núm. 54 de 3/03/2010)
  6. Orden EDU/1161/2010, of 4 May, which sets out the procedure for admission to Spanish universities for students from educational systemscovered by article 38.5 of Ley Orgánica 2/2006, of 3 May, on Education.(B.O.E. núm. 111 de  7/05/2010)
  7. Real Decreto 558/2010, of 7 May, which modifiesReal Decreto1892/2008, of 14 November, which sets out the requirements for admission to official Bachelor’s degrees and procedures for admission to Spanish public universities.(B.O.E. núm. 113 de  8/05/2010)
  8. Resoluciónof 6 July 2010, fromSecretaría General de Universidades, which modifies Anexos I and IV ofOrden EDU/1161/2010, of 4 May, which sets out the procedure for admission to Spanish universities for students from educational systems covered by article 38.5 of Ley Orgánica 2/2006, of 3 May, on Education. (B.O.E. núm. 167 de 10/07/2010)
  9. Orden EDU/3242/2010, of 9 December, which sets out the contents of the area-specific exams of the university entrance examination to be sat by those holding an Advanced Expert’s degree in Vocational Training, an Advanced Expert’s degree in Plastic Arts an Design or an Advanced Expert’s degree in Sports and other similar degrees.(B.O.E. núm. 306 de 17/12/2010)

4 January 2013