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NON-SPANISH STUDENTS

Access and Admission

Admission to doctoral studies will be open to those who hold a degree obtained in accordance with foreign education systems, without the need for their homologation, upon verification by the university that the degree accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's degree, and that it entitles the holder to access doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree held by the interested party, or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral studies (Art. 6.2.b of RD 99/2011).

 

Procedure

1. Contact a professor at the University of Cordoba who forms part of a research line/team of one of the doctoral programmes regulated by RD 99/2011 of 28 January, governing official doctoral studies offered at this University, to supervise your thesis (serve as your director). You can view the doctoral programmes in the following link: Current offerings, 2011 RD Programmes

2. Access the following computer application: SIGMA. Attach the following documents:

  • Copy of the degrees or diplomas of your Bachelor's or Engineering degree, and of the Master's degree you have completed; translated by a Sworn Translator into Spanish or English, if it is in a language other than these.
  • Copy of the foreign higher education degree or certificate of its issuance (it is necessary to prove that this degree entitles one, in the issuing country, to apply for access to doctoral studies). You can provide, for example, a certificate of the following type: Spanish/English.
  • Copy of an Academic Certificate complementing the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees presented by the applicant, in which it is stated:
    • Official duration of the studies carried out in each of the academic years for the Master's Degree or equivalent.
    • Research nature of the Master's degree.
    • Courses taken
    • Contact hours of each of the subjects taken
    • Grades obtained in each of the subjects taken
    • Brief Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

3. Print the form generated by the application and, together with the rest of the documentation, send it, signed by the applicant, with the acceptance of his/her academic advisor, and the person in charge of the research line/team, to Doctorado (Idep) Avda. Medina Azahara No. 5 Rectorado. 14071 Córdoba.

4. If you wish to obtain a letter of acceptance from the IDEP, you must send an e-mail to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

VERY IMPORTANT

Admission to a PhD programme is always subject to the decision of the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme (CAPD).

 

Conditional admission

The CAPD may conditionally admit a candidate with him/her only being able to register for consultation with his/her academic advisor in relation to his/her doctoral studies.

The reasons that may give rise to a conditional admission are:

  1. The completion of complementary training. When, in view of the candidate's aptitudes and qualifications, it is deemed appropriate for him or her to complete, prior to joining the Doctoral Programme, legally determined complementary training.
  2. The presentation of documentation accrediting administrative requirements. When the applicant meets the admission requirements, but has pending the formalisation of documentation or other administrative requirements (legalisation of foreign documents, translation of documents, etc.).

2. If the requirements set out in paragraph one, letter b) are not met before the end of the academic year, admission shall be cancelled, for all purposes.

In order to complete the first year of the Doctorate, the originals of the documentation indicated in point 2 of this section must have been submitted beforehand, duly legalised.

 

Information on the legislation of documents

  • Member countries of the European Union or signatories of the Agreement on the European Economic Area: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and the Czech Republic. Also Switzerland, thanks to a bilateral agreement with the E.U. For documents issued in these countries, legalisation is not required (only comparison with the original).
  • Countries that have signed the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 (Apostille): (BOE. No. 229, de 25.09.1978, No. 248, of 17.10.78 and No. 226, of 20.09.84): List of countries. In order to legalise documents from these countries, the appropriate "Apostille" (model according to the Hague Convention) issued by the competent authority of the State from which the document originates is sufficient.
  • Countries that have signed the Andrés Bello Agreement (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stamp is not required): Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. The documents must be legalised through diplomatic channels by presenting them at:
    • The Ministry of Education of the country of origin, for diplomas and certificates of studies; and at the relevant Ministry for birth and nationality certificates.
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued.
    • The diplomatic or consular representation of Spain in that country.

- Other countries:

The documents are to be legalised through diplomatic channels by presenting them at:

  • The Ministry of Education of the country of origin for diplomas and certificates of studies and at the relevant Ministry for birth and nationality certificates.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued.
  • The diplomatic or consular representatives of Spain in that country.
  • The Legalisations Section of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (tel. 913791606)

Documents issued by diplomatic or consular authorities of other countries, in Spain, must be legalised at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Edificio Torres Ágora) C/ Serrano Galvache,26. 28071-MADRID

APPLICATION FOR PERSONAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS

In order for the academic certification obtained in response to this application to be valid abroad, the student must initiate the process of document legalisation with the competent Ministry of Education. In this case, if the certification obtained is signed electronically, following the Instructions issued by the Ministry, the student must have the certification stamped at the Secretariat of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, before starting the aforementioned process.

 

Application for an official diploma

In response to this application for the issuance of an official degree, the University of Cordoba will issue a supplementary certificate that will provisionally replace the degree for a maximum of one year from its date of issue and will have the same value as the latter for the purposes of exercising the rights inherent to it.

In order for this academic certification to be valid abroad, the student must initiate the process for the legalisation of documents with the competent Ministry of Education. In this case, if the certification obtained is electronically signed, following the Instructions issued by the Ministry of Education, the certification must be stamped at the Secretariat of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies before starting the aforementioned process.

 

INFORMATION ON THE TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENTS

All documents not issued in English by the competent authorities of the country of origin must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish (this translation into Spanish will be exempt from legalisation). The translation may be made:

  • By any diplomatic or consular representatives of the Spanish State abroad.
  • By diplomatic or consular representatives, in Spain, of the country of which the applicant is a citizen; or, where relevant, of the country of origin of the document.
  • By a sworn translator, duly authorised or registered in Spain.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Information on scholarships can be found in the following sections:

 

Useful Information

Visa

International students who want to stay in the Spanish territory for a period longer than 90 days per semester must hold a valid VISA and meet the following requirements as they are explained in the provided link.

For those students which are participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, they can find information about the scientific VISA and residence permit for long stays in the Euroaxess web, provided by the European Comission.

 

Spanish Embassy Abroad

To ascertain the location of the Spanish Embassy in your country of origin, see the following webpage: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Adresses and useful phone numbers

For further information about other institutions issues: Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Useful phone numbers)

 

Information about useful services for foreign students