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Visitor’s handbook www.ehu.es/en The University of the Basque Country Vice Rectorate for International Relations Paseo Arriola, 2 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain Phone no: +34 943015192 e-mail:[email protected]

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Manual del visitante. [email protected] a la Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU). Hemos elaborado este manual con el fin de ayudarte en el proceso de adaptación a nuestra institución y comunidad. Aquí hallarás una descripción de nuestra universidad: su estructura, campus y oferta académica. También encontrarás detalles concretos sobre los pasos y formalidades que debes cumplimentar antes de abandonar tu país, a tu llegada al País Vasco y antes de tu regreso a casa.

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  • Visitorshandbook

    www.ehu.es/en

    The University of the Basque Country

    Vice Rectorate for International RelationsPaseo Arriola, 220018 Donostia-San Sebastin, SpainPhone no: +34 943015192e-mail:[email protected]

  • Table of contents

    0. Welcome to the University of the Basque Country .............................................................................................. 4

    1. The University of the Basque Country ..................................................................................................................... 5 1.1. Our campuses ..................................................................................................................................................... 6 1.1.1. Campus of Araba...................................................................................................................................... 6 1.1.2. Campus of Biscay..................................................................................................................................... 8 1.1.3. Campus of Gipuzkoa ............................................................................................................................... 10 1.2. Our university: Facts and gures.................................................................................................................. 12 1.3. Study at the University of the Basque Country ........................................................................................ 13 1.3.1. Undergraduate programmes................................................................................................................ 13 1.3.2. Courses taught in English and French............................................................................................... 17 1.3.3. Postgraduate programmes................................................................................................................... 17 1.3.4. Summer courses...................................................................................................................................... 17 1.4. Academic info ...................................................................................................................................................... 18 1.4.1. Academic calendar.................................................................................................................................. 18 1.4.2. Assessment system................................................................................................................................ 18 1.4.3. Grading scale............................................................................................................................................. 18 1.4.4. ECTS credits............................................................................................................................................... 19 1.4.5. Mobility programmes at the University of the Basque Country................................................. 19

    2. Practical information for visitors .............................................................................................................................. 20 2.1. Spanish and Basque courses ......................................................................................................................... 20 2.2. Accommodation .................................................................................................................................................. 21 2.3. Medical insurance .............................................................................................................................................. 23 2.4. Spain visa and passport entry requirements ........................................................................................... 24 2.5. Financial support for students ...................................................................................................................... 24 2.5.1. Grants and fellowships for undergraduate students .................................................................... 24 2.5.2. Grants and fellowships for postgraduate students ....................................................................... 24 2.5.3. Student loans ............................................................................................................................................ 24 2.6. Students with special needs support service .......................................................................................... 25 2.7. Student information and guidance office ................................................................................................... 25 2.8. Supporting your study ...................................................................................................................................... 26 2.8.1. Computer rooms ...................................................................................................................................... 26 2.8.2. Library......................................................................................................................................................... 27 2.8.3. E-learning: Our virtual campus............................................................................................................ 27 2.9. Internships............................................................................................................................................................ 28 2.10. Sports service.................................................................................................................................................... 28 2.11. Cultural activities and entertainment ........................................................................................................ 29 2.12. Student associations ....................................................................................................................................... 29 2.13. Everything exchange students need to know ......................................................................................... 30 2.13.1. How to contact your mobility tutor................................................................................................... 30 2.13.2. Exchange Student checklist: basic documents and when to submit them ......................... 31 2.13.3. Would you like to request a buddy?.................................................................................................. 32

    3. The Basque Country (Euskadi).................................................................................................................................... 33 3.1. Money matters ..................................................................................................................................................... 34 3.2. Eating....................................................................................................................................................................... 34 3.3. Medical care .......................................................................................................................................................... 34 3.4. In case of emergency ......................................................................................................................................... 35 3.5. Language................................................................................................................................................................ 36 3.6. Religion and spiritual traditions .................................................................................................................... 36 3.7. Weather................................................................................................................................................................... 36 3.8. Business hours .................................................................................................................................................... 36

    4. Former visitors tips for a smooth adjustment ................................................................................................... 37

  • Welcome0to the University of the Basque Country

    All of us, working at the International Office, wish you a very warm welcome to the University of the Basque Country. We are glad to know you chose our university and our region for your academic or research stay. Over one thousand students, lecturers and researchers (mainly from Europe, Canada, the US and Latin America) join us every year and we are ready to go the extra mile to support you, so that you keep fond memories of your stay among us.

    We have conceived this handbook aiming to help you with your adjustment process, both at our university and our community. Here you will find a detailed description of the university, its structure, campuses and courses catalogue. Details on the steps to take and requirements to be met before leaving your country, upon arrival at the Basque Country and before you go back home are also to be found here. The sections dealing with our grading system or our academic calendar information will help you plan your travelling dates.

    This handbook contains information regarding student services you can benefit from and, additionally, a section describing the region where we are located, i.e. the Basque Country. We would like you to enjoy our landscapes and culture; once you are with us, you will become a full member of our community and we wish to assist you accordingly.

    The final section of this handbook includes suggestions by former visitors. We trust you will find the content of this reference book useful and, remember: our Help Centre staff is always available for anything you might need.

    Ongi etorri, eskerrik asko gu hautatzeagatik!

    Miriam PealbaVice Rector for International [email protected]

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  • UPV/EHU 1The University of the Basque Country

    The University of the Basque Country is a public, integrating and non-restrictive institution. We are strongly committed to research, intelectual leadership and social engagement.

    Our courses catalogue is varied and comprises a wide range of programmes in all elds of knowledge, from Health Sciences to Business, Art or Architecture. More specically, our offer consists of over 60 undergraduate programmes, around une hundred master programmes (over 30 of which hold the Label of Excellence of the Spanish Ministry for Education. The University of the Basque Country is number one among Spanish universities in the number of labels) and over 60 PhD programmes.

    The University of the Basque Country is a key element of a bilingual people. The Basque Language has identied our region for many centuries; Euskara is the only Pre Indo European language still alive in Europe. Teaching is essentially bilingual, that is, each student chooses their language of instruction. Besides, over 100 courses, master and PhD programmes are taught in English or French; the use of foreign languages as a language of instruction is steadily increasing in our University.

    The University of the Basque Country is a research institution particularly concerned with knowledge transfer and innovation. Our connection with surrounding technology and research institutions was cardinal for us to dene and lead our Euskampus Project, which got us distinguished as Campus of International Excellence by the Spanish Ministry for Education.

    Few places can match the advantages of the Basque Country for both life and career. With its rst class public system, strong production industry, the region also benets from mild weather, luxuriant nature and a rich and welcoming culture. The University of the Basque Country is committed to echoing this unique land and continually strives to preserve and enrich its culture.

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  • The Campus of Araba comprises 9 Faculties and Schools located in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    The administrative capital of the Basque Country has over 230,000 inhabitants. Its vast green areas and the low carbon footprint of locals have made it possible for Vitoria-Gasteiz to be designated European Green Capital 2012.

    Vitoria-Gasteiz stands on a historical pathways intersection; one of the Saint James Way routes crosses the city centre and its almond shaped old district is just gorgeous. You will be able to visit the restoration works at Santa Mara cathedral, main inspiration for Ken Folletts A world without end. If you enjoy Modern Art, Artium museum will surely be your rst choice. The local patroness festivities, La Virgen Blanca, and many other cultural and entertaining events taking place throughout the year will help you enjoy even more living in this pleasant and comfortable city.

    The province of Araba boasts a large number of archaeological sites and other remarkable monuments. You will also have many chances of visiting this region while walking in woods and natural parks. Not far from Vitoria-Gasteiz you will nd trekking trails, mountain bike routes, water sports options and paragli-ding clubs.

    How to get there

    The local airport is located 9 km away from Vitoria-Gasteiz city centre. You will be charged approximately 15 Euros for a taxi ride to the city.

    You might like to y to Bilbao: Buses run every 30 minutes from the airport to Bilbao city centre and to the bus terminal, TERMIBUS. From there, you can take a bus to Vitoria-Gasteiz. Check frequencies and running hours at www.autobuseslaunion.com. Last bus at weekdays is around 10 pm and earlier at weekends!

    Some low cost airlines y to Santander-Parayas airport: Buses run daily from here to Vitoria-Gasteiz (2 hours ride. Approximate fare, 10 Euros). Check frequencies at www.alsa.es.

    For further details on Vitoria-Gasteiz, feel free to visit the following websites:

    www.euskadi.net/turismowww.alavaturismo.com/es/index.phpwww.vitoria-gasteiz.org/turismoSpanish Airports Authority (to check scheduled ights): www.aena.es

    1.1. Our campuses

    1.1.1. Campus of Araba

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    ErtzaintzaGizarte etxea / Community centresInformaziorako bulegoak / Information points

    Campus of Araba

    Aparkalekua / Parking areaPostaetxea / Post officeBizikletak mailegatzeko zerbitzua / Public bike pick up point

    Tranbia geltokiak / Tram stopTranbia / TramBidegorria / Bike lane

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  • A total 13 Faculties and Schools make up our biggest campus. Along with 5 of them being located in downtown Bilbao, we have 6 faculties in our University complex of Leioa (15 km from Bilbao), 1 in Barakaldo and 1 in Portugalete.

    Bilbao

    The biggest city in the Basque Country stretches along the estuary of river Nervin, 11 km inland from the Gulf of Biscay. It is the nancial capital of the region and has around 370,000 inhabitants, although the metropolitan area goes up to around 1 million citizens.

    The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Frank O. Gehry, 1997) gave rise to a new beginning for a formerly industrial city submerged in the 80s recession. From the moment this winding titanium structure opened to the general public, the most renowned architects and designers have worked in Bilbao: Sir Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava, Javier MariscalThe upturn undergone by the city has led to Bilbao being granted the Lee Kuan World City Prize in 2010.

    People in Bilbao are friendly, optimistic and good tempered; the vibrant cultural life of the city turns, at dusk, into a varied, pepped nightlife. A visit to the local cathedral, the Athletic Football Club stadium, the 7 streets section and Bizkaia suspended bridge (a century old Unesco World Heritage site) are a must for every visitor.

    How to get there

    Bilbao airport (Loiu) is approximately 10 km away from the city. Buses run every 15 minutes from the airport to the city centre (from 6.15 am to 11.15 pm). The line terminates at the local bus station, TERMIBUS. From here, you can walk or take the metro almost everywhere in the city.

    The central railway station, Abando, is connected to several international railway routes.

    Further details are to be found in these websites:

    www.euskadi.net/turismowww.bilbao.net/bilbaoturismoSpanish Airports Authority (for scheduled ights information): www.aena.es

    1.1.2. Campus of Biscay

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  • Lecture room building ground floor, students services

    Vice Rectorate of the Campus of BiscayFaculty of Law, Bizkaia section

    School of Labour Relations Studies

    Faculty of Social and Communication Sciences

    Teacher Training School, Bilbao

    Faculty of Fine Arts

    Faculty of Science and Technology

    Faculty of Medicine and DentistryDental Care Centre

    Nursing School, Leioa

    Central Library

    Rectorate

    Assembly Hall

    Sports CentreSports Service

    Culinary Arts SchoolSelf Service restaurant

    Animal facilities

    Biophysics Unit - CSIC-UPV/EHU Joint Facilities

    Wood of Life

    ARBORETUM

    Leioa-Erandio complex

    Campus of Biscay

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  • It is composed of 11 Faculties and Schools; 10 of which are located in Donostia-San Sebastin and another one in Eibar (60 km away from Donostia-San Sebastin).

    Donostia-San Sebastin

    Donostia-San Sebastin, the capital of Gipuzkoa, is a small city with a population of 180,000. It stretches around the Concha bay and is a popular tourist destination. Donostia has recently become a well-liked surng spot and Zurriola beach is always full of waves enthusiasts. The city is just 20 km from the French border (Hendaye is the closest French town), so it is very easy to visit the French Basque Country.

    Besides its natural beauty, the city enjoys a busy cultural life (Jazz Festival, International Film Festival), countless sports activities and traditions. All of this summed up for the city to have been designated European Capital of Culture 2016.

    Cuisine is a cornerstone of Basque culture: meals are the key element at every celebration. First class products (vegetables grown by local producers, a signicant shing sector and excellent meat) together with our long-established love for gastronomy, result in eye-catching counters full of tapas (locally known as pintxos) in every bar around the city and several Michelin starred restaurants.

    How to get there

    San Sebastin airport: 20 kilometres from the city. Due to its small size, only a few domestic ights land here. Tickets are usually very expensive. Several buses link the airport to San Sebastian city centre (Plaza Gipuzkoa). Expect an approximate fare of 2 Euros. Check running hours at www.interbus.com.es.

    Other nearby airports:

    Bilbao airport (Loiu) is located 10 km from downtown Bilbao. There are also direct buses from Bilbao airport to San Sebastian (1h15minutes, approximate fare 15 Euros). Check frequencies at www.pesa.net.

    Biarritz airport (in France www.biarritz.aeroport.fr): Located 1h20minutes from San Sebastin. Very limited public transportation options. Check running hours and frequencies at www.transdev-atcrb.comor www.pesa.net.

    Several TGV lines (Train Grande Vitesse) link Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse to Hendaye railway station. Once in Hendaye, walk out the SNCF station; to the right you will nd EUSKOTREN station, where trains will take you, every 30 minutes, to Donostia-San Sebastin (this train terminates at Amara district Plaza Easo). The ride takes 40 minutes and a single ticket is around 3 Euros. The last train departs from Hendaye at 10 pm. Check running times at www.euskotren.es

    Alvia trains link Madrid & Barcelona to San Sebastian twice a day in slightly more than 5 hours. Check discounts and frequencies at www.renfe.es.

    Further details at:

    www.euskadi.net/turismowww.sansebastianturismo.comwww.donostia.org

    1.1.3. Campus of Gipuzkoa

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  • 1 Teacher Training School

    2 Higher Technical School of Architecture

    3 Business School

    4 Polytechnic School

    5 Faculty of Psychology

    6 Faculty of Chemical Sciences

    7 Faculty of Computer Engineering

    8 Faculty of Law

    9 Faculty of Philosophy and Education Science

    10 Ignacio Mara Barriola building, lecture rooms

    11 Joxe Mari Korta R+D+i facility

    12 Carlos Santamara Information and library facilities

    13 Julianategi: Vice Rectorate of the Campus of Gipuzkoa

    14 Manuel Agud Querol Residence Hall

    15 Campus services

    Campus of Gipuzkoa in Donostia-San Sebastin

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    2 Nursing School. Teaching Unitof the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

    3 Palacio Miramar (Summer Courses venue)

    4 RENFE train station

    5 Bus Terminal

    6 Euskotren railway station

    7 Gipuzkoa regional Government siege

    8 City Hall

    9 Kursaal

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  • Year of foundation: 1980

    Our structure

    No. of campuses: 3Campus of Araba: 9 Faculties and Schools in Vitoria-GasteizCampus of Biscay: 13 Faculties and Schools in Leioa, Bilbao, Barakaldo & PortugaleteCampus of Gipuzkoa: 11 Faculties and Schools in Donostia-San Sebastin & EibarNo. of buildings: 60No. of Faculties and Schools: 31No. of Academic Departments: 108

    Our academic programmes

    Undergraduate programmes: 66 Bachelors Degrees fully adapted to the Bologna systemMaster programmes: 97PhD programmes: 61 (32 of which hold a Mention of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education)Undergraduate students: 41,724Enrolment information: Basque language, 36.5%; Spanish language, 66.4%Postgraduate students: 5,520

    International info

    Foreigner students: 1,391No. of partner universities: 445

    Miscellaneous

    R+D+i actions: 2,568Internships: 3,390 positions every yearHalls of residence nearby our campuses: 32Estimated accommodation vacancies around our campuses: 3,144

    1.2. Our university: Facts and figures

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  • Campus of Araba

    FACULTY OF PHARMACYPaseo de la Universidad, 7. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.farmazia.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF ARTSPaseo de la Universidad, 5. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.letrak.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIESAND SPORTS SCIENCEPortal de Lasarte, 71. 01007 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.jarduera-sikoa-kirola.ehu.es

    BUSINESS SCHOOL. VITORIA-GASTEIZComandante Izarduy, 23. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.empresariales-vitoria.ehu.es

    SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK. VITORIA-GASTEIZLos Apraiz, 2. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.gizarte-langintza.ehu.es

    TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL. VITORIA-GASTEIZJuan Ibez de Sto. Domingo, 1. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.irakasleen-ue-gasteiz.ehu.es

    ENGINEERING SCHOOL. VITORIA-GASTEIZNieves Cano,12. 01006 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.ingeniaritza-gasteiz.ehu.es

    TEACHING UNIT OF THE FACULTY OFMEDICINE AND DENTISTRY, VITORIA-GASTEIZJos Achtegui, s/n. 01009 Vitoria-Gasteizwww.araba.ehu.es

    NURSING SCHOOL. VITORIA-GASTEIZJos Achtegi, s/n. 01009 Vitoria-Gasteiz(School affiliated to the University of the Basque Country)

    BSc in Food Science and Technology BSc in Environmental Sciences BSc in Pharmacy BSc in Human Nutrition and Diet

    BA in English Studies BA in Basque Studies BA in Geography and Planning BA in History BA in History of Art BA in Philology (Spanish, French, German & Classical Studies) BA in Translation and Interpreting

    BSc in Physical Education and Sports Sciences

    BA in Business Administration and Management

    BA in Social Work

    BA in Nursery Education BA in Primary Education

    BSc in Electrical Engineering BSc in Electronic Engineering and Automatics BSc in Topography and Geomatics Engineering BSc in Computer Management and Information Systems Engineering BSc in Mechanical Engineering BSc in Industrial Chemical Engineering

    BSc in Medicine (4th, 5th & 6th years)

    BSc in Nursing

    1.3. Study at the University of the Basque Country

    1.3.1. Undergraduate programmes

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  • Campus of Biscay

    FACULTY OF FINE ARTSBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.bellasartes.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRYBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.medikuntza-odontologia.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.zientzia-teknologia.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF SOCIAL AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCESBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.gizarte-komunikazio-zientziak.ehu.es

    SCHOOL OF LABOUR RELATIONS STUDIESBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.lan-harremanak.ehu.es

    NURSING SCHOOL. LEIOABarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.enfermeria-leioa.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF LAW. BIZKAIA SECTIONBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.zuzenbide.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF ECONOMICSAND BUSINESS STUDIESAvda. Lehendakari Agirre, 83. 48015 Bilbaowww.ekonomia-enpresa-zientziak.ehu.es

    BA in Fine Arts BA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage BA in Creation and Design

    BSc in Medicine BSc in Dentistry BSc in Physiotherapy

    BSc in Biology BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology BSc in Biotechnology BSc in Physics BSc in Geology BSc in Electronics Engineering BSc in Chemical Engineering BSc in Mathematics BSc in Chemistry

    BA in Political Science and Public Management BA in Audiovisual Communication BA in Journalism BA in Advertising and Public Relations BA in Sociology

    BA in Labour Relations and Human Resources

    BSc in Nursing

    BA in Law

    BA in Business Administration and Management BA in Economics BA in Finance and Insurance BA in Taxation and Public Administration BA in Marketing Management and Marketing Research

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  • Campus of Biscay

    HIGHER TECHNICAL SCHOOLOF ENGINEERING, BILBAOAlameda Urquijo s/n. 48013 Bilbaowww.ingeniaritza-bilbao.ehu.es

    BUSINESS SCHOOL, BILBAOElcano, 21. 48008 Bilbaowww.enpresa-bilbao.ehu.es

    TECHNICAL INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERINGSCHOOL, BILBAOPlaza de la Casilla, 3. 48012 Bilbaowww.industria-ingeniaritza-tekniko-bilbao.ehu.es

    TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL. BILBAOBarrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa-Erandiowww.irakasleen-ue-bilbao.ehu.es

    TECHNICAL MINING AND PUBLICWORKS ENGINEERING SCHOOLColina de Beurko s/n. 48902 Barakaldowww.meatze-herri-lan-ingeniaritza.ehu.es

    HIGHER TECHNICAL SCHOOLOF NAUTICAL STUDIESMara Daz de Haro, 68. 48920 Portugaletewww.nautika-itsasontzi-makineria.ehu.es

    Campus of Gipuzkoa

    FACULTY OF CHEMICAL SCIENCESP Manuel Lardizabal, 3. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.kimika-zientziak.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF COMPUTER SCIENCEP Manuel Lardizabal, 1. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.informatika.ehu.es

    BSc in Environmental Engineering BSc in Industrial Organization Engineering BSc in Industrial Technology Engineering BSc in Technical Telecommunications Engineering *Master in Industrial Engineering *Master in Telecommunications Engineering

    BA in Business and Trade Management

    BSc in Electrical Engineering BSc in Industrial Electronic Engineering and Automatics BSc in Computer Management and Information Systems Engineering BSc in Mechanical Engineering BSc in Industrial Chemical Engineering

    BA in Nursery Education BA in Primary Education BA in Social Education

    BSc in Civil Engineering BSc in Mining and Energy Engineering

    BSc in Maritime Engineering BSc in Nautical Engineering and Maritime Transport

    BSc in Chemistry

    BSc in Computer Engineering BSc in Computer Management and Information Systems Engineering

    *Master will commence as the rst promotion of the Bolonia plan graduates

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  • Campus of Gipuzkoa

    FACULTY OF LAW. DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINP Manuel Lardizabal, 3. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.zuzenbide.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHYAND EDUCATION SCIENCEAvenida de Tolosa, 70. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.losoa-hezkuntza-zientziak.ehu.es

    FACULTY OF PSYCHOLOGYAvenida de Tolosa, 70. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.psikologia.ehu.es

    HIGHER TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTUREPlaza Oati, 2. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.arkitektura.ehu.es

    BUSINESS SCHOOL. DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINPlaza Oati, 1. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.enpresa-donostia.ehu.es

    TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL,DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINPlaza Oati, 3. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.irakasleen-ue-donostia.ehu.es

    POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL,DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINPlaza de Europa, 1. 20018 Donostia-San Sebastinwww.politeknikoa.ehu.es

    NURSING SCHOOL. DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINP Dr. Beguiristain, 105. 20014 Donostia-San Sebastianwww.enfermeria-donostia.ehu.es

    TEACHING UNIT OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY. DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTINP Dr. Beguiristain, 105. 20014 Donostia-San Sebastianwww.donostiako-medikuntza-fakultateko-irakasgunea.ehu.es

    TECHNICAL INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERINGSCHOOL, EIBARAvenida Otaola, 29. 20600 Eibarwww.euiti-eibar.ehu.es

    BA in Criminology BA in Law

    BA in Social Anthropology BA in Social Education BA in Philosophy BA in Pedagogy

    BA in Psychology

    BSc in Architecture BSc in Architectural fundamentals

    BSc in Business Administration and Management

    BA in Nursery Education BA in Primary Education

    BSc in Civil Engineering BSc in Electrical Engineering BSc in Industrial Electronics and Automatics Engineering BSc in Construction Engineering BSc in Mechanical Engineering BSc in Industrial Chemical Engineering

    BSc in Nursing

    BSc in Medicine (4th, 5th & 6th year)

    BSc in Industrial Electronics and Automatics Engineering BSc in Mechanical Engineering BSc in Renewable Energies Engineering

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  • The University of the Basque Country offers a number of courses taught in English and French in all knowledge areas, particularly business and engineering. You can access a full record of subjects taught in foreign languages in our website:

    http://www.euskara-errektoreordetza.ehu.es/p267-content/es/contenidos/informacion/banner_plan_plurilinguismo/es_indice/oferta_docente.html

    1.3.2. Courses taught in English and/or French

    The University of the Basque Country offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes: 97 master programmes, 67 PhD studies and 38 professional studies in all knowledge elds.

    Some of these programmes are fully or partially taught in English. Some others are joint programmes with other European universities.

    The number of foreign students in our masters and PhD programmes is continually increasing. Should you be considering the idea of joining us in a master programme, we suggest you visit our website so as to look through our courses catalogue and nd out more about pre-registration procedures: http://www.ehu.es/p200-hmencont/en/contenidos/informacion/teaching_offer/en_teaching/masters.html

    Contact details of the programmes head lecturer are to be found in the webpage of that particular course of study. Should you still need further help after reading all applying conditions and requirements, you are welcome to contact our postgraduate information staff at [email protected]

    The University of the Basque Country leads a PhD studies network in Latin American universities that allows PhD students and researchers to partially complete their thesis work in our faculties. Further info at

    http://www.ikasketak.ehu.es/p266-shdolact/es/contenidos/informacion/doctorados_latinoamerica/es_infor/presentacion.html

    1.3.3. Postgraduate programmes

    The University of the Basque Country does not shut for vacation. Besides our traditional winter program-mes, our summer courses take place in our three campuses and enjoy a great attendance success. Propo-sals are extremely varied and our speakers, internationally renowned experts, review various human, social, political and technological topics.

    Additional details on course dates, venue and registration conditions are to be found in the Summer Cour-ses offices:

    1.3.4. Summer courses

    Summer Courses, Donostia-San Sebastianhttp://www.sc.ehu.es/scrwwwsu/index.htm

    International Law& International Relations Courses, Vitoria-Gasteizhttp://www.ehu.es/cursosderechointernacionalvitoria/

    Art & Culture Courses, Bilbaohttp://www.bak.ehu.es

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  • Our academic year is divided into two semesters. Lessons start at the beginning of September and conti-nue until the end of December. Back from the winter break, you will have exams corresponding to the fall semester and immediately after, in February, the spring semester kicks off. After the spring break (Easter week), exams are taken from May to June or July.

    Lessons and examination dates may vary slightly in every Faculty or School; to plan your travelling dates, please check the calendar of the Faculty or School you will be visiting.

    http://www.ehu.es/p200-content/es/contenidos/enlace/listado_centros/es_centros/centros.html

    1.4. Academic info

    1.4.1. Academic calendar

    Final grades are usually obtained after a written test, based on the knowledge and skills acquired by the student during the semester. Some courses, however, include the completion of practical exams, eld reports or laboratory work.

    The Bologna educational method is based on continuous assessment of the students progression. All exercises, reports, compositions and practical work done by the student throughout the semester are of relevance for nal grades.

    Grades in letters

    Matrcula de Honor

    Sobresaliente (SB)

    Notable (NT)

    Aprobado (AP)

    Suspenso (SS)

    No Presentado

    Numerical grades

    9 a 10

    7 a 8.9

    5 a 6.9

    0 a 4.9

    Description

    This special mention can be granted to students who obtained 9 points at least. No more than 5% of students may obtain this mention.

    Granted to outstanding students who have fullled all course requirements completely.

    Grade given to students who fulll course requirements satis-factorily.

    For students who have fullled a minimum number of course requirements.

    Mark obtained by students who have failed the exam. No credits are awarded.

    Given to students who do not take the exam. No credits are awarded.

    1.4.2. Assessment System

    The Spanish grading system is numerical (from 0 to 10) and textual. A minimal score of 5 is required for the student to pass.

    1.4.3. Grading scale

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  • The European Credit Transfer System is already established in all Higher Education institutions across Europe. 60 ECTS credits correspond to the work done throughout one academic year; likewise, 1 ECTS credit stands for 25 hours of learning activities performed by the student. The ECTS system is used for qualications recognition procedures among different countries.

    For further information on the ECTS system, please go to:

    http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc/ects/key_en.pdf

    1.4.4. ECTS Credits

    Sicue, mobility in SpainThe Spanish Universities Presidents Conference manages this mobility program-me among universities anywhere in the country. An average 70 students coming from different Spanish regions visit us every year in the frame of Sicue programme.

    Erasmus programme, European exchangeApproximately 500 European students choose the University of the Basque Country as their host institution within Erasmus. We hold around 500 exchange agreements with European universities and we stand among the 30 most active institutions in terms of mobility.

    Erasmus internship programmeStudents at the University of the Basque Country can travel to a foreign country with a view to undergo supervised practical training in a range of companies and businesses.

    UPV/EHU-Latin America, UPV/EHU-Other DestinationsOver 45 bilateral agreements support our increasing partnership with Latin Ameri-can countries, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Russia or Korea. Over 120 yearly visitors travel to the University of the Basque Country in the frame of these arran-gements.

    University internships as Cooperation Projects for DevelopmentOur students can fulll their mandatory practicum or their nal assignment while being involved in a cooperation Project for development.

    1.4.5. Mobility programmes at the University of the Basque Country

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  • Practical information2for visitors

    2.1. Spanish and Basque courses

    The University of the Basque Country offers visitors fully sponsored Spanish and Basque language cour-ses.

    Some weeks before the academic year starts, an Intensive Spanish course takes place in each of our campuses. Spanish and Basque tuition is also available through our Fall and Spring courses, from late September to December and from mid February to May.

    Our language courses office will give you further details on starting dates, enrolment procedures, etc.

    Foreign Language Courses Office

    UPV/EHU/Vicerrectorado del Campus de lava

    Vicerrectorado del Campus de ArabaComandante Izarduy, 2E-01006 Vitoria-GasteizTel.: +34 945 01 3356+34 945 01 3354E-mail: [email protected]

    www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es/p274-content/es/contenidos/enlace/cursos_de_lenguas_alumnos_vrrr/es_cur_alum/cursos_lenguas_alumnado.html

    DELE

    DELE (Diplomas de Espaol como Lengua Extranjera) certicates are official Spanish language accreditations acknowledged worldwide and issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry for Education.

    DELE certicates are highly valued both at educational and professional spheres. Exams are divided into 6 levels, from beginner to language procient (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2).

    The University of the Basque Country is an official examination venue for DELE certicates. You will nd all relevant information on how to enroll on DELE exams in our website:

    http://www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es/p274-content/es/contenidos/informacion/cursos_de_lenguas_vrrrii/es_dele/dele_introduccion.html

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  • There are several accommodation options for visitors at the University of the Basque Country:

    Shared ats for students (prices vary from 300 and 450 monthly Euros per pax).

    Room rented in a at with local inhabitants (usually the owner). Anticipate around 550 & 600 Euros/full board; 335 to 370 Euros/half board; and 250 to 400 Euros/room with laundry & kitchen access.

    The Accommodation service at the University of the Basque Country incorporates a detailed at & room database. You can access the database registering on our website:

    https://www.ehu.es/ostatu/pisos/index.html

    The system will ask you to attach a document that states your acceptance at the University of the Basque Country and you will be granted a user name and password to access the database for a 30 day period. We always advise our visitors to visit the places (check the location and distance to the campus, make sure the at and furniture are in a good state) before taking any decision, signing a renting contract or paying any deposit.

    Students residences. Contact and booking procedures should be done directly with the residence you are interested in, for each one of them has different requirements, services and availability. Prices range from 275 to 700 Euros/month, depending on the size and type of accommodation you choose.

    Students residences related to the University of the Basque Country

    ARABA

    Residencia Universitaria Toms Alfaro FournierPaseo de la Zumaquera n 21 A01006 Vitoria-GasteizTel.: +34 902 444 447Tel.: 945 155 420Fax: +34 932 183 250E-mail: [email protected]://www.resa.es

    2.2. Accommodation

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  • BISCAY

    Colegio Mayor Miguel de UnamunoLehendakari Agirre, 14048015 BilbaoTel.: +34 944 475 108Fax: +34 944 764 147e-mail: [email protected]://www.ehu.es/unamuno

    Residencia Blas de Otero48003 Calle de las Cortes, 38 (Esquina Arntegui)BilbaoTel.: +34 902 444 447 (reservations)Tel.: +34 944 343 410Fax: +34 932 183 250e-mail: [email protected]://www.resa.es

    GIPUZKOA

    Residencia Universitaria Manuel Agud QuerolCampus Ibaeta20160 Donostia-San SebastinTel.: +34 902 444 447 (reservations)Tel.: +34 943 563 000Fax: +34 943 563 001e-mail: [email protected]://www.resa.es

    Private residences

    Besides the residences associated to the University of the Basque Country, there are a number of private residences in the cities where our campuses are located. You can access the complete list and contact details in our website: .

    http://www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es/p274-content/es/contenidos/informacion/rrii_accommodation/es_inf/halls_residence.html

    Help Centres

    We recommend all our visitors to come to their closest Help Centre; here, we will help you nd a suitable accommodation and get oriented in the city, know more about transport options to the campus, etc.

    Help Centres at the University of the Basque Country:

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  • Campus of Araba

    Pabelln UniversitarioLos Apraiz 1Tel: +34 945 014 [email protected]

    Campus of Biscay

    Leioa: Central library building, 5th oorTel: +34 946 [email protected]

    Bilbao: Higher Technical School of EngineeringAlameda Urquijo, s/nG building, OE officeTel: +34 946 017 [email protected]

    Campus of Gipuzkoa

    Ignacio M Barriola buildingMezzanine oorTel: +34 [email protected]

    It is important for you to have a temporary place to stay, just for your rst nights in the Basque Country. Even though it might feel unsettling to arrive without a permanent accommodation, do not worry too much: our visitors nd a suitable place to stay in approximately 4-5 days.

    EU residents should obtain the European Health Card in their home countries. We additionally recommend our visitors to have their own medical insurance covering travel accidents, theft and subsidiary civil liability.

    For non-EU visitors, it is mandatory to be covered by a private medical insurance valid for the length of your stay. The insurance should at least comprehend accidents, medical expenses and repatriation. Please, contact your National Healthcare System and your closest Spanish Embassy to nd out more about medi-cal insurance conditions required to get an entry visa.

    2.3. Medical insurance

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  • If you are a non EU national, you will need to arrange your passport and entry visa formalities before ente-ring Spain. Please, contact your nearest consulate or embassy to know more about deadlines, require-ments and conditions. Please, note: procedures can last up to one or two months, so it is crucial to start the process a.s.a.p. Further details at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:

    http://www.maec.es/es/MenuPpal/Consulares/ServiciosConsulares/InformacionaExtranjeros/Visados/Paginas/Visados2.aspx#sec1

    2.4. Spain visa and passport entry requirements

    2.5.1. Grants and Fellowships for exchange students at undergraduate level

    Students coming from Spanish universities in the frame of Sicue programme can apply for SENECA grants.

    ERASMUS visiting students will benet from the nancial help granted by the European Commission.

    Some nancial institutions and regional governments propose monetary support for students travelling on Study Abroad programmes, please check whether that is the case in your home region.

    2.5.2. Grants and fellowships for students at postgraduate level

    EU nationals can apply, according to EUs legislation, for nancial support programmes established by member countries: http://www.europa.eu.int/

    The Spanish Agency for Cooperation, dependant on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, coordinates their own fellowship programme for foreign students: www.becasmae.es

    Carolina Foundation offers supporting programmes in the frame of the Iberian American Nations Com-munity:www.fundacioncarolina.es/es-ES/Paginas/index.aspx

    Iberian American University Association for postgraduates: www.auip.org/

    Universia fellowships directory: information portal including details about nancial support for Univer-sity students http://becas.universia.es/

    Fulbright program, Spanish section. For North American residents who wish to study or carry out research stays in Spain; likewise, Spanish students wishing to travel to the US can equally apply: www.fulbright.es

    Additional information on monetary support calls is available in our website:http://www.ikasketak.ehu.es/p266-content/es/contenidos/informacion/convocatorias_doc_vregp/es_convocat/convocatorias_alumnado.html

    2.5.3. Loans for students

    The Spanish Ministry of Education offers loans to postgraduate students. Further details on Prstamos Renta Universidad: www.micinn.es

    2.5. Financial support for students

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  • The University of the Basque Country is an integrating institution observing an equal opportunities policy. The purpose of this service is to provide the student body with access to studies and services and to support their full participation in all university activities. Should you have any special needs during your visit, you can contact this service at the following address:

    http://www.ikasleak.ehu.es/p202-shdischm/es/

    Our information and guidance service supports our students offering valuable advice about our acade-mic programmes, documents, activities

    2.6. Students with special needs support service

    2.7. Student Information and guidance Service

    Servicio de Orientacin Universitaria

    Comandante Izarduy, 201006 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tel: +34 945 01 33 94E-mail: [email protected]

    Oficina de Informacin Juvenil

    Pabelln UniversitarioLos Apraiz, 101006 Vitoria-Gasteiz T.: +34 945 01 43 36 E-mail: [email protected]

    Campus of Araba

    Campus of BiscayFaculty of Social and Communication SciencesVa ApiaBarrio Sarriena, s/n48940 LeioaT.: +34 946012258E-mail: [email protected]

    Campus of GipuzkoaPabellones de CampusP Manuel Lardizabal, 220018 Donostia-San SebastinT.: +34 943 01 81 37E-mail: [email protected]

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  • Campus of Biscay

    The University of the Basque Country has several libraries, study and computer rooms free to use by our students.

    2.8. Supporting your study

    Servicio de Orientacin Universitaria

    BilbaoLarrako etxea. Lehendakari Aguirre, 8348015 BilbaoTel.: +34 946 01 71 21E-mail: [email protected]

    LeioaFaculty of Social and Communication Sciences48940 LeioaTel.: +34 946 01 31 59 / +34 946 01 22 74E-mail: [email protected]

    Oficina de Informacin Juvenil (Leioa)

    Faculty of Social and Communication Sciences48940 LeioaTel.: +34 94 601 58 21 / 51 00E-mail: [email protected]

    Campus of Gipuzkoa

    Servicio de Orientacin Universitaria

    Ignacio Mara Barriola buildingPlaza Elhuyar, 120018 Donostia-San SebastinTel: +34 943 01 82 56E-mail: [email protected]

    Oficina de Informacin Juvenil

    Ignacio Mara Barriola buildingPlaza Elhuyar, 120018 Donostia-San SebastinT.: +34 943 01 81 35 / 81 38E-mail: [email protected]| [email protected]

    All of our community members enjoy a certain number of computer amenities when registering at the University of the Basque Country: e-mail account, computer room access, free wi service all over the campus and corporate information network access.

    Campus of Araba Campus of Biscay Campus of Gipuzkoa

    Las Nieves bulidingNieves Cano, 3301006 Vitoria-GasteizTel.: 945 01 30 15

    Central library48940 LeioaTel.: 94 601 51 11

    Ignacio Mara Barriola buildingPlaza Elhuyar, 120018 Donostia-San SebastinTel.: 943 01 81 45

    2.8.1. Computer rooms

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  • The library at the University of the Basque Country comprises the central library in Leioa, the Koldo Mitxelena library in our Campus of Araba and Carlos Santamara in the Campus of Gipuzkoa; you can alternatively make use of other bibliographical resources available within our Faculties and Schools. Our library collection sums up over 1 million books, 17,000 magazines, 6,400 electronic publications, 88 specialized databases and 10,800 audiovisual materials. www.ehu.es/biblioteca

    Many academic programmes include online assessed coursework. Our Virtual Campus is often used as the primary way to provide students with additional learning material and sometimes as a valuable supplement to physical lectures

    www.campusvirtual.ehu.esCentral library-Leioa, 5th oor. 48940 LeioaContact no. +34 946 012 255

    Libraries, Campus of Araba

    2.8.2. Library

    2.8.3. E- Learning: Our Virtual Campus

    Koldo Mitxelena libraryLibrary of the Faculty of Physical Activities and Sports Science

    Libraries, Campus of Biscay

    Central library, LeioaLibrary of the Faculty of Fine ArtsLibrary of the Faculty of Economic and Business StudiesLibrary of the Higher Technical School of Engineering, BilbaoLibrary of the Business School, BilbaoLibrary of the Teacher Training School, LeioaLibrary of the Technical Industrial Engineering School, BilbaoLibrary of the Technical Mining and Public Works EngineeringLibrary of the Higher Technical School of Nautical Studies

    Libraries, Campus of Gipuzkoa

    Carlos Santamara central libraryLibrary at the Technical Industrial Engineering School, EibarLibrary of the Nursing School

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  • Campus of Araba Campus of Biscay Campus of Gipuzkoa

    www.kirolak-araba.ehu.esVice Rectorate building,ground oor2, Comandante Izarduy01006 Vitoria-GasteizTel.: 945 01 43 03

    www.kirolak-bizkaia.ehu.esUniversity Sports Centre48940 LeioaTel.: 94 601 58 94 / 31 62E-mail: [email protected]

    www.ehu.es/donostia-deportesFaculty of Law2, Paseo Manuel Lardizabal20018 Donostia-San SebastinTel.: 943 01 81 58 / 81 59

    The University of the Basque Country fosters professional training stays for our students through our Praktiges programme. If you wish to obtain further details about these options, please visit our website or talk to your Faculty or School tutor.

    www.praktiges-online.ehu.es/praktiges/inicio.jsp

    2.9. Internships

    Visitors at the University of the Basque Country can benet from signicant discounts in local gyms, take part in specially organised sport activities and sport courses (surf, aerobics, tennis, basketball, martial arts) or enroll on a number of competitions as full members of our community. Our sports services in each campus publish their full sports offer valid for the semester in course in our website:

    2.10. Sports service

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  • Every semester, cultural, musical and artistic events are organised in our three campuses. You will be able to take part in cultural, self development courses or personal enhancement activities during your stay at our university.

    Extensin Cultural y Proyeccin Universitaria, Campus of Araba

    www.vc.ehu.esVice Rectorate building, ground oor 2, Comandante Izarduy01006 Vitoria-GasteizT.: 945 01 33 48E-mail: [email protected]

    Extensin Cultural y Proyeccin Universitaria, Campus of Biscay

    Leioawww.ehu.es/kultura-bizkaiaAssembly Hall (Aula Magna)48940 Leioa T.: 94 601 21 77 / 21 04E-mail: [email protected]: [email protected]

    BilbaoLarrako Etxea83, Avda. Lehendakari Agirre48015 BilbaoT.: 94 601 71 42Fax.: 94 601 71 17E-mail: [email protected]

    Extensin Cultural y Proyeccin Universitaria, Campus of Gipuzkoa

    www.sc.ehu.es/kulturaFaculty of Law2, Paseo Manuel Lardizabal20018 Donostia-San SebastinT.: 943 01 85 07E-mail: [email protected]

    2.11. Cultural activities and entertainment

    There are several students associations at the University of the Basque Country, from Engineers without borders to drama groups, ski clubs or Junior corporations. You can contact any of them through the following link:http://www.ikasleak.ehu.es/p202-shgradct/es/contenidos/informacion/asociaciones_estudiantes/es_asoc_est/asociaciones_estudiantes_ehu.html

    2.12. Student associations

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  • 2.13. Everything exchange students need to know

    Campus of Araba

    School of Engineering, Vitoria-Gasteiz [email protected] of Physical Activity and Sport Science [email protected] of Pharmacy [email protected] of Arts [email protected] School, Vitoria-Gasteiz [email protected] of Social Work [email protected] Training School, Vitoria-Gasteiz [email protected]

    Campus of Biscay

    BilbaoFaculty of Economics and Business Studies [email protected] Technical School of Engineering, Bilbao [email protected] School, Bilbao [email protected] Industrial Engineering School, Bilbao [email protected]

    LeioaFaculty of Fine Arts [email protected] of Medicine and Dentistry [email protected] of Labour Relations [email protected] School, Leioa [email protected] of Social and Communication Sciences [email protected] of Science and Technology [email protected] of Law, Bizkaia section [email protected] Training School, Bilbao [email protected]

    PortugaleteHigher Technical School of Nautical Studies [email protected]

    BarakaldoTechnical Mining and Public Works Engineering School [email protected]

    Campus of Gipuzkoa

    Donostia-San SebastinPolytechnic School, Donostia-San Sebastin [email protected] of Chemical Sciences [email protected] of Computer Engineering [email protected] of Law [email protected] of Philosophy and Education Science [email protected] of Psychology [email protected] Technical School of Architecture [email protected] School, Donostia-San Sebastin [email protected] School, Donostia-San Sebastin [email protected] training School, Donostia-San Sebastin [email protected]

    EibarTechnical Industrial Engineering School [email protected]

    2.13.1. How to contact your mobility tutor

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  • Your home university might want you to send them an arrival certica

    te once you get to the University of the Basque

    Country. Your learning agreement is a key document that states the nam

    e and number of courses you will be taking while

    you are with us. The transcript of records contains the grades you obtain

    ed in each of those courses. Should the marks be

    officially posted before you depart, you will take your transcript of re

    cords with you; elsewhere, the University of the

    Basque Country will send this document to your home institution. The mo

    bility tutor at the Faculty or School you visit is

    the person you should turn to for all academic issues. He/she will need

    to agree and sign all abovementioned documents.

    Before leaving your home University

    Please, note: you need to be registered with the university of origin befo

    re completing an exchange stay at the University

    of the Basque Country. If you have been selected in the frame of a mobi

    lity programme, here go some suggestions:

    Your contact person for all academic matters (documents, deadlines

    , courses) is the mobility tutor at the Faculty or

    School you are visiting. Further contact details are to be found in the

    How to contact your mobility tutor section of

    this handbook or in our website

    http://www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es/p274-hmencont/en/cont

    enidos/informacion/

    international_visitors/en_inf/erasmus_students.html

    Double check the list of required documents needed to fulll an exch

    ange stay by us; each mobility programme has

    different conditions and requirements, so follow the relevant informatio

    n regarding your plan of action. Further details

    at www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es

    Our University website contains all the relevant information abou

    t syllabi and courses offered by Faculties and

    Schools. Please, check

    http://www.ehu.es/p200-content/es/contenidos/enlace/listado_centros

    /es_centros/centros.html

    The moment you arrive at the University of the Basque Country

    Come to our Help Centre office so that we help you nd a suitable accomm

    odation and know practical details about the city you

    will be living in.

    Visit your mobility tutor at your Faculty or School, since it will be him/her w

    ho supervises your documents and informs you about

    your registration time slot.

    Register your courses at your Faculty or School. International students will n

    eed the following documents:

    Copy of their Learning Agreement or similar document, where all cour

    ses to be followed are conrmed by your

    mobility tutor.

    Copy of your Passport or ID card

    1 photo

    Registration proof at your home university

    Copy of your European Health Card or the Medical Insurance you contrac

    ted before coming over

    Join the orientation sessions and events organised for visiting students

    Before you return home

    Inform your mobility tutor about your travelling date

    Get your Transcript of Records (unless it is directly submitted to your

    home institution)

    Remember you should agree on the terms you leave your accommoda

    tion, turn in your key and get your deposit back

    (if applicable)

    Return all library books you borrowed

    2.13.2. Exchange Student checklist: basic documents and when to submit

    them

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    Campus de Bizkaia

    Campus de Gipuzkoa

    2.13.3. Do you need a buddy?

    The University of the Basque Country has a team of local students ready to help and support all visitors coming over to any of our campuses. Our buddies show visitors around and are willing to help them with any difficulties they might have while adjusting to our community. This programme has been conceived for non-Spanish speaking visitors, that is why, even though we do our best to support all our exchange students, we are sure you understand we cannot guarantee one buddy for every visitor, especially if he/she speaks Spanish as their mother tongue.

    http://www.relaciones-internacionales.ehu.es/p274-hmencont/en/contenidos/noticia/copy_of_301110_buddy_request/en_buddy_re/301110_buddy_request.html

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  • 3The autonomous community of the Basque Country, Euskadi, is one of the 17 regions composing Spain. It is a small territory, similar in size to Rhode Island state (USA), the metropolitan area around Lille (France) or the Rhein-Ruhr territory in Germany. Its alpine relief is combined with 246 kilometres of coastline alternating spectacular cliffs and ne sandy beaches. The Basque Country has preserved its age-old culture, language and character throughout History. The main features of Basques (slightly more than 2 million citizens) are their powerful looks, energetic personality and love for their family, their land and their traditions.

    The Basque Country is divided into three historical territories or provinces: Araba, Biscay and Gipuzkoa. The administrative capital of the Basque Country is Vitoria-Gasteiz, however Bilbao is the largest city in the region. Donostia-San Sebastin is the most popular tourist destination.

    Capital of Biscay: BilbaoPopulation: 343.173 inhabitantswww.bilbao.net

    Capital of Alava: Vitoria-GasteizPopulation: 223.702 inhabitantswww.vitoria-gasteiz.org

    Capital of Gipuzkoa: Donostia-San SebastinPopulation: 182. 930 inhabitantswww.donostia.org

    Main airports in the Basque Country

    Bilbao airport, 10 km from the city Bus every 15 minutes to Bilbao city centre Bus every hour to Donostia-San Sebastin

    Donostia-San Sebastin airport: 20 km from the city centre Bus every hour to Donostia-San Sebastin

    Vitoria-Gasteiz airport: 9 km from the city centre Taxis to city centre

    Bilbao

    BISCAY

    GIPUZKOA

    ARABA

    Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Donostia-San Sebastin

    The Basque Country(Euskadi)

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  • Campus de Alava

    Campus de Bizkaia

    Campus de Gipuzkoa

    3.1. Money matters

    As you probably know, the Euro is the currency used in the Basque Country. Life standard in our cities (Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Donostia-San Sebastin) is similar to that of certain European capitals: Barcelo-na, Rome Monthly expenses can vary between 700 and 800, depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

    Average monthly expensesAccommodation 350-400 eurosFood 250-300 eurosPublic transport 35 eurosOther expenses 100 euros

    It is vital to bear in mind that during your rst days, you will need a considerable sum of money: opening a bank account, purchasing transport seasonal tickets, handing over accommodation deposits, personal effectsOnce the initial arrangements are completed, expenses quickly stabilize.

    3.2. Food

    Food is a milestone of Basque culture. In our region, along with a popular conversation topic, food is always at the core of any social event and celebration. Breakfast and dinner are usually light meals, whe-reas lunch is usually a three course meal. Fish is a basic ingredient of Basque cuisine, for locals have always been expert shermen and successful sea explorers. The usual eating times are: Breakfast from 8 to 10 am; lunch from 1.30 to 3.30pm and dinner from 9 to 10 pm.

    In our university, you will nd restaurants and snack bars in all three campuses; you will be able to purchase good quality food at unbeatable prices.

    3.3. Medical services

    EU nationals can obtain their European Health Card at their own national Healthcare Centre so as to access local medical centres. Non EU visitors should contract, unless specic bilateral agreements exist, a medical insurance covering accidents and repatriation while among us.

    You can access the list of local medical centres and their contact details at the Basque Health System website:

    http://www.osanet.euskadi.net/r85-20411/es/contenidos/informacion/lista_centros_osk/es_cent_osk/centros_osk_indice_c.html

    Total monthly allowance 735-835 euros

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  • The general emergencies number in the Basque Country is 112

    ARABA

    Emergencies in Vitoria-GasteizEmergencies coordination (SOS DEIAK) 112Red Cross: 945 13 26 30Txagorritxu hospital: 945 00 70 00Santiago hospital: 945 00 76 00

    For small misadventures occurred in the campus, you can contact the Prevention Service.

    Servicio de Prevencin Campus of ArabaVice Rectorate building, 2nd floor

    BIZKAIA

    Emergencies coordination (SOS DEIAK) 112Red Cross: Hospital 94 443 47 92 Emergencies Unit 94 422 22 22Osakidetza, Basque Healthcare Service Basurto hospital: 94 400 60 00 Cruces hospital: 94 600 60 00 Galdakao hospital: 94 400 70 00

    For small accidents occurred in the campus, you can contact the Prevention Service.

    Servicio de Prevencin Campus of BiscayAulario 2, Leioa

    GIPUZKOA

    Emergencies in Donostia-San SebastinEmergencies coordination (SOS DEIAK) 112Nuestra Seora de Aranzazu hospital: 943 46 11 11Emergencies Unit: 4, Bengoetxea st. 943 44 06 33

    For small calamities occurred in the campus, you can contact the Prevention Service.

    Servicio de Prevencin Campus of GipuzkoaIgnacio M Barriola building, 1st floor

    Other services available at the University of the Basque Country:

    Dental Care Centre (www.klinika-odontologikoa.ehu.es/p212-home/es) in the Campus of Biscay Psychological Support Unit (http://www.ikasleak.ehu.es/p202-shaplihm/es/), in the Campus of Gipuzkoa

    They are both open to the public throughout the academic year.

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  • Campus de Alava

    Campus de Bizkaia

    Campus de Gipuzkoa

    3.5. Languages

    There are two official languages in the Basque Country: Basque and Spanish. Everyone knows Spanish, whereas Basque is a minority language; it is largely spread around Gipuzkoa territory, although you can also hear it often in Bizkaia. Across Araba, Basque language is spoken to a smaller extent. All roads, airports and administrative signs are written in both languages.

    3.7. Weather

    The usual weather in the Basque coastline, from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastin, is mild and humid. The average temperature varies from +10C in the winter to an approximate +22C in summertime. Vitoria-Gasteiz, on the other hand, is located in an inland, continental weather zone. Temperatures are more extreme (3C to -5C in the winter and around +25C in the summer months) and it doesnt rain so often.

    3.8. Business and shops opening hours

    Traditional and small shops and offices are usually open from 9 am to 1.30pm. After a lunch break, they work from 4 pm to 7.30 pm.

    Bigger, international businesses and malls dont shut at lunchtime and remain open from 10 am to 9 pm.

    Public administration offices and banks are open to the public only in the morning, from 9 am to 1 or 2 pm, from Monday to Friday.

    3.6. Religion and spiritual traditions

    Spain is a traditionally catholic country; however, our 1978 Constitution Act guarantees everyones free-dom of faith. Temples and praying rooms of different traditions can be found in the largest cities in the country.

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  • Former visitors tips 4for a smooth adjustment

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  • Our number one advice!Taking part in Exchange University programmes is a unique experience;

    you will meet people from around the world and will make a lot of new

    friends. But remember, travelling to a foreign country involves certain

    difficulties, especially at the beginning: Do your best to arrive in the

    Basque Country with a few notions of Spanish language; you will have to

    communicate with locals from the rst day and you will probably study

    (at least partially) in Spanish: learning in a new environment and in a

    foreign language is rather demanding. Keep reasonable expectations,

    especially regarding accommodation; nothing will be exactly like at

    home, for the purpose of travelling abroad is to know different cultures

    and learn contrasting lifestyles. Be exible: as soon as you get used to

    the local pace and culture, your stay will be a memorable experience.

    See you soon!

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