Frequently asked questions to study at UIC Barcelona

About UIC Barcelona

How many faculties has UIC Barcelona?

Our university has 8 faculties, 4 Research Institutes and a Doctorate School. For more details visit Faculties, schools and Institutes

What undergraduate and postgraduate programmes does UIC Barcelona offer?

UIC Barcelona study programmes

What English programmes does UIC Barcelona offer?

Degree in Business Administration and Management - English Programme

I want to take classes in Spanish/English but this is not my mother tongue. What are the language requirements?

You need to hold a B2 level to enrol in courses that are not taught in your mother tongue.

Can I apply if I don’t have an Official Language Certificate?

Yes. We accept language certificates issued by your home university or language center.

Do you offer language courses for foreigners?

Yes. We have a Language Department, where we offer courses of Spanish, English and Catalan.
For more information, visit Languages

What kind of cultural activities does the university offer?

As student, you can benefit from plenty of cultural activities: Painting Group, Reading Group, Forum Cinema, Theater Group, Literature & Poetry contest, Photography Group…

For more information, visit UIC Cultural activitiesStudent's life, or contact estudiants@uic.es

Does the university have any sports facilities?

The university does not have sports facilities in-campus yet we hold agreements with different institutions. We organise a great variety of sport activities and some discounts with nearby gyms.

For more information, visit UIC SportsStudent's life, or contact esports@uic.es

Does the UIC Barcelona have accommodation in-campus?

No, our university does not have dormitories in-campus. Yet, we work with the Barcelona Centre Universitari, the official accommodation service for all Catalan universities. The BCU offers a wide range of choices (rooms, dormitories, whole properties…) We highly recommend you to contact them as soon as possible, at least, 3 months before your arrival to Barcelona. Don’t miss our accommodation recommendations.

For more information, visit accomodationsthe bcu websiteStudent's life or contact estudiants@uic.es.

Does the university offer Spiritual Guidance?

Yes. The university provides spiritual and religious services to all members of the university community, regardless of their individual beliefs. Among the services, there are holy masses, confessions, spiritual recesses, and eucharistic adoration. At the university's request, the Opus Dei Prelature is responsible for pastoral care in the chapel through the priests.

For more information, visit Chaiplancy ServiceStudent's life or contact:
Mn. Ignasi Durany Pich idurany@uic.es - Campus Barcelona
Mn. Josep Lluis Riocabo jlriocabo@uic.es - Campus Barcelona (c/Terré)
Mn. Pere Domingo Manero pdomingo@uic.es - Campus Sant Cugat)

Where is the University located?

The Barcelona and Terré Campus

    • The Faculties of Economics and Social Sciences (Business) Communication Sciencies, School of Architecture, Humanities and Law have four buildings: Alfa, Beta.
    • The Faculty of Education, a few meters from the Barcelona Campus, occupy the Gamma and Delta buildings.

More details on how to get to the Barcelona and Terré Campus.

The Sant Cugat Campus

    • The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (nursing and physiotherapy), and the Faculty of Dentistry are situated in the Hospital General de Catalunya (south entrance) in Sant Cugat del Vallés, where 24.000 m2 has been set aside for academic purposes.

More details on how to get to Sant Cugat Campus.

What are the main facilities of the campuses?

Although the university campuses are constantly growing and being updated, you can have a look to some of the main facilities here.

How do I arrive by public transport?

The Barcelona and Terré Campus

Bus (TMB)

  • Passeig de la Bonanova: 22, 75 i 64.
  • Ronda de Dalt: 60.

Train (FGC)

  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), Sarrià Station.
  • TMB website

The Sant Cugat Campus

Freeway

  • Vallvidrera Tunnels, Exit 10
  • St. Cugat - Mirasol

Train

  • Line S1 (Terrasa direction)
  • Estació Hospital General de Catalunya

What are the library opening hours?

Get all the information about the library opening hours, services and resources here

Do I get a student card?/ What is the student card for?

Yes, all students officially enrolled in UIC Barcelona are able to apply for a UIC card. For more information on how to apply for it and what are the advantages of this student card, visit UIC ID Card or contact Student Services: estudiants@uic.es.

What is the student/teacher ratio? How many students are in each classroom?

You can find maximum of 80 students per lecture, and a ratio of one university professor assigned to every eleven students

For more information about UIC teaching model, visit our philosophy & values

Is attendance to lectures important?

Yes, attendance to lectures is mandatory at UIC Barcelona. You will be evaluated according to multiple parameters, one of them is performance and participation during lectures.

How can I connect to the wi-fi?

The best way to get internet connection everywhere is creating an eduroam account with your UIC credentials. For more detailed information, visit Eduroam.

How can I better integrate within the the university community?

Besides from all the cultural and sports activities, the university has a Solidarity Service that offers plenty of volunteering activities inside and outside the campuses. These activities can help you meet new people from different backgrounds and better understand the local community. For more information visit UIC Students for Solidarity Service.

How can I be updated on all academic matters and university life?

  • Always read your your UIC emails! All the information will be addressed to this new account once you have registered
  • Check the weekly “Did you know?” newsletter
  • The university has several social media platforms. There is one specially addressed to you, this is the facebook group: International Exchange Students
  • Don’t miss the weekly facebook update “What’s up next week?” by International Relations Team.
  • Ask Student Services, International Relations Service, the Secretary, your lecturers… don’t be shy! We will be always happy to help you!

About Barcelona

Are there any formalities to take into account?

Yes, there are some essential administrative formalities that you need to arrange before and upon your arrival to the city: Student visa, health insurance, city registration, NIE/TIE… For more detailed information about these different arrangements, visit the section on Formalities for International Students.

Do I need a student visa?

If you come from a non-european country, you will probably need a student visa in order to enroll at UIC Barcelona. Contact the Spanish Embassy in your country of residence as soon as possible for detailed information on the procedure and required documents.

For more detailed information, visit the section on Student Visa

How can I find accomodation?

We recommend all students to contact our partner, the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU), the official accommodation service for all Catalan universities. The BCU offers a wide range of choices (rooms, dormitories, whole properties…) We highly recommend you to contact them as soon as possible, at least, 3 months before your arrival to Barcelona. Don’t miss our accommodation recommendations.

For more information, visit accomodationsthe bcu websiteStudent's life or contact estudiants@uic.es.

International Exchange Students

What kind of student I am?

  • Erasmus+ (for studies or traineeships): Your home university is located normally in Europe and has an exchange agreement with us.
  • Bilateral Student: Your home university is normally located outside Europe and has a student exchange agreement with us. Some universities may also share a bilateral (no Erasmus+) exchange agreement despite being located in Europe.
  • Visiting Student (or freemover): Your home university does not hold any exchange agreement with us, but you are still interested in taking a semester or full academic year at our university. You will need to pay the enrolment fees.
  • Erasmus+ Mundus: Your home university holds and Erasmus+ Mundus Master Programme alongside our university.
  • SICUE: Your home university is located in Spain and has a SICUE agreement with us.

To be certain about what kind of student you are, ask your home university or visit our list of exchange agreements.

How do I apply for an exchange stay?

Find all the details corresponding to your particular exchange programme at the admission process.

What is Relint 2.0?

This is the online platform to apply for an exchange stay with us. You will need to create an account, fill the details of your profile and create your Learning Agreement (choice of subjects to be enrolled) via Relint 2.0.

I forgot my Relint 2.0 password. How can I regenerate it?

If you are not yet enrolled, request a new access to:
exchange.bcn@uic.es (Business, Communications, Law, Humanities, Architecture)
exchange.scu@uic.es (Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Dentistry, Education, Psychology, Bioengineering)

If you are already enrolled your credentials will have changed to match your moodle credentials. If you cannot remember them, go to account and follow the steps. You will be emailed with a link to regenerate your password.

Do I need to send any documents to apply? what documents do I need to present?

Yes, all applications require to send a number of documents. These will vary depending on your student type. Check the complete list that applies to your case at the Admission Process for International Exchange Students.

How and when do I submit the required documentation?

Always send all your documents enclosed together in one email. Address it to:
exchange.bcn@uic.es (Business, Communications, Law, Humanities, Architecture)
exchange.scu@uic.es (Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Dentistry, Education, Psychology, Bioengineering)
Never send any documentation by post.

Send all your documents before the application deadlines:
- Fall/Winter Semester: 15 November
- Spring/Summer Semester: 15 June br

Please send all your documents immediately. Do not wait for your L.A. to be approved.

When and how will I receive my Acceptance Letter?

We will email your Acceptance Letter once you submit all required documents.

What is Moodle (intranet)?

Moodle (also called intranet) is your personal UIC online site containing all your relevant academic information (Schedules, courses enrolled, contacts, university email, agenda…) You will have access after being officially enrolled.

What are my Moodle (intranet) credentials?

This is the username and password that allows you to access your personal moodle (intranet).

  • The username is the first part of your UIC email account, generally composed by a series of numbers and letters. For example: m075dx@uic.es The username is m075dx
  • You will be emailed with a link to create a password of your choice

I forgot my Moodle (intranet) password. How can I regenerate it?

Go to uic.es/account and follow the steps. You will be emailed with a link to regenerate your password

What are the key dates of the academic year?

Winter Semester:

  • Welcome Session: First/second week of September
  • Classes: September – January
  • Exam period:Mid-January
  • Christmas Holidays: late December and beginning of January
  • Easter Holidays: Early/Mid- April

Summer Semester: February – June

  • Welcome Session: First/second week of January
  • Classes: February – May/June
  • Summer Semester: Mid-May/June
  • Retakes: June/July
  • Summer break: July/August

When and how will I receive my transcript of records?

Your grades will be emailed to you and your home university. If needed, we will also send them by ordinary post to your home university: just remember to ask for this before leaving the university. You can expect to receive the transcripts:

  • Winter Semester: end of February
  • Summer Semester: end of June
  • In the case of exam retakes: end of July

How much does an exchange stay cost at UIC Barcelona?

The cost of your studies depends on your mobility programme.

  • Students exempt from paying fees: Erasmus+, Bilateral and SICUE students
  • Students who need to pay the tuition fees:
    • Some bilateral students, depending on the specifications of the agreement UIC Barcelona has with your home university.
    • Visiting students

Ask for the cost per ECTS to:
xchange.bcn@uic.es (Business, Communications, Law, Humanities, Architecture)
exchange.scu@uic.es (Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Dentistry, Education, Psychology, Bioengineering)

Are there any scholarships available for international exchange students?

Unfortunately at the moment UIC Barcelona does not offer any scholarships for international students doing an exchange stay at our university.

What is and why I need a Certificate of Arrival?

This is a certificate of proof issued by our International Relations Service stating the exact date in which you officially join UIC Barcelona, your hosting university .

All erasmus+ students will need this certificate as part of the administration requirements. Ask for it personally at the International Relations office at the beginning of your stay, ideally a few days after the Welcome Session. We can provide you with a certificate with our university logo, or you can bring the form issued by your home university, if applicable.

What is and why I need a Certificate of Stay?

This is a certificate of proof issued by our International Relations Service stating the exact date in which you officially leave UIC Barcelona, stating that your stay with us has come to an end.

All erasmus+ students will need this certificate as part of the administration requirements. Ask for it personally at the International Relations office before leaving the city of Barcelona, after your exams. We can provide you with a certificate with our university logo, or you can bring the form issued by your home university, if applicable. If for any reasons, you leave the university and could not pass by our office, you can request it by email enclosing a should flight/train/bus ticket or any other document providing proof of the date in which you left the university

What is the teaching language of the courses?

Lectures at UIC Barcelona can be taught fully in English, fully in Spanish, and sometimes also in Catalan. There are some variations depending on the your Faculty of interest.

You can immediately access this information on the webpage of each faculty. If you have any doubts you can ask to the International Relations Service at:
xchange.bcn@uic.es (Business, Communications, Law, Humanities, Architecture)
exchange.scu@uic.es (Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Dentistry, Education, Psychology, Bioengineering)

Do you offer courses taught in English?

Yes. We can guarantee enough courses taught in English for a full semester in almost all our faculties. If needed, we also give students the possibility to take some courses from a faculty different than their main (the one officially hosting you) so you can always enrol the number of ECTS (credits) needed for your stay.

Can I take courses over different faculties?

Yes, we give students the possibility to take some courses from a faculty different than their main (the one officially hosting you) with the previous approval of the Academic Coordinators of the corresponding faculties.

When do I need to choose the subjects I want to take?

Before your arrival during your admission process, even before receiving your Letter of Acceptance.

For any question about the courses you can contact your Academic Coordinator. Once you are sure about the subjects, you can add them to your Learning Agreement in your Relint 2.0 profile.

Can I change my course selection?

Yes, you have a period of about 20 days since the start of the academic semester in order to make any changes in your Learning Agreement. Be sure of all the the changes you need to make, since you are allowed to make changes only once.

How many courses/credits/ECTS can I enrol at UIC Barcelona?

We do not demand incoming students to enrol a minimum/maximum number of ECTS (EEEA credits). You should check this requirement as soon as possible with your home university, who will be transferring the credits you get during your stay with us.

If you have any questions regarding the courses (content of the courses, schedules, examination methods… etc) contact the corresponding Academic Coordinator at your hosting faculty in UIC Barcelona.

Who should I contact regarding academic matters?

If you have any questions regarding the courses (content of the courses, schedules, examination methods… etc) contact the corresponding Academic Coordinator at your hosting faculty in UIC Barcelona.

Who is the Academic Coordinator of my Faculty?

All students have an Academic Coordinator who will assist them with regard to academic issues. Check the contact list of Academic Coordinators here.

Who should I contact regarding administration matters?

The International Relations Service.

I changed my Learning Agreement and as a result, the number of ECTS (credits) and the fee of my enrollment also changed. What should I do?

  1. Scenario 1: The number of ECTS (credits) of the enrollment increases. Can I make a second payment? How?
    Yes. You need to proceed exactly as when you made the first payment: Ask for your enrollment sheet to the Secretary of your Faculty and pay the remaining credits (ECTS) as indicated on the instructions for payment.
  2. Scenario 2: The number of ECTS (credits) of my enrollment drops. Would I be refunded? and how?
    You will be refunded as long as the changes in your enrolment are academically justified. To proceed, you need to talk to the Secretary of your Faculty as soon as the changes to your Learning Agreement have been approved by your Academic Coordinator.

What methods of payment are accepted?

Only single payments on cash, by bank transfer or credit card are accepted. Ask for more specific details to the Secretary of your Faculty.

Are installments accepted?

No, only single payments are accepted

Can I work during my exchange stay?

Students can be allowed to work part-time, however this will depend on your legal condition. Also, be aware that attendance to lectures is mandatory and you will have some work groups, exams and homework, so it is important that you are available for these academic purposes.

Are you in Social Media?

Of course! The university has several social media platforms. There is one specially addressed to you, thi is the facebook group: International Exchange Students

How can I connect to other international Students?

Add us on Facebook! You will be able to meet all your international colleagues at the group International Exchange Students.