1 University of Huelva Guide for International and EU Students The University of Huelva was founded in 1993 by popular demand. Since then its aim has been to provide quality teaching and research, as well as promoting economic, environmental and cultural developments in the city and province. We are an international university that is committed to the region. Close links have been forged with local businesses, whereby students are offered work placements in order to facilitate their incorporation into the work force. The research conducted by the University has a strong impact and directly benefits our community. Our staff is comprised of approximately one thousand lecturers and more than four hundred administrative and support staff. Almost 10,400 students attend the University of Huelva including 300 carrying out post graduate studies. Our unique environment combines with these features to make Huelva a distinctive university and a special place to be a student.
2 The province of Huelva is situated in the south-west corner of Spain, with Portugal to the west, Seville and Cadiz to the east, Extremadura to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The capital city of the same name boasts an enviable position nestling between the estuaries of the Rivers Tinto and Odiel. The city is a short drive away from the province s spectacular 120-kilometre coastline of fine sandy beaches. The University is spread over four sites. The main and newest campus is El Carmen, to the north of the city where the Faculties of Experimental Sciences, Law, Humanities, Education Sciences, Labour Sciences, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work can be found as well as state of the art computing facilities and the central library. The Faculty of Business Science is housed in a building of architectural merit next to the cathedral in the heart of the city centre and is known as La Merced. The Polytechnic is strategically located to the west at La Rabida, high on a hill overlooking the Tinto estuary and the city s industrial areas where strong links have been formed with the University. The University General Registry and administrative centre is located at a separate site in Cantero Cuadrado.
3 Campus del Carmen
4 Campus La Rábida Campus La Merced
5 Cantero Cuadrado Orientation information will normally be ed to all students once they have been nominated 1. ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION AS AN ERASMUS/ EXCHANGE STUDENT:* Students must be nominated by their home universities and applications should include all the requested documentation. Applicants are expected to have a good level of proficiency in English (for subjects in English) or Spanish to pursue studies. Agreements between the University of Huelva and its partners are normally school or subject specific, but you may take subjects from other schools/subject areas if your home coordinator agrees to this. We do not automatically send official acceptance letters. All nominated students covered by Student Mobility numbers featuring in the Bilateral Erasmus Agreement are automatically accepted. Application Deadline Start Date Deadline For Application September 1st July February 30th November
7 1. Download the Application Form (which includes the Learning Agreement) 2. Read the Application Instructions carefully. 3. Complete all the necessary sections making sure you include your passport number without which we cannot process your application. 4. Print the form. 5. The Application and Learning Agreement must be signed and approved by your home institution (the sending institution). 6. Please send your Application form and Learning Agreement to our International Office by (scanned), or post including a colour photo. We do not require transcripts or CVs.
8 2. ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES. VISITING STUDENTS: NON ERASMUS / EXCHANGE If you are not an exchange student and wish to enrol as a regular student you should consult the following site. or contact the admissions office, in Spanish: Servicio de Gestión Académica, Acceso de Nuevos Alumnos, c/ Dr. Cantero Cuadrado, s/n Huelva These programs are taught in Spanish except for the degree in English Language and Literature, 3. ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR POSTGRADUATE DEGREES See
9 4. LANGUAGE COURSES For students who do not have sufficient Spanish to follow a degree course the Language Centre (Servicio de Lenguas Modernas) offers Spanish language courses all year round. Other language courses are available university-wide, including English, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, and Chinese. For more information: : Central administration offices: University of Huelva, C/ Dr. Cantero Cuadrado 6, Huelva Spain.
10 5. COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS The computer centre is located in the Perez Quintero building on the Campus de El Carmen, where students have access to computers and internet connection from Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. Students should go to this building with their TUO (University Student Card). Problems with or laptops will be solved in Alan Turing building on the Campus de El Carmen. Map of Campus de El Carmen: Students can also access the wireless local area network with hotspots on all four Campuses. 6. THE UNIVERSITY OF HUELVA LIBRARY The main building is located in the centre of the modern Campus de El Carmen, there are another two libraries located on two of the other three campuses. Electronic databases and resources are also available.
11 7. ACCOMMODATION* * More detailed information, please visit 7.1 Long term University Residence Hall. San Pablo The University of Huelva offers rooms in an excellent Hall of Residence a short bus ride away from the Campus de El Carmen and 15 minutes walk from the centre of Huelva. The price includes full board 7 days a week, (open from 1 October until 30 June and closed during Christmas and Easter Holidays). It has access to internet in all rooms, access to computer room (10 computers), access to (non coin slot) washing machines and cleaning of the rooms. The rooms are simple but clean and pleasant. The number 6 bus passes close by and will take you to the centre while the number 4 takes you to the University Campus. The address is: Residencia San Pablo Avda. Manuel Siurot, Huelva Tel: For up to date information and prices check Staff at the Hall of Residence speak Spanish and French. If you wish to book a room for long term accommodation in the University Hall of Residence please let us know as soon as possible. For long term accommodation at the Residence Hall you can write to (International Students Association, ISA)
12 7.1.2 Albergue Juvenil Youth Hostel The Youth Hostel is also available for long term stays, offering shared rooms at a monthly rate for students who stay for 9 months. For students who wish to stay for shorter periods a slightly higher price would be set. The monthly rate includes full board from Monday to Friday and bed and breakfast at weekends, access to washing machines (coin slot) and dryers (coin slot), daily cleaning of rooms and change of bed clothes every 5 days. Rooms are occupied by 2 students, but a student who is living in the hostel for the academic year would not be expected to share with a short term visitor. The youth hostel is a 25 minute walk from the university Campus de El Carmen and about 15 minutes from the city centre. If you are interested in living in this hostel when studying in Huelva contact them at and give the following details: your full name and surname, your home address and telephone number, your passport number or your National Identity Card number, your date of birth (the hostels are cheaper for under 26 year olds) and your arrival and expected departure dates. See address of the youth hostel below: Albergue Juvenil Calle Marchena Colombo Huelva Please note it s each student s responsibility to make the booking directly with the Youth Hostel.
13 7.1.3 Long Term Accommodation in Private Sector Shared Student Flats If you do not wish to stay in a Residence Hostel you have the option of joining the International Student Association (ISA) for the sum of 30 on arrival. The Association will make phone calls for you to see flats and when necessary a collaborator will accompany you to help communicate with the landlords. Shared student flats usually cost about 200 euros/month per room including electricity, gas and water (2008/09 price). ISA keeps members informed of Erasmus and Exchange student parties and outings. All students are strongly recommended to join the International Student Association as finding a flat can be difficult and the staff of the International Office cannot spend time in helping the students to find accommodation in the private sector. The ISA is located in the International Office: Avenida de Las Fuerzas Armadas S/N, Campus de El Carmen, Pabellón 8, Huelva España.
14 7.2 Temporary accommodation while looking for a flat Albergue Juvenil - Youth Hostel (Temporary accommodation) Please book a room in the hostel as soon as you know your arrival date. When you have an arrival date contact the hostel in Huelva by ) and book a room for a week. When writing to book your room you should include the following information in your message: your full name and surname, your home address and telephone number, your passport number or your National Identity Card number, your date of birth and your arrival and expected departure dates. It is important to put RESERVA ESTUDIANTE ERASMUS as the subject of your . All the rooms have their own bathrooms. Breakfast and free access to Internet are included in the price. On arrival the students have to pay for the week in advance but can leave as soon as they find a flat and the extra money paid will be refunded. Students must vacate the room by 10am. The address of the hostel is: C/ Marchena Colombo Huelva. Tel: Please note it s each student s responsibility to make the booking directly with the Youth Hostel
15 7.2.2 Residence Hall Santa María de la Rábida (Temporary accommodation) At the Residence Hall in Calle Cantero Cuadrado you can also book a room on a temporary basis. You can book the hostel by sending an e- mail ) in Spanish, English German or French. When writing to book your room you should include the following information: your full name and surname, your home address and telephone number, your passport number or your National Identity Card number, your date of birth (the hostels are cheaper for under 26 year olds) and your arrival and expected departure dates San Pablo Residence Hall (Temporary accommodation) The San Pablo Residence Hall is also available for short term stays. The San Pablo Residence Hall offers individual en-suite rooms at a modest price. Accommodation and full board costs 30 euros per person per night. Bed and breakfast is 20 euros per night. The rooms are simple but clean and pleasant. The Residence Hall is a short bus ride from the University and about minute s walk from the centre. The number 6 bus passes close by and will take you both to the centre and to the University Campus. The address is: Residencia San Pablo Avda. Manuel Siurot, Huelva Tel:
16 8. ON ARRIVAL Pabellón 8 Campus el Carmen
17 Our office is Pabellón 8 on the Campus del Carmen, between the Paulo Freire Building and the Faculty of Humanities. If you enter the Campus from the Avenida de Andalucía you will pass the School of Social Work (Trabajo Social), School of Nursing (Escuela de Enfermería), the Law Faculty (Facultad de Derecho) and Sports Pavilion on your left as you come towards our office. If you come to the Campus from the Avenida de las Fuerzas Armadas, you will pass the Canteen (Comedor) and the Faculty of Humanities on your Right before coming to our office. When you have left your luggage at your temporary accommodation contact the International Student Association located in the International Office (Pabellón 8 Campus de El Carmen) and you will receive help in finding a flat, as well as information about the next International Student party and if you are an Erasmus or Exchange student your student ID card. They are available to attend students from 10:00 till 13:00. The accommodation service operates from the end of August until mid October and during the months of January and February. Any specific queries regarding accommodation can be sent to (ISA) from the 15th August to 15th October and in January/February. Accommodation enquiries sent at other times may take longer to be dealt with.
18 9. SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Volunteers Office, Pabellón 7 Campus de El Carmen Before leaving your country: 10. HEALTH CARE Prepare the necessary documents for receiving medical attention while in Spain. You should check if there is a bilateral agreement with Spain which entitles you to Public Health Care while studying in Spain, in order to know whether or not to take out a private Medical Insurance before leaving their country. The following companies operate in Huelva: Sanitas, Adeslas, Caja Salud, Asisa and Mapfre. Please make sure your medical insurance deals with a company with private Health Centres in Huelva. Your private insurance policy should inform you where to go in order to receive medical attention. On arrival: If you are entitled to State Health Care while in Spain, when you have a long term address in Huelva you should visit your local Health Centre and hand in your E128, E111 or European Health Card as well as a photocopy of this document/card. The nurse or secretary at the Health Centre will include you in their files and give you a reference number and an area doctor will be assigned to you. You will need your reference number if you need medical attention in the future and also to use the 24 hour appointment service.
19 FAQS Which health centre do I go to? Below are the addresses and phone numbers of the 7 clinics serving the city of Huelva and the areas pertaining to each one. 1. Isla Chica Plaza Perlita de Huelva Serves the following areas: Barriada de Isla Chica 2. Centro (La Casa del Mar) Avenida de Hispanoamérica Serves the following areas: Casco antiguo, Zafra, Pescadería, Matadero, Barrio Obrero and La Merced. 3. Los Rosales Calle Amadis de Gaula Serves the following areas: Los Rosales, Fuentepiña, Perez Cubillas and Barriada del Rocío. 4. Molino de la Vega Calle Fuente Heridos s/n Serves the following areas: Las Colonias, Hotel Suárez, Barriada del Carmen y el Molino de la Vega. 5. La Orden Avenida Diego Morón Serves the following areas: La Orden y la Ribera 6. El Torrejón Avenida Flores s/n Serves the following areas: El Torrejón, Verdeluz, Hispanidad, Avenida de Andalucía y La Universidad. 7. Adoratrices Avenida Adoratrices s/n Serves the following areas: Bomberos, El Conquero, Polígono San Sebastián, Guadalupe and Tres Ventanas. How do I make an appointment? When you need to see the doctor you should call your local Health Centre by telephone to make an appointment. You will probably be given an appointment for the next day or if you call very early for the same day. What if I urgently need to see a doctor today? If you need to see the doctor in the same day you can ask for an appointment for the Emergency doctor (Médico de guardia). You will be given an appointment for the same day after 1 in the afternoon. You must go in person to the health centre to get an appointment for the same day. They will not give you this kind of appointment over the phone. When can I call to make an appointment? You can call your health centre from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon or you can also use the 24 hour appointment service to arrange an appointment at a Health Centre. In order to use this service you must have handed in your papers at your local Health Centre and have your reference number. You can call at any time of the day or night to make your appointment and avoid having to go in person to arrange to see your doctor. How can I get specialised medical attention? If you need specialist treatment the Area Doctor (Médico de Cabecera) (he will be assigned to you when you first visit the Health Centre with your E128 /E111 Form or European Health Card) will make an appointment for you with the specialist in the hospital. So you should make an appointment to see your area doctor and explain why you think you need specialist attention. What if I need to see a doctor today when the health centres are closed and I don t have an appointment? There is one Emergency Health Centre serving Huelva. The address is Emergencias 061. Vía Paisajista s/n IN CASE OF A REAL EMERGENCY WHAT NUMBER DO I RING? Dial 061 for health emergency or general emergency
20 11. TRAVEL 11.1 Getting to Huelva from Faro, Seville, Malaga and Madrid Huelva is well served by both national and international transport links. The airports of Faro (Portugal) and Seville are an hour s drive away. There are train and bus links to all major Andalusian provincial capitals as well as Madrid. If you travel to Faro, you can take the bus to Huelva from the central bus station. There are two buses daily. The times below are local times (Portugal is 1 hour behind Spain): Depart Faro 8:20 Arrival Huelva 11:45 Depart Faro 15:30 Arrival Huelva 19:00 Deaprt Huelva 8:45 Arrival Faro 10:15 Depart Huelva 17:30 Arrival Faro 19:00 Details of the bus from Faro Airport to the central bus station: The buses operate 7 days a week leaving the airport at: 07:08, 07:22, 07:42, 08:32, 09:07, 09:37, 10:07, 10:47, 12:07, 12:47, 13:37, 14:32, 15:07, 16:12, 17:12, 17:47, 18:57, 19:22, 20:07and (Journey time is around 20 minutes and the single fare is 1.65). If you fly to Seville you can take a taxi to the Plaza de Armas Bus station. There are fixed taxi prices for the journey from the airport to any point in Seville. The prices are a little more expensive on National or Local holidays and after 9pm. You can be charged about 0,40 per piece of luggage. The taxi ride should cost between 19 and 25. There are two bus stations in Seville but the Plaza de Armas is the only one that serves Huelva. There are buses every hour from Seville to Huelva. Make sure you get a direct bus which goes via the A49 motorway rather than the local villages route, the journey takes about 90 minutes. Trains are not as frequent and take longer. If you don t want to pay for a taxi you can take the bus from the airport to the city centre (2.20 ). This bus leaves you at the train station (Santa Justa) from where you can take a train to Huelva or take the C4 bus
21 to the Plaza de Armas Bus Station where you can take a bus to Huelva (about 7 ). The buses between Seville and Huelva run approximately every hour from 7am until 9pm. Timetables vary slightly in summer months. The bus station in Seville serving Huelva is Plaza de Armas (not El Prado). For up to date information please consult the Damas Bus Company website The following link gives you a map of Huelva province: If your flight is to Madrid you can take a train from Atocha Train Station to Huelva. For information on train timetables you can consult the website: The only way to get from Málaga to Huelva is via Seville. Unless you are arriving quite early in the morning you may find that you will have to overnight in Seville, as the last bus from Seville to Huelva leaves at approximately 9pm. For information on trains from Malaga you can consult the website: For information on buses from Málaga you can consult Inter-city bus information You can find timetables for buses from Huelva city centre to local provincial villages and to other cities at this website; Or by calling the number of the bus station in Huelva:
22 11.3 Local Taxis TELETAXIS: RADIOTAXIS: Urban-bus information The numbers 3 and 8 go to the Campus de El Carmen. For the Polytechnic School in La Rábida you should consult Damas bus company: The tourist office in Huelva also provides information on inner city bus routs and timetables. Tourism Office is located at: Avenida de Alemania, 12. Tel: Under 25-year olds can buy a BONOBUS which allows them to use all inner city buses at any time 7 days a week. There s also a special price bus pass for students. This one-month bus pass costs approximately 12. You should go to the bus station with your TUO (University Student Card), your passport and a photocopy of your passport to buy this pass. There is a small fee for issuing the bus pass of approximately 7. Otherwise an urban bus ticket is Ten trips for urban buses costs approximately 5 ; you can recharge the card, always with a multiple of ten trips. For students who need to travel to the Polytechnic in the Rabida, Damas operate a service where students can by a book of 40 single tickets valid for use within 90 days of purchase. The price is approximately Buses run from 7:00 to 21:00 every 30 minutes, (please consult website for further details
23 12. COST OF LIVING Bus 0.80 Cinema special prices on Wednesdays and Thursdays and after midnight Three-course lunch in the Univ. 4,10 canteen Room in a shared apartment, water and electricity included Coca Cola / Beer in a bar 1,50 Coca Cola / Beer bought in a 0.50 Supermarket Cappuccino or Café latte ENTRY PERMITS AND VISAS AND NIE European Union students only need their passport or identity card. If you come from outside the European Union, you need a visa. Please contact the Spanish Embassy in your county regarding visa requirements. You cannot change a holiday visa to a student visa while in Spain. You would have to return to your country and apply for a new visa. When applying for your visa, if you intend to leave Spain during your time here, make sure you apply for a multiple entry visa. 14. CONSULATES Consulates in Huelva: Portugal: Vázquez López, 11, Huelva Grecia: Marina,19-1º Huelva Finlandia: Sor Ángela de la Cruz, Huelva Liberia: Rascón, , Huelva Suecia: Polígono Nuevo Puerto s/n. Apartado Huelva , Honduras: Avenida Pío XII, , Bollullos Par del Condado, Huelva Consulates in Seville: Embassies in Madrid:
24 15.1 Climate 15. THE CITY OF HUELVA AND ITS PROVINCE Huelva is a coastal city with a very mild climate. Winters in Huelva are moderate, with temperatures averaging 10-15ºC, very rarely dropping below 10ºC. In Spring and Autumn temperatures range between 10-25ºC, while in June the average is 25-33ºC; during the Summer, daytime temperatures are often over 35ºC. Evenings are cooler. Average rainfall for the region is normally quite low, nevertheless, it can, on occasions, rain torrentially during the autumn and spring months Other Useful Information International Students Association. ISA ISA stands for International Students Association and has been created to help incoming Exchange and visiting students at the University of Huelva to find a flat on arrival and to help students to get the most out of their time in Huelva. ISA organises appointments for its members with landlords of local flats. When incoming students do not speak Spanish ISA will find a volunteer to accompany the students to the appointment to meet the landlord. ISA organises the following tours for its members during the year. The tours are free for members of the ISA. First semester Guided Tour of the city of Huelva 10am-1:30 pm Guided Tour of the city of Seville 9am-6pm Guided tour of the Agrarian and Pisciculture Research Centre of the Andalusian Autonomous Government in Cartaya
25 Guided Tour of Almonaster la Real and Caverns of Aracena 9am-7pm Guided Tour of Doñana and the village of El Rocío 9am-7pm Second Semester Guided Tour of the city of Huelva 10am-1:30 pm Guided Tour of the city of Seville 9am-6pm Guided Tour of Almonaster la Real and Caverns of Aracena 9am-7pm Guided Tour of Doñana and the village of El Rocío 9pm-7pm Other overnight tours will be arranged at special discount price for ISA members. ISA organises a number of social events for its members. The following have been organised for this academic year, 2008/9 at no charge to members: Trekking in the countryside of the province of Huelva Classes of Sevillana traditional Spanish dancing Language Tandem Two nights in Granada with accommodation and bus paid for by the association. Membership of ISA costs 30 Euros (one payment on arrival) For information contact Isabel Leandro The ISA is located in the International Office: Avenida de Las Fuerzas Armadas S/N, Campus de El Carmen, Pabellón 8, Huelva España.
26 Other Extracurricular y recreational activities The University of Huelva offers the opportunity for students to explore literary and artistic interests as well as integrating with local students by joining Music, Cinema, Literature, Theatre or Film Societies. Students are encouraged to join the University Orchestra and University Choir. Competitions are held in Photography and Painting. See web page: Tourism Information The tourism office is located at: Avenida de Alemania, You can find more information about Huelva in General Opening Hours Shopping Hours. Normal opening hours: 9:30-13:30 and 17:00-20:30. Hipercor and other department stores 10:00-22:00 Banking hours: Usually Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00, although some banks open also on Saturday 9:00-14:00
27 Local, Regional and National Fests and official Holidays 1 st January New year (N) 6 th January Epiphany (N) 20 th January San Sebastián (L) February Carnival (L) Ash Wednesday The 'Funeral of the cuttle fish (L) 28 th February Andalucía Day (R) March-April Easter (N) 1 st May Labour Day (N) May Cruces de Mayo (L) May-June. (Pentecost) El Rocío (L) 3 rd August Colombinas Fair (L) August Latin American Dance Festival (L) 15 th August Asunción de la Virgen (N) 8 th September Virgen de la Cinta (L) 12 th October Columbus day. National Day (N) 1 st November All saints Day (N) November (Last week) Latin-American film festival (L) 6 th December Constitution Day (N) 8 th December Mary Immaculate Day (N) 25 th December Christmas day (N) Sports activities The Sport Activities Service is located in: Sport Pavilion Príncipe de Asturias, Campus de El Carmen, Tel: For more information: or consult web page: