1 University of A Coruña Guide for International Exchange Students
2 Dear student, It is a pleasure for us that you are considering the University of A Coruña as your destination for your exchange period. The UDC, founded in 1990, has more than 20,000 students, 1400 teachers and 24 centres offering degrees in almost any discipline and levels including Health and Experimental Sciences, Humanities, Social and Juridical Sciences or Technologies and Engineering. It is a truly international University with a continued increment in the number of students and teaching staff who take part in mobility programmes, with more than 300 students coming every year from different countries. Studying at UDC is an interesting opportunity for those students who want to enjoy an international experience in a community where the integration results extremely simple. This guide will provide you with useful information about studying and living at UDC. In case of any doubt, our staff at the International Relations will be glad to help you.
3 Table of Contents DESCRIPTION AND SITUATION OF THE UDC 4 A FEW REASONS FOR CHOOSING UDC 4 INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION 5 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE 5 DEPARTAMENTAL COORDINATORS 6 ACADEMIC INFORMATION 8 LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND FREE SPANISH COURSES 9 APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES 9 HEALTH INSURANCE 9 REGISTRATION AT ARRIVAL 10 WELCOME ACT AND BUDDY PROGRAMME 10 STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION FOR INCOMING STUDENTS 10 ACCOMODATION 10 HOW TO GET THERE 11 EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES AT UDC 112
4 DESCRIPTION AND SITUATION OF THE UDC The University of A Coruña (UDC) was founded in It is a public institution which aims is to obtain the highest degree of social wellbeing through social, scientific and technological advancement. In accordance with this principle of public service, the UDC conceives as one of its missions to form open, cultured, critical, committed, democratic and supportive citizens. Hence the openness and collaboration with other cultures is one of its fundamental commitments. The University of A Coruña has 24 Centres which offer bachelor, master and doctoral programmes in Technological Science, Health and Experimental Sciences, Humanities, Social and Juridical Sciences. The academic offer is completed with a Language Centre which satisfies the needs of languages within the university community. As regards to research, the University has three technological centres endowed with outstanding instruments and equipment at an European level, one office devoted to research transfer results and support to research, in close relation to management and industrial world. It is divided into two main campuses, one in the city of A Coruña (including the campuses of A Zapateira, Elviña, Oza and Riazor), and another at the city of Ferrol (including Campus of Esteiro and Campus of Serantes). For more information on the location of the different campuses, look at the Web page Both cities are located in the North West corner of Spain, on the Atlantic coast. They have a very benign climate with mild temperatures being the average in summer is 21, 5ºC and in winter 10, 8ºC. The city of A Coruña (http://www.turismocoruna.com) is at the same time a historic coastal city, of great importance already in the Roman times, and a modern and very cosmopolitan city of over inhabitants. It is an industrial and service city, center of a bigger metropolitan area. The symbol of the city is the well known lighthouse called Torre de Hércules which is the only roman lighthouse still functioning nowadays. This emblematic monument was the inspiration for the UDC logo Hac Luce, which means with this light. The easiest way to get to A Coruña is by plane. The Alvedro airport is just 15 minutes away from the city by car. The city of Ferrol (http://www.ferrol.es/) is 30 minutes by car from A Coruña. Ferrol has more than inhabitants and it represents the neurological, commercial and industrial centre of one of the most densely populated areas of Galicia. The characteristics of its maritime location make it a strategic place, and that is why the campus of Ferrol stands out because of naval studies. Both are cities to walk, with very active downtown centres with cafes, pubs, large pedestrian walks, shops, etc. that make them ideal to easily get integrated into the daily life of their inhabitants. A FEW REASONS FOR CHOOSING UDC The University of A Coruña is part of a European network made up of 46 countries offering compatible qualifications. It offers 38 degree courses within the framework of the European Higher Education Area and 46 official postgraduate master s degrees covering all fields of study. The University of A Coruña actively encourages international mobility among its students through agreements with more than 40 countries and work placements in European companies. It is one of Spain s top three universities in terms of attracting new students, whose number increases yearly. The University of A Coruña ranks among Spain s top five universities in academic performance.
5 Employment rates for graduates from the University of A Coruña are higher than the average for Spanish universities. The employment rate during the first year stands at 72%. Most University of A Coruña graduates hold management or technical positions. The University of A Coruña encourages creative development. More than a half of its teaching staff is aged between 30 and 49. Research is essential in order to maintain excellent teaching standards. The University has a large research staff and a Technology Centre. The financial aid offered to students by the University of A Coruña increases each year. It offers a wide range of facilities and state of the art technologies to foment study. It actively promotes integral education through specific programmes covering areas such as culture, sport, cooperation, equality, the environment, languages and technology. INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION Full legal Name of Institution Universidade da Coruña (UDC) Erasmus Code E LA CORU01 Erasmus University Charter IC ES ERASMUS EUCX 1 Postal Address Rectorado A Maestranza nº A Coruña ESPAÑA Telephone Fax President Prof. José Luis Armesto Web page INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE Address Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales O Lagar Campus de Elviña A Coruña. SPAIN Opening hours Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 14:00 Telephone Fax Web page Director Ms. Fernando Peña López Institutional Erasmus Coordinator Tel.: Ext E mail: Responsible Technician Ms. Sandra King Tel.: Ext E mail:
6 Contact Details: Campus of A Coruña INCOMING students Ms. Olga Garaboa Tel.: Ext. 1958, 1981 E mail: OUTGOING students Ms. Ana López Pampín (Campus A Coruña) Tel.: Ext. 1959, 1960 E mail: Other International Programs Mr. Diego Varela Pedreira Tel.: Ext E mail: Contact Details: Campus of Ferrol INCOMING & OUTGOING students Ms. Ana Pérez Ramos Address Edificio de Apoyo al Estudio Campus de Esteiro Ferrol Tel Ext Fax E mail DEPARTAMENTAL COORDINATORS Polytechnic School Ramón Artiaga Díaz School of Marine Engineering Alvaro Baaliña Insua School of Civil Engineering Margarita Novales University Polytechnic School José Luis Calvo Rolle School of Technical Architecture Rubén Fernández Prado School of Architecture Enrique Blanco
7 Faculty of Computer Science Mario Francisco Fernández School of Industrial Design Nieves Pedreira Souto Faculty of Philology Mª Begoña Crespo Garcia Faculty of Humanities Viviana Fernández Marcial Faculty of Sciences Arturo Santaballa López School of Nursing (Campus Coruña) Carmen Maria Garcia Martínez Faculty of Nursing y Podiatry (Campus Ferrol) Xurxo Mariño Alfonso School of Physiotherapy Sandra Martinez Bustelo Faculty of Health Sciences Inés Viana Moldes Faculty of Sociology Antón Alvarez Sousa Faculty of Law Carmen Garcimartín Montero Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science Joaquín Gómez Varela
8 Faculty of Communication Sciences Ana González Neira Faculty of Business Rosa Mariz Pérez Faculty of Education José Maria Mesías Lema School of Tourism Sarah Moss r.com Faculty of Work science (Campus Ferrol) José Maria Rolón Varela ACADEMIC INFORMATION At present, there are two kind of courses at the UDC: old degrees ( Licenciaturas, Diplomaturas and Engineers ) NOT ADAPTED to Bologna that are being extinguished, and new degrees ( Grado and Master ) ADAPTED to Bologna. Exchange students can choose any subject at any course, as long as the subject is being taught. For more information, please contact the corresponding departmental coordinator indicated above. Course Catalogue New Degrees: Old Degrees: Masters: Semester Dates Credits Grading System Academic Transcripts Winter Semester New degrees: 12 Sept 30 January Old Degrees: 3 October 18 February Spring Semester New degrees: 30 January 14 July Old degrees: 22 February 30 June For more detailed information about this year s calendar please check the web page: The degrees NOT ADAPTED to Bologna, are being extinguished, and have Spanish credits (1cr = 10 teaching hours). The new degrees of Grado and Master ADAPTED to Bologna have ECTS credits. A 10 tier grading scale (0 10) is used at the University of A Coruña, and it is compatible with the ECTS grading scale (A E). We also use No Presentado (N/P) when the student register in one course but does not take any exam. More information about the grading system will be included in your transcript of records. The International Relations Office at UDC will be responsible for having the exchange students grades forwarded to the International Relations Office of the
9 sending university, after the deadline the professors have to handle the grades in each faculty, and after the students have left the University of A Coruña. No grades will be sent to the home university until the student has not finished his / her study period, nor the transcripts will be given directly to the students. Language of instruction Most of classes are held in Spanish. However, please note that the official languages of the UDC are Spanish and the Galician language (gallego). LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND FREE SPANISH COURSES Although a proof of level of Spanish is not required, a good knowledge of at least B1 level is recommended. The UDC offers to our incoming students a free 30 hours Spanish course at the beginning of each semester. We strongly recommend students participation in those courses. Registration is mandatory. For more detailed information about dates and on line registration, please access on the web site of the University Language Centre at: Exchange students can also take Galician courses throughout the year at the University Language Center. Special prices are available. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES Deadline for Winter Term (or full year) 15th June Deadline for Summer Term 15th November In order to accept students the following procedure must be completed before the deadlines: 1. The home university will send by e mail or the list of their selected students 2. Once selected by their home institution every student will have to complete the procedure indicated at: 3. Send us the printed and signed PDF document obtained form the online application together with the ECTS Application Form and the Learning Agreement available at: nguage=en (in English) or nguage=es (in Spanish). This step can be done by the student or, preferably, by the home university. VERY IMPORTANT: The Exchange Students Applications WILL NOT BE PROCESSED without the ON LINE APPLICATION & THE LEARNING AGREEMENT duly signed and stamped by the university of origin. HEALTH INSURANCE All foreign students should come with an insurance coverage valid for Spain. You must check whether your country has an agreement with the Spanish Social Security system. If this is not the case, you must have to bring a private insurance coverage.
10 All students registered at UDC will be covered by the University of A Coruña insurance policy in case of an accident while you are in Campus. REGISTRATION AT ARRIVAL Exchange students are required to register at the International Relations Office at their arrival and bring with them the documents following documents: 2 ID size colour photographs with white background Medical insurance coverage valid in Spain (European Health Card) or private insurance Copy of ID or passport Copy of final study plan proposal approved by their home coordinators (Learning Agreement) See the contact details in this document to know the addresses and opening schedules of the offices at A Coruña or Ferrol. The student card will be given to the student at the International Relations Office at the moment of registration. This card will enable students to have access to all university services (libraries, computer rooms, sports activities, cafeterias, etc). WELCOME ACT AND BUDDY PROGRAMME At the beginning of every term a welcome act is celebrated to receive you at our university. The exact date will be communicated directly by to every student. During this act you will have the opportunity to meet official authorities and staff at our services, chat with local and other international students around a coffee and find your way around the local area. Moreover, at the University of A Coruña, a fellow student is assigned to every international exchange student. This buddy student will help you, e. g., to find accommodation in the city, plan your study schedule or open a bank account. The contact information of the accompanying student is given to the exchange student by the International Relations Office, by . STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION FOR INCOMING STUDENTS AEGEE is an international student organization that promotes co operation, communication and integration amongst young people in Europe. They help our International Exchange Students to integrate into Spanish culture and costumes by organizing cultural trips, linguistics tandems, international food contests, etc. More info at E mail: ACCOMODATION The University of A Coruña does not have its own residence, and the application for the exchange program at UDC does not include an offer for a room in a dorm. However, some private residences around the town offer special prices for our exchange students. For example, the Siglo XXI residence hall (http://www.resa.es/), in the city of A Coruña, offers single rooms with private bathroom, heating, direct telephone line, free internet WIFI connection, free transport to the Campus and city centre and half board from 480 Euros per month. For bookings and information, please contact directly with the residence (tel , fax
11 447, e mail indicating that you will be an exchange student at UDC in the city of A Coruña. Students will have to contact directly the residences in A Coruña or in Ferrol for more information. A complete list of residencies can be seen at: We also recommend the option of renting shared apartments in the city. Up to date lists of apartments to share with other students can be found in the web page of our SAPE (Service for Student Support and Promotion) at by clicking in Taboleiro de Anuncios sobre vivenda. The web page works only as a forum. There, you can find different advertisements of apartments and rooms for rent, and you can also announce yourself as a student that is looking for accommodation. For additional information on accommodation, they can also check the following web pages: and HOW TO GET THERE By plane Alvedro Airport Tel: Distance from A Coruña city centre: 8 km (15 minutes by car) Distance from Ferrol city centre: 48 km (30 minutes by car) Lavacolla Airport Tel: Located in Santiago de Compostela Distance from A Coruña city centre 65 km. (40 minutes by car). There are buses and taxis to reach from Lavacolla airport to A Coruña Distance from Ferrol city centre 90 km. (60 minutes by car) Airport of Barajas (Madrid) Distance from A Coruña/Madrid 590 km. (6 hours by car) There are trains and buses to reach from Madrid to A Coruña/Ferrol. Check train schedules at: and buses at: By train: Train stations are situated in the city centers of A Coruña and Ferrrol. Please check the timetables on the web site of the train company at The first station you can get in Spain when coming from Europe is Hendaya. From Hendaya to A Coruña/Ferrol, there is a 12 hours trip. EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES AT UDC Our University encourages all kind of cultural and sport activities as an important part of the student's education as a whole. All participants in our exchange programs will be allowed to participate in the many activities offered for the UDC students: Cultural activities like workshops of dance (flamenco, modern dance, Latin rhythms.), photography, bridge, chess, cultural routes during weekends to different places of our geography
12 The musical school and the university chorus. The cooperation and voluntary service, an organization of university volunteers, which contributes to social services. Sport activities like: athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, climbing, fencing, soccer, indoor soccer, judo, kung fu, swimming, rugby, tennis, indoor tennis, archery, volleyball, scuba diving, mountain bike, skiing, canoeing, rowing, and sailing Access to sports installations within campus like: climbing walls, basket and football courts, gym or athletics trails. For more information: LEGAL PROCEDURES FOR FOREIGNERS IN SPAIN For more information on legal procedures to be completed by foreigners who will be staying at UDC for more than 3 months, please refer to the following Web page:
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