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COVID-19 Información para socios - Information for partners

05/10/2020: UPV Valencia campus moves temporarily to online teaching.

Last Friday 2 October, massive PCR tests were performed on a certain group of UPV students after detecting a series of COVID-19 infections among UPV students related to the student residence Galileo Galilei, located on the Vera campus of UPV (Valencia). The results of the tests indicate a high perfected of infections. As a result, sanitary authorities need to widen the process of tracking all close contacts of these students,

For this reason, It has been decided that all teaching activities in the Valencia campus of UPV will switch to online mode only as of Monday 5 October. This does not affect UPV campus in Alcoi or Gandia. Face-to-face is in the Valencia campus is suspended while the tracking process continues and until the sanitary authorities say otherwise. The rest of campus activities and services remain as usual.

Information about online classes and student learning at UPV

https://virtual.blogs.upv.es/en/aprendizaje/

https://wiki.upv.es/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=345145353

All students are kindly requested to remain attentive to all UPV official communications coming university of their host UPV School/Faculty. Likewise, we want to insist once more on keeping all necessary precautions to avoid virus-spreading (distance, face mask, hygiene).

Update on 09/09/2020

According to the recommendations of the authorities, UPV has developed two important protocols for assuring safety and quality during the academic year 20/21, including measures for academic planning, organizational measures and contingency plans.

23/07/2020 - Academic criteria for the 20/21 academic year planning (spanish version only)

25/08/2020-General guidelines for teaching structures. Protocol for the beginning of the univeristy academic year 20/21 (spanish version only)

As of 09/09/20, the pandemic situation in Spain shows an increase in cases compared to June 2020, with lower motrality and prevalence rates than in the previous months. In the Valencian region, the average number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants is below the average at the national level (being 133 cases compared to 233).

Letter to partners 10/06/2020

Internationalization is fundamental for our institution and therefore UPV plans for next year are based on maintaining international activities as much as possible while adapting them to the current circumstances, keeping health measures and safety of students as the centre of all actions.

The Spanish Rectors Committee on Internationalization has taken the decision to continue with student exchange programmes under Erasmus+ and self-funded programmes.

The Valencian Public Universities have agreed on the following:

-Classes next semester will begin on 14th September, following a hybrid model: most classes will take place online but there will be some face-to-face teaching in many courses, mostly for practical classes. Social distancing will be maintained.

-Continuous assessment during the semester will be strongly encouraged

- The Valencian regional Government is designing a protocol about the face-to-face activities in the context of social distancing and smaller groups.

Incoming exchange students at UPV in 2020-2021

Some questions remain unanswered about the capacity of our courses to accept incoming exchange students in the remaining face-to-face classes or activities in the context of smaller groups, necessary to maintain social distancing. We should have more information in the upcoming weeks.

Due to the uncertainties and putting safety first, we recommend all exchange students to postpone their academic stay with us to the spring-summer semester 2021 (Semester B) as much as possible, in particular students who require a student visa or coming from overseas. This suggestion does not concern Double Degree students, as we consider them regular students.

Students who agree to postpone their mobility one semester are strongly encouraged to upgrade their Spanish level during the first semester in order to reach level B1/B2 in all language skills. This will allow them to enrol in courses taught in Spanish and increase the viability of their study programme at UPV.

Any change of semester must be reconfirmed / validated by the home university. If you transfer students to semester B, please check with our International Services before nominating additional students for semester B. Our capacity to host students mostly in only one semester is limited.

If postponing mobility to semester B is not an option for your students, we are ready to accept them in the winter semester (semester A), as long as they follow health and safety rules and are ready to adapt the circumstances:

-Campus life and access to facilities will not be the same as in normal circumstances.

-The Valencia Region was not struck as heavily by the pandemic as other parts of Spain. However, all of Spain underwent a very severe lockdown for over 2 months, much more severe than in other European countries. We cannot rule out that a temporary lockdown might be necessary at some point during next semester.

-Due to some restrictions in the number of seats in classrooms, registration in certain courses may not always be guaranteed. Students must be flexible in their choice of courses and have an alternative list. Their host UPV School/Faculty will negotiate the academic agreement as usual, providing the necessary support and advice in order to set an appropriate study plan for their semester in UPV

-Welcome and orientation meetings will take place online. Our International Services will offer limited face-to-face student support and orientation. Our staff will be fully available remotely.

-Our university is ready to go 100% online again if required by the authorities and circumstances. Should this happen, all courses and exams could take place fully online if necessary. However, as mentioned above, this is not how the semester will begin. With the exception of a few master’s degrees (list not available yet), courses will not be delivered 100% online. International exchange students are expected to be in Valencia and will NOT be able to follow classes remotely from home unless the hybrid teaching model needs to be transformed into a fully online model at some point during the semester.

-UPV does not provide accommodation. Under normal circumstances, students find accommodation quite easily in Valencia / Gandia / Alcoi in student dormitories or in shared apartments thanks to the information and links we provide and with the support offered by their Mentor students and Erasmus Student Network. This new context may alter the market in unexpected ways.

We understand that your students need to make academic, logistic and financial decisions. We want to underline that if your students decide to come in September they will have the continuous support of all the UPV international offices to make sure they are able to complete the semester successfully.

We will soon contact the students from your institution who have already applied to UPV.

UPV outgoing students 2020-2021

As long as the partner institution agrees, our intention is to keep outgoing mobilities as much as possible, including mobilities starting in August-October. We will closely monitor the situation with each partner and follow all sanitary recommendations and guidelines.

When necessary, we will accept mobilities starting in virtual mode, with physical mobility starting later on during the semester.

Nevertheless, we have recommended our students to postpone their mobility abroad one semester (until January-February 2021) in a few cases:

-If their host university is outside the European Union, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.

-If course restrictions in the host university make it impossible to complete the expected study programme.

-If the partner university plans to offer only 100% online courses for the entire duration of next semester, with no physical mobility at any point.

-If the sanitary conditions in the host country or region are not adequate shortly before departure.

-If authorities in the host country or region have imposed very severe confinement and movement restrictions shortly before departure

UPV is convinced that internationalization is one of the greatest strengths of higher education in the 21st century. Although mobility has been seriously affected as a result of the global pandemic, we have also witnessed the ability of our institutions to adapt to new challenges, to grow and to propose solutions for the society of the future. This would not be possible without the collaboration and willingness of our partner universities, whom we thank for the collaboration and mutual support.

We continue to work on new models of internationalization, as well as on the improvement of the international experience of your students at UPV, who are as important to us as our own students

Student exchange applications for 2020/2021 academic year

Please keep in mind our deadlines

Nominations from home university: 30 April (full-year or 1st semester only), 30 September (2nd semester only)

Deadline for application (*): 15 May (full-year or 1st semester only), 30 September (2nd semester only)

(*) This is the last day for students to upload the last documents. Students should start their applications at least 7 days before the deadline or they will not be able to complete it in time.

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Are incoming staff visits allowed?

Due to the State of Alarm declared by the Spanish Government, any incoming mobility for teaching or training (Erasmus STT / STA or equivalent ), as well as any other kind of visits to UPV campus and staff, even if previously agreed, are cancelled as of 15 March, until further notice.

Once the State of Alarm is cancelled and academic life goes back to normal, your contact person at UPV will try to follow up on you to see if it can be rescheduled to a new date convenient for everyone.

Last update11/05/2020

The National Government has declared the state of alarm throughout Spain. It came into effect on the evening on Saturday 14 March. It is very likely that the current state of alarm will be extended until late May. We expect home confinement and social distance measures will be gradually lifted or reduced during the second half of May.

Among other measures, this new context implies severe restrictions of movement for all citizens, until further notice. The main reason is simply to limit social contact as much as possible in order to slow down the outbreak and to help the healthcare system deal with the difficult cases.

In this context, the Valencian Department of Education and the Rectors of Valencian public universities have agreed to continue with online teaching until the end of this semester. Therefore, the academic year 2019-2020 will end online.

Valencian public universities will adapt their assessment and evaluation methods to avoid face-to-face exams or activities. Exams, tests, project and assignments will be carried out via Teams, PoliformaT and other similar online platforms and tools. Teaching staff and the academic authorities in each degree are currently redefining the assessment method for each course.

ARE EXCHANGE STUDENTS SAFE IN SPAIN?

For most incoming exchange students, there is no threat to their health. Most people who become infected only have mild symptoms, like some fever, cough or shortness of breath. Some people develop no symtoms at all. However, anyone could be infected without knowing it and spread the virus among other people who more vulnerable. Hence the importance of respecting social restrictions and confinement at home until the virus curve “flattens” and hospitals can deal with the (few) serious cases without collapsing.

SHOULD EXCHANGE STUDENTS RETURN HOME?

We understand and respect your students' personal choice or your institution's policy. Students who wish to return are suggested to plan ahead and inform themselves well about the current travel conditions to their country (connections available, restrictions, etc.).

Students who return home and cancel their mobiity at UPV completely, should to notify the UPV International Office in charge.

ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO TRAVEL IN SPAIN TO RETURN HOME?

The estate of alarm does allow citizens to return to their place of residence. However, there are restrictions on rail, road and air traffic. It might be difficult in some cases

WHAT BASIC RULES SHOULD STUDENTS RESPECT IF THEY STAY IN SPAIN?

Basically, on "Stage 0" they ALLOWED TO leave home only for these purposes:

buying food and groceries

going to a healthcare center or hospital

going to a pharmacy, computer/telephone/technology-related shop, post-office, tobacconist , newsagent's shop

Students are NOT ALLOWED TO: practice sports outside home, meet friends or move around the city for any other purpose

IS UPV CLOSED NOW?

It is not, but campus activity has been reduced to minimum services.There are no face-to-face classes; all libraries, computer classrooms and labs are closed .

Administrative services continue working, but basically online. In some cases, some minimal staff will be working on campus in shifts, but student receiving hours are generally cancelled.

Exchange students who went back home temporarily or indefinitely

They should stay in their home country / city of residence until the end of the semester.

Non-residents in Spain are not allowed to enter our country right now, with very few exceptions.Students who travelled back home with the idea of returning to Spain and who left personal belongings in Valencia must be patient and wait until some restrictions are lifted. Eventually they will be able to return and collect their things or they may ask a friend or rommate to help them send their things.

As a general rule, we assume that all incoming exchange students remain enrolled at UPV and are working remotely. Students who will no longer be following any UPV course or doing thesis work / special project should inform us and we will consider their mobility finished and close their online file.

Students who want to continue working remotely but want to drop (cancel) some of their UPV courses in semester B should also contact us.

Exchange students who are still in Valencia

It is entirely up to each student to go back home or to stay in Spain. Students should follow the rules of their home university and national authorities.

We understand that the experience of living and studying in Spain is definitely not the same in the present conditions. We expect these conditions to improve slowly, but we cannot guarantee when things will start changing.

Non-residents in Spain are allowed to get out of home and to use public transport if they want to travel back to their home country. Public transport is limited but operative. Students who decide to return are advised to plan their trip well ahead of time and to contac their national embassy or consulate.

Students who return home, must inform the relevant International Office accordingly

As a general rule, we assume that all incoming exchange students remain enrolled at UPV and are working remotely. Students who will no longer be following any UPV course or doing any thesis work / special project should inform us and we will consider their mobility finished and close their online file.

Students who want to continue working remotely but want to drop (cancel) a few of their UPV courses in semester B should also contact our International Services.

Erasmus+ certificates of departure

The European Commission has asked universities to be flexible and to accept remote learning as part of the Erasmus+ mobility period in the host university. The details are decided by the Erasmus National Agency in each country, but initially the period of online teaching and assessment (in UPV, 16 March-end of the semester) should be accounted and accepted as part of the students' mobility.

Therefore, UPV has advised all incoming Erasmus+ students who are following UPV courses remotely not to request their departure certificate now, but at the end of the semester.

Trascripts of Records

When the semester is over, all incoming exchange students can download an academic transcript of records from our mobility tool.

The document that students can download download is a PDF file with an electronic signature, and it is fully official. Each PDF file has its own secure verification code and a link to UPV Online Portal, where your university can verify its authenticity. You can see the instructions and one sample document in this link.

UPV will not send any transcripts of records by surface mail. We kindly accept our partners to accept this document.

Our university will not sign any “Erasmus learning Agreement – section “After the mobility – Transcript of Records” documents. The academic transcript which you can download from AIRE contains all the relevant information and should be accepted as full equivalent.

ARE INCOMING STAFF VISITS ALLOWED AT UPV?

Due to the State of Alarm declared by the Spanish Government, any incoming mobility for teaching or training (Erasmus STT / STA or equivalent ), as well as any other kind of visits to UPV campus and staff, even if previously agreed, are cancelled as of 15 March, until further notice.

Once the State of Alarm is cancelled and academic life goes back to normal, your contact person at UPV will try to follow up on you to see if it can be rescheduled to a new date convenient for everyone.


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