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.