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Language Requirements for exchange students
I'd like to study at UPV! Language Requirements for exchange students  ...


Language requirements for Non-EU/EFTA students

Language requirements for ERASMUS students (Intra-European mobility)

FAQ: Can I be admitted to study only in English?

NON INTRA-EUROPEAN MOBILITY - LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The following information applies to students accepted under the following programs:

  • Direct Exchange Program with non-European institutions
  • KA107/KA171 students who receive Erasmus+ financial support through UPV

Requirements to enroll in courses (subjects) in Spanish

Level B1 of CEFR (upper-intermediate).

We are flexible with the kind of certificates we can accept. We welcome official SIELE or DELE certificates, but we also accept a transcript of records showing that you have completed Spanish courses in the past, or a certificate signed by your home university confirming your Spanish level.

Requirements to enroll in courses (subjects) or projects in English

Level B2 of CEFR (upper-intermediate).

English certificates we can accept:

  • TOEFL ibT (min. 80 points) or level B2 in another internationally recognized English test, such as IELTS, Linguaskill, TELC, UNIcert┐, British Council APTIS, Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic).
  • Free-style document signed by the home university (International Services, Language Teacher, etc) confirming your current English level.
  • Native English speakers do not need to present any certificates

English courses are highly demanded. The capacity of these courses is limited and we cannot always guarantee enrollment. We do our best to prioritize enrollment in English courses for students accepted under these programs, but we cannot always guarantee a spot in each of your choices.


ERASMUS STUDENTS (INTRA-EUROPEAN MOBILITY) LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Requirements to enroll in courses (subjects) in Spanish

Italian and Portuguese native speakers: in most UPV Schools and Faculties, it is not obligatory to present an external Spanish language certificate, but there are a couple of exceptions. Please check the detailed chart below.

Applicants who do not have a formal Spanish certificate must sign and upload the document named “SELF-CERTIFICATION OF SPANISH LANGUAGE LEVEL”. This document is provided with the instructions for application and can also be downloaded; Applicants will have to upload it with the rest of the application documents before the deadline (15 May, 15 October).

All other students: the requirement is established by each UPV School and Faculty. In most cases, it is level B1 of CFR. Please see the detailed chart below.

Spanish certificates we accept:

-Instituto Cervantes certificates (SIELE, DELE)
- UNIcert
- TELC
- Languagecert USAL esPro
- ANNEX II. STATEMENT OF SPANISH LANGUAGE SKILLS (BY HOME UNIVERSITY), provided with instructions for applicants, available in this link.

Requirements to enroll in courses or projects (subjects) in English (*):

Level B2 of CEFRL or above.

English certificates we can accept:

- Internationally recognized English certificates: TOEFL ibT (min. 80 points), IELTS, Linguaskill, TELC, UNIcert┐, British Council APTIS, Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE), Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

- [Free-style] Document issued by home university (International Services, Language Teacher or Center for Foreign Languages) confirming current English level (B2 or above)


INTRA-EUROPEAN MOBILITY. CHART OF LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS


UPV SCHOOL / FACULTY OR CAMPUS

Check the requirements of the School, Faculty or campus that you will be applying to.

Your choices will be determined by the Erasmus / student exchange agreement signed with your university, and by your current field of studies


LEVEL REQUIRED
for courses (subjects)
in Spanish

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LEVEL REQUIRED
for courses or projects
in English
(*):


(*) Read note below the chart ZZZZZZZZxxxxZZZ


Italian or Portuguese native speakers who do not have an official Spanish certificate are allowed to attach a self-certification
(use this model)


School / Faculty accepts language certificates after the deadline for application
(always before 15 July or 15 December)


If allowed, you must always upload this document with your application documents before the application deadline
(15 May, 15 Oct.)
signed by your home university, checking the last option) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


ETSA -School of Architecture
ETSIAMN - School of Agricult. Engineering
& Environment
ETSIGCT - School of Eng. in Geodesy,
Cartography & Surveying
ETSINF - School of Informatics
ETSIT - School of Telecommunications Eng.
FBBAA - Faculty of Fine Arts

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Spanish B1

English B2

Yes

Yes

ETSICCP - School of Civil Engineering Spanish B1

Spanish B2: MSc in Concrete Engineering / MSc Hydraulic Eng.
& the Environment
English B2 Yes Yes

ETSIE- School of Building Engineering

Spanish B1

Spanish B2
MSc in Building Constructions

English B2

Yes

No

ETSID - School of Design Engineering

Spanish B1

English B2

Yes

No

ETSII - School of Industrial Engineering

Spanish B1

Spanish B2 in some master's degrees

English B2

+ Spanish A2

Yes

Except in some
master's degrees

Yes

FADE - Faculty of Business Administration
and Management

Spanish B2

English B2

Yes

No

EPSG - campus Gandia Spanish B1 English B2 Yes Yes
EPSA - campus Alcoy

Spanish A2

Except: B1
for courses
from the MBA and MSc in Textile Eng
.

English B2

Yes

Except in the MSc in Textile Eng.

Yes

(*) Can I be admitted at UPV to enroll only in courses or projects taught in English?

Erasmus / exchange students enroll in the same courses offered to our regular (degree) students. Some of these courses are in English, but the main language of instruction remains Spanish.

Link to list of courses taught in English

- English courses (subjects) are highly demanded. The capacity of these courses is limited.

In many cases, we have many more applicants than seats available and we cannot always guarantee enrollment.

- In most cases, courses in English will be a complement to courses taught in Spanish and exchange students will be admitted on the assumption that they are also ready to follow courses in Spanish when necessary.

Presenting a Spanish language certificate (with the level required by each UPV host School / Faculty) will give you a much wider choice of courses at UPV.

Some exceptions may be:

a) students admitted by a UPV lecturer (professor) to do project work in English, such as preparation of bachelor or master thesis,
b) students from non-European countries (Direct Exchange program and students who receive a KA107/KA171 Erasmus scholarship from UPV)

c) special agreements approved by each UPV School or Faculty with certain partners

- Italian and Portuguese native speakers are expected to enroll in courses(subjects) taught in Spanish, not in English

With very few exceptions (see chart above), there is no need to present an official Spanish language certificate. Experience shows that these students progress quickly with their Spanish skills once in Spain, but they must complete some (self) training in basic Spanish before arrival.

In the application and pre-arrival phase, these student students should prepare a study program with courses taught in Spanish. Once at UPV, it might be possible to enroll in some courses taught in English as well, but only when there are no capacity problems in those courses. This will only be confirmed during the period of registration in the courses at the beginning of each semester.

- When you apply to UPV, you will have to select one UPV School or Faculty.

Depending on the agreement(s) signed with your university, there may be several choices, but your choice has to be consistent with your studies in your home country.

Your home university will inform UPV about the agreement or study area under which you have been selected and that will determine the choice of a host School / Faculty at UPV.

​-You must take the majority of credits from programs (degrees) available in your host UPV School / Faculty.

You may apply for some credits per semester from another UPV School / Faculty (except students who apply for our Alcoy campus).

The limit of credits outside your host School / Faculty is 12 credits in one semester or 24 credits for two semesters (full academic year), as long as you enroll in 30 or 60 ECTS, respectively. If you enroll in fewer credits, this limit will be reduced accordingly.

- Do not expect to take English courses outside your host UPV School / Faculty.

Do not take enrollment in courses from another School of Faculty for granted, especially courses in English (courses offered in a UPV degree which does not belong to your host UPV School or Faculty).

Courses taught in a different School / Faculty are often restricted to students who have a certain academic background. English courses are often really full and the School in charge will prioritize enrollment for students accepted under their own agreements.

Once at UPV, it might be possible to get a spot in an
Englishcourse taught at another School, but only if there are no capacity problems and if the course has no particular pre-requisites. This will only be confirmed during the period of registration in the courses at the beginning of each semester.

- The courses included in your application are just a preliminary list. A letter/email of admission at UPV is not a guarantee of enrollment in each of those courses

Even if we sign your Erasmus+ Learning agreement containing certain UPV courses, you must take this simply as a pre-approval, not as a guarantee of enrollment in each of your choices. You will have to reconfirm your list of courses right before the beginning of the semester (this time after checking the timetables) and then UPV staff will check the capacity (seats available) and all the reconfirmed requests.

For particular cases, please consult with the staff of the International Office of the UPV host School, Faculty, or campus where you will be applying.


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