To ensure that all students have the right to study at the university of their choice, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, the Valencian Ministry for Education and the Universidad PolitÚcnica de Valencia itself offer a series of different scholarships and grants.
Every year, during February or March, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science opens the period for grant applications for students who are going to start their university studies in the following academic year.
Only students who register in the first year of a nationally recognised degree course, may apply for these grants and scholarships.
Both family income and academic performance will be taken into account in considering applications.
The general application period opens every year in June. This call for applications is intended for students who are studying at a university within their local region and who fulfil the financial and academic requirements that have been established.
Application forms can be obtained at any tobacconist┤s and must be submitted before the 31st October at the educational centre the student is going to register.
The general call for applications is for grants and scholarships to cover the following items:
Travelling, according to the distance
Public fees for academic services
Mobility grants, on the other hand, are for students who study at centres outside their home region. And for those who wish to spend a semester at another university, the MEC has created the Seneca programme. This initiative provides the scholarship holder with a stipend of around 500 euros a month and, on their return, the credits they have successfully completed at their host university will be officially recognised by their home university.
These grants cover the cost of the fees students must pay for their studies at university (that is to say, their registration fees) and any student who habitually resides in the Valencia Region is eligible to apply for them.
Both family income and academic performance are taken into account in considering applications. Application forms, which are available at universities, are to be submitted before the 31st October at the educational centre where the student is going to study.
Although they are not compatible with the Ministry of Education and Science scholarships, students can apply for both of them at the same time (but they can only be awarded one of them).
Throughout the academic year the Universidad PolitÚcnica de Valencia draws on its own budget or agreements with other institutions to offer a series of scholarships. The conditions for application and awarding are set anew with each offer.
The following list outlines the most important:
These scholarships are aimed at UPV students who do not qualify for an MEC grant and can prove that they are especially in need of aid or that their family is undergoing some specific circumstance that could make it difficult for the student to continue his or her studies.
They include support to cover areas such as university fees, residence, transport, material and other expenses and may mean the Ministry of Education and Science or the Local Government declares them exempt from paying fees. Family income and minimum academic performance will be taken into account in considering applications.
Those eligible to apply for these scholarships are 1st and 2nd cycle students at the UPV who fulfil all the requirements stipulated for each call for applications. In return for a certain amount of money, scholarship holders have to carry out a series of duties in a department, centre, institute or service. The number of hours per week, the jobs to be done, merits that will be taken into account, evaluation, and so forth are all specified for each new call for applications.
Applicants must be Bachelor┤s or Master┤s degree graduates. They are intended to enable scholarship holders to complete their university education and to achieve a higher level of specialisation in their area by doing a practical project or a dissertation. They last at least six months.
These include Socrates-Erasmus and Promoe scholarships. The former offer students the chance to spend between three months and a whole academic year in another country within the European Union. On their return, the credits they have successfully completed there will be officially recognised by their home university. In some cases this can mean that the student graduates in two degrees.
Promoe scholarships are offered by the UPV and are funded entirely by the University. Exchanges can be carried out with universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and any other foreign university that the UPV has signed a cooperation agreement with. As is the case with the Erasmus programme, the studies that have been completed at the host university are officially recognised by the Spanish educational system.
The UPV awards meal grants for 80 meals each, which cover the cost of the daily fixed-price menu available at the different cafeterias on the campus. They must be used during the academic year (deadline 31st July).
Calls for application for these grants are made twice a year and are intended for UPV students who are registered in one of their last two academic years at the school or faculty.
In order to encourage and further the practice of different sports, the UPV offers a series of grants for sports coordinators, collaborators, as well as both top-level and university sportsmen and women. Applications must be submitted in the Vice-rectorate for Sports or in the Student Union office.
Furthermore, many private institutions also offer their own scholarships and grants for students from specific areas of the university, depending on the objectives set in each case.
Grants Unit (Student Services)