Integra programme. Welcome days
What are they?
Welcome days When students come to the University for the first time, they must face one of the greatest challenges of student life. The UPV, through the Integra programme, plays an important role in this adaptation process that students must undergo as new entrants with the Welcome Days and the University Tutorial Action Plan (PATU). If we can reduce the impact of admission on new students as well as help them to adapt to their new environment and integrate them in university life, we will improve our personal and academic image.
Who are the Welcome Days for?
These sessions are exclusively aimed at new incoming students enrolled at the different centres to pursue different degrees at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).
What are the objectives?
The primary objective is to welcome first year students and offer a range of basic activities for them to get to know the UPV and its resources. It also aims to:
- Favour the integration of students, help them to get to know each other better and to thus feel more secure.
- Inform students about the important aspects of the centre and their undergraduate degree.
- Provide information about the main areas where the teaching-learning process will take place.
What does it consist of?
Different activities are organised and it is compulsory for first year students to attend. As a whole, this programme is made up of the following activities:
- Information session about the centre. On the first day of the year and organised by the degrees, the students get to know the management team and faculty of their degree in a relaxed atmosphere. On one hand, they explain how the University functions, how classes are organised and present the academic programme and structure of the selected courses. On the other, they give students information about professional prospects, internships, rules of the centre, etc.
- Tutorials. The University Tutorial Action Plan (PATU) is presented: what does it consist of and how it works, interaction with student-tutors and faculty-tutors, and tutorial groups are formed. This first contact allows students to get used to their new situation and resolve the first practical questions they might have about the terms and concepts that they should know and the administrative procedures they have to carry out in the course of their studies. They are also given advice that can be useful when adapting to the university environment.
- Guided tours of the centre and the University. A first guided tour is carried out by student-tutors so that students can locate the different services provided and the centre's facilities, as also the classrooms, computer rooms, library, laboratories, etc.
- UPV information sessions. The main university services that the student could need are presented: Student Services, administrative services, the Student Delegation, the Health Centre, the Educational and Psychological Guidance Centre (GOPU), the Institute for Educational Sciences (ICE), the Sports Department, the Information Department, etc.
- PoliformaT session. A practical exercise in using the PoliformaT platform and the use of the internet are carried out.
- Library session. It is an information and practical activity about handling and using documents to optimise library use.
When are they held?
- They are held at the beginning of September and, optionally, are complemented by specific sessions through the month of September.
- They are held in all centres of the University.