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LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES (updated: 26/01//2021)
The following restrictions and conditions apply until 3 February, unless otherwise specified
(an extension or relaxation will be assessed at the end of each period)
-Valencian public universities and the Valencian Government have agreed to reduce face-to-face teaching to a minimum in February. The situation will be re-assessed following any developments in the pandemic.
UPV campuses will remain open, but teaching during the month of February will be primarily online for all classes and contents that can be delivered remotely. Nevertheless, practical classes and exams which require attendance in person will be maintained with all safety protocols.
-(Until 15 February) Lockdown of the Valencia Region: entering or leaving the Valencia Region is forbidden, except when clearly justified: unavoidable business trips, studying, medical purposes, assisting elderly or disabled family members, etc. Currently, it is NOT allowed to enter or leave the Valencia Region for tourism.
Incoming exchange students are allowed to enter the Region for studying purposes. You may download a certificate from your UPV personal intranet which you can show to Spanish police in case of any questions upon arrival at the airport, train station, etc. This document is NOT obligatory for entry in Spain or in the Valencia Region, it is just a precaution. Instructions available in this link.
-(Until 15 February): residents in Valencia, Alcoi and Gandia, or any city above 50.000 inhabitants, are not allowed to leave their city of residence on weekends (15:00 Friday until 06:00 Mondays) or bank holidays.
-Nighttime curfew: all citizens must remain at home between 10 PM and 6 AM except for justified reasons (work, medical reasons, assisting elderly people, etc.). Neither the Government of Spain nor Valencian Authorities are contemplating home confinement.
-Restrictions in bars and restaurants: restaurants and bars are temporarily closed, except for takeaway / delivery services. Cafeterias in hotels will cater only to their guests. Cafeterias in student residences or university campuses remain open, withreduced capacity.
-Restrictions in shops: all shops and commercial areas will close at 6 PM (18:00), except essential services (supermarkets and grocery shops, pharmacies, hairdressers, optical shops).
-(Until 15 February): social meetings at home / indoors are forbidden. Only groups of people who live together on a daily basis are allowed to meet. Social and family gatherings in public spaces (indoors and outdoors) are limited to maximum 2 persons, except in the case of cohabitants (people who live together). University classes are not social meetings and therefore face-to-face teaching will continue as much as possible, as explained below.
All citizens are strongly encouraged to behave responsibly and to respect these strict, but necessary measures for a few weeks.
-Sport: sport facilities will be closed temporarily; individual sport (cycling, hiking, running, outdoors training) is allowed outdoors with maximum 1 person outside your home or your group of cohabitants. Dual sports (tennis, paddle, etc.) are allowed for coinhabitants.
From 23/11/2020 onwards: Mandatory negative PCR upon arrival to Spain
Al passengers coming fron a high-risk country/area in relation to the SARS-CoV-2, must necessarily show proof of a NEGATIVE result of PCR (COVID-19 TR-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior the arrival to Spain. This certificate or supporting document must be original, written in Spanish and/or English, and may be presented in paper or electronic format. The document will contain, at least, the following information: traveler's name, passport or ID number, date of the test, identification and contact details of the center that performs the analysis, technique used and negative test result.
ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION AND UNIVERSITY SERVICES (updated: 24/01//2021)
The Government of Spain has declared a nation-wide until 31 May, 2021. In public universities in the Valencia Region, classes follow a hybrid teaching model, with a combination of as much face-to-face teaching as possible, combined with some synchronous online classes.
Incoming exchange students are expected to be physically present at UPV at the beginning of each semester. Following the recommendations or regulations enforced by national or regional government authorities, the degree of face-to-face classes might change during the semester. Nevertheless, the hybrid teaching system and face-to-face exams will remain the norm during the academic year.
The teaching system, academic life and university services are subject to the conditions decided for the local and regional authorities for the city in which each UPV campus is located (Valencia, Gandia and Alcoy). Each School/Faculty or campus will inform their own students about any important developments concerning eventual restrictions or updates specific to that campus or School.
UPV campuses remain open to students, with some adjustments and restrictions. In most administrative units, it is obligatory to request an appoinment if you want to meet an advisor in person. Students are encouraged to use electronic means (email or videocalls) as much as possible. Face-to-face appointments should be used mainly to submit or obtain original documents or signatures, whenever digital signatures are not possible.
TEACHING, CLASSES AND EXAMS
Classes follow a hybrid teaching model, with a combination of as much face-to-face teaching as possible and some synchronous online classes.
While UPV is ready to switch to fully remote teaching (if required by the authorities), incoming exchange students are expected to be physically present at UPV at the beginning of each semester. Following the recommendations or regulations enforced by national or regional government authorities, the pertentage of face-to-face classes might change during the semester. Nevertheless, the hybrid teaching system and face-to-face exams will remain the norm during the academic year
As a general rule, face-to-face teaching is maintained as much as possible as long as all safety protocols and regulations can be observed (limited capacity of classrooms and laboratories, minimum distance between students, circulation of people inside buildings, ventilation, etc.).
Your students may find slight differences in the teaching organisation of different degrees, even within the same UPV School/Faculties. In some cases, part of the students attend courses in the classroom while part of the students follow them online (synchronously), in rotating groups. In some cases, all classes take place face-to-face for all students. In just a few degrees (master's level) all classes take place online (synchronous teaching).
The capacity of classrooms and courses has been reduced to maintain social distance. Incoming exchange students must be flexible in their choice of courses, as sometimes it might be impossible to obtain a place in a specific course or timetable choice. Double degree students will have priority for registration.
Exchange students must expect to go to face-to-face classes unless instructed otherwise for a specific degree or in specific periods during the semester, subject to the developments of the pandemic.
Exams are scheduled to take place mostly in person, keeping strict health protection protocols.