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frequently asked questions about access, pre-registration and registration

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How to apply to University from upper secondary education?

In order to enter official undergraduate courses from upper secondary education, students should pass university entrance examinations  (selectividad).

Students who successfully pass the general phase (compulsory) of the university entrance examinations can apply for a place in any university study programme but if they want to take a study programme where demand exceeds supply in a study programme with a high admission mark), it is highly recommended that they should also sit for examinations in the specific phase  (voluntarily) in order to add 4 supplementary points to the overall university entrance mark and therefore increase admission chances.

Once entrance examinations are passed, students can apply for a university place through the university pre-registration system.

Students from upper secondary education apply for university entrance through the "general quota system" along with the students coming from vocational education.

Find below the admission marks for those undergraduate degrees where demand exceeds supply:

How to apply to University from Vocational Education, Visual Arts and Design, and upper sports education?

Students who have completed Vocational Education, Visual Arts and Design, and Upper Sports Education can apply for a place in any official undergraduate degree.

If they want to apply for a place in a study programme where demand exceed supply (undergraduate degrees with a established admission mark), students can improve their university entrance examination results up to 4 points by sitting the subjects weighted for the undergraduate degree(s) of their choice through the  specific phase (voluntarily)

Applications should be done through the general quota system of the University Pre-registration System

What are the university entrance examinations for mature students over 25 years old?

They are specific university exams for people over 25 years old (Organic Law on Education. Art. 69.6

As a development of the article above, the Royal Decree 1892/2008 (Arts. 28 to 35), regulates University Entrance Examinations for students over 25 all over Spain by establishing the requirements structure of the examinations, university where students can sit these examinations, criteria for results and organisation instructions.

In the Valencia region, entrance examinations for students over 25 are controlled by orders from the regional ministry of education which include an annex with the subject syllabi .

From academic year 2012/13, entrance examinations for students over 25 are scheduled the same date and same exams in the Valencia region universities.

Students who successfully pass entrance examinations for students over 25 can apply for a place through the pre-registration university system. The place will be allocated via the quota system for students over 25 which cannot be lesser than 2% of the places offered by each undergraduate degree.

What are the requirements students over 25 should meet to sit entrance examinations?

These entrance examination can be taken by students who do not meet the requirements for ordinary entrance examinations and are 25 years old before 1 October of the calendar year in which the examinations are announced.

How people over 40 years old can apply to university by accrediting professional experience?

Royal Decree 1892/2008 regulating entrance requirements and admission procedures to official undergraduate degrees of Spain's public universities establishes entry paths through professional accreditation on its Article 36.

  • This entry pathway can be used to enter a specific undergraduate degree taught at a certain university.
  • Applicants should be 40 years old before 1 October of the calendar year in which the academic year starts
  • Applicants cannot hold other accreditation to apply for university studies via other paths
  • Accreditation criteria and scope of labour and professional experience will be established on the curricula of the official undergraduate degrees.
  • A personal interview may be required amongst the admission criteria.

In the assessment phase of this entry pathway for applicants over 40, the following will be assessed;

  • Labour experience related and valuable intermediate vocational education accreditation (Table)
  • Training courses duly accredited by related official centres or bodies.
  • Catalan language competence
  • Foreign language competence (equivalence table)

     

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What are the requirements students over 45 should meet to sit entrance examinations?

Royal Decree 1892/2008 regulating entrance requirements and admission procedures to official undergraduate degrees of Spain's public universities, establishes an entry path for people over 40 on its articles 37 to 44

  • Applicants should be 45 years old before 1 October of the calendar year in which the examinations are announced.
  • Applicants cannot hold other accreditation  to apply for university studies via other paths.
  • Entrance examinations should be sat at the  university where the concerned undergraduate degree is taught.
  • Entrance examinations will be announced once a year.
  • Entrance examinations will consist of a test on Text Analysis or development of a current general issue, a test on Spanish and a test on Catalan. Tests will be marked from 0 to 10, where a minimum mark of 5 should be got to pass them.
  • As a part of entrance examinations, a personal interview is included where applicants will get a "pass" or a "fail"
  • Applicants can only sit entrance examination for students over 45 once a year.
  • Once entrance examination have been passed, applicants can sit again at the same university to improve their marks, where the best mark will prevail.
  • If applicants decide to sit entrance examination at a different university, the mark obtained at the latter will prevail for admission purposes.

 

How can students coming from European Union educational systems apply to the Spanish university?

In order to enter undergraduate courses, students from the European Union must prove that they meet the admission requirements at their home country through the National Distance Education University (UNED)

Once they meet the admission requirements, UNED will issue the "admission credential" with which they can apply for a place at Spanish universities.

When they wish to apply for places on undergraduate courses where demand exceeds supply (courses with high "admission mark") they can apply for the specific phase of the Spanish university entrance examinations, sitting for subjects of the specialised fields of the Spanish 2nd year of Upper Secondary Education (Bachillerato) that are closely related to the undergraduate course they want to pursue.

The exams of the specific phase will be sat at UNED. Two examination calls will be announced every year, the first being in June and the second in September. A prior application is required to sit for these tests.

Once students hold the admission credential and, where appropriate, the specific phase of university entrance examinations passed, they can apply for a place in undergraduate courses. Applications should be submitted through the university pre-registration system.

Places can be applied through a single application by order of preference at universities within the same university district (universities belonging to the same Spanish region). Only one single application per university district can be submitted to in as many district as desired.

Two pre-registration deadlines are open every year. The first one is in June (all the places available are offered), the second one in September (only the places not covered in the previous deadline are offered).

This admission procedure is also applicable to students coming from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra and China y and to those coming from European Schools and International Baccalaureate Schools.

How can students apply for Spanish undergraduate courses with foreign qualifications?

 As a general rule, students should have completed upper secondary or pre-university courses at their home country and  apply for official approval of equivalence with the Spanish upper secondary education. Once equivalence is officially approved and duly submitted, students should sit for and successfully pass the entrance examinations (selectividadorganised by the National Distance Education University (UNED).

1.- Apply for official approval of equivalence of pre-university courses  with the Spanish upper secondary education by submitting application to the Ministry of Education. Further information on the official approval process can be found below:

  • Ministry of Education. Citizen's Advice and Information Centre (Education Information Section). C/ Alcalá, 36. 28071-Madrid. Direct line: 902218500 (from Spain) Fax: 917018648 and 917018600. Customer Service
  • From abroad. Information can provided at the Spanish Education Departments abroad and at the Spanish embassies and consular offices.
  • In Alicante, applications can be submitted to and information requested at the Education Area of the Government Regional Deputy Office located at Avda. Federico Soto, 11. 03071 - ALICANTE. Tel. 965019030  Fax: 965201689

2.- Once foreign pre-university courses have been officially approved or the application for official approval duly submitted, students should register and sit for University Entrance Examinations (PAU),  commonly called Selectividad in Spanish.

  • These entrance examination calls are held twice a year: beginning of June and beginning of September. Applicants should register before sitting for these tests.
  • Tests can be sat for at UNED associated centres in Spain, in capital European cities, in Latin America, Morocco and Equatorial Guinea..
    • Entrance examination in Alicante: at UNED associated centre located at C/ Candalix, s/n   03202 ELCHE. Tel. 966610000   info@elx.uned.es
    • General information on university entrance examinations for foreign applicants: National Distance Education University (UNED), Entrance Examination Section, located at Paseo Senda del Rey, nº11   E-28040 Madrid. Tel. (34) 913986613   selectiv@adm.uned.es

Once entrance examinations have been successfully passed, students can apply for a place in any undergraduate course. Getting a place will depend on the students' admission marks.

Applications should be submitted through the pre-registration university system.

Places can be applied through a single application by order of preference at universities within the same university district (universities belonging to the same Spanish region). Only one single application per university district can be submitted to in as many district as desired.


     Let us solve your doubts on PRE-REGISTRATION 

What is pre-registration?

It is the administrative  process that public universities must follow to select their students.

The selection is based on objective criteria (admission mark, academic record) following the the regulations envisaged for the pre-registration procedure.

The submission of applications is organised by university districts (coinciding with the universities belonging to the same Spanish region). Places can be applied through a single application by order of preference at universities within the same university district.

Students can only submit one single application per university district in as many district as desired.

Valencian Region University Pre-registration System

How, when and where can admission be applied for?

Application for university places is made through the UNIVERSITY PRE-REGISTRATION SYSTEM

There is a single pre-registration system for all public universities in the region of Valencia. Students can applied for up to a maximum of 20 undergraduate courses by order of preference. Instructions and places available at the Valencia region

The period for the submission of applications for the pre-registration SINGLE PHASE opens from the beginning of June to to mid July.

Pre-registration application is made on-line.

Through a single application, students can apply for undergraduate courses by order of preference at any of the universities within the same district.

Students from upper secondary education (Bachillerato) who successfully passes entrance examinations in the region of Valencia in 2014, 2013 and 2012 do not need to submit application or documentation. They only need to complete the on-line form and send the data electronically.

The remaining groups should complete the on-line application and print it, along with the documentation and submit it to any of the Valencian public universities, preferably to the university where their first choice undergraduate course is taught.

Criteria for places allocation and admission marks

Places at public universities are allocated following objective criteria corresponding to the marks achieved in entrance examinations and the assessment of their academic records.

Public universities shall not leave vacancies as long as there are applicants for the places they offer.

For students coming after successfully passing entrance examinations, the first criterium will be the admission mark, giving preference to the students who passed the exams in the first call (June).

There is no pre-established admission mark. The admission mark is provided by the last student on the list of admitted applicants after the pre-registration process

Admission marks are only illustrative and they may vary from year to year. Undergraduate courses with high admission marks are those with higher demand than places offered.

The highest admission mark a student can achieve is 14 points (10 points through the entrance examinations general phase plus 4 points corresponding to the specific phase).

Admission marks of the general quota system are a reference for students coming from both upper secondary and vocational education.

Students coming from vocational education can sit for the specific phase to improve their admission mark up to 4 additional points.

See Admission marks at the University of Alicante

How can I see pre-registration results?

The pre-registration calendar establishes the publication day of the results.

Pre-registration results queries in the region of Valencia can be made on-line through the pre-registration website. Also, students are sent a SMS with information on the undergraduate course in which they have been admitted.

The day following the publication on the website, the list of admitted applicants is published on the local and regional press.

The pre-registration website allows the students to know the undergraduate course in which they have been admitted or, if they have not been admitted in their first choice, their position on the waiting list (this information is not published on the press or in the SMS they are sent).

Along with the publication of pre-registration results, universities include information on the registration calendar and the instructions to proceed for students who have been left on the waiting list.

Registration calendars and waiting list procedures are not the same in all universities.

Students who have applied for university places at other Spanish regions should check the day and results query process of the corresponding university district. Valencian Region University Pre-registration System.

What should I do once I know pre-registration results?

After the publication of pre-registration results, students should follow the registration instructions established by the admitting university.

The students admitted at the University of Alicante will be sent a reference number via an SMS that they should insert in this web address: http://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/preinsua/ .

The registration date will be notify through this web page, as well as the virtual campus access password (computing program) and the registration instructions.

Those students willing to handle the on-line registration application at the general-use computing room o at the computing classrooms of their centre, will be supported by collaborating students to help them in the process.

Applications for funding (Ministry of Education, regional government or University) should be submitted on-line within the period established for this purpose, and following the instructions established by the UA Student Funding Office.

Students remained on any waiting list at the University of Alicante should register for the graduate course in which the have been admitted; otherwise they will be withdrawn from that place. 

Also, they should check the instructions and the waiting list movements calendar (which will be published once the registration period has ended). If they finally get a place through the waiting lists, they must apply for the cancellation of registration in the undergraduate course they were admitted firstly and, provided they had already pay for the tuition fees, they can apply for either to be transferred to the new course or return.

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How can 1st-year students register?

After the publication of pre-registration results:

  • All students admitted should complete the registration process to start their studies at the University of Alicante within the registration period, regardless of the preferential order of their study options. Otherwise, they will lose the place assigned.
  • Admitted students will receive a reference number via SMS that will allow them to enter the web page through which they will be informed on registration deadlines and instructions.
  • Registration deadlines are established immediately the days following the publication date of the pre-registration results. The registration period is organised by the applicants' admission mark, on the higher the sooner basis so that those students with higher marks can choose timetables and morning or afternoon shifts.
  • All the information and documents required for registration can be found and downloaded from the application and registration information website.
  • Registration fees shall be paid in 4 direct deposit payments, the first being issued mid September and should be paid by that date, otherwise registration will be cancelled.
  • Those students applying for funding or those eligible for a reduced registration fee (belonging to large families, holders of a final mark of First Class with Distinction, the disabled,etc.) should state it on the registration programme and apply for funding through the on-line service from the Ministry of Education or the secretary's office of their admission centre (faculty/college) with the document accrediting such condition.
  • Students can register from any computer with an internet connection. The University of Alicante makes the computing room of lecture building No. 1 and the computing rooms at the university centres available for  students to complete registration. These rooms devoted to registration purposes will be assisted by senior students to help newcomers with the registration process.

Students on the UA waiting lists:

  • They can consult the lists movement online by the end of July. Students have to check the waiting list the day when the movements are produced. Students who are assigned a place should complete registration the same day from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • Students who did not get a place after the list movements should confirm their stay on the waiting list the day following the list movements through a web application, otherwise, they will be removed from the list. From this moment, the corresponding centre will call the applicants in the list starting from the applicant with the highest mark of those who did confirm remaining on the list. Places may be offered up to the Christmas period.
  • Student who got a place through the UA waiting lists will be allowed to cancel the registration they completed for the UA undergraduate degree they were previously admitted. Those applicants who made any registration fee payments will be allowed to transfer them to the new undergraduate degree. Students who got a place through waiting lists other than UA's and performed any registration fee  payments, can apply for a refund of the fee already paid.

Registration instructions, calendar and waiting lists

How much is the tuition fee and how can it be paid? 

Tuition fee for official study programmes (3, 4 and 5-year undergraduate degrees, etc.) is limited by public rates. The annual amount of academic fees is established by the Valencian Government in accordance with the maximum and minimum threshold growth determined by the Ministry of Education.

Pursuant to Article 147 of the legislative decree 1/2005 of 25 February, the tuition fee for official study programmes at the University of Alicante will be made in 4 installments by direct debit. Students can, however, apply for a lump sum payment at the corresponding centre secretary's office. Other payment methods may be applied for doctoral studies and UA own courses as well as different deadlines.

Direct debit is available in any SEPA bank or savings entities (SEPA: Single Euro Payments Area)

Failure to pay any of the instalments will result in registration cancellation, with no right to be refunded the already paid amounts.

How many courses can be register by students?

First-year full-time students can apply for 60 credits whereas first-year part-time students can apply for 30 credits.

Students with any disabilities can apply from a range of 6 to 23 credits.

Regulations on the continuation of undergraduate studies at the University of Alicante

What registration modes are offered?

Students in undergraduate degrees can apply for different registration modes:

  • Full-time mode:
    • It is the regular registration for all students by default.
    • For first-year students, it correspond to the registration of 60 credits (full academic year).
    • Full-time students should register for a range between 48 and 72 credits.
    • For high-performance students, every centre can authorise registration for more credits than the maximum established.
    • Those students registering for less than 48 credits will be considered full-time students provided these are the credits remaining to finish their studies.
  • Part-time mode:
    • It is aimed at students who want to reconcile studies with their work or those who, due to personal reasons or academic performance, require less teaching load.
    • First-year students can register for no less than 30 credits.
    • Registration mode change shall be applied to the corresponding centre's director within the established registration deadlines giving reasons for the request.
    • Part-time students should register for a range between 24 and 47 credits from the second year.
    • Part-time students can apply for funding providing they meet both academic and economic requirements. Funding is calculated taking into account the condition of part-time student.
  • Reduced tuition fee mode:
    • It is aimed at student with any type of disabilities.
    • Students applying for a reduced tuition fee should submit an official certificate proving their disability and a favourable report from the Student Support Centre (SSC) of the University of Alicante.
    • Reduced tuition fee students should register for a range between 6 and 23 credits.
    • Reduced tuition fee students can apply for funding providing they meet both academic and economic requirements. Funding is calculated taking into account the condition of reduced-fee tuition student.

Regulations on the continuation of undergraduate studies at the University of Alicante



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