structure of undergraduate courses
STRUCTURE OF UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
The Undergraduate Degree corresponds to the first cycle of university studies. Its main aim is to provide students with general education in one or several disciplines, focused on their career development. In short this cycle prepares students to work or to continue their university education.
- 240 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits are required, except for some degrees regulated by European Directives such as Medicine, Architecture, etc., which consist of more credits. The 240 credits are distributed over a 4 year course of 60 credits each year and 30 credits each semester. Students have the option to register on a part-time basis, which translates into a distribution of 8 year courses and 16 semesters.
- Each undergraduate degree is assigned to any of the following five fields of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences and Engineering and Architecture.
Type of subjects
- Basic training subjects: each undergraduate course includes 60 credits of basic training, of which a minimum of 36 should be closely related to the field of knowledge to which the degree is assigned. These credits should be registered in the first half of the study programme since they will help mobility amongst the undergraduate degrees of the same field of knowledge.
- Compulsory subjects: each university will establish the compulsory subjects for each undergraduate degree. These are the core subjects of the degree.
- Optional subjects: each university will establish the optional subjects for each undergraduate degree. Some of them offer the possibility to study different pathways by grouping a set of optional subjects with the limitations that they establish. The students that take these subjects will be given a special mention in their European Diploma Supplement (EDT), where the pathway or curricular intensification is specified. Also, a maximum of 6 credits per degree can be obtained through the recognition of participation in university cultural, sports, student representation, volunteering and cooperation activities.
- External internships: In the case of study programmes including external practice in companies or institutions, they can be compulsory or optional and should be registered in the second half of the study programme. These external internships will not be allocated more than 60 ECTS.
- Final year's work: This work is compulsory and should be allocated between 6 and 30 ECTS. It should be performed during the final phase of the study programme and focused on the evaluation of the skills related to the degree concerned. Once prepared, it should be defended before a examination board.
Cross-curricular activities and foreign language competence
UA graduates have to acquire specific knowledge and skills, which is known as the UA CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES and all UA graduates should achieve this regardless of their degree of choice and these are as follows:
- Foreign language competence.
- Computing and information technology competences.
- Oral and written communication competence.
Foreign language competence
In order to evaluate the final year's work, students at the University of Alicante should prove at least a B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, although a B2 level is recommended.
In the directions passed by the Governing Council on 29 May 2013 (BOUA 31-05-2013) and its subsequent amendment by the Governing Council on 26 June 2014 (BOUA 30-06-2014), internal accreditation at the UA can be achieved under the following circumstances:
- Catalan and foreign languages, by taking and successfully passing the courses listed in Annex I of such regulation.
- Taking courses taught in Catalan and other languages offered by the University of Alicante.
- B1 foreign language, by taking and successfully passing twelve credits of courses in a degree programme whose working language is other than an official language of the Spanish state,
- B1 foreign language, by taking and successfully passing twelve credits of courses taught in a foreign university whose working language is other than an official language of the Spanish state, the credits of which are recognised in the degree programme where the student is registered.
- B2 foreign language, by taking and successfully passing twenty-four credits of courses at a foreign university taught in a non-official language in the Spanish state, the credits of which are recognised in the degree programme where the student is registered.
- Submitting an official certificate of Catalan or a foreign language as stated on Annex II of this regulation.
Other cross-curricular competences
Computing and information technology competence will be stated in the subjects covering these abilities as an specific learning results. Oral and written communication competence, required by all university students, are considered to be included in all the subjects of the undergraduate degrees.
New learning model and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The EHEA teaching learning model is a student-centered model with special attention to the acquisition of competences and abilities, apart from the contents. The unit to size this model is the European credit or ECTS credit, whose value goes from 25 to 30 hours. The University of Alicante has set its value at 25 hours. Both theoretical and practical classes are included in the calculation of hours, as well as study hours, seminars, workshop, external internships, projects and other academic activities required for the evaluation.