Entry proceedings and requirements may vary depending on whether the students come from an EU or non-EU education system.
Students are divided into the following groups:
As a general rule, students must have finished secondary school or pre-university courses in their country of origin to enrol at the University of Alicante.
In order to access official Undergraduate Studies in Spain, students must prove that they meet the requirements for university admission in their country of origin.
The Spanish Distance Education University (UNED) is in charge of analysing the students' documentation to check that they meet said requirements.
For those who meet the requirements, UNED issues an "access authorisation" where the students' mark to enter the Spanish university system is stated.
Students wishing to access degrees where the number of applications for admission is higher than the number of places available may take the specific phase of the University Entrance Examination (known as Selectividad) at the UNED premises.
For further information:
Steps to be taken in the application process:
1.- Official approval request for pre-university courses to be deemed equivalent to the Spanish Upper Secondary Education courses. Students must file the request at the Ministry of Education.
2.- Once non-university studies abroad have been approved, or the application for approval has been duly filed, students must register for the University Entrance Examination, popularly known as Selectividad.
For further information:
Once students have passed the University Entrance Examination, they can apply for admission in any Undergraduate Degree they wish.
Once the admission requirements are met (EU accreditation + passing the University Entrance Examination), applications for public Spanish universities are filed via a "pre-registration" system where students apply for a place at the degrees offered by all public universities in a region, in order of preference.
Applications for admission from international students whose academic certificates have not been partially or completely approved in Spain will be decided upon by the University President as per the regulations of the Governing Council of the university where admission is requested.
In order to be admitted, students must at least have 30 ECTS credits recognised (validated).
Credit recognition will be granted according to the similarities between concepts and skills acquired by the students in the subjects they have passed abroad and those included in the studies they wish to access.
At the University of Alicante, requests for admission must be filed at the Secretary's Office (administration office) of the corresponding faculty or polytechnic school. Application periods will be set by the Secretary's Offices.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Original + photocopy of their passport or foreigners' identification document (known as NIE)
- Official Academic Certificate of the studies they have completed so far, specifying:
- Sworn declaration stating that title approval has not been requested through the Ministry of Education (only for students who have completed their studies).
The fee for applying for partial studies validation is €141.05.
All documents must be legally translated and notarised by a diplomatic officer.
Holders of foreign diplomas may access Spanish undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (official Master's degrees, PhDs, and UA own postgraduate and specialisation courses) as long as they have their foreign degree certificates recognised.
To obtain title recognition, several different procedures are available depending on the studies that international students wish to access (clarification for European Union students).
Royal Decree 967/2014 sets forth the regulations for title approval, foreign diploma equivalence and academic level statement, as well as partial studies validation.
Requests for degree title approval and foreign diploma equivalence are filed and dealt with at the Spanish Ministry of Education. Requests for partial foreign studies validation are to be filed and dealt with at the University.
Once their title has been approved or the foreign diploma equivalent has been issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, students can apply for admission into Spanish Master's Degrees.
They may also apply for admission into a Master's degree directly at the University, more specifically by filing a request for a "positive technical report on the equivalence of a foreign degree certificate, to be issued by the University of Alicante's Continuous Training Centre (CONTINUA)".
For more information on validation proceedings, please contact the Spanish Ministry of Education's Citizen Information & Help Desk (Office for Information on Education):
Centro de Información y Atención al Ciudadano (Sección de Información educativa)
C/ Alcalá, 36
Hotline: 902 21 85 00 (for callers within Spain)
Fax: (34) 91 701 86 48 y (34) 91 701 86 00
Citizen Information and Help Desk
Applications in Alicante must be addressed to the Ministry of Education, through the Education Department in the Government Sub-Delegation:
Área de Educación, Subdelegación del Gobierno
Avda. Federico Soto, 11
03071 - ALICANTE
Teléfono: (34) 96 501 90 30
Fax: (34) 96 520 16 89
Requests for admission in undergraduate degrees at the University of Alicante must be filed at the Student Service (Admissions Office):
Requests for admission in postgraduate degrees at the University of Alicante must be filed at the UA's Postgraduate Education Centre (CONTINUA):
Centro de Formación Continua (CONTINUA)
Universidad de Alicante
Ap. correos 99
Tel. (34) 965909422
After the implementation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in the Spanish University System, holders of a European university degree certificate issued as per the regulations of the European Higher Education Area may access Spanish universities without having their certificates officially approved, especially in the case of postgraduate studies, They will just have to show proof that they have obtained said university title.
A series of specific procedures must be completed in order to achieve recognition of European university degree cerficates for purposes of entering the job market.
Students may access official postgraduate studies (official Master's degrees and doctoral degrees) without having their foreign titles officially approved by means of a "positive technical report", issued by the University of Alicante's Postgraduate Education Centre (CONTINUA).
In order to do so, students must prove that they have completed an official university degree abroad. The fee for this proceeding is €155.22.
Although notarisation and and legal translation of foreign documents is not necessary during the application stage (pre-registration), it will be a requirement if the student is admitted.
Students who obtain the "positive technical report" may apply for admission in postgraduate studies at the University of Alicante, but said report is never to be understood as an official title approval.
Students who have obtained their degrees as per the regulations of the European Higher Education Area (titles obtained within the European Union) can access postgraduate studies (Master's degrees and doctoral degrees) under the same conditions and via the same proceedings as holders of Spanish university titles.
First and foremost, in order to access postgraduate studies, international students must have an official university degree from their country.
Administrative management and information on postgraduate courses at the University of Alicante is carried out at the Lifelong Learning Postgraduate Centre (ContinUA):
Centro de Formación Continua (ContinUA)
Universidad de Alicante
Ap. correos 99
Telf. (34) 965909422
Royal Decree 1393/2007, on the organisation of official university courses.
Royal Decree 99/2011, on official doctoral programmes.
Royal Decree 967/2014, on the requirements and proceedings for official title approval and foreign diploma and level equivalence.
Notarisation is not required for documents issued by members of the European Union and the signatory countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
In any other case, documents issued abroad must be duly legalised as per the following conditions:
Signatory countries of the Apostille Convention are all those included in the European Economic Area, plus Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Colombia, El Salvador, Slovenia, the United States of America, Estonia, Russia, Fidji, Finland, Hungary, Marshall Islands, Israel, Japan, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Macedonia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius Island, Mexico, Panama, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Switzerland, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Turkey and Venezuela.
- Ministry of Education dealing with academic titles and certificates at the country of origin.
- Corresponding Ministry for birth and nationality certificates, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued.
- Spanish diplomatic representations and consulates in the country of issuance.
- Studies titles and certificates: Ministry of Education of the country of origin. Birth and nationality certificates: corresponding Ministry.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued.
- Spanish diplomatic representations and consulates in said country, as well as the Legalisations Office in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (C/Padilla 46 - MADRID).
According to article 36.1 of Law 30/1992, of 26 November, on the Regulations Governing Public Administrations and Common Administrative Procedures, the official language for documents to be processed by the Public Administration will be Spanish. In consequence, the rules on said processes state that documents issued by a foreign country that are to be officially used in Spain must be accompanied by an official Spanish translation (whenever they were not originally issued in Spanish).
Official translations can be conducted by:
· A duly authorised or registered sworn translator in Spain.
· Any Spanish diplomatic representation or consulate abroad.
· A diplomatic representation or consulate in Spain of the applicant's country of origin, or, when applicable, of the country where the document was issued.
The University of Alicante, via the Alicante Language Centre, offers an official translation service (Tel. 965903793 and 965903940).
Spanish courses for foreigners are available at UA's Alicante Language Centre.
The Alicante Language Centre organises Spanish courses for foreigners during the academic year and in the summer.
All levels are available, and the Centre also offers company internships, intensive courses, etc.
Moreover, the Alicante Language Centre can help students find accommodation in university residences and shared flats, as well as with Spanish families, and offers a wide range of additional culture and leisure activities.
For further information, please contact the Alicante Language Centre (formerly known as the International Relations Society).
Universidad de Alicante. Aulario II. Planta baja.
Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Tel: (+34) 96 590 3456Fax: (+34) 96 590 3755