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I am a student living outside Catalonia and/or a foreigner and want to come here to study

To apply for admission to Catalan public universities or the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, you must  complete the university pre-enrolment on the university admissions portal. If you complete university pre-enrolment, you must submit at the University Admissions Office or one of its sub-offices the documents of the courses that you have completed. These documents should be submitted in the period established in the pre-enrolment calendar.

Bear in mind that if your chosen degree course requires a personal aptitude test (PAP), you must first enrol and take the test in June. 

Find out all you need to know about the bachelor's degree courses offered at the Catalan universities; know what they entail, their structure, where they are taught, the cut-off marks from previous years and career options, as well as the centres that offered in the pre-enrolment period.

Students with an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate and students from education systems in states that are members of the European Union or with whom Spain has signed international agreements of reciprocity*, who meet academic requirements in their own education systems to enter universities in their countries.

Countries and education systems*:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Baccalaureate, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, International Baccalaureate, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. 

 

University pre-enrolment must be processed on the University admissions portal. All information on the university pre-enrolment process can be found in the Pre-enrolment section.

The entrance mark is that recorded in the UNEDasiss accreditation. The entrance mark must be between 5 and 10 points.

There are two options for improving the university entrance mark and calculating the admission mark:

a) The student takes examinations in subjects in the specific/voluntary phase of the upper secondary level examination for university admission (EBAU) / university entrance exams (PAU) at any university in Spain, and the two marks that are highest after weighting are taken into consideration. If the examinations are taken at a Catalan university, enrolment for these tests can be consulted on the calendar.

b)The student takes examinations in subjects of the UNEDasiss specific skill tests (PCE), and the two highest marks after weighting are taken into consideration, as long as these subject areas can be weighted in Catalonia.

Information on which subject areas can be weighted to improve the admission mark for Catalan public universities and the University of Vic–Central University of Catalonia can be found in the weighting table.

Subjects taken at Batxillerat (upper secondary school) level and recognised in the UNEDasiss accreditation are not taken into account.

For university admission, candidates must have final official recognition of the upper secondary school certificate. They cannot be admitted with a conditional registration slip.

They will not be assigned a definite place until they have official recognition of the upper secondary school certificate, but they can complete university pre-enrolment on the university access website.

University pre-enrolment must be processed on the University admissions portal. All information on the university pre-enrolment process can be found in the Pre-enrolment section.

There are four university entry pathways:

  1. Upper secondary level examination for university admission (EBAU) / university entrance exam (PAU)

 

- General/compulsory phase. The university entrance mark is calculated using the average mark for the officially recognised upper secondary school qualification (NMB) and the mark for the general/compulsory phase (QFG):

0.6*NMB (official recognition) + 0.4*QFG. This mark is between 5 and 10 points.

- Specific/voluntary phase. The calculation of the admission mark considers the two marks for the subjects passed in the specific phase that give the highest result after weighting. The compulsory subject in the general/compulsory phase, in the PAU exam sittings of 2017 or 2018, will also be considered to calculate the admission mark, as long as the mark awarded for this subject is at least 5 points.

If the university entrance exams (PAU) are taken at a Catalan university, all relevant information can be found at this link.

 

  1. Upper secondary level examination for university admission (EBAU – UNED)

 

  1. The UNEDasiss specific skill tests (PCE) must be taken in the following subject areas (general/compulsory phase):

 

- Three core subject areas: History of Spain, Spanish Language and Literature and a foreign language (English or French).

- One core subject for the area of study: to chose between Mathematics, Mathematics for Social Sciences, Latin and Arts.

  1. The University entrance mark is calculated with the average mark for the officially recognised upper secondary school qualification (NMB) and the mark for the general/compulsory phase (QFG):

    0.6*NMB (official recognition) + 0.4*QFG. This mark is between 5 and 10 points.

    The mark for the general/compulsory phase must be at least 4 points to be averaged with the mark for upper secondary level, and the university entrance mark must be 5 or higher.

  2. Candidates have two options for improving the university entrance mark and calculating theadmission mark:

- Take at least two core subjects in the UNEDasiss specific skill tests. The results will be considered in the calculation of the admission mark, as long as these subjects can be weighted in Catalonia.


- Take subjects in the specific/voluntary phase of the EBAU/PAU at any Spanish university. If the university entrance exams (PAU) are taken at a Catalan university, all relevant information can be found at this link.

The admission markis calculated using the two highest marks for subjects passed in the specific phase/voluntary phase after weighting. The core area of study/compulsory subject in the general/compulsory phase for the 2018 call is also considered in calculating the admission mark, as long as the mark for this subject is at least 5 points.

Information on subject areas that can be weighted to improve the admission mark for Catalan public universities and the University of Vic–Central University of Catalonia can be found in theweighting table.

 

  1. UNEDasiss accreditations issued in academic year 2017. Specific skill tests (PCE).

 

The university entrance mark is that recorded on the UNEDasiss accreditation for the 2017 session. The university entrance mark is up to 10 points. To be admitted to a Catalan university, candidates must have passed (with 5 points or more) at least two subjects out of the four that they took.

Candidates have two options that they can use to improve the university entrance mark and calculate the admission mark:

- Take the UNEDasiss specific skills tests for 2018. The calculation of the admission mark considers the two marks out of the subjects passed that give the highest result after weighting. Subjects will be considered in this calculation when they can be weighted in Catalonia.


- Take the specific/voluntary phase of the EBAU/PAU at any Spanish university. Sittings 2017 or 2018. The calculation of the admission mark considers the two marks out of the subjects passed that give the highest result after weighting. If the exam is taken in Catalonia, all relevant information on university entrance exams (PAU) can be found at this link.

Information on the subject areas that are weighted to improve the university entrance mark for Catalan public universities and the University of Vic–Central University of Catalonia can be found in the weighting table.

 

  1. Without an entrance exam for students from education systems outside the EU

 

The university entrance mark is that recorded on the official recognition of the upper secondary school qualification. In this case, candidates will have the lowest priority in the order of allocating places in the September pre-enrolment period. They cannot pre-enrol for university in the June pre-enrolment period.

To apply for admission to the Catalan public universities or the University of Vic–Central University of Catalonia, you should pre-enrol before the established deadline on the university admissions portal.


You must provide proof of previous qualifications to do the pre-enrolment:

You can find information on the subjects that are weighted to improve the university entrance mark for Catalan public universities and the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia in the weighting table.

If you have started university studies abroad, but you have not finished, and you wish to continue them in a Catalan university, you should contact the faculty that offers the same or similar studies in order to arrange the partial validation of credits.

If 30 or more ECTS credits are validated, you must apply for admission directly in the validating university and be accepted. Therefore, you don’t need to do the university pre-enrolment.

If less than 30 ECTS credits (from 1 to 29) are validated, you must formalize the application for university pre-enrolment. You can only request the centre that has granted the validation and you will be given a mark of 5 points.

The university pre-enrolment is formalized on the Internet, on the university admissions portal, on the dates established in the calendar.

You will find the contact information of the different faculties in the link: http://universitats.gencat.cat/en

If you have university studies completed abroad, you should contact the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport or the Government Delegation in Catalonia to request the recognition of these studies. The contact information is:

Government Delegation in Catalonia. Functional Area of ​​High Inspection of Education

Bergara Street, 12, 1st floor

08002 Barcelona

Tel. (+34) 935 209 690

Hours: from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 17.30 p.m.

 

The SARU (University Qualification Recognition Mentoring Service) will be able to advise you on the necessary procedures to approve your university degree. The contact information is:

University Qualification Recognition Mentoring Service (SARU)

Via Laietana, 2

08003 Barcelona

Hours:

Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In August and September, from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tel. (+34) 935 526 989

Email: saru@gencat.cat

 

With the recognition granted, you can access the university as a university graduate and you will be awarded a score of 5 points. If you want to get the equivalence to the Spanish scale of your final grade, you must visit the ANECA website.

You must do the university pre-enrolment on the university admissions portal on the established dates in the calendar.

Update:  17.10.2018