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Admission

Admission requirements

According to current academic regulation (Royal Decree 99/2011), students must have an official graduate degree (or equivalent) and master's degree issued by a Spanish University.

However, students may also be admitted if they have one of the following:

  • a) Spanish university degree or another official university degree from a member country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) which enables the access to the master's degree studies , in accordance with the Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, establishing the organization of official university degrees, and have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS in all official university studies, of which at least 60 ECTS must be from master studies.
  • b) Spanish university graduate degree, the duration of which, according to rules of European Union law, is, at least, of 300 ECTS. These students must take mandatory complementary training credits, unless the graduate degree study include appropriate credits of research training, equivalent in terms of educational value, to research credits from master studies.
  • c) University degree and, prior to obtaining a training place in the corresponding access test to specialized health training places, having passed a positive evaluation of at least two years in a training program for obtaining an official degree of one of the specialties in health sciences.
  • d) University degree in foreign educational systems, without being necessary an homologation process, that allows in the issuing to access doctoral studies. This admission does not imply in any case, the prior homologation of the degree of the applicant nor his/her recognition purposes other than access to doctoral studies.
  • e) Have another Spanish title of doctor obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.

 

Specific criteria

The Ph.D. programme in Artificial Intelligence has one additional requirement: Letter signed by a teacher of the doctoral programme certifying that he/she has agreed to be your tutor, and that will look for a suitable supervisor for your thesis in the first six months since you enrolled into the doctoral programme. For that purpose, students should look into the Research Groups for potential tutors/supervisors doing research in those topics of interest. Students should be ready to give academic information and/or have a video-conference to potential tutors, so that they can evaluate their background and language skills.

 

Admission Calendar

Students from Non-EU (Non European Union) countries, in order to have enough time for necessary matters regarding visa application or similar diplomatic affairs, must send their admission applications before  April 30th for accessing in the Fall Term, or before November 30th for accessing in the Spring Term of the academic course.

Students from EU countries
can apply at any time before ending the admission application period.

 

Admission Request

Those applying for admission must do the following:

  • a) Check the admission requirements, specific admission criteria, and the enrolment calendar.
  • b) Apply for admission to the doctorate program's Academic Committee:
    • Register on the admissions page at https://www.upc.edu/preinscripcio/ (open link in a new window) and then fill in providing electronic copies of all the following documents:
      • 1. Personal information.
      • 2. National Identity Card or Passport hardcopy
      • 3. CV including a photograph, details of education, research, job experience and published papers.
      • 4. Titles and Transcripts for previous degrees and official courses. The transcript should include the grades and the grading scale.
      • 5. Letter signed by a teacher of the doctoral programme certifying that he/she has agreed to be your tutor, and that will look for a suitable supervisor for your thesis in the first six months since you enrolled into the doctoral programme.
      • 6. Document with the description/proposal/preliminary idea of the thesis or research areas of interest for the development of your doctoral thesis in the doctoral programme.
      • 7. Proof of suitable English language level (TOEFL test, IELTS test or similar certification). Equivalent grade to level B1 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) must be demonstrated.
      If there is any missing document from above list, your admission application will be neither considered nor administratively validated.
    • Optional documents:
      • 8. Proof of any grants, scholarships or financial aid obtained.
      • 9. Proof of any other awards, recommendations or any other relevant information.
  • c) Admission Request Process
    Any admission goes through the following stages:
    • Elaborant (Processing). From the moment of creation until students send it. Please do not forget to click the button at the bottom of the webpage, to start the admission application process.
    • Pendent (Pending). Verification of degree access requirements and verification of all documents is pending. If there is any missing required document, your admission application will be neither considered nor administratively validated. Therefore, it will remain forever at Pending state.
    • Validada (Validated). The admission application has been administratively validated and all the documentation provided has been checked.
    • Admesa/No admesa (Admitted/Not admitted). Academic Commission decides, each 2 months, if students are admitted or not. Admission request process has ended. If the student is admitted, an admission letter will be sent both electronically and by regular mail.
  • d) Admitted requests
    • The admission document determines the number of ECTS credits that must be passed in order to enter the research phase and, if considered necessary, the requirements for complementary education.
    • The Academic Commission will assign a tutor to each admitted student, the tutor will be a doctor of the Department. The assignment will be carried out taking into account the scientific interests of the applicant and according to the availability of the teaching staff. It will be attempted, whenever it is possible, the tutor's research be involved in the specialization asked for.
    • Tutors design an adequate itinerary for each of their students via interview or e-mail.
    • Students accept or reject the admission conditions.
    • Admitted students that accept the conditions must follow the enrolment process.

 

Request Evaluation

The Academic Committee will analyze the requests at least twice every academic year (July and February) and will take a decision about the admission. The Commission will assign a tutor to each admitted student, the tutor will be a doctor of the Department. Decision will be made based on the student curriculum, including suitability of previous studies, language skills (English), and suitability of the research interest with the program research groups.

International students legal procedures

Prior to arrival: VISA

Non-EU foreign students must come to Spain on a student visa.
Note that a tourist visa has no validity beyond its expiry date. Students who come to Spain on a tourist visa will be forced to return to their country of origin to apply for another visa if they wish to extend their stay.

There are two types of Student Visas:

  • Short stay (non-renewable): valid for 6 months
  • Long stay (renewable): valid for 3 months and may be extended over the duration of the PhD.
Upon arrival: VISA RENEWAL

Upon arrival, international students must head for the International Mobility Office* in Barcelona for guidance and specific information on how to ensure their academic stay is legal:

  • EU students must be registered as foreigners.
  • Non-EU students must renew their long-stay three-month visa, if applicable. Students on a long-stay three-month visa must start the visa-renewal process in under 30 days from arrival, or their stay may be illegal.
Employment

All international students must have a foreigner identification number (NIE) and insurance. For further information on the process of applying for a NIE, contact the International Mobility Office.

International Mobility Office
Campus Nord, A4 Building
Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona
Tel.: 93 401 69 37
Fax: 93 401 74 02
oficina.mobilitat.internacional@upc.edu