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Language requirements for students to access bachelor's and master's degrees or at the end of their studies.

 

 

Access to bachelor's degrees

To access some bachelor's degrees, students must prove that they have reached a certain language level: 

  • Bachelor's degree in International Business
    Knowledge of English (the bachelor's degree is taught entirely in English; candidates must have taken English at secondary school and upper secondary school level, or provide a level B1 certificate).

 

Access to university master's degrees

This summary of requirements is for information only. Students should consult the webpage of the corresponding course to check the latest requirements.

Language requirements to access certain university master's degrees 

 

Language requirements for students who begin their bachelor's degree studies as of 2018-2019 academic year

Students who begin their bachelor's degree studies in Catalan universities as of 2018-2019 academic year, accessing via high school degrees and university entrance examinations (PAU) or advanced-level training cycle (CFGS) with or without PAU, must provide proof of a level of proficiency equivalent to B2 in a third language (English, French, German or Italian) upon completing their studies.

The Inter-University Council of Catalonia considers that students who have made an effort to prove their language competence before the academic year 2018-19, through the submission of a certificate that accredits the achievement of the level B2 of one of the aforementioned languages should be given proper recognition. This should be expressed by including the credits taken to this effect in the Diploma Supplement (DS) and by other measures considered appropriate.

Law 1, of 8 May 2018, modifying Law 2, 0f 2014 (Moratorium B2)

Grants and scholarships for studying languages at universities or official centres such as the School of Modern Languages

 

Final project

Each school or faculty defines the characteristics of the final project. Regulations establish that it should be written in Catalan or Spanish; although in some cases students may be required to write the entire project in English and give the oral presentation in this language. In all cases, a summary must be submitted in English.

 

International exchange programmes

Each international exchange programme has specific requirements. In general, knowledge of the language of instruction in the host university (the language that classes are taught in) is one of the criteria used to select students for international exchange programmes and to prioritize the available places.

ERASMUS+. Bilateral exchange agreements between faculties and schools specify the languages of instruction and the recommended or required levels.

From academic year 2015-2016 onwards, students must take a test on the host university's language of instruction if it is one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian or Dutch. The test must be completed using the European Union's Online Linguistic Support (OLS) application, at two times: before going to the host university, and 15 days before the end of the exchange programme. Students will receive an email with information on the test dates and the access credentials. If students do not take the test within the established period before the start of an exchange, they will lose their status as Erasmus+ students.
In some cases, the exchange programme will also provide access to an online learning platform for German, English, French, Italian or Dutch.

The UB's International Mobility and Programmes office offers School of Modern Languages (EIM) courses at discounted rates for people on exchange programmes.

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