2. Transfer of credits
3. Recognition of credits
4. Simultaneous study
5. Academic recognition for student involvement in university activities
6. Requirement for remaining at university
7. Academic continuity and outstanding subjects
8. Exams, exam sessions, and assessment methods
9. Distinctions (Matrícules d’honor)
10. Other appeals and claims
11. Foreign languages
12. Regulations for entry to the five degrees in the URL Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations
13. Special educational needs and high level or high performance athletes
14. Student council
15. Student complaints procedure
16. Disciplinary regulations affecting students
17. Regulations on curricular and extracurricular internships
1.1. Students starting their degree must enroll for the whole of the 1st year unless they are studying on a part-time basis as set out in point 1.6.
1.2. 1st and 2nd year students must enroll in all outstanding subjects. From the 3rd year onwards it is no longer compulsory to enroll in those subjects, although it is advisable.
1.3. From the 2nd year onwards, students must enroll for a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 75 ECTS credits each academic year, except as provided for in 1.6 on part-time study. Enrollment in a higher or lower number of credits can only be undertaken with the prior authorization of the School Registrar’s Office. Before enrollment, and on students’ request, the School will indicate the number of credits students need to enroll for in each academic year in order to graduate in four years.
1.4. The total cost of enrollment in an academic year is based on the number of credits students are enrolled in and includes the subjects they wish to have recognized or which they may have had recognized. Once the academic year has commenced, subjects recognized will be payable. Subjects recognized that enable students to gain access to the degree, up to a maximum of 120 credits, are not payable. The use of self-study tools, English classes and access to the library are considered general services, are included in the enrollment fee, and are non-refundable. Following careful consideration of individual circumstances, students’ access to SCALA and the Blanquerna intranet may be blocked and in exceptional cases access to the School may be denied if it is noted that a student has failed to pay more than three direct debit instalments of the enrollment fee and if payment is not made before the fourth payment is due.
1.5. No changes may be made once students have enrolled in a subject (core, compulsory, or optional) and the file will only be closed once the subject has been passed. It is only possible to take another equivalent subject if the course if no longer available. Any request for a change must be made by the second day of the semester in which the subject starts.
1.6. Part-time study. Students may opt to study for the degree on a part-time basis in order to enable them to combine academic study with work or family life or for any other reason duly justified and supported with the relevant documentation. Should students wish to take advantage of this option they must enroll for a minimum of 30 credits per academic year. Students must provide the Registrar’s Office with grounds for their application, and once authorized, they will receive guidance and mentoring from a tutor who will ensure that they comply with the requirements for part-time study. Special provisions are made for internships and the submission of the final degree project. For Master’s degrees it is necessary to enroll for 30 ECTS in the 1st year, and from the 2nd year a maximum of 30 ECTS or the number of credits still needed to graduate.
2.1. Students who wish to transfer from other universities must complete an application form in order to request the transfer of their credits to the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations. These applications must be submitted between 15 June and 15 July. If the application is successful, the student will be informed of the subjects still outstanding.
2.2. Students who have not passed all the 1st year subjects in the faculty from which they are moving will have to make an application for a place on the degree and abide by the selection criteria for students applying for the 1st year.
3.1. Students will receive automatic recognition for completed Bachelor’s degree qualifications (llicenciats, graduats, diplomats), as will those students who have finished the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree, provided they were from a degree in the same discipline. Degrees in other disciplines will need to be assessed.
3.2. Once students are enrolled at the School, students have only one opportunity to request the recognition of courses they may have taken and passed at other universities and which are of a different discipline from that they wish to undertake in the School. In this case it is not possible to repeat the request for recognition of credits that were recognized in order to gain access to the degree once they have started that degree.
Along with the application it is necessary to attach a certified copy of the academic transcript or a certificate of studies including the grades achieved in each subject passed, as well as the course content of the subjects studied with the university’s official stamp, the number of credits, and/or class hours. All of this documentation must be submitted to the School Secretariat.
3.3. Applications for the recognition of credits must be submitted before 5 October.
3.4. For each application, the Credit Recognition Committee will study the programs and the competences obtained in each subject. The proposal will be processed and accredited by the Ramon Llull University Recognition Committee and decisions, which are final, will be communicated to applicants.
3.5. The grade obtained for subjects recognized will be the same as in the original university, or proportional, depending on the number of credits recognized.
3.6. Once the academic year has started, no type of reimbursement is possible for any course recognized, except for those that have been recognized as a means of being admitted to the course, and then only up to a maximum of 120 credits.
Blanquerna students who wish to study simultaneously at another University Ramon Llull faculty or at another university must apply for permission both to the center they wish to study at and to the Dean of the SCIR (School of Communication and International Relations). Students from another center of the Ramon Llull University or from another university who wish to study simultaneously at the Blanquerna must apply to the Dean.
Students may obtain credits for involvement in various academic activities. Specifically, delegates may obtain one credit per academic year and no more than four throughout their course at the School. In order to obtain these credits, delegates must fulfil their obligations and present a report on all activities carried out during the academic year, as stipulated in point 14 in these regulations.
Student involvement in Acció Solidària Blanquerna, Blanquerna Esports, and the University Summer School or any other university activity may be awarded credits. In all cases, the School will establish and publicize the necessary requirements. No more than 6 credits can be awarded for activities of this nature and these will be counted as optional credits. For degrees in Communication, these credits are not recognized as course optional subjects, only as free optional subjects in the 4th year.
Students must pass at least 25% of credits they have enrolled in every academic year. If they do not do so, the Registrar’s Office will consider their case carefully, and, following an interview with the student, will decide whether it is appropriate for the student to continue study or not.
7.1. In compliance with information in the enrollment form, payment of the enrollment fee for a subject on the course program entitles students to two assessment sessions unless the course program indicates otherwise. Seminars, final degree projects, and internships are only assessed once, in line with their specific academic nature. These subjects cannot be assessed a second time in the same academic year and must be repeated the following year or later following due enrollment and payment.
7.2. During the first two academic years, students repeating a subject must enroll in groups that do not clash with their timetable for the 2nd year, preferably at a different time of day.
7.3. 3rd or 4th year students must make it a priority to enroll for all subjects they have outstanding from the first two years.
7.4. Students may not enroll on the 3rd year if they have more than 29 ECTS credits outstanding from the first two years. In Communication degrees,not having passed level four (or any lower other level of English) is deemed to be an outstanding subject.
8.1. With the exception of subjects that cease to be available, students have an indefinite number of exam sessions in which to pass the courses they have enrolled in.
The exam session in which students pass the subject is recorded in the academic transcript.
8.2. Students who have completed the appropriate academic years and still need to pass three subjects to complete their degree are entitled to an extraordinary assessment session in February for the June subjects. Applications must be made to the Registrar’s Office before 30 November.
8.3. Students are entitled to be informed of course programs, the core bibliography and the assessment methods and criteria for each subject during the enrollment period. They also have a right to be informed of the exam schedule at least one month in advance.
8.4. Students with demonstrable disabilities may request a mode of assessment that is suited to their physical abilities if the general exam presents them with any kind of difficulty resulting from their disability.
8.5. Exam questions must be in writing, even in oral exams. Teachers must submit a copy of exam questions to the School Secretariat at least 24 hours before the exam is due to take place. Teachers of every subject must keep students’ work, exams and other assessed activities till the end of the academic year.
8.6. Students may answer in any of the three customary School languages (Catalan, Spanish or English) except in language exams, in which case the answers must be in the appropriate language (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Mandarin, etc.), and in subjects in which the course program states that answers must be in the language in which the course is delivered.
8.7. Students must bring proof of identity to exams: the School student card, national identity card, passport or driving license. Teachers must check the identity of all students attending the exam. Any irregularity in identification or during the exam will be considered serious misconduct and the School disciplinary committee will consider applying any appropriate sanctions.
8.8. If, due to force majeure, the exam has not started 45 minutes after the time set in the exam schedule the Registrar and the Director of the degree the subject belongs to will set a new date following discussion with the delegates of the students affected. In the event of any disagreement over the new date the Dean will have the final decision.
8.9. No one may enter the exam room once the exam has started. Students may request a note from the teacher confirming that they have attended the exam.
8.10. During the exam, students who speak, copy, or make use of any aids not authorized by the teacher will be failed. Students will also be failed if they claim to have completed work required for assessment that was not their own. A disciplinary procedure will be launched and students may be liable for sanctions.
8.11. Students who are unable to attend an exam on the set date for a serious reason may apply formally to the Registrar for a new date to take the assessment individually. Work, volunteer work and travel are not deemed to be serious reasons. The request can only be made during exam periods. If the request is accepted, the course teacher, in agreement with the degree director, will set the new exam date. This will be definitive and must take place before final grades are due.
8.12. In oral exams teachers must be accompanied by at least one other teacher from the Degree program.
8.13. Students are entitled to review their exams individually. When exam grades are announced, the date and time of the review period will also be advertised. This must be announced at least 24 hours before it is due to take place and must be in the same timetable session (morning or afternoon) in which the subject has been taught.
8.14. The Registrar’s Office will inform teachers of the due dates for submitting final grades for each session. No changes may be made after final grades have been submitted. Other than when there is an approved extension, such as for internships, any changes to grades following the grade due date must receive authorization from the Dean. Article 35 a).5 of the collective agreement stipulates that failure to observe grade due dates is considered a minor offense and article 36 b).4 stipulates that a second infringement is deemed to be a major offense.
8.15. After the second exam session for the same subject has been completed and assessed, and following review, students may present complaints to the degree director if they do not agree with the grade obtained. This may be for either of the following reasons:
—Mismatch between the exam contents and course program
—Employment of assessment criteria and procedures that are different to those officially established
Following receipt of the student’s complaint, the degree director will decide whether the complaint complies with the criteria set out above. If it is accepted, a committee made up of three teachers from the same degree (not including the teacher who assessed the student) will review the exam and issue a decision within 15 working days. The committee will listen to both the student and the teacher. If the decision entails any modification to the grade awarded initially, a note to that effect signed by the Dean will be included in the student’s record for the subject.
8.16. Assignments set by the teacher of a subjecgt must be submitted in the format and by the due date set by the teacher. Assignments that do not meet these requirements will not be assessed and will be recorded as not having been submitted. Assignments carried out and submitted for grading are the intellectual property of the students who produced them. Teachers may only use this work with the express consent of the students.
8.17. Subjects composed of several parts, core group and learning units, will only be deemed to have been passed if all the individual parts have been passed. Students can repeat the part they have not passed in the second exam session, in line with the conditions of the subject program and in line with article 7.1 of these regulations. If students fail any part in the second exam session the subject is deemed to have been failed and the whole course will have to be repeated in the next session.
8.18. In Bologna courses, students who only have one subject remaining to complete the degree may request a pass for compensation when they have attended at least 6 exam sessions, or three seminars (or when they have attended all sessions they are entitled to, in pre-Bologna courses). In order to request this, students must have achieved a minimum of a 4 on a scale of 0 to 10, with 5 being a pass, in the subject still to be passed. If either the grade system applicable uses a different system, or if the average of the grades for the entire group in that subject is below a pass (5 or its equivalent), the body responsible for assessment by compensation may deem that the subject has been passed with a grade less than is statistically equivalent to a 4 (on a scale of 0-10, with a pass being a 5).
The Registrar, together with the degree director for the subject will study the request, taking into account the student’s record as a whole, and his or her academic development. They will assess the student’s overall performance and take the decision whether to allow him or her to pass the subject based on the student’s merit and the specific situation. This pass is known as a pass by compensation and is recorded as such in the student’s record. It is equivalent to a 5. Students who are not awarded a pass by compensation will be able to enroll in this subject again in the new study program.
8.19. Students who still need to pass a level of English in order to be eligible for their degree may request the recognition of the level following the indications in point 11.6 of these regulations.
8.20. Students who, after having studied for 4 academic years, still need to pass a maximum of 9 ECTS within a maximum of 2 subjects in order to graduate and who in the 5th year are not able to continue to attend classes for justified and demonstrable reasons (work, academic or because they have moved away from Catalonia, etc.) may request a distance assessment method from the Degree director during the year. This, however, in no way exempts them from having to attend the final exam at the time stipulated.
8.21 Regulations for extraordinary exam sessions and second exam sessions for visiting students can be consulted here.
8.22 Following the declaration of the state of emergency by the Spanish government in the context of the COVID19 crisis: some indications and recommendations regarding the supervision and recording of exams:
In order to certify the student’s identity, you must take into account that if the test is done via Scala or any Google service, students must register using their personal account. Identity theft is liable to a sanction as described in the Academic Rules and Regulations. In any case, if the test is done via video conferencing and the lecturer deems it necessary, one can ask students to have their cameras on in order to certify their identity. In case of doubt, students may also be asked to show their ID card to the camera.
Lecturers are required to keep evaluation evidence of all assessed material, including all video recordings. With regard to documents, whatever support or format they are in, they must be kept for at least one whole year, as described in the academic rules and regulations. If the test is done via video conferencing, such as an oral exam, they may be recorded. The purpose of such recording is to certify the student’s online attendance and completion of the test, while respecting the principle of proportionality and preserving the student’s rights and dignity at all times and with the utmost integrity. Recordings may also be used for further exam revision. As with all data processing, we must comply with the basic principles of transparency and students must be informed that the test will be recorded before and at the beginning of the exam. Under no circumstances can such recordings be used for anything other than what is strictly related to the student’s assessment. If the purpose of the recording is only to monitor attendance, it must be deleted after the grade sheets for the respective exam sitting are signed.
If the student has to be recorded during the exam, it is recommended that he or she try to occupy most of the screen and that their location be a neutral place so that the image shows the fewest possible personal details of their environment. It is also recommended that no one else appear on the screen during recording.
9.1. Students awarded a distinction (matrícula d’honor) in a subject are exempted from paying the equivalent number of credits in another subject, with a maximum of 6 credits per subject. No more than 5% of students enrolled in a subject may be awarded distinctions, and if fewer than 20 students are enrolled, only one distinction may be awarded.
9.2. Students who achieve a distinction on a subject just before graduation are exempted from paying a maximum of 6 credits in further undergraduate or graduate courses at the School, provided they enroll the following academic year.
10.1. Students are entitled to review exams under the conditions and within the timeframe announced by each teacher. If students wish to appeal the teacher’s grades they must do so by submitting a formal appeal to the School within 15 days of receiving notice of their grades.
As stipulated in point 8.15 of these regulations, students can only make an appeal to the review committee after the second exam session and following the approval of the head of department. Appeals will only be accepted during the same academic year.
10.2. For claims of a purely economic nature, students must make a written request to the head of Academic Administration within 15 days of the incident giving rise to the complaint, describing the incident and reasons for the complaint.
10.3. The competent body will respond to the appeal in writing providing reasons for the decision within 30 days of having received the appeal.
11.1. English is a compulsory subject on the course program and is divided into different levels. Credits are awarded for each level passed. There are also other courses in foreign languages available in the Degrees in International Relations and Global Communication Management.
In all Communication degrees students will be placed in a level (from 1 to 5) based on the grades achieved in a placement test normally taken on the same day as the entrance exam. Students will then complete levels 1 to 4 during the first two years of their degree. Depending on their degree, students who are placed in a level above level 1 in this initial exam will be awarded credits for the levels they have achieved. All students are required to study for levels 5 and 6 (in the first semester of the 3rd and 4th academic years respectively), regardless of their level.
There are also placement tests for elective languages that may receive recognition based on the results obtained.
Recognized credits are charged at 75% of the full fee. Students are not entitled to full reimbursement.
11.2 Knowledge of English is an entry requirement for the Degree in International Relations and the Degree in Global Communication Management. Students who do not demonstrate they have achieved CEFR B2 level in the entrance exam will not be admitted to the course. The test will also be used to place students in the appropriate English level in the degree program.
11.3 In accordance with the article in Law 1/2018 issued on 8 May entitled “Accreditation for knowledge of a third language” that modifies article 211 of Law 2/2014 on tax, administrative and financial measures in the public sector, in order to graduate once they have obtained all the credits required by the curriculum, all students who started their degree studies in the 2018-2019 academic year or thereafter are obliged to provide documentary evidence of having achieved level CEFR B2 in one of the third foreign languages stipulated in the PAU (university entrance test) by the time they finish their degree at the Ramon Llull University.
Students will be informed of measures available from the university to support them in achieving this level during the time they are studying for their degree as well as any assistance that the Catalan Government may announce in due course.
It should be noted that no further accreditation for languages is necessary if students achieve the levels of English established for all 5 degrees from the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations.
11.4 Students must attend at least 85% of language classes in all languages. An exception is made for Modern Language II for students studying the Degree in International Relations if they meet the following conditions:
They have spent an exchange semester abroad.
They are undertaking an internship abroad (or in another city outside Catalonia) in the 4th year.
They need to take two levels of Modern Languages II (French or Arabic)
They are studying the language they have enrolled in outside the university
It is necessary to enroll in courses for both levels outstanding and to apply to the degree director and the Coordinator of Modern Languages requesting permission to enroll in level 3 of the language chosen the 1st semester of 4th year and be able to attend the exam to be held at the end of 1st semester.
Students who do not pass the final exam of the required level will have to repeat the course for that level in the second semester.
11.5 Exemptions from Foreign Language courses.
A. Degrees in Communication
A student who complies with these requirements will be exempt from levels 5 and 6 if he or she:
is a native speaker of English, demonstrated by having a passport from the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada or another English speaking country, and has been educated at least partially in the school system of that country, and was considered exempt from levels 1 to 4 of English for Communication based on the initial placement test, and satisfactorily demonstrates competence in an interview with one of the School English coordinators
has taken and passed Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency or has a diploma of a similar level, as specified in the table of certificates:
For those students who obtain an exemption (because they comply with the requirements in either category 1 or 2), their grades for levels 5 and 6 will be the same as their grade in level 4, derived from the placement exam they took upon entering the university.
B. Degree in International Relations and Degree in Global Communication Management
In the Degree in International Relations, students will be placed in a starting level of English (1 to 3 or exempt) according to their scores on the entrance exam. Students will take levels 1 to 3 during the first two years of their degree program.
In the Degree in Global Communication Studies, students will be placed in a starting level of English (1, 2 or exempt) according to their scores on the entrance exam. Students will take levels 1 to 2 during the first year of their degree program.
The only exemptions made from taking the levels of English will be those indicated by the university’s English placement test (not by presenting any other certificates).
C. Exemption from levels of other language courses in the Degree of International Relations and the Degree in Global Communication Studies
Students choosing their second Modern Language course - but who have already studied their chosen language to some extent - can take a placement test in that language (usually in October of the year before starting their first Modern Language II course).
Students can be considered exempt from a given level if they achieve a score of 7 / 10 for that level on the placement test.
It is strongly recommended that students who are exempt from more than 2 levels of a given language choose another language to study in order to take advantage of the different options offered in their degree programs to increase their skills, rather than to simply get credit for skills they already possess.
11.6 Students who pass all of their other classes and who, after four years of studies, have one or more levels of English outstanding - and who pass the Cambridge Advanced Exam or equivalent, demonstrating competence at level C1 - will be given the opportunity, exceptionally, to apply to have their outstanding levels recognized and will be assigned the same grade they obtained in the last level that they passed (level 4 or 5). Such students must present their request and the requisite documentation of their passing exam score to the School Secretariat.
12.1. Candidates applying to enter the first year of the degrees offered by the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations must register online or at the School Secretariat in the period established for each study session.
12.2. The study session to which first-year students are assigned (morning or afternoon) depends exclusively on the order of enrollment. This includes conditional enrollment. When no places remain in one of the two study sessions, students will be automatically assigned to the session in which there are still places remaining.
12.3. Entry requirements to the 1st year of the five degrees in the School are stipulated by law. They include: high school graduation (batxillerat) and university entrance test (PAU); advanced vocational training (Grau Superior) courses approved by the Catalan government. (The list of courses is available in the School Secretariat.) Current regulations also cover entry requirements for students over the age of 25, 40 or 45 and for foreign students.
12.4. Students must take entrance exams during the pre-enrollment period. The test for degrees in Communication consists of a writing and comprehension exercise. For the Degree in International Relations, apart from a writing and general culture test, there is an interview in English and an English placement test, which are decisive, as students must demonstrate that they have achieved at least First Certificate level.
12.5. Students who have a grade of 7 or above at high school (batxillerat) and in the university entrance tests (Selectivitat and PAU) are entitled to direct entry to Degrees in Communication, depending on the places available and the order of pre-enrolment. The specific tests in the PAU (university entrance exams) are not taken into account. For the Degree in International Relations, students are only required to take the English placement test if they have achieved grades of 7 or above.
12.6 A list of students admitted to the School will be published the week after the entrance exam at the latest. If the student has taken the entrance exams before the entry route to the university is available, admission will be provisional and students may enroll conditionally. Provided there are places available, this enables students to select their study session and reserve a place. The place will be confirmed when the student supplies the information accrediting access to university studies, either Selectivitat or CFGS, and the definitive enrollment is carried out in July. Conditions of payment are the same for definitive enrollment, that is to say, 50% of the total enrollment fee must be paid. Students who do not pass Selectivitat or CFGS will be reimbursed and will lose their reserved place, unless they wish to remain on the list in the event that places remain available after the September Selectivitat tests.
There will be a final entrance exam in July and another selection process. In order to be admitted it is necessary to pass the test and submit university entrance documentation. Students who passed the test in a previous session and who have not enrolled provisionally will also be admitted definitively when they have submitted the university entry documentation if there are still places after the selection process.
If this entrance test is taken before the Selectivitat grade is known and if students pass, they are permitted to enroll but the enrollment will not be definitive until they demonstrate they have met conditions for entry to the university before a date that will be publicized.
12.7. Entrance to the degree once started can be requested by students who are already graduates (graduat, llicenciat or diplomat) or who have passed the first cycle of a llicenciatura, or who have obtained a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. The number of places available, the recognition of a minimum number of credits, and a personal interview are taken into account when drawing up the list of those admitted. If students have not obtained a minimum of 30 ECTS credits or cannot be admitted via this process they may take the entrance exam and seek to fulfil the entrance criteria to the 1st year. In some CFGS that have direct links with our degrees the recognition of 30 ECTS has been established. These CFGS can be consulted at the School Secretariat.
12.8. Students admitted must enroll for the appropriate courses during July at the School Secretariat. Information on the enrollment deadline and time will be sent by email. Failure to enroll by the time and date set by the School means that the place will automatically cease to be available. Should this be the case, the right to a place deriving from having passed the entrance test is null and void and is not valid for further sessions. Students who apply for a Degree in Communication must take an English placement test that will enable them to be placed in the correct class for this compulsory 1st-year subject.
13.1. The School guarantees that students with special educational needs will have access to the necessary resources that are suited to their needs and enable them to attend classes and to undertake assignments and exams.
13.2. Students with special needs who wish to assert their rights must submit the AQU documentation accrediting their circumstances. Presented during enrolment, this is the only documentation accepted by the university that provides recognition of students’ right to special arrangements.
13.3. Students who do not yet have this documentation on enrollment can direct medical certificates to the SOP (Service of Personal Orientation) at a later date to be validated and to enable the School to determine how to respond to their requirements.
13.4. When students submit AQU or SOP documentation to the Registrar’s Office they will have to sign a privacy and confidentiality of information document. All documentation (both the certificates and the above-mentioned document) are valid for one year and must be renewed on an annual basis.
13.5. The Registrar’s Office will inform the coordinator of students’ details to ensure that their validated needs will be met.
13.6. Royal Decree 971/2007 issued on 13 July stipulates that the School must ensure that their teaching and assessment activities permit students to combine their studies with preparing or competing in high level or high performance sport if they have been recognized as such.
Following study of their individual case, students who belong to a sports group that has a specific agreement with the Fundació Blanquerna are also eligible for such treatment, as are students enrolled in the URL Sports Service who obtain credits when they have to participate in competitions, and foreign students who can demonstrate similar recognition in their own countries.
Decisions on whether these criteria have been met will be made by the student’s tutor, the degree director and the Registrar’s Office. Students must demonstrate they belong to the above-mentioned groups and present documented evidence of the sporting events or competitions in which they may be participating.
The Student Council is the body that represents the students before the School administration and in which student complaints, consultations and suggestions are pooled in order to improve academic quality and the general functioning of the School. Students are represented by a delegate from groups in every year of every Bachelor’s degree and every session (morning and afternoon) as well as students from Master’s and Doctoral programs. The School administration is represented by the Academic Vice-Dean and the Registrar. The Registrar makes a record of each meeting and distributes copies to all council members. The Student Council elects the person to represent students in the Universitat Ramon Llull’s representative bodies.
Recognition of credits
Royal Decree 1393/2007 issued on 29 October 2007 stipulates that student delegates from Bachelor’s degrees on the Student Council are eligible for credits. Student delegates may apply to the School secretariat to have their work on the council recognized in the form of academic credits. For students on the pre-Bologna plan, recognition will be in the form of free-configuration credits, while they will be credits for elective subjects for Bologna students. Students may request one credit per academic year and up to a maximum of four. In order for the credit to be granted, students must fulfil all the responsibilities needed to be able to repeat their role as delegate.
Fulfilment of responsibilities
Attendance at both ordinary and extraordinary student council meetings is compulsory. Failure to attend a meeting must be justified. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of meetings called.
Delegates are obliged to inform students in their group of the decisions and notifications of the student council. Systematic failure to comply with this point may be reason to deny students academic credit for council membership.
Delegates are obliged to follow the correct procedure for complaints. Delegates are reminded that they are responsible for transmitting complaints to the coordinator of the subject or Master’s degree in the third instance. And if their response does not satisfy the complainant, the delegate has the right to present it to the Academic Vice-Dean. Systematic failure to comply with this procedure for complaints can also be a reason to deny academic credit.
At the end of the academic year, students must submit a report to the Registrar on the work they have carried out. This report must contain all the following aspects:
Number of attendances at Student Council meetings and assessment
Number of attendances at extraordinary meetings and assessment
Number of communications to students and assessment
Number, type and assessment of complaints received and resolved
Final assessment of the academic year in general and the work of delegate in particular
Students who fail to submit this report or systematically fail to fulfil their responsibilities as delegates will not be granted the credit and will not be permitted to repeat their role as delegate.
15.1. Complaints covering teaching, in particular the relationship between student and teacher of a course:
1st instance: the student must speak to the teacher in person
2nd instance: the student must communicate the complaint to the seminar tutor, who will confirm that the student has spoken to the teacher and gauge whether the complaint is valid. If so, the seminar tutor will convey the information to the subject coordinator and transmit the response to the student.
If students wish to take their complaints further they should communicate their intentions to their class delegate who will continue the procedure.
b) Via the delegate:
3rd instance: The subject coordinator will only accept the complaint if it is correctly submitted by the delegate. The coordinator will draw up a short report and relay the complaint to the degree or department director, who is responsible for resolving it.
4th instance: if the response does not satisfy the complainant, the delegate has the right to submit the complaint to the Academic Vice-Dean via the established procedure. The degree director then sends the Vice-Dean a written report on the complaint, attaching a copy of the coordinator’s report.
5th instance: In the last instance, the Academic Vice-Dean, together with the Dean, will make a ruling on the complaint.
15.2. Any complaint about an issue unrelated to teaching should be submitted, together with justification, to the Academic Vice-Dean.
These regulations can be consulted via this link.
Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations - URL
1.- Legal regulations
In compliance with Royal Decrees 1707/2011 issued on 18 November 2011 and 592/2014 issued on 11 July 2014 and degree and postgraduate legislation, the School has established the following regulations for internships.
2.- Types of internship
There are two types of external internships:
Both types of internships must be compatible with students’ class schedules. Internships should preferably be no more than 5 hours per day, with the exception of weekend internships or specific projects which need a greater commitment over a shorter period of time, provided that they don’t interfere with class attendance.
2.1. Curricular internships are part of the degree program and may be:
2.1.1. Compulsory internships in the 3rd year of Communication degrees and Global Communication Management.
2.1.2. Compulsory internships in the 4th year of the Degree in International Relations.
2.1.3. Optional internships in the 4th year of Degrees in Communication
2.1.4. Compulsory and/or Optional internships in Official Master’s degrees, Blanquerna Master’s degree and University Specialization diplomas.
2.2. Extracurricular internships are all other internships that students may undertake on a voluntary basis but that do not form part of the degree program, although their purpose may be exclusively for education or training, and that therefore may figure as a Diploma Supplement (SET).
3.- Compulsory internships
The School guarantees all students of Degrees in Communication and Global Communication Management the opportunity to carry out placements in companies or institutions during the 2nd semester of the 3rd academic year, and in the Degree in International Relations during the 1st semester of the 4th academic year. For Official Master’s degrees, Blanquerna degrees and University Specialization Diplomas compulsory and/or optional internships are undertaken during the academic year.
These internships are considered to be part of students’ academic training. In the Communication degrees and Global Communication Management the internship is a compulsory element worth 12 ECTS credits and is closely linked to Seminar VI. In the Degree in International Relations the internship is a compulsory element worth 8 credits and is closely linked to Seminar VII.
With regard to Official Master’s degrees, internships carry 6 ECTS credits but are only compulsory for students on the professional track. For those studying for other kinds of Master’s degree, it will depend on whether internships are optional or compulsory on the course program. There are up to 12 credits available for internships on the Blanquerna Master’s degree and the amount will vary depending on the course in the case of University Specialization Diplomas.
Degrees in Communication
The compulsory internships for degrees in Communication must be undertaken in the 2nd semester of the 3rd year, between January and June.
These compulsory internships may be deferred until summer of the 3rd year (between June and September) if:
Students have a contract to work for more than two days a week between Monday and Friday.
Students have to retake subjects from previous years in a different study session (morning or afternoon) from the normal one during the internship semester.
Students are high level or high performance sportspeople. In order to gain permission they will need to provide proof of their status.
On the proposal of the School, students wish to take advantage of an internship that the coordinator believes is valuable for the student.
Students wish to undertake their internship abroad. In order to do so, students must:
Communicate their desire to do so to their tutor before completing the first term of the 3rd year.
Find a company/institution in which to undertake the internship.
Deal with all the procedures for entry visas, stays and internships abroad.
. Send the course tutor a copy of the written acceptance of the internship from the company/institution abroad.
Inform the tutor and the internship coordinator of the details of the company before 1 February in order to formalize the agreement with Blanquerna FCRI and the company.
Under exceptional circumstances it may be possible to defer compulsory internships in Communication degrees to the summer, provided the internship coordinator has places available and the company/institution wishes. These will then be considered to be extracurricular internships.
Degree in International Relations
Compulsory internships for the Degree in International Relations will be undertaken during the 1st semester of the 4th year. The internship protocol covers the following aspects: students addressed, student requirements and responsibilities, organization and implementation of internships, as well as the process of selection, allocation and notification of places.
Internships for Master’s degrees are possible from the second semester, from February, but the coordinators may permit them to be started earlier if they consider it valuable to take advantage of a place and if students are sufficiently well prepared. All internships must be completed by 30 September.
4.- Optional internships for 4th year Communication students.
During the first semester of the 4th academic year, students may opt to take a further internship, which, as an optional subject, is worth 6 ECTS credits. It is necessary to have passed the compulsory internship in order to take the optional one.
Optional internships must preferably be taken during the first semester of the 4th year, between October and January. It is not possible to undertake one during the second semester of the 4th year or in the summer. It will only be possible to do the internship during the second semester of the 4th year if the company itself makes a clear case for deferring the project. By no means must deferral be proposed by the student.
5.- Extracurricular internships
It is also possible to take further extracurricular internships.
Students will have to enroll for these internships, which are worth 6 ECTS credits but are not included in the number of credits needed to gain the degree qualification. They cost 25% of the normal credit fee.
The internship coordinator and the coordinator of the Master’s degree or Postgraduate diploma coordinator are responsible for assigning these places if they are in companies or institutions not connected to Blanquerna, and the Dean is responsible is responsible for assigning the places if they take place within the institution itself, with curricular internships being assigned first. Curricular internships should preferably be taken and passed before applications are made to undertake extracurricular internships.
The number and duration of these internships is limited and must not occupy more than 50% of the academic year, except in cases where a deferment is agreed between the student, the School and the company or institution.
6.- Internships within the School
Internships in some of the School departments are considered extracurricular, given their educational nature. Students will also have to enroll for the appropriate extracurricular credits. In exceptional cases, the activity will be considered an internship when the Department of Internships deems that it is an ideal position for the candidate.
At the same time, an internship can only be assigned to a Blanquerna Foundation employee when the internship to be carried out is not directly related to the functions that he/she is carrying out in virtue of his/her employment relationship with the Institution and it allows him/her to complement his/her academic training.
7.- Allocation criteria
The criteria for allocating internships are as follows:
a) Enrollment in 3rd or 4th year in an undergraduate degree or the appropriate year in a postgraduate degree
b) Enrollment for the appropriate credits for the type of internship
It is not possible to do extracurricular internships once the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Postgraduate degree has been awarded and never later than the 30 September in the final year of the course.
c) The internship tutor and/or coordinator or the postgraduate diploma course tutor will assign places depending on different, complementary criteria:
– Availability of places
– Timetable compatible with that proposed by company.
– Observations of tutor and/or internship coordinator or postgraduate diploma tutor.
– Student preferences
– An ideal professional match for the company or institution
– Academic record
The internship tutor and/or internship coordinator or the postgraduate diploma coordinator will inform students individually of their internship places at least one week in advance of starting, providing the information is available.
If a student rejects the offer of the place allocated by the School once communicated officially, the School cannot guarantee that another place will be found in another company or institution.
If for reasons unrelated to the student, it is necessary to change the internship, the School will ensure a new place is found, although it may differ from the first place offered.
Failure to complete an internship will result in a fail.
8.- Recognition of internships
Students may only request recognition of compulsory internships. In order to do so, a request in writing must be addressed to the Internship Committee, which is made up of the three coordinators, requesting the recognition of internship and attaching a certificate and/or a work contract from the company demonstrating that the student has been working at a company or institution similar to those offering internships there, at least from the previous year. It is not possible to gain recognition for work or internships carried out before then. For Master’s degrees this request must be addressed to the course coordinator. Recognition will have to be approved by the URL Recognition Committee.
On starting an internship, students accept in writing the conditions established in the academic collaboration agreement signed between the internship center and the School (the student document, agreement annex).
Students must sign three copies of this document before starting work at the center (one copy to be kept by the students, one for the center, and the last one for the School).
All these procedures are processed by the internship secretariat.
In order to process the agreement, students must communicate all the placement details to the internship tutor or coordinator and to the internship secretariat when they have been incorporated by the center.
Students may not start their internships before they have signed the agreement annex. If within 15 days of having been incorporated, students have not returned the signed documentation to the School, they will automatically be failed.
10.- Relationship with the company
Under no circumstances does an internship represent an employment contract between the internship center and the student. Companies must register students with Social Security in those cases in which it is required by the State.
Students may not be contracted by the internship center except in cases where the internship coordinators consider that this may be permissible. Students are covered by the educational insurance taken out by the Fundació Blanquerna. The center is not obliged to remunerate internships although it may cover expenses and travel.
Both the internship center and the School undertake to assign a tutor to monitor the student’s internship.
For compulsory internships the School tutor will be the seminar tutor and for optional and extracurricular internships a tutor from the student’s degree course will be assigned. With regard to Master’s degree and postgraduate diploma courses, the course coordinator will act as tutor or will delegate the task to another teacher at the School.
An assessment and final report on the internship will be written by the appropriate internship tutor following a report by the student and a report by the company or institution.
When the internship has been completed, students are entitled to a certificate issued by the company and the School specifying basic information on the internship, including the tasks undertaken and the extent to which students took advantage of the opportunity.
(Most recent update of academic regulations: 25 October 2020)