This academic year, more than 2000 new international students from over 70 countries will complete studies at the University of Granada, thanks to the diverse range of mobility programmes available at our institution. The Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization runs Induction Days in September and January/February every year to help our international students to get their bearings and adjust to studying in Granada.
For those studying at faculties employing the open semester model (calendario con semestres abiertos) in the second term, the Induction Days will take place on the 24 and 25 January 2019, while for those subject to the closed term model (calendario con semestres cerrados) the sessions will be held on 11 and 12 February. The official welcome ceremony for both sets of students will take place at the "Parque de las Ciencias" Science Museum on Friday 13 February.
Moving to a new study destination can sometimes be a daunting prospect, presenting new challenges and giving rise to new learning environments. The aim of the Induction Days is to give our incoming international students a warm welcome and help them to adapt to living and studying in Granada. The induction sessions are full of opportunities to meet new people, obtain essential information and tips, and tackle important tasks such as enrolment on courses and accommodation.
During the sessions, we provide useful information on everything from registering, obtaining the international student card, health cover and residence permits, to joining student societies, volunteering and making the most of the exceptional range of services available at the UGR. Among these services are the Sports Centre (CAD), subsidised Spanish language courses at the Modern Languages Centre (CLM), and the "Casa de Porras" University Cultural Centre, which offers an ample range of leisure and recreational courses. Moreover, our Induction Days inform students about the broad range of cultural activities organised by the UGR throughout the year, including concerts, exhibitions, and theatre productions. All of these information sessions will be conducted simultaneously in English and Spanish.
For students at faculties employing the open semester model, general information sessions will be held on Thursday 24 January and faculty-specific sessions will be held on Friday 25 January. For students at faculties with the closed semester model, the general information sessions will take place on 11 February and the faculty-specific sessions will take place on 12 February.
Additionally, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has scheduled an introductory meeting to showcase all of the services and activities they offer to our international community — an excellent opportunity for students to network and get to know one another. The ESN will also run a host of exciting activities, including a language tandem, a cultural gymkhana, and guided tours of the Albayzín quarter (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and spectacular sites and viewpoints in Granada.
A key initiative within our Internationalization Strategy
The UGR continues to receive more incoming Erasmus students than any other European institution, a position it has maintained for over a decade. It also sends more students abroad on Erasmus exchange programmes than any other European university. The Induction Days for International Students are just one of the key activities organised within the framework of the University of Granada’s Internationalization Strategy, alongside other initiatives such as our Mentor Programme.
By offering incoming students top-class services like the Induction Days and Mentor Programme, our university reinforces its reputation as a welcoming and cosmopolitan study destination and maintains its commitment to offering international students a unique and enriching experience.
You can view or download our orientation guide for international students via the following pdf link:
List of faculties with open and closed semester models:
Further information on the Induction Days:
Further information on the UGR Mentor Programme: