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UPC Orientation Week for international exchange and master's degree students: January-February 2021

Important note: Due to the global COVID-19 health alert,
the OW activities will take place online.


Introduction

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) organises different online sessions as a kind of "Orientation Week" (OW). The OW is basically addressed to international students who have to start their studies at the UPC in the 2020-2021 spring semester.


The OW includes an institutional welcome, information on compulsory legal procedures, and information about the main UPC services that can be of interest of the students during their stay, and an introductory workshop on Catalan language and culture.

Orientation Week dates


The Orientation Week activities will take place PROGRESSIVELY, during the months of January and February.

 

Cost

All these activities offered by the University are FREE.

Language

The activities will be organised and held in English and Spanish.

"Welcome folder"- carpeta de bienvenida

In this link you will find the web page with the "welcome folder". This web page contains different reference materials that will be of use and of your interest for your stay. Please, explore it and read the documents linked in that web page.

Programme

Provisional and orientatie information.

** There will be different online information sessions. Some of them, with the following thematics:

- The "welcome folder" and the International Students Office "OMI".

- Insurances and Accommodation.

- Coronavirus pandemic: questions and answers.

- What can I visit in Barcelona? The main "must sees".

- UPC portals that you have to know for your academic stay.

- Compulsory legal procedures (according to the student's profile).

- Bibliotecnica: the UPC Library Service.

- Online materials that substitue the workshop of Catalan language and culture.

Registration procedure. How do I register for the Orientation Week?

Students do not need to register. All international students admitted in 2020/2021 at UPC (either for exchange or for a full programme) will receive in January:

- A first e-mail with an "online welcome folder" that replaces the physical folder that was delivered and where you will find different information of interest for their stay;

- Another e-mail with an invitation with a link to attend, through Google Meet, to the first one of the online information sessions that will take place.

(= A total of 2 e-mails, to start.)

There will be different online welcoming activities. You can attend the ones you prefer, according to your needs of information (and, for some session, according to the UPC school/faculty where you are coming). Please try to attend as many of the online sessions as possible.

These online sessions of the "Orientation Weeks" are in addition to the welcoming session that many UPC schools/faculties do for their exchange international students. (For further information about this, if your are an exchange please contact with your host UPC school/faculty.)

And what can I do if I did not receive these first 2 e-mails?

Do not worry and please fill in this online form. We will contact you the week after*.

(*: during Jaunuary and February.)

Important warning

If you have to cancel your participation and/or exchange stay, please let us know by e-mailing oficina.mobilitat.internacional@upc.edu. Thank you.

What can I do if I I am arriving later?

As this year the activiites of the "Orientation Week" are online and progressive, please try to attend to all those that you can.

In case you could not attend the OW, no problem!... Please We will give you the general information and information about legal procedures that we give in the framework of the Orientation Week.
International Students Office (OMI):
https://www.upc.edu/sri/en/students/international-students/when-you-arrive-at-upc/reception-offices

Note: Please note that due to the global COVID-19 health alert, the office public attention is closed. We are gladly at your disposal through email and telephone. Alternatively, through GoogleMeet or Zoom on agreed hours.

Please note that OMI office and UPC are closed in Christmas (25/12/2020 until 07/01/2021, both included), due to UPC Christmas holiday and energy saving.

Additional information about the workshop on Catalan language and culture

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this semester there will be no workshops about Catalan language and culture.

Instead of it, some online materials will be put at the disposal of international students. (Rrecommended for students who have just arrived.)

Students will receive an e-mail with information about it.

Additional information about the OW programme and groups

Due to the global COVID-19 health alert, unfortunately the activities will take place online, but we will do our best :)

International students admitted in UPC (either for an exchange stay or for full studies of Bachelor, Master or Doctorate) will receive directly in their e-mail different notifications with invitations to attend different online information sessions, through Google Meet or Zoom, about different topics.

First online sessions of the Orientation Week

Please find below the first online sessions in the "UPC Orientation Weeks" activities. You may receive the links to the online sessions in your email. If you have any difficulty, please contact us.

We hope that they are of use to you. Please attend as many as you can.

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*** WEDNESDAY - MIÉRCOLES 20/01 ***

- Date/ Fecha: 20/01/2021

Hour/ hora:  17.30h (Hour in Spain, it is 17.30h CET. Remember the time zone in Spain in winter is GMT+1)
Title /título: OW- About the welcome folder- Sobre la carpeta de bienvenida online (CAST)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: Spanish- castellano
Duration: around 30-45 min.


- Date/ Fecha: 20/01/2021
Hour/ hora: 18.30h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: OW- About the welcome folder (ENG)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: English- inglés
Duration: around 30-45 min.

- Date/ Fecha: 20/01/2021

Hour/ hora: 21:00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: OW- Alojamiento y seguro (CAST)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: Spanish- castellano
Duración: aprox. 1 hora

 

*** THURSDAY - JUEVES 21/01 ***

- Date/ Fecha: 21/01/2021

Hour/ hora: 11.00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: Accommodation and insurance (ENG)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: English- inglés
Duration: around 1 hour

 

- Date/ Fecha: 21/01/2021
Hour/ hora: 21.00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: Sobre la situación COVID-19. Preguntas y respuestas.(CAST)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: Spanish- castellano
Duración: aprox. 45 min
*** FRIDAY - VIERNES 22/01 ***
- Date/ Fecha: 22/01/2021
Hour/ hora: 14:00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: About the COVID-19 situation. Questions and answers. (ENG)
Language of the session / idioma de la sesión: English- inglés
Duration: approx. 45 min
*** SATURDAY -SÁBADO 23/01 ***

- Date/ Fecha: 23/01/2021

Hour/ hora: 10:30h AM (hour in Spain)
Title /título: OW- informal networking (making new friends in UPC)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: English- inglés
Duration: 1 hour

- Date/ Fecha: 23/01/2021

Hour/ hora: 20:00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: OW- informal networking (haciendo nuevos amigos en la UPC)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: Spanish- castellano
Duración: 1 hora
*** SUNDAY -DOMINGO 24/01 ***

- Date/ Fecha: 24/01/2021
Hour/ hora: 10:30h AM (hour in Spain)

Title /título: OW- informal networking nº2 (making new friends in UPC)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: English- inglés
Duration: 1 hour

- Date/ Fecha: 24/01/2021
Hour/ hora: 20:00h (hour in Spain)
Title /título: OW- informal networking nº2 (haciendo nuevos amigos en la UPC)
Language of the session/ Idioma de la sesión: Spanish- castellano
Duración: 1 hora

*** WEDNESDAY - MIÉRCOLES 27/01 ***

Title: OW-legal procedures fon non-EU students (ENG)
[It is, if  for example you have a nationality from China, India, Pakistan, USA, Brazil, etc.etc. ]
Language of the session: English
Hour: at 11h AM
(Hour in Spain, it is 11h CET. Remember the time zone in Spain in winter is GMT+1)
Duration: around 1h and maximum 1.5h

*** THURSDAY - JUEVES 28/01 ***

- Title: OW- legal procedures for students of the EU, Norway and Switzerland (ENG)
[It is, if you have a nationality from France, Germany, Italy, etc. etc.]
Language of the session: English
Hour: at 10h AM (hour in Spain)
Duration: around 1h

-Título:  OW-trámites legales para estudiantes de la UE, Noruega y Suiza (CAST)
[Es decir, si tienes nacionalidad de Francia, Alemania, Italia, etc. etc. ]
Idioma de la sesión: castellano- Spanish
Duración: aprox. 1 hora
Hora: 13h (hora de España)


-Tema: OW-trámites legales para estudiantes no-UE (CAST)
[Es decir, si por ejemplo tienes nacionalidad de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, USA, India, etc. etc.]
Idioma de la sesión: castellano- Spanish
Hora: 20h (hora de España)
Duración: aprox 1h y máximo 1.5h

*** SATURDAY -SÁBADO 30/01 ***

-Title: OW- academic intro (ENG)
(General information about the academic calendar, schedule & classrooms, exams, grading system, Covid-19 restrictions)
Language of the session: English
Hour: 10.30h (hour in Spain)
Duration: maximum 45 minutes

-Title: OW-UPC portals and UPC card (ENG)
Language of the session: English
Hour: at 11.30h (hour in Spain)
Duration: around 1h

-Tema: OW-academic intro (CAST)
(Información general sobre el calendario académico, horarios y clases, exámenes, sistema de notas, restricciones Covid-19)
Idioma de la sesión: castellano- Spanish
Hora:  20.30h (hora de España)
Duración: aprox 45 minutos
- Tema: OW- portales y carnet UPC (CAST)
Idioma de la sesión: castellano- Spanish

Hora: 21.30h (hora de España)
Duración: aprox. 1 hora
***WEDNESDAY 10/02 ***
- Tiltle: Do you have questions?...Q&A session. About general information or legal procedures at your arrival
Language- idioma: English
Date-fecha: 10-02-2021
Hour-hora: at 17h CET (hour in Spain)
Duration: max. 1 hour
Note: If you cannot attend another session, you are more than welcome to this one.
The main language of this session is English, but some other languages are accepted. /Nota: Si no puedes asistir a otra sesión, eres bienvenido también en esta sesión. El idioma principal de la sesión es el inglés, pero también se aceptan preguntas en castellano (y algún otro idioma.)

- Tema: ¿Tienes preguntas?...Sesión de preguntas y respuestas. Sobre información general y sobre trámites legales a la llegada
Idioma- language: Spanish- castellano.
Fecha-date: 10-02-2021
Hora- hour: a las 22h CET
(hora en España)
Duración: máx. 1 hora
Note: If you cannot attend another session, you are more than welcome to this one. The main language of this session is Spanish, but English and some other languages are accepted. /Nota: Si no puedes asistir a otra sesión, eres bienvenido también en esta sesión. El idioma principal de la sesión es el castellano, pero también se aceptan preguntas en inglés (y algún otro idioma.)

***FRIDAY 12/02 ***

- Title: "Must see" places in Barcelona
Language- idioma: English
Date-fecha: Friday 12-02-2021
Hour-hora: at 10.30h CET (hour in Spain)

Duration: max. 1 hour

- Tema: Principales lugares para visitar en Barcelona. ("Must see" places.)
Idioma- language: Spanish- castellano.
Fecha-date: viernes 12-02-2021
Hora- hour: a las 12h CET
(hora en España)
Duración: máx. 1 hora

***SUNDAY 14/02 ***
- Title: Making new friends in UPC: informal networking
Language- idioma: Spanish
Date-fecha: Sunday 14-02-2021
Hour-hora: at 10.30h CET (hour in Spain)
Duración: approx. 1 hora

- Tema: Haciendo amigos en la UPC: networking informal
Idioma- language: Spanish- castellano.
Fecha-date: domingo 14-02-2021
Hora- hour: a las 21h CET (hora en España)
Duración: aprox. 1 hora
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More information: questions and queries

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
International Students Office (OMI)
E-mail: (subject line "Orientation Week")
Tel.: +34-93 401 69 37
Office hours: from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And also, from 15th September to 15th June, on Tuesday afternoons, from 16h to 18h.
 Due to UPC Christmas holiday and energy saving, the OMI office and UPC are closed in Christmas (25/12/2020 until 07/01/2021, both included).


We wish you an intesting and happy stay!