Admission and visa letter
Once you are admitted and you have reserved your place in the program, you will receive an official admission letter from the Admissions Office. Those of you who are from countries outside the European Union will receive, as well, a letter for the Spanish embassy necessary to get your student visa.
In June, all of you who have been admitted during the first and second period of applications will receive an e-mail from the Office of the Department of Political and Social Sciences enclosing a welcome letter with details about our Department and useful information concerning the start of the course. Students admitted during the third and fourth period of applications will receive the letter in July.
Apart from this letter, we advise you to check the Practical information webpage that can be found in the website of the Master's Degree.
We are at your disposal if you have any question or doubt: [email protected].
Preparations for your stay in Barcelona
UPF runs a very useful website that can help you prepare your stay in Barcelona for the academic year. It contains information about housing, health coverage, university life, legal formalities for foreigners, etc.
If you still have doubts, you can contact the University's Welcome and Mobility Office.
Language landing program
The University Pompeu Fabra has a language service called UPF Languages. They run a Spanish landing program during the first fortnight of September and they offer more extensive courses throughout the academic year.
More information: http://www.upf.edu/spanishprogram/
Library welcome session
The UPF CRAI (Learning and Research Resources Center) organise a welcome session for our students so you can learn about how the library is organised, the services you can use (including the IT service), how to use the intranet Campus Global (an essential tool to study at UPF), etc. This welcome session usually takes place during the first or second day of class, in the morning. The date and time will be announced by e-mail to all students so you can register for the session.
A few days after the start of the classes, usually during the first fortnight of October, the Department of Political and Social Sciences organises a welcome cocktail for all Master and PhD students. The objective is that you have the opportunity of mingling with the faculty of the Department, your fellow master's and PhD students and the administrative support staff. The date and time will be announced by e-mail to all students.
Tutorial sessions with the director of the program
There are two tutorial meetings with the director of the program during the academic year.
The first meeting is an individual tutorial session by mid-September, before the enrolment, addressed to all new students. Its main purpose is to meet the director of the program and help students choose their optional courses.
The second and individual tutorial meeting will take place during the academic year, in order for the director of the program to know how things are going for the student.
Whatever your problems or concerns during the academic year, the director will always be ready to talk things through with you.
Regular class tutorials
For all master courses, supervisions provide an excellent opportunity to get feedback on your written and non-written work. Each professor will inform about office hours and how to arrange a tutorial meeting. You are strongly encouraged to ask for, prepare and use tutorials in the most beneficial and efficient way possible for your own academic development.
If you find that you cannot attend a supervision which has been arranged, or if you know that you will be late, then you should inform your supervisor of this as early as possible.
Final Research Paper tutorials
Each student will have a supervisor for the final research paper. This tutor will guide the student when formulating the topic of the paper, the hypothesis or research question, choosing the methodology and, if it's necessary, with the research of resources, and will advise the student during the research period and the writing phase. The student will be responsible of the contents of the final research paper, and must take into account the Department's plagiarism rules. The supervisor and the student will agree a tutorial calendar, and the meetings can, in certain cases, be held by e-mail, phone, etc. If there are problems, both the student and the supervisor can address the director of the master.