Due to covid-19, the Ministry has relaxed the requirements for obtaining the International Mention and will accept virtual study periods. For the duration of the pandemic, affected students must send a letter to the Academic Committee of the programme requesting recognition of virtual study periods. 



The International Mention in the Doctoral Diploma is a honorary qualification given in addition to the doctoral diploma. The diploma can include on its obverse the mention of "International Doctor" in case that the following requirements are met.



a) That during the training period required to obtain the qualification of doctor, you have undertaken made a minimum stage of three months outside Spain at a renowned higher education institution or research centre, studying or doing research work. The stage and activities must be approved by the supervisor and authorized by the academic committee, and they must be included in the student's Activities Document.

b) That part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) has been written and is presented in one of the usual languages for scientific communication in your field of knowledge, other than any of the official languages in Spain. This regulation is not applicable when the stages, reports and experts come from a Spanish-speaking country.

c) That at least two expert doctors belonging to a non-Spanish higher education institution or research institute have issued reports on the thesis.

d) That at least one expert with a doctorate belonging to a non-Spanish higher education institution or research centre, other than the person responsible for the stage referred to in paragraph a), has been a member of the thesis assessment panel.

2. The thesis defence must be undertaken at UPF.

NOTE: the internship may be carried out either in a single period or distributed in different periods; however, the receiving institution must be always the same.



PhD students can request the International Mention of the PhD Diploma at the same time they apply for the deposit of the doctoral thesis. 



The Doctoral School's Steering Committee will decide whether to grant or deny the International Mention in the Doctoral Diploma.

The doctoral programme secretary will notify you of the decision.