Regulation governing academic credit recognition for language learning in undergraduate studies
Article 1. Purpose
1. The purpose of these regulations is to govern academic credit recognition for the university activity of language learning in official undergraduate studies.
2. Those language-learning activities undertaken by students during the academic period in which they are enrolled on official studies at Pompeu Fabra University are eligible to be recognized for academic credit.
Article 2. Scope of the recognition
1. Credits may be recognized for successfully completed language courses offered by Idiomes UPF or by other language schools for which the corresponding recognition has been determined in accordance with these regulations.
2. In all cases, the levels recognized for a single language must be successively higher, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), or provide deeper knowledge of a specific field of the language (monographic courses or specific certificate preparation courses).
3. Credits will not be recognized for language courses or certificates pursued outside the scope of these regulations.
4. Credits will not be recognized for language learning that is part of the subjects the student must take in accordance with his or her curriculum. The vice-rector responsible for language promotion will keep the list of curricula meeting these characteristics – in the Annexes provided for in these regulations – up to date and, where applicable, will determine the levels subject to recognition.
Article 3. Number of credits and minimum levels required for recognition of foreign languages
1. The number of credits, up to a maximum of 6, and minimum level required for credit recognition will be established in accordance with the Annexes to these regulations.
2. If the applicant studied the language in secondary school, credits may be recognized for CEFR levels B1.1 (intermediate) or higher, in accordance with the Annexes.
3. The vice-rector responsible for language promotion will determine the number of credits and levels subject to recognition in those cases not provided for in the Annexes to these regulations, provided that the training activity includes an assessment, certifies proficiency at a specific CEFR level and involves a minimum of 90 class hours.
4. Information on the inclusion of new languages and levels subject to recognition will be published and disseminated amongst students by means of the University’s institutional channels.
Article 3a. Credit recognition for foreign language learning for students beginning undergraduate studies in or after the 2018/19 academic year
Article 4. Number of credits and recognition levels for Catalan and Spanish
1. Students who did not complete their secondary education in Catalan or Spanish because they attended secondary school outside Spain, in countries that do not have Spanish or Catalan as an official language, may have credits recognized for learning Catalan or Spanish, respectively.
a. Students who attended secondary school in Spain in regions in which Catalan is not an official language may have credits recognized for learning Catalan.
b. Students who attended secondary school in Spain in regions in which Catalan is an official language may have credits recognized for learning Catalan, provided the studies in question are CEFR level C2, except where otherwise provided in the Annexes to these regulations.
3. The number of credits, up to a maximum of 6, and the minimum level required for credit recognition will be established in accordance with the provisions of the Annexes.
Article 5. Application and decision
1. Applications must be submitted through the channels determined by the University, addressed to the corresponding dean or study director, between the start of the academic year and 31 May. Applications submitted after 31 May will be included in the following academic year, provided the applicant is still a student at UPF.
2. The following documents must be submitted with the application:
- Application form specifying the language to be recognized. The applicant must indicate the language studied in secondary school and where he or she attended secondary school (for applications for the recognition of Catalan and Spanish courses).
- Original and photocopy of the certificate submitted as proof of the level attained. The copy will be checked against the original to determine its authenticity. The original will then be returned to the student and the attested copy will be sent with the application to the relevant body. If the student has already submitted these documents to the university on another occasion, he or she will need to indicate the date they were submitted.
3. The dean or study director is responsible for deciding on all applications related to the languages listed in the Annexes provided for in these regulations. The vice-rector responsible for language promotion is responsible for deciding on applications related to languages not yet included in the Annexes provided for in these regulations.
Article 6. Referral to the general regulations
The price, inclusion on the transcript and any other matter not provided for in these regulations will be governed by the general regulations for credit recognition for university activities approved by resolution of the Board of Governors dated 9 July 2008.
First additional provision. Update and review of the annexes to these regulations
For the purposes of the recognition established under these regulations, the vice-rector responsible for language promotion is authorized to update the Annexes to these regulations and, where applicable, include other languages, in accordance with the provisions of Article 3.
Second additional provision. Application of recognition under Article 4.2.b.
The credit recognition provided for under Article 4.2.b is applicable to any learning activity completed in or after the 2014/15 academic year.
Final provision. Entry into force
These regulations will enter into force in the 2008/09 academic year.