Bilingual Pathways

The University of Oviedo offers the opportunity to obtain a bilingual degree recognized by the European Union. The Campus of International Excellence has fostered the incorporation of studies in English in different degree courses, which broadens not only the language skills of our graduates, but also their access to the job market, both nationally and internationally.

Imagen de un profesor en la pizarra Bilingual pathway programmes offer university students the opportunity to follow a significant part of their degree courses in English and/or to study at a foreign university, where they can continue their education in this language.

Seventeen Undergraduate Degrees offer courses in English, taught by duly accredited lecturers. There are also zero-level courses available to students to facilitate entry into these bilingual pathway programmes

To enroll in the pathway programme in English, candidates must have obtained a mark of at least 7 (Good) in English on the University Entrance Exam (PAU) or accredit a B1 level of the language. New students who have chosen to follow their courses of study in English shall have the option of transferring to the course groups taught in Spanish during the first 15 days of each semester.

Features of the bilingual pathway programmes:

There are two ways for students to obtain the Bilingual Pathway Certificate:

  1. By completing a minimum of 120 ECTS in courses taught in English at the University of Oviedo during the four years of their undergraduate studies. If, in addition, students study abroad at a foreign university which offers courses taught in English, and which has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Oviedo, the ECTS credits for those courses taken shall be aggregated, although foreign study is not essential in order to obtain the Bilingual Pathway Certificate.
  2. By taking courses that are offered in English at the University of Oviedo (which shall always include the opportunity to present and defend the Undergraduate Final Project in English) and completing the necessary 120 ECTS by doing the Erasmus Programme/Erasmus Internships at foreign universities or institutions which offer courses taught in English and have signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Oviedo.

Students who pass either option shall be awarded a certificate of having completed the Bilingual Pathway programme in their chosen undergraduate degree programme and this shall be added to the European Diploma Supplement.

In any case, the passed credits, internships abroad and learning mobility programmes done by students who take some of the courses, but who do not complete the entire Bilingual Pathway programme, shall be recognized in the European Diploma Supplement.

Bilingual pathways (academic year 2015-2016)

  • Option 1: Done entirely at the University of Oviedo
    • Degree in Business Administration and Management (Faculty of Economics and Business)
    • Degree in Economics (Faculty of Economics and Business)
    • Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Polytechnic Engineering School of Gijón))
    • Degree in Electrical Engineering (Polytechnic Engineering School of Gijón)
    • Degree in Industrial Electronic Engineering and Automated Control (Polytechnic Engineering School of Gijón)
    • Degree in Software Computer Engineering (School of Computer Science Engineering of Oviedo)
    • Degree in Chemistry (Faculty of Chemistry)
    • Degree in Primary Education Teaching (Faculty of Teaching Training and Education)
  • Option 2: Completed by doing the Erasmus Programme/Erasmus Internships at a foreign university or institution which offers courses taught in English and has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Oviedo:
    • Degree in Commerce and Marketing (Jovellanos Faculty of Commerce, Tourism and Social Sciences)
    • Degree in Accounting and Finance (Faculty of Economics and Business)
    • Degree in Civil Engineering (Polytechnic School of Mieres
    • Degree in Mining and Energy Resources (Polytechnic School of Mieres)
    • Degree in Forestry and Sustainable Natural Resources (Polytechnic School of Mieres)
    • Degree in Geomatic Engineering and Topography (Polytechnic School of Mieres) (phasing)
    • Degree in Industrial Chemical Engineering (Polytechnic Engineering School of Gijón)
    • Degree in Engineering of Industrial Technologies (Polytechnic Engineering School of Gijón)
    • Degree in Tourism (Jovellanos Faculty of Trade, Tourism and Social Sciences of Gijón)

Admission

To enroll in the pathway programme in English, candidates must have obtained a mark of at least 7 (Good) in English on the University Entrance Exam (PAU) or accredit a B1 level of the language. Those students applying via another route must accredit a B1 level of the language.

In any case, new students who have chosen to do their courses in English shall have the option of transferring to the course groups taught in Spanish during the first 15 days of each semester.

Other students may also choose some courses in the pathway programme in English, although they do not wish to complete it. In the case of the demand exceeding the places available, preference shall be given to students who want to do the full pathway programme and these shall be selected according to the final mark obtained on the University Entrance Exam (PAU).

10% of the places offered shall be reserved for foreign or exchange students. Should these places not be filled, they shall be made available to students at our university.

Zero-level Courses

The aim of the University's "Zero-level Courses" is for students to get the most out of the classes taught in English in the bilingual degree programme. These courses address lexical-semantic, syntactic, pragmatic and phonological material corresponding to the B1 level of English. In each case, emphasis is placed on the terminology pertaining to the fields of study in which courses are to be taken.

Accredited teaching staff

These pathway courses are taught by teaching staff accredited to teach in English. In recent years, the Campus of International Excellence has funded various language training courses for teaching staff who wish to participate in bilingual pathway programmes.