Internal Regulations

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1. Matriculation is done just once each year, and once confirmed is irrevocable. However, within 10 days of confirmation or within the first week of the second semester, students who provide a fair and proportionate reason can make changes to their inscription. It is advisable to read carefully the matriculation report, which lists the subjects that the student has enrolled in. If any error is detected, it must be corrected as soon as possible (at the time of matriculation, if possible) and always before the previously mentioned 10-day deadline, after which any modification must be requested by means of a special application with adequate justification.

2. In each year's matriculation students must first include obligatory subjects not passed in previous years.

3. To complete elective credits, students must enrol in elective subjects from the study plan corresponding to their degree.

4. Matriculation must involve a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 74 ECTS credits.

5. The University can establish, for certain elective subjects, the number of places available for free choice. As the number of available places in different elective subjects is limited, it is recommended that students prepare alternatives in case their first choice is not possible. We recommend that elective subjects be approved by each student's Academic Adviser.

6. The subjects generically denominated clinical practice have the following specific guidelines:

- The subjects must be done over successive years.

- In each academic semester there is a corresponding clinical practice course that must be undertaken, and of the various clinical practice courses only that one must be undertaken.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice I, it is necessary to have obtained all the first-year credits and 40 obligatory credits from the second year. It is necessary to be enrolled in Physiopathology, Microbiology, Anatomical Pathology, and Surgery and Anaesthesia.

- For Clinical Practice II, it is necessary to be enrolled in Physiopathology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, and Pharmacology.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice III, it is necessary to have obtained all the second-year credits and 40 obligatory credits from the third year (Physiopathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Clinical Practice I, and Clinical Practice II). In addition, it is necessary to be enrolled in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology.

- For Clinical Practice IV, it is necessary to comply with the same criteria as Clinical Practice III and be enrolled in Clinical Practice III, Infectious Diseases, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice V, it is necessary to have obtained all the third-year credits and 40 obligatory credits from the fourth year. It is necessary to be enrolled in Urology, Dermatology, Digestive System, and Psychiatry.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice VI, it is necessary to comply with the same criteria as Clinical Practice V and be enrolled in Clinical Practice V, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Rheu­matology.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice VII, it is necessary to have obtained all the fourth-year credits and 40 obligatory credits from the fifth year. It is necessary to be enrolled in Allergology, Primary Health Care, Palliative Care, and Paediatrics.

- To enrol in Clinical Practice VIII, it is necessary to comply with the same criteria as Clinical Practice VII and be enrolled in Clinical Practice VII, Intensive care and Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Oncology, and Paediatrics.

- The special characteristics of these subjects makes it necessary that a student pass the previous year's clinical practice courses before taking the current year's clinical practice courses (i.e. pass Clinical Practice I and II before taking Clinical Practice III and IV, etc.)

1. To be able to continue studying, a student must obtain a minimum of 35 ECTS credits in obligatory subjects in the first academic year and a minimum of 90 ECTS credits in obligatory subjects during the first two academic years.

2. The maximum number of years to obtain the degree is considered to be eight. However, this time period may be extended by a year or two for a student who has obtained most of the credits for the degree and who has valid reasons to justify his or her lack of dedication to study. Such an extension must be requested during the last year by means of a special application to the Rector, who will take the necessary decision after verifying and evaluating the justification put forward.

3. The above norms can be modified if there is justification of the existence of special education needs, whether temporary or permanent, due to physical, psychological, social or family causes. In such cases, possible curricular modifications will be evaluated in terms of whether they would be compatible with acquisition of all the competences required for professional activity.

1. Matriculation in a subject involves the right to take exams in the ordinary sitting and a supplementary sitting in the academic year of the matriculation. Some exams or tests may have only one sitting if it is so established in the study plan.

2. Students can take an exam up to four times (two sittings each year for two years) in each subject, with the exceptions implied in points 8 and 9, above.

Students who do not manage to pass a subject after the third sitting must apply for an extension to two further sittings; the reasoned formal application, which is to be directed to the Dean, must be made during the month following publication of the marks for the third sitting. The application can be done on-line through the Faculty's Student Academic Management website (Gestión Académica del Alumno).

3. Students cannot renounce exam sittings at their discretion. However, a student can be excused attendance when attendance is impossible. In this case, the student must make a correctly justified claim 30 days before the end of the lecture periods or before the exam if the reason for non-attendance is foreknown. The request can be  made on-line via the Faculty's Student Academic Management website (Gestión Académica para el Alumno)

A student who has obtained exemption from a sitting of a subject's exam cannot then attend the corresponding exam.

4. Exemptions only have academic effects and, therefore, do not imply total or partial cancellation of matriculation and only concern the exam sitting of a specific subject; consequently, such exemptions do not have any direct economic consequences.

5. Exams in the sixth sitting, if granted, are conducted before a specially-constituted Tribunal that, besides evaluating the results of the tests undertaken, take into account the academic history and other relevant circumstances of the student.

6. Elective subjects appear on a student's academic record only when the necessary credits have been obtained. Therefore, whilst they remain un-passed, they can be substituted, as many times as desired (within the 8-year limit of stay in the Faculty), with other subjects of the same type.

a. Students doing an elective subject have the right to a different exam sitting if the originally scheduled sitting coincides with that of a basic or obligatory subject that they are also taking in that semester.

b. In the event of not passing an elective subject, a student can choose between repeating the subject, re-matriculating to obtain a third sitting, or abandoning the subject and taking another one in its place. The important consideration is to obtain, by the end of the degree, the required number of credits. 

1. Participation in university cultural, sports, student council, fraternal and cooperative activities that are approved by the Office of the Executive Council or by each Center will receive academic recognition, up to a maximum of 6 elective credits, in accordance with the provisions in each curriculum.

2. The required application form should be submitted to the Center in question. Credits obtained must be made effective with the Office of the Registrar. The value of these credits is the same as the value of credits for enrolled subjects.

3. Students who have enrolled in elective subjects cannot cancel their enrollment in them if they subsequently obtain credit via recognition of activities; these credits must be taken into account when formalizing enrollment.

The following links detail recognized activities: Accredited Activities and Hall of Residence Activities.

1. In cases where it is possible for students to change their degree program, the student must petition the Center in charge of the curriculum, which will make a decision based on the criteria it has established.

2. Students who wish to transfer their academic transcript to another university must apply for and obtain admission to the degree program in which they will continue their studies.