September is here and, with it, new projects, new beginnings and, of course, the new school year. Now we can say that the school year 2021 has begun! Once again we have the opportunity to do things well, to enjoy, to meet new people, to travel… In short, to live university life to the full.

However, in the face of all these new beginnings, we are presented with the famous doubt of the last two years: What will the school year 2021 be like with respect to the Covid-19 protocol? As of today, 71.5% of the Spanish population has already received the full vaccination schedule. However, this year you may be an Erasmus student, a Sicue student, or even participating in an international programme… In that case, what is your situation? Are there any restrictions on travelling to other countries? And for students who stay in Spain… what health measures are going to be taken in Spanish universities?

Keep reading and solve all your doubts!

Covid protocol in Spanish universities

The Ministry of Universities of the Spanish Government requires a safety distance of 1.5 metres between students in classrooms. However, some of the most important universities in the country, such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona or Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, claim that they do not have enough means to guarantee the safety distance.

Faced with this situation, the blended learning model, which combines online and face-to-face classes, is once again being considered. Depending on your university, you will have different ways of working, as there is no common plan for all. This means that some universities allow their students to choose, while others are organised in shifts and others use “simultaneous bimodality”.

What is “simultaneous bimodality”?

Due to the lack of classroom capacity, some universities such as Universidad Pontificia de Comillas have opted for this model. It consists of giving classes combining both modalities, on-line and face-to-face, at the same time. In other words, the lecturer will give the class from a university classroom while some students attend in person and others do so online. All of them will be connected to each other via cameras and microphones.

What if I go on Erasmus?

The SEPIE National Agency provides Erasmus programme participants with updated information on the Covid-19 situation in Europe.

It is important to remember that, in those cases in which the Erasmus programme is planned to be carried out in geographical areas considered at risk, you can decide whether to cancel or postpone your mobility, always presenting a force majeure cause.

We remind you that we are still living with the virus, but with respect and caution we can gradually return to normality. If you are going on Erasmus, on our website you can have a look at our accommodation in Europe, completely disinfected and safe.

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