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Start of the academic year 2020-2021

We are getting ready to welcome IBEI students in September

We are looking forward to students’ arrival in Barcelona at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) for the start of the academic year in September.

Will there be any changes to the start date for the master’s programme?

Our dates for the start of the academic year remain unchanged. From 15 to 22 September IBEI will be offering pre-sessional courses that will be delivered face-to-face and online.

The Welcome Day will be on Wednesday, 23 September 2020. The sessions will be offered face-to-face and online to accommodate those students who may be arriving late due to travel restrictions or visa issuing problems. Students will be informed by email on how to enrol their course choice, and virtual sessions will be held online for those students who will not be able to attend the welcome sessions face-to-face.

Classes start on October 5.

Check the Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Will there be any changes to the pre-sessional courses?

Our pre-sessional courses will be delivered face-to-face and online. This allows all students arriving late due to travel restrictions currently in place to study on these courses from their home country. Check the pre-sessional courses schedule.

What will teaching be like in the first semester?

We expect some restrictions will be in place governing student access to university campuses and classrooms during the semester. Learning in small classes and seminars and tutorials is a key feature of the IBEI learning experience. We are committed to continuing to offer this genuine experience for all our students. As IBEI has small class sizes for seminars and electives, we foresee that most will be held on campus and face-to-face in larger classrooms, to allow social distancing, whilst some compulsory courses and a few electives will also be offered online or as hybrid courses with remote access to the classroom. Remote learning will include interactive sessions where you will be able to engage with your tutors and fellow students.

What happens if I cannot travel for the start of my course?

Whilst we hope that most students will be able to arrive in time for the beginning of the courses, we are aware that some international students may be delayed due to travel restrictions or visa issuing problems. All compulsory courses of the Master's in International Relations, the Master's in International Development and the Master's in International Security will be taught in a way that blends face-to-face classes with a synchronous remote teaching format. This will allow you to start your course whether you are able to be in Barcelona or not. Once you arrive, you will be able to move to the presential course.

Will the remote teaching courses accommodate different time zones?

Compulsory courses will be scheduled in the afternoon (Central European Time) which allows students in the Americas to participate in the early morning and in Asia in the late evening.

What will the experience at IBEI look like during the first semester?

IBEI will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice from the Spanish Government as the health and safety of students and staff is of utmost importance to the Institute. We are making arrangements to adapt our facilities to do everything possible to create a safe environment for the entire IBEI community.

Start of the Academic Year. Key Dates

  • 15 September 2020
    Start of the pre-sessional courses at IBEI (online & presential)
  • 23 September 2020
    Welcome Day (online & presential)
  • 5 October 2020
    Start of first semester 2020-2021

Check the Academic Calendar 2020-2021