UNED Spain
National Distance Education University (Spain)

Specific information:

  • At the National Distance Education University (UNED) approximately 200.000 are enrolled each year.
  • The university is focused on Spanish students but is also attracting a number of students from abroad (in Europe, Latin-America, Africa and the USA).
  • Qualifications in all three cycles of the European HE area are offered.
  • The method of instruction is blended learning.
  • The qualifications of UNED are modular, i.e. students can combine credits from modules to build the qualification of their choice. In official programs there are restrictions on their choice, according with the national Spanish laws.
  • The language of instruction are Spanish and English.
  • Regarding the entry requirements there is no age limit for entry to the institution. Depending on the programme, previous educational qualification are required to enrol. In case of official studies, UNED needs an entrance officer exam/course. In other non-official studies, some prior knowledge could be demanded.
  • The enrolment period is from June to October.
  • The modules offered in the EPICS portal have definite start and finish dates. They are usually offered once a year and their duration for long year modules is from October to June and for part models from October to January and February to June.
  • There a two methods of assessment:  task-based continuous assessment and  final evaluation based on face exam.
  • There are two options of examination included: online or at a centre. It depends on the matter and the number of students taking part in the exam. For distance exams, it is also possible to attend by videoconference.
  • The dates of assessment (both continuous assessment and end of course assessment) are usually fixed. Assessments can be resubmitted.
  •  Student support and library access are provided by a virtual campus, paper materials and all multimedia options. If students have a personal tutor, or if support is provided via a telephone helpline or an electronic forum depends on the programme. Generally all students have a personal tutor, even if the support is provided by digital/distance technologies. Also, in official courses taught in Spain, all the students could attend face to face sessions with personal tutors in study centres.
  • In Spain, UNED has study centres all around the country. They also have support centres outside Spain, only for support in administrative questions or for doing the face to face exams in official programs.
  • There a two methods of getting access to literature and other educational materials: for loans, they have libraries at all study centres and for shopping, they have an online store.

 For more information visit the web site of UNED: www.uned.es