The Biotechnology Degree at UNIZAR aims to provide with interdisciplinary training integrating conceptual, manual skills and technical knowledge of the functions and potential of living beings to understand and manage biomolecules at the molecular and cellular levels. Training in this degree is complemented with knowledge of the areas of bioinformatics, bioethics, legislation, and management. On these conceptual and technical basis, future professionals will be able to apply science and technology to biomolecules, living beings and their cellular or molecular behavior to improve and develop goods or services in diverse areas of human activities: Chemistry, Agriculture, Health, Bioremediation, etc,… Training will also allow them to check biosecurity, the registry and the administrative authorization of biotechnological products. The degree will particularly provide a good knowledge of the structure and characteristics of biomolecules and the principles and procedures used in their production and characterization. It will also provide an integrated view of the cell and its performance in its biological context, as well as knowledge of the molecular foundations of gene information and management skills for their manipulation on microorganisms, plants and animals. Biotechnology is a field in major expansion that has diversified towards a wide variety of areas, such as medicine and health, agro-food production, industrial production, energy and the environment. All of these areas will be covered during training.
In order for a new student to join the official university degree courses, at least one of the following requirements need to be met:
The application for admission to official Degree courses must be submitted via the Internet, completing the form and following the instructions available at:
Only one application for admission must be sent, which will include – in order of preference and up to ten choices – the degree courses that the student wishes to study. It is very important to include more than one course to ensure availability of a place.
In any case, an email address must be provided. The results of the admission process will be sent this email address, along with information about the registration process, how the waiting lists work, etc.
Full up-to-date information about when and how to submit the admissions application for each academic year, in addition to the documents that must be provided, etc., can be found in:
A place is offered based on the number of places made available for each course and the marks achieved by the students. It must also be noted that the total number of places on offer for each course is distributed through a general quota [pupils from 'Bachillerato', Vocational Training or those with pre-university studies from international education systems] and reserved quotas [disabled students, high level/performance sportsmen/women, the over 25/45s or 40s, university graduates].
The admission lists are published on the official University of Zaragoza bulletin board [sede.unizar.es]. This publication is considered to be the official notification for the interested parties, but has no definitive effect for the same should the University detect any errors therein, in which case modifications will be made to it.
The following will be published for each undergraduate degree course:
The admissions results will also be communicated via a personalised letter (in PDF) which will be sent to the email address provided in the admissions application. This letter will include information related to the registration process and its deadlines, personal passwords, how the waiting lists work, etc.
The students on the admitted list must register on the dates established for each period in the official academic calendar.
Should a student be admitted to a degree course that is not their first choice, they shall stay on the waiting list for all the courses chosen as priorities.
The integrated set of this knowledge will allow those who pursue the degree to:
The course coordinator is the key figure for any query, clarification or problem that may arise during the academic year. The coordinator is in regular contact with the students and their representatives and provides support and set up the necessary actions to support the student’s learning process. In all degree courses, per the directives of the Academic Guidance Programmes at the University of Zaragoza, each student is assigned an individual lecturer-tutor, who will be responsible for offering the student academic advice on aspects related to the student’s integration and adaptation to the work expected to be completed in each degree. The academic tutor will also provide advice on the most suitable academic options as well as guidance on the student’s personal or professional academic interests, the resources and services available to them at the University and on the general workings of the University in its administrative and academic facets and for participation in its governing structures.
The University of Zaragoza has a University Centre for Modern Languages where international languages classes are offered. The language instruction offer includes German, Arabic, French, Modern Greek, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. The courses offered include: year-long General & Specific Courses, Intensive Summer Courses in July & September, and single-term Self-Study & Conversation Courses (English, French & German).
Summer courses. Students may also wish to participate in any of the summer course programmes on offer every year in July, August and September in various locations in Aragon, albeit most of them take place in the following locations: Teruel & Jaca.
The University of Zaragoza has its own Guidance and Employment Office: UNIVERSA. The main goal of this University Employment Observatory is to provide specific information, guidance and training to facilitate professional integration among university students, in addition to overseeing voluntary work placement for final year students. Courses are offered to both students and recent graduates to improve their training in professional skills, job seeking strategies, etc.
Furthermore, there is a Job Fair (EMPZAR) every year, which provides students with the possibility to contact directly with companies, as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the labour market demand, get advice on how to prepare a CV, and so on.
Library staff supports first-year students. Staff offers an online course on Information and ICT skills. This course is offered as a practical activity within one of the subjects imparted in year one. The students are also offered other training courses on information skills, at various levels, chief among which are the Guide to Tools and Guidelines for preparing the undergraduate/master’s dissertation.
Halls of Residence. The University of Zaragoza has two main Halls of Residence located in the San Francisco Campus: The Pedro Cerbuna University Hall of Residence (CMU) (250 rooms) and the Santa Isabel CMU (192 rooms), plus another one located in the Río Ebro Campus (102 places) and two other halls in the cities of Huesca (Ramón Acin CMU – 125 rooms) and Teruel (Pablo Serrano CMU – 96 single rooms). There are also other university halls of residence in the city of Zaragoza run by private companies. Furthermore, there is a University web service that helps students to find a room or rent a flat.
Accommodation can also be found using the Zaragoza Council programmes for young people and students.
Counselling. The University of Zaragoza has four free and anonymous counselling services for youngsters, which are run by a team of professionals who provide advice on academic, legal, sexual and psychological areas.
The University of
Zaragoza international relations Office will provide international students
with all the necessary support in the registration process. It also provides
students with practical information about the city, transport, flats on offer,
rooms, halls of residence, medical assistance, courses for international students, etc.
Student diversity. The main role of the University of Zaragoza Student Diversity Office (OUAD) (pertaining to the Vice-Chancellor for Students & Employment) is to ensure equal opportunities through inclusion of all university students in university academic life. In addition, it encourages awareness of student diversity within the university community. This office is particularly committed to providing attention to any university student with special educational needs or disabilities.
University information centre. The University Information & Appeals Centre offers general information about the University of Zaragoza: access, offer of undergraduate/master’s study programmes, doctoral programmes, as well as information on non-official degrees, registration process, grants, summer courses, administrative information, and so on. Equally, they manage appeals of any situations that are not subject to the established regulated procedures.
Information and Communications Service. All computers on campus are connected to the Internet. WiFi is available in all the buildings. Any student may use the University of Zaragoza IT services.
Vehicle management service. A permit is required so that a member of the university community can park their vehicles in the car parks available in the different campuses.
Cultural activities. The 'Cultural Agenda' provides a monthly programme of the events in the areas of Cinema & Animation, Music, Theatre, Exhibitions, Cycles, Conferences, Literary Activities and Courses. It also offers cultural association activities and those of the Cultural Committees in Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel.
Sports activities. The University of Zaragoza sports complex is located in the San Francisco Campus and features a leisure centre, gym, outdoor basketball, handball and 5-a-side football facilities, a certified athletics track and a football pitch. Every academic year, over a hundred activities are organised.
The University of Zaragoza Student House ('Casa del Estudiante') (inaugurated in 2005) is home to the University Student Council, the student groups represented on the Cloisters and Governing Board, and the multinational student associations. The Student House supervises activities pertaining to student representation and, additionally, work meetings, presentations, conferences and other events of interest to the students at our University. These activities are promoted and run by the student groups and coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor of Students: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Feelers. Voluntary student members of the University of Zaragoza faculties and centres act as 'information feelers' to counsel, inform and help their own peers.
University Ombudsman. This person defends the rights and freedoms of the university community and attends to complaints and requests from students.