Listen to our latest podcast on applying to IE University in Spain during the time of COVID-19

Choosing a university course is one of the most important decisions a student will make. Making a decision this year has been especially difficult due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

IE University in Spain has a world class reputation. Since February, its staff have been working hard a to meet the challenges of the pandemic and to support current and future students.

To find out more, Tom Parkinson, Cambridge International’s Recognition Consultant for Spain, spoke to Miguel Costa, Executive Director of Admissions and Development at IE University.

This recorded conversation touches on key points for new and prospective students, for example, the impact of COVID-19 on the university’s admissions process and its teaching styles. It also covers the measures which IE University has put into place to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of its university community. Finally, language and visa requirements are also addressed. 

Applying to IE University with international qualifications

IE University has been welcoming and nurturing students from around the globe for many years. Each year, an average of 130 nationalities are represented on its campus, with over 75% of its students coming from outside Spain. It is a popular choice of university for many students, including those with Cambridge International qualifications.

Accepting June 2020 grades

IE University fully supports Cambridge International’s process for awarding grades for the June 2020 exam series. Miguel confirms that results for June 2020 would be considered in the same way as in any other year.

Health and wellbeing

A top priority since the outset of the pandemic has been students’ health, safety and wellbeing. Miguel explains how IE University has been preparing to welcome new undergraduate students this coming September. Key to IE’s continuing commitment of safeguarding the university community is providing clear, accurate and timely information. In this way, students can make informed choices about their next steps. Full details about IE University’s health and safety measures can be found on its website.

Changes in teaching for September

IE University has been working to improve students’ online experience by incorporating new methodologies, techniques and tools into the delivery of its programmes and assessments. All programmes are being delivered using IE’s liquid-learning model of teaching. Miguel explains how this blended approach to learning permits students to attend class either in person or remotely; how students engage with the programmes is their decision.

Key information for applicants with Cambridge International A Levels.

IE University is a top-ranking university with a global reputation for high-quality teaching and more than 20 years of experience in online training. The university has a rolling admissions policy which means you can apply at any time of the year. All undergraduate courses are delivered in English and there are two campuses to choose from: one in Segovia (25 minutes from Madrid by high-speed train), the other in the financial district of Madrid (Barrio de Salamanca).

General entry requirements include a minimum of three A Levels in subjects relevant to your chosen programme; offers are typically in the range of ABB to A*A*A*.  In addition to A Levels, strong IGCSEs are also expected. IE University prefers applicants to have obtained a minimum of five IGCSEs at grade B / 6 or above in subjects relevant to their chosen programme.  

IE University takes a holistic approach to admissions. Successful candidates should not only be strong academically, but should also bring added value to the IE University community. This means that awards or accomplishments in extracurricular activities also form part of the Admissions Committee’s evaluation.

Full details of IE University’s undergraduate courses and the application process can be found at https://www.ie.edu/university/. Questions about applications or programmes of study should be addressed directly to IE’s Admission Department at ieuadmissions@ie.edu.

To discover where your Cambridge International qualifications could take you, visit www.cambridgeinternational.org/recognition.

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