The New Normal at Harbour.Space: What You Need to Know As a Potential Student
As Harbour.Space prepares to re-open and potential students prepare their applications for 2021-2022, the same question is on all of their minds: how will COVID-19 affect my application to Harbour.Space? Don’t worry - it’s been an unconventional time for all of us. We feel you. To help guide you, we’ve created a list with the most Frequently Asked Questions that include the answers you need.
Note: This article was last updated on Monday, March 8, 2021. We will be updating the information as it comes out and adding more questions and answers as they come in. Stay tuned!
What if I get admitted but can’t get a visa on time?
Our programs run for an entire calendar year, from September to September. As the programs divide into 15 intensive 3-week modules, the university employs a rolling admission policy.
This policy means that students can apply, be admitted, and begin their studies at any point in that year, but they will always need to complete a total of 15 modules, regardless of when they begin their studies.
Therefore, if a student is admitted, but he or she cannot get a visa in time for module one, the student will be able to start his or her studies in one of the following modules once they have been granted their visa.
For further information, please contact the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be able to guide you on this matter.
When will Harbour.Space open again for offline classes?
Good news! Since August 2020, our classes have taken place in a hybrid format meaning, students who can’t come to Spain are able to join online, the same goes for the teachers.
However, for those wanting to come and join us offline, the university will keep its doors open and receive students as long as there is no national full lockdown.
Are you offering online classes for the first modules in the case that offline classes are not possible?
Offline classes are now possible for those who can and want to join us. However, we know acquiring documentation may take longer than usual due to the circumstances.
Depending on the pandemic evolution, we will evaluate the option to offer online classes for the 2021-2022 academic year. For further information, please get in touch with your Admissions Officer.
Our first priority is ensuring our community’s wellbeing, so all the necessary measures to safeguard the health of our staff, faculty, and students are put in place for those coming offline.
We closely monitor the situation and are always in communication with the local government and health organisations to ensure we have the latest updates on the situation.
What happens if I can't join the University in September because of COVID-19?
We understand we're living in uncertain times. That's why students who are unable to pursue their education offline will have the option of deferring their studies to another semester or year.
In that case, they are kindly requested to communicate their decision as soon as possible to the Admissions Team. They will be more prepared than ever to help and evaluate each applicant’s situation on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that ensures that nobody misses the opportunity to join Harbour.Space.
Are Spanish consulates/embassies open?
The Spanish government is gradually relaxing some confinement measures in phases over the next several weeks. Confinement measures will vary from region to region within Spain and, as a result, so will the consular services. This might mean that acquiring documentation may take longer than usual.
As a result of this, we recommend that you contact the embassy in the country you currently reside in as soon as possible for further information about visa expediting services.
You can also read more about the latest updates in Spain on the official page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.
How is Harbour.Space monitoring COVID-19 and what measures ARE IN PLACE NOW THAT THE CAMPUS IS RE-OPEN?
Harbour.Space has been open for students who wish to come study at our Barcelona campus. For this reason, we established and will continue to implement the General Health Protocol that can be physically found in the common areas.
It outlines the basic safety measures everyone needs to abide by in order to reduce the chances of catching or transmitting the virus.
Furthermore, the campus will come with new guidelines, including the following:
1. Every student inside the university will need to maintain a distance of 2m. Students and staff will need to wear a mask at all times while moving around the building.
2. There will be hand sanitizer in every entrance and room around the campus for students to disinfect their hands constantly.
3. If at any moment students show symptoms of COVID-19, we will need to ask them to return to their homes and continue their studies from there until they get tested or the quarantine period (14 days) is completed.
4. The campus is cleaned and disinfected every day, and we will have periods during the day when we will open all windows and doors to ventilate all areas.
5. The bathrooms are cleaned a minimum of 3 times a day.
6. The students will be encouraged to use the staircase as much as possible. If a student chooses to go on the elevator, the maximum number of people allowed in the elevator is 2.
7. Students, faculty and staff will not be able to bring visitors to the campus until these guidelines lift.
Special Announcement! Visa extension for current and upcoming students
We’re committed to helping our students expand their horizons and find their place in the job market. That’s why we will support our current and upcoming students’ application for visa extension for 9 months (6 by the university and 3 by the government) after graduation to either find an internship or an employment opportunity.
Please consider that Harbour.Space can only provide students with the required documents support for their visa extension request. From that point on, the student is responsible for providing the other documents and submitting the Spanish immigration offices’ request. This offer stands for applicants starting their studies in September 2021.
If you want to inform yourself further, we suggest looking at the webpage of the Catalonian Government. Unfortunately, the page is only available in Catalan and Spanish, but it is the only source that we can guarantee contains 100% reliable information regarding Barcelona’s status on COVID-19.
Alternatively, get in touch with your Admissions Officer, and they will do their best to provide you with the most relevant information to your query. We hope to see you soon!