Valencian Conselleria de Educación, Formación y Empleo (Valencian Ministry of Education, Training and Employment) and admission to Grupos Alta Rendimiento Académico (Grupos ARA) - High Academic Performance Groups (Groups ARA)
In 2010, the Valencian Conselleria de Educación, Formación y Empleo (the Valencian Ministry of Education, Training and Employment) launched, in collaboration with the public universities of the Valencian Community, a pioneering initiative in the field of higher education: the so-called Grupos Alta Rendimiento Académico (Grupos ARA) or High Academic Performance Groups (Groups ARA).
The objective of the Grupos ARA is to reinforce the potential of the most outstanding students from the beginning of their university studies. In this way, the brightest students with the best aptitudes will have all the support and resources available to help them attain their peak academic performance.
All five public universities in the Valencia region: Universidad De Valencia, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Universidad de Alicante and Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, have Grupos Alta Rendimiento Académico (Grupos ARA). Together, these Universities offer seventy-four different undergraduate courses, including in Medicine, Aeronautical Engineering, Economics and Law. Approximately 3,000 students currently studying in the Valencian region belong to one of these Grupos ARA.
The advantages of studying in one of these groups are: smaller class sizes and being taught by specialist teachers. In addition, more than 50% of the curriculum is studied in English. There are other advantages too, such as the opportunity to take part in an Erasmus exchange programme at an English-speaking university and having access to research grants.
Students are selected based on their strong academic record* and their accredited knowledge of English to at least CEFR B2 Level.
Students applying with Cambridge International A Levels are exempted from providing English language proficiency certification. Their competence in English is considered to be higher than the required CEFR B2 entry level having studied full-time in English for at least two years before being accepted onto one of these Grupos ARA courses.
* Students applying with A Levels must ensure they meet all entry requirements for their selected course before submitting an application.
Further information on Grupos ARA can be found at http://innova.gva.es/es/web/universidad/grupos-de-alto-rendimiento. Questions regarding Grupos ARA, their entry requirements and/ or the selection process should be addressed to the applicant’s chosen public university.