User Guide for incoming students

Who's here to look after you?

You will never be on your own when you come to the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) on mobility. The International Relations Office (SRI) is an internal department at the university that looks after all exchange students.

We are your starting point and best ally for your new life here.

The Incoming Students section on the Student Portal will provide you with all kinds of advice and guidance to answer any queries you may have in the best possible way.

We want your stay at the UIB to go smoothly and will provide you with impeccable service.

Are you an EU student?

This means you only need your passport or ID card to come and live in Spain. You can get your Overseas Citizens Identity Number (NIE) once you have arrived. Instructions are provided in the adjacent column. You will need to go to the Immigration Office to obtain it.

This means you will need a student visa to enter Spain and if you are staying for over 180 days, you will need a NIE. You will need to go to the Immigration Office to obtain it.

First steps when you get here

1- Let us know! At the International Relations Office (SRI) we are always ready to help. Get in touch with us when you arrive. In this way, you can certify that you have arrived on the island and thus comply with one of the necessary steps for your home university.

2- Do you remember filling in the online application before your arrival? It contained the name of your tutor or mobility coordinator at the UIB. Book an appointment and come with the list of subjects you'd like to take. You can then be sure that everything is done properly.

Recommendation: we recommend you try a taster of a minimum number of classes before registering so as to avoid any possible changes later on.

3- When you are clear about the subjects you want to take, and have spoken about it with your tutor, fill in and sign the provisional subject agreement, alongside your tutor and the SRI, and register on your courses at the corresponding admin services. You can check the list at each faculty according to the degree programme here. You will need to provide a copy of your ID or passport.

4- Pick up your registration form, schedule, classroom list, exam dates and UIBdigital username and password when you finalise the process at the admin services, and pay for your student card and mandatory insurance at the Banco Santander branch in the Guillem Cifre de Colonya Building.

After this, you will need to do three more steps on your own to ensure you are fully integrated into your new university life:

  • Request you student card via UIBdigital.
  • Process your Overseas Citizens Identity Number (NIE) and register in the town where you are living.
  • Request the Tarjeta Ciudadana card (the city bus travel card) at the offices of the EMT (municipal transport company), by submitting a photocopy of your passport and your UIB registration receipt. Travel throughout the city!

UIB Community

People like you underpin the UIB and make every day a new opportunity to showcase our five main pillars:

Internationalisation: from the Balearic Islands to the smallest nook of the planet. You are not the first visitor we've had and that's what makes the community at this great university diverse, open and multicultural.

Research: we are a forward-thinking university with over 40 years of history that has gained a place amongst the top ranks of teaching and research institutions.

Teaching: according to the 2014 U-Ranking from the BBVA Foundation and IVIE, the UIB takes fourth place for teaching at public universities in Spain. We prioritise quality teaching to train the best professionals.

Cultural Promotion: we have a passion for our culture and want to pass on this enthusiasm. We offer social and cultural promotion across all the islands.

Innovation and Transfer: the UIB is home to a group of professionals whose cross-cutting work seeks to achieve the best results and apply them to teaching in support of education.


When you arrive at the university, the International Relations Office (SRI) and the Erasmus Students Network (ESN) will show you the campus and city as part of the welcome week we organise. It is the best way to get started on your new university life! From this point, we recommend you sign up to the ESN's activities and start to make new friends in this great new life stage. The atmosphere is unbeatable.


Would you like to live off the UIB Campus?

The SRI can send you a list of useful links and platforms you can use to help you find accommodation. Another common way to find out about renting opportunities is by word-of-mouth. Talk to your colleagues and check out posts on social media. Finding a place to rent in Palma can be tough so get ahead of the game.


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