The system of Spanish university education is totally different from ours. What is surprising is that input is not required to pass any exams to enter college. It all depends on the final test is taken at the end of high school. But admission to the University amounts to not enter the race you choose: various faculties support different minimum grades. These notes change from year to year. For example, to study Telecommunications Engineering in 1990 it took a note of at least 7.8 (out of 10) in Madrid. Having a very high note, one can choose between several universities. Especially if there is no limit of places.
The number of students in the course is also amazing. Sometimes it reaches nine or ten thousand. In a middle group they studied 80 people, and if they are language groups, just under 40. No wonder, then, that provokes complaints among students. While the massiveness of university education is the subject of pride administration. Approximately 15-20% of students have scholarships.
Each race presupposes a certain number of compulsory and optional courses. Everyone has to distribute throughout his career, as it deems necessary. The only restriction credits are roughly equivalent to the importance of the subject, and there must be a certain amount each year.
So any school year begins with filling the curriculum, in which one points the subjects studied. June is the time of the first call, ie the exams. If the student fails an exam, it will be repeated during the September (remember that in college studies begin in October). And if you ever stopping, you will need to enroll in this course.
Suspended subjects are added to the other, thus forming a long tail. There are cases when by the fifth year, one is left with eleven or twelve subjects to pass (called unfinished). Then what you do is just continue to study one or two courses. The laziest finish the race in eight or nine years.