PhD students can progress further in their area of research through stays abroad, which may, when appropriate, come within the framework of bilateral joint-supervision agreements with a foreign university (thesis under joint international supervision) and within the International Doctoral Research Component.
PhD thesis under joint international supervision
On the proposal of the academic tribunal for a PhD program, the UAB may make agreements with foreign universities or centers of higher education that are authorized to award PhD qualifications for the purpose of preparing the PhD thesis.
In that case the PhD student will carry out research under the control and responsibility of a thesis supervisor in each of the institutions in the agreement, and these in turn will each award the PhD qualification on the basis of a single thesis.
During the training period necessary to obtain the qualification of PhD, the candidate must have been outside Spain for a minimum of three months in a higher education institution or research center of prestige, and have carried out research or study there. The period and the activities must be assessed by the supervisor and approved by the academic tribunal, and must be included in the students' PhD activities report. The period may be divided as long and the total is not less than three months but must be spent at a single institution.
Part of the PhD thesis, at least the abstract and conclusions, must be written in one of the usual languages for scientific communication in that field of knowledge, different from any of the official languages in Spain. This regulation does not apply when the periods abroad, the reports and the experts involve a Spanish-speaking country.
That at least two PhD holding experts from a non-Spanish higher education institution or research center have submitted their reports on the PhD thesis.
That at least one of the experts belongs to a non-Spanish higher education institution or research center, holds a PhD, and is different from the person responsible for the period abroad, formed part of the PhD examination panel.
The defense of the PhD thesis must take place at the Spanish university where the candidate is registered or, in the case of joint doctoral programs, in any of the participating universities or under the terms stated in the collaboration agreements.