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University of Girona’s Articles of Association

Article 4

Language

4.1 Catalan is the University of Girona’s official language and is therefore normally used in its activities. The University of Girona shall therefore promote the full use of the Catalan language in all its areas and establish the appropriate means for ensuring it is learnt and used by students, academic staff and administrative staff and services.

4.2 The University of Girona shall promote collaboration at all levels with other Catalan-language universities and, in particular, universities that are part of the Vives University Network. In the framework of collaboration and exchange with other universities and institutions, the University of Girona shall promote knowledge and international awareness of the Catalan language and Catalan culture.

Article 4(b)

Language-policy plan and multi-annual language plans

The University, through the corresponding language plan and multi-annual language plans that it approves, must promote the knowledge and use of languages as well as guarantee that sufficient knowledge of the co-official languages of [Catalonia] is encouraged during the welcoming processes of the various members of the university community.

Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia

Article 6.1. The official language of Catalonia is Catalan. As such, Catalan is the language of normal and preferred use of the public authorities and mass media of Catalonia and is also the language normally used for instruction and learning in education.

Article 35.1. Everyone has the right to receive their education in Catalan, in accordance with the provisions established in this Statute. Catalan must be the language normally used for instruction and learning in university and non-university education.

Article 35.1. Teaching staff and students at university centres have the right to express themselves, orally and in writing, in the official language of their choice

Act 1/1998, of 7 January, on language policy

Article 4.1. Language rights

Under Article 3 of the Statute of Autonomy, and within the framework of an active policy of the Catalan government for creating the conditions enabling full equality in language rights and duties, everyone in Catalonia has the right to:

  • Know both the official languages of Catalonia.
  • Express themselves in either of the two official languages, orally and in writing, in relations and public and private events.
  • Be attended to in either of the two official languages in the terms established under this Act.
  • Use either of the two official languages freely in all areas.
  • Not to be discriminated against on the grounds of the official language they use.

Act 1/2003 of 19 February, on universities in Catalonia

Article 6. Language

1. Catalan is the University of Girona’s official language and is therefore the language of normal use in its activities.

2. Catalan is the official language of the universities of Catalonia, as is Spanish. Use of the official languages in university activities is governed by the Act 1/1998, of the 7 January, on language policy.

3. Under Act 1/1998, of 7 January, on language policy, the Government and universities, in the area of their respective areas of jurisdiction, must stimulate knowledge and use of Catalan in all areas of university activity and encourage all the members of the university community to learn it.

4. Under Act 1/1998, of 7 January, on language policy, university teaching staff, with the exception of visitors and similar cases, must know both the official languages sufficiently well, according to the needs of their academic work. The Government must guarantee, in accordance with the regulations in force and through the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia, that this sufficient knowledge is specified in selection, admission and assessment processes.

5. The Government must ensure, in accordance with the regulations in force and through the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia, that the admission and incorporation of new members to the university community does not alter normal educational language uses and language-normalisation processes in universities.

6. The Government and the universities must establish, within their respective areas of jurisdiction, programmes for promoting knowledge of third languages that can include not just the use of these languages in the university’s academic activities but also the range of subjects on offer specific to each degree.

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