The International Relations Office (ORE) of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), is an administrative service that depends directly on the Vicerectorship of Institutional Relations. Its main aim is to answer to the needs of the students, teachers and the administration and services staff in the field of national and international mobility.
The ORE also attends to the procedure, registration and continuation of the agreements of co-operation in the academic, cultural and research field of those that are part of the USC.
Amongst the concerns of the ORE figures the management of the programmes of national and international mobility. The students of the USC receive from the ORE advice and institutional support in the different phases of mobility. In the same way, it attends to the reception, accreditation and welcome of the exchange students coming from the partner Universities.
As regards national mobility, 400 exchange places are offered with practically the totality of Spanish Universities. Within the framework of international student mobility, more than 1200 exchange places are managed annually with more than 400 higher education institutions all around the world under the SOCRATES/ ERASMUS programme, the international conventions and the bilateral agreements of exchange, not to mention the Visiting Students programme.
The USC has a deep-rooted Latin American tradition that has been intensified in the year 2004 with the development of the programme "The Ways of USC in America" that, apart from reinforcing the Latin American projection, consolidates the USC as an institutional hinge in the Latin American field of higher education. This reflects, in its letter and spirit, on the Declaration of Compostela, declarative colophon of the Latin American Conference of Rectors (USC, February, 2004).
The USC promoted the creation of a new university network of European sphere called the Compostela Group of universities, which enables co-operation among about 80 universities from 25 different countries. The main objective of this initiative is to establish a dynamic exploitation of the cultural heritage around the so-called "The Way to Santiago", understood as a social phenomena that contributed decisively to the definition of the concept and the personality of Europe. The project counts with the collaboration of the European Union, UNESCO, the Galician Government (Xunta de Galicia) and the Galicia-Europe Foundation.