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  • Locations: Valladolid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: BCA Study Abroad 
  • Restrictions: None
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Language prerequisite: 2 semesters Spanish
Housing options: Host family Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Number of credits: 12-16
Internships: Yes Volunteer: Yes
Program Description:

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: 
October 1

About Valladollid
Once the capital city of Spain, Valladolid is located within an hour's train ride of Madrid and within easy access of other important cities of the region such as Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Zamora and Segovia. Rich in artistic and historic heritage, the city is ideally suited as a center for studying the language and culture of Spain. Valladolid is known as the area where the purest "Castellano" form of Spanish is spoken. 

Historically, the city has played an important role since the years of struggle for the unification of the Iberian Peninsula.  Now an agricultural and industrial center of about 400,000 inhabitants, the city is located on the Castilian meseta or central plain. 

Valladolid offers a diverse array of important museums, including the world famous National Religious Sculpture Museum (situated within the splendid frame of the Colegio de San Gregorio), the Oriental Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Wine Museum of Peñafiel. The Cathedral of Valladolid and the churches of San Miguel, La Cruz, and Las Angustias conserve many objects of great artistic value, while the churches of San Pablo and La Antigua are true architectural treasures in themselves. Valladolid offers the visiting student and its permanent residents alike a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, including ceramics workshops, live theatre, regional dance, concerts, and various other performances. Each October, the city hosts a major film festival: the Cinema International Festival (SEMINCI). In the spring, it has one of the most impressive Holy Weeks (Semana Santa) in the world.

The city also features a strong agricultural sector, focused mainly on wine production. The wines of Valladolid, with prize-winners such as Ribera del Duero, Cigales, and Rueda, are celebrated worldwide, and for many connoisseurs, they are the best in Spain.

Valladolid’s location in the center of the northern plateau of Spain, and the fact that it is the capital of the region of Castilla y León, make it a distribution center for merchandise and travelers to all parts of the northwestern Iberian Peninsula. This movement is noticeable in the bustling city, in its commerce, in its numerous bars and restaurants, and in the rich tradition of Valladolid nightlife.

Universitas Castellae is a specialized educational center in Valladolid, Spain, that is dedicated to the study of Spanish language and Hispanic culture for students from the U.S. and around the world. Building on both Universitas’ and BCA’s long traditions in study abroad, this partnership allows us to provide a strong study abroad experience to a wider range of students. Our academic program includes advanced Spanish (Castilian) language, literature, art, history, culture, and various courses in the social sciences.   

The BCA-Universitas professional and academic team is composed of highly qualified professors and researchers in the field of Hispanic studies, from both foreign and Spanish universities, and study abroad staff dedicated to student learning.

Universitas is located in the very heart of the city of Valladolid, with classrooms and office space located in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo and also in the nearby Calle Concepción. These facilities are well-suited to the needs of students, offering convenient classrooms, audio-visual equipment, free access to the Internet, supplementary reference materials and access to the city.

Classroom teaching usually takes place in the morning hours. This allows students time in the afternoon to engage with local native speakers; use the city as a language and cultural laboratory; visit museums and neighboring villages; pursue independent study projects; and enjoy learning from the local culture by going to the theatre, movies, sports or music events. Our BCA-Universitas program considers the entire city to be a classroom.

The BCA-Universitas curriculum features a wide variety of upper-level undergraduate courses including advanced language, literature, art, history, culture and sociology. The courses are developed to ensure advancePrimary and Secondary Education). 

Each semester, students participate in three guided weekend educational excursions to various regions of Spain. Common destinations include local towns such as Salamanca, Segovia or the “Ruta del Mudéjar," however, destinations sometimes change.