I can already confirm that this experience will forever be of great value to me in a number of ways. On the surface, it has allowed me to meet new people and continue the practice of the language I love and hope to teach. On a far deeper level, it has confirmed my ability to be content outside of my comfort zone.
Why BCA Valladolid?
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Emily Morris: Valladolid, Spain 2017
- Dare to be different and study abroad in a city with few U.S. students or English-language speakers. Valladolid residents are known to speak the purest “Castellano” form of Spanish, so it’s an excellent location for language immersion. Conveniently located one hour from Madrid via train, Valladolid is a walkable city situated in the beautiful Castile and León region.
- Pursue volunteering opportunities in education, immigration services, language instruction, physical therapy and more to connect with local organizations working in the city.
- Strengthen your résumé by adding a business or education internship abroad to your resume while in Valladolid!
As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to its students. The school hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each semester. Universitas is in the heart of Valladolid with classrooms in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo – the city’s first bullring. Classes usually occur in the morning, so you can use the afternoon to pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in a variety of disciplines or interact with native speakers and explore the city independently.
Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group, which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations, such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy weeks in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.
Cultural Excursions & Activities
Your BCA Valladolid Resident Director was born and raised in the city and is committed to helping you find all the treasures it offers – even some unknown to many residents! Your RD helps you plug into festivals and activities going on in area. You’ll also venture outside of Valladolid with your RD as a guide. Excursions vary each semester but in the past have included Segovia, known for its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct; and Salamanca, home to one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain.
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.
Program Quick Facts
Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Two semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction:
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-December
Other Program Opportunities:
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April
Volunteer opportunities available
Business and education internship opportunities available