As I boarded my flight, I thought about everything I overcame to get to this point. All the trials and tribulations I faced with my family, the application process and being a first-generation college student made me strong … I fulfilled my promise of letting nothing stop me from spending a semester studying abroad … My time in Spain was both enjoyable and unforgettable. I lived amongst the Spanish community through a host family. I immersed myself in Spanish culture through the language and customs … I ate foods I never ate before, danced to music I never heard before, and traveled to parts of the world I never knew existed …
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- Jaime Ramos II: Valladolid, Spain 2017
Why BCA Valladolid?
- Focus on your Spanish-language development by studying in a city with few U.S. students or English-language speakers. Situated in the beautiful Castile and León region and only an hour via train from Madrid, Valladolid is an excellent city for you to improve your Spanish skills during your daily interactions around the city and with your host family.
- Pursue volunteer or internship opportunities to learn more about and support organizations doing important work in the city. Your resident director can help to connect you to organizations dedicated to education, immigration services, language instruction, physical therapy, services for the homeless and other services.
- Enroll in the course Human Rights in Global Spain to explore the concepts of culture, human rights and social justice in a multi-regional, globalized Spain.
As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to 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 week celebrations 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 learn about 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:
: Universitas Castellae
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-December
Other Program Opportunities:
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April
Volunteer opportunities available
Business and education internship opportunities available