Spend fall or spring semester, or the full academic year, in Spain! The Valladolid program offers a semester of intensive study of Spanish language, culture and literature in either fall or spring. You will take classes for international students at the University of Valladolid. Courses are small and taught at various levels depending on your proficiency. Excursions to several near-by cities are included in the program cost.
New beginning in 2016-2017! Stay for the full academic year! Academic year students participate in the fall intensive language and culture program, then spend the spring as an exchange student, taking regular university classes at UVA. You also have the option to complete your service-learning between semesters!
Valladolid (pop. 350,000) is located 120 miles north of Madrid in Castilla and León. Many historic events have taken place in the city: the proclamation of Fernando III 'El Santo' as King of Castile, the wedding of Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragón, Christopher Columbus's death, and Felipe II's birth.
Today, Valladolid is an agricultural and industrial center with an active cultural life. The Pisuerga River passes through the city, providing opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. Valladolid houses the National Museum of Sculpture, famous Holy Week processions, museums of Cervantes and Zorrilla, and diverse architecture. Since the city is off the beaten tourist track, it is an ideal location for practicing your Spanish!
HOUSING & MEALS
Semester students will live with a host family, usually with another U.S. student. This is a great opportunity to learn about family life in Spain as well as practice your Spanish! Past students say that living with a family is one of the most valuable parts of their study abroad experience. You will learn as much at the dinner table as you do in the classroom. You will receive three meals a day from your host family.
Academic year students will live with a host family in the fall, then move into shared apartments with other students in the spring. You will then cook your own meals or eat in university cafeterias or restaurants.
Designed for Spanish majors and minors, on the semester program, you will earn 12-16 credits in Spanish language, literature, and civilization. If you stay for the full year, you will choose classes from the regular UVA course offerings during spring semester. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar click here: Academics - Valladolid
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
Below you will find more information on program costs:
Valladolid Fall 2017
Valladolid Spring 2017
Valladolid Academic Year 2017-2018
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The Centro de Idiomas sets up language exchanges and other cultural events for students to get more involved. Consider volunteering to teach English, or being part of the Spanish language intercambios, where you will have the opportunity to practice your Spanish and help a Spanish student practice their English!
"This experience was life changing and I am so incredibly grateful for taking this opportunity I was given. I was a bit nervous to be on my own and out of the country for a whole semester, but I went for it and it was all worth it. I learned so much about myself and the world, I can't even put it into words. If you are even considering studying abroad, I would say go for it because you will definitely not regret it." - Hannah, Spring 2016
"Life changing because I learned more about myself through this experience than I ever have, having that much independence and traveling with friends is amazing." - Michelle, Spring 2016
"I came back to the United States with a greater appreciation of the Spanish culture, enhanced Spanish language skills, lifelong friends from other countries, thousands of pictures, unforgettable experiences from travels across Europe, a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, and a greater idea of the role I play in our world." –Amanda, Spring 2013
Excursions to cities such as Segovia, Avila, El Escorial, and Madrid are included in the program cost. In addition, Valladolid is an ideal starting point for exploring Spain, Portugal and North Africa, as well as other parts of Europe. France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, or Germany are all within a day's travel time.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.