International Programs and Global Engagement

Spain-Universidad de Valladolid

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The Universidad de Valladolid, founded in the 13th century, is one of the oldest in Europe and the second oldest university in Spain. It has four campuses (in the cities of Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria).The study abroad program is with the Valladolid campus only. The Valladolid campus boasts many beautiful buildings, among them the one containing the College of Philosophy and Letters whose façade dates to the 18th century, and the spectacular Palace of Santa Cruz, constructed in 1484. The Valladolid campus also has a Sports Centre offering a large variety of sports. The city of Valladolid is a charming city, the former capital of Spain, and the current capital of the region of Castile and Leon. Valladolid and its surroundings are renowned for the Spanish spoken in the region, which is considered to be the purest in Spain. Prestigious poets and writers from the past and present, such as Miguel de Cervantes, José Zorrilla, Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Rosa Chacel and Miguel Delibes, were born or lived in the region. Participants at the Universidad de Valladolid will take courses in their academic fields taught in Spanish alongside the native Spanish speakers.


A wide range of courses are offered at the Valladolid campus. These courses are taught in Spanish and are available within the following Faculties:

Faculty of Commerce ( commerce

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( business administration and management; economics; finance, banking, and insurance; marketing and market research

Faculty of Education and Social Welfare Studies ( education (primary, preschool, social) and social welfare

Faculty of Law ( accountancy, administrative law, civil law, criminal law

Faculty of Medicine ( biochemistry, cellular biology, human nutrition and dietetics, immunology, history of medicine, physiology, speech therapy

Faculty of Nursing
( undergraduate nursing courses

Faculty of Philosophy and Arts ( art history, classical studies, English studies, geography, history, journalism, modern languages and literature, music history and music sciences, philosophy, Spanish language and literature

Faculty of Sciences ( chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics

Higher Technical School of Computing Engineering ( computer engineering, computer systems engineering

Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineering ( electronic systems engineering, telecommunication engineering

School of Industrial Engineering ( chemical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering


Spanish language courses are offered through the Language Centre at the Universidad de Valladolid. Participants must pay for these Language Centre courses as they are not part of the exchange program. Sessions for the Language Centre courses are in September (3-week intensive program), October through December (5 hours per week), and March through May (4 hours per week). A student cannot have a full-time coursework load comprised solely of Language Centre classes. Thus, students must have sufficient Spanish language proficiency to take classes with native Spanish students. Language Centre classes, however, may be taken to improve Spanish language proficiency while taking regular university classes given in Spanish. Another possibility is for the student to take the intensive September session and then enter regular university classes in October. This is strongly encouraged for those students who are not at an advanced level in Spanish.

Course information can be found at the website of the Universidad de Valladolid ( Select "International" and "Estudiantes Internacionales (Incoming)". The Foreign Students Guide (with regular course offerings and other important information), Spanish language courses offered at the Language Centre, and a list of the few courses taught in English can be found here.


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Spain and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates or better at the time of application, and a minimum of two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent by the end of the semester prior to departure. In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure. All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own. Since courses are taught in Spanish alongside the native Spanish speakers, it is essential to have good Spanish proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


The Universidad de Valladolid operates on a semester system calendar similar to that of this university. Fall semester courses start around mid-September and finish towards the end of January, with exams lasting into the first part of February. The spring semester begins around the second week of February and ends in early June, with exams taking place until late June. A one-day orientation is held before classes begin. The Spanish language classes offered through the Language Centre are offered on a different calendar. See the Spanish Language Courses section for more information.

Please note that due to the early to mid-February end date of the fall semester in Valladolid, students who participate in the Valladolid program during the fall semester only will not return to Sacramento in time to participate in the spring semester at this university. Thus, it is better for students who want to participate in this program for one semester to apply for the spring.


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) Valladolid has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, except for Spanish language classes through the Language Centre, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from Spain, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Spain.

Expenses for a semester in Valladolid are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,324 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $1,255, insurance - $265, room and meals - $4,000, and incidentals (including local transportation, books, clothing, entertainment) - $1,850. Total: $10,694. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $20,133. This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate. In addition, students must pay the Universidad de Valladolid fees for specific services, including opening of student file and student card, usually around 60 Euros.


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Joy Fisher (study abroad contact) at the Student Service Counter located on the first floor of Lassen Hall. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the International Programs and Global Engagement website at


International students studying at Valladolid receive assistance and orientation before their arrival and during their first months of stay in Valladolid. Mentor students at the Universidad will contact those students who are interested and help them find their accommodation, receive them when they arrive in Valladolid, provide them with basic academic assistance (study plans, course contents, enrollment at the university, exams, tutorials, etc.) and all the necessary information about university facilities (International Office, libraries, computer labs, Language Centre, sports facilities, canteens, etc.)


There are several housing options for students in Valladolid Locating housing is generally each individual student's responsibility although the staff in the International Relations Office of the university will assist in this area. Options for housing usually include: individual room in a student flat, sharing kitchen, living room and bathroom; individual or shared room in the university residences with or without bathroom; and accommodation with a Spanish family (individual room with meals). Housing information is available in the Foreign Students Guide under Social Services.


Internships may be available to business and engineering majors who qualify. Internships may only be done after one semester is successfully completed at the Universidad de Valladolid. Thus, those students who are accepted for an academic year and who complete the fall semester with good grades may request to take an internship as part of their full-time coursework load during the spring semester. Students who are accepted for the spring semester and who complete the semester with good grades at the Universidad de Valladolid may request to have an internship for the summer. Internships usually are supervised by a faculty member at the Universidad de Valladolid and also by an employee at the work location. Internships are classes and require written reports as part of the assignment. Students who receive internships are paid, and the average pay in the past has been about 300 Euros per month. There also may be the possibility of an internship at the International Office. This internship would not be paid, but the recipient might be offered a Spanish language course (40 hour course) at no cost during February to May/June.


Applications will be accepted for one semester or one academic year. Please note that due to the early to mid-February end date of the fall semester in Valladolid, students who participate in the Valladolid program during the fall semester only will not return to Sacramento in time to participate in the spring semester at this university. Thus, it is better for students who want to participate in this program for one semester to apply for the spring. The application deadline for participation beginning in the fall semester is March 1. The application deadline for participation during the spring semester is September 15. Applications can be obtained from the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement in Lassen 2304, tel. (916) 278-6686.

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