Resident Director

Welcome to Valladolid!

Valladolid is a city with a thrilling past and an exciting future. Formerly the capital of Spain, Valladolid’s streets are full of history that can be felt, not only in the buildings that make up the city, but also in the customs that are still observed in the city’s pride in its past, and in its sparkling vitality. Valladolid supports itself with various industries, including automobile manufacturing, wood production, electronics, glass, metal and design.

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.

BCA students in Valladolid can enjoy a unique experience in the city’s setting, while gaining the indispensable experience of becoming a member of a Spanish family. Our students immerse themselves in the authentic reality of daily Spanish life and culture, which often makes them different people when they return to their home countries. They are often more tolerant and wise, after exploring a new language and customs. By engaging with Spanish students and locals, you will get to know the exciting world of Valladolid with its unforgettable cafes, theaters, civic and sports centers, as well as witness its full schedule of diverse cultural activities, which reflect the city’s growing diversity and multiculturalism.

If you like nature, Castilla y León is one of the best spots in Spain to enjoy it. Near Valladolid, there are mountains, open countryside, immense plains, and the Cantabrian Sea is just three hours away. In addition to providing an extraordinary cultural experience, the small towns around Valladolid are places where the simplicity of their inhabitants and landscapes will have a lasting impact on you. Close to Valladolid, in spots such as the “Hoces del Río Duratón,” the lakes of Villafáfila, and the Park of Picos de Europa, you can find natural parks and protected spaces, with an incredible variety of animals and plants. You will also learn about the complicated relationship between the land, animals, and people, in places such as “Las Tuerces de Palencia.”

In the 15 years that Universitas Castellae’s summer program has been operating, we have seen international students change dramatically, and we have seen their interest in returning to visit us – to see again the city, their host families and their former professors. My greatest reward is sharing memories with these former students, hearing about their professional success, and seeing their excitement to return to Valladolid, the origin of a personal transformation that was fundamental for their development.

Sergio Villa
Resident Director, Valladolid