Valladolid, the former capital city of Spain, is rich in history, wine, agriculture and nightlife. Located on the Castilian meseta with a population of 400,000, 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.

  • Valladolid residents are known to speak the purest “Castellano” form of the Spanish language.
  • Among others, the famous National Religious Sculpture Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Wine Museum of Peñafiel are located in Valladolid.
  • The city has many architectural and artistic treasures, such as the churches of San Miguel and the churches of San Pablo.
  • Valladolid holds a well-known film festival every October called the Cinema International Festival (SEMINCI).
  • A noteworthy worldwide Holy Week, called Semana Santa, occurs in Valladolid.
 Language of Instruction: Spanish
GPA Requirement: 2.5 or higher
Housing: Host Family
Internships & Volunteering: Opportunities Available


Experience Spanish life by living with a host family in Valladolid. Host families play an integral role in helping students learn more about Barcelona, Spain, and the various aspects of Spanish culture. Students often point out living with their family as one of the highlights of the program. All meals will be provided by your host family.


Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following: 








The BCA-Universitas professional and academic team is composed of highly qualified professors and researchers in the field of Hispanic studies, from both foreign and Spanish universities, and study abroad staff dedicated to student learning. Modern classroom space in a historic bull-fighting ring helps students connect to Spanish history and modernity in and outside of the classroom.

The University

Universitas Castellae is a specialized educational center in Valladolid, Spain, that is dedicated to the study of Spanish language and Hispanic culture for students from the U.S. and around the world. Our academic program includes advanced Spanish (Castilian) language, literature, art, history, culture, and various courses in the social sciences. Universitas is located in the very heart of the city of Valladolid, with classrooms and office space located in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo and also in the nearby Calle Concepción.

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BCA Valladolid Spain

Curricular Offering

Overall, the BCA Universitas program curricular offerings are divided into three main areas:

Fast Facts

  • Learn Spanish —  beginning level through advanced.
  • 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.
  • The facilities are well-suited to the needs of students, offering convenient classrooms, audio-visual equipment, free access to the Internet, supplementary reference materials and access to the city.


BCA encourages students to take advantage of learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom! Our resident director has established partnerships with local organizations where you can complete a volunteer or internship experience. Once you finalize your classes and semester’s activities, you will know how much time you can dedicate to volunteering. For internships, please be in touch immediately after starting your application so BCA can begin the process. Volunteer options include:

  • Asociación de Voluntarios San Juan de Dios: Organization focused on improving the quality of life of those affected by intellectual disability (19 years+), as well as their families.
  • Asociación Española Contra El Cancer: Organization focused on prevention, research and resourcing for cancer patients and their families, as well as the provision of psychological and emotional support, including group therap.
  • Asapce Valladolid: Non-profit institution dedicated to supporting those with cerebral palsy through physical therapy.
  • Caritas Diocesana: Non-profit, catholic institution specialized in working with social exclusion groups, including addicts, homeless, immigrants, seniors, gypsy people, and women.
  • Red Incola: Organization working to promote human rights of immigrants through intercultural tutoring, an adult literacy program, crafts, and opportunities for free time and social time.



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. Near Valladolid, there are mountains, open countryside, immense plains, and the Cantabrian Sea just three hours away. My greatest reward is sharing with former students their memories of time spent in Valladolid and hearing about their professional success and their desire to return to Valladolid, to the origin of a personal transformation that was fundamental for their development.


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.

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Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

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What's Included

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Full-time Tuition & Fees
  • Host family
  • Breakfast and dinner with host family
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training
  • Academic advising
  • University official transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-campus internet access
Comprehensive Fees

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

BCA Scholarships

BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Application Dates

Fall Semester April 15
Spring Semester October 1

Program Dates

Fall Semester Late August to Mid-December
Spring Semester Early January to Late April


BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.

Price subject to change without notice. All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.

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