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University of Valladolid

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Studies at the University of Valladolid

Can I make a study exchange at the University of Valladolid?

You have to confirm that a student exchange agreement exists between our universities.

  • If you are an Erasmus+ exchange student:
    Check that your university and the University of Valladolid have an exchange agreement in your Area of studies. You can do it in our web page. If there is an agreement it will allow you choose one of the faculties of the University of Valladolid that you will see on the list.

  • If you are an exchange student (other programmes):
    Check that your university and the University of Valladolid have an exchange agreement in our web page. If there is an agreement you will be able to apply to the faculty of University of Valladolid that suits best your study area.

If there is no student exchange agreement between our universities you could always apply as a Visiting Student.

What courses can I study at the University of Valladolid?

You can freely choose the courses you are interested in from any academic year, even from several study plans and faculties at the same time. However, your responsible professors must agree to your selection of courses by signing your Learning Agreement or study plan. Keep in mind it is mandatory to take at least one course from the faculty of the University of Valladolid you chose.

Can I take courses from any term?

No, you can only select courses taught during the period you are staying in our university. If you are staying from September to February, you will be allowed to choose courses from the fist term. If you are staying from February to June, you will be allowed to choose courses from the second term. If you are staying from February to June you can choose any course, even annual courses.

Can I take annual courses if stay for one term at the University of Valladolid?

No. Annual courses are taught continually from September to June. It's not possible to choose them if you are only staying for the first or second term.

Can I take courses from different faculties at the same time?

Yes, as long as your responsible professors agree to it by signing you Learning Agreement or study plan. However, you must select at least one course from the faculty you chose.

Can I take courses from different faculties at the same time?

Only from the Campuses of Valladolid and Palencia, as long as your responsible professors agree to it by signing you Learning Agreement or study plan. All the other combinations of Campuses are at a distance of more than 100 kilometres.

I'm a Master's Degree student. Can I choose courses from Bachelor's Degree too?

Yes, as long as your responsible professors agree to it by signing you Learning Agreement or study plan.

Where can I find the study plans from the University of Valladolid?

You can find the Bachelor's Degree study plans in this web site: http://grado.uva.es and the Master's Degree study plans in this other website: http://master.uva.es. Select the study plan you are interested in, and then click on 'Asignaturas' to see the courses. Click on the links in the last column (called 'Gu├şa') to consult the contents of the courses.

Where can I find the schedule and classroom for each of my courses?

Each faculty of the University of Valladolid has its own website where calendars, schedules and classrooms are published. You can find the link to your faculty in this link. If the schedule or calendar of one centre is not updated you should directly write to the contact email of than centre.

Some of my courses have groups, like 1T, 2A or 3S. What does it mean? Can I choose the group I prefer?

Some courses are divided into groups, as all students don't fit in the classroom at the same time. Some courses have several groups for theory lessons, others for laboratory, others for theory and laboratory. Exchange students are free to choose the groups they prefer. For exapmple, you can choose theory group 1 in one course, group 2 in other course, etc. However, once you have selected a group in once course, you must always attend that group in that specific course.

What is the maximum and minimum number of credits to take?

You will be able to take a maximum of 30 credits each term, 60 for a whole academic year. We don't set a minimum of credits, in case you are required to take a minimum number of credits you will be informed by your university.

When do I have to send my Learning Agreement or study plan?

Unless we require you to send it to us, we don't need it yet. Generally speaking, Erasmus+ students can fill in their Learning Agreements and get the signature of their responsible professors after arriving to the University of Valladolid.

I need a signature in My Learning Agreement. Where should I send it?

You have to send it directly to your responsible professor at the University of Valladolid. You can find your professor's name and contact information in your Personal Area.

My responsible professor doesn't answer my emails. Who can help me?

If you have any question regarding academic matters, or you need to get a signature on your Learning Agreement, you can contact the International Relations Coordinator of your Faculty at the University of Valladolid. You can find your Coordinator's name and contact information in the Foreign Students Guide.

If you have any other kind of question please contact the appropiate person at the International Relations Office.

I want to study a complete Bachelor degree/Master degree/Doctorate at the University of Valladolid. Where can I find the information?

Please visit the main site of the University of Valladolid: http://www.uva.es/. The registration and enrolment process is identical for students from Spain or other countries. If you have any doubt you should contact the Student's Office.

Language of Instruction

Which are the languages of instruction at the University of Valladolid?

Almost 90% of the courses are taught in Spanish. There is a selection of courses taught in English, and courses of other tongues as foreign languages.

Can I study in English at the University of Valladolid?

There are certain study plans that offer several courses in English, such as the English Studies Degree. You can see all the courses taught in English in this link.

Engineering students who want to study in English may also select courses from the International Semester.

What level of Spanish do I need in order to study at the University of Valladolid?

You should have a Spanish B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) the moment you arrive at the University of Valladolid.

I have a good level of Spanish, but I don't have an official B1 certificate. Will you admit other Spanish language certificates?

Yes. We just want to be sure that you won't find it difficult to understand your professors, so we accept non-official certificates.

I speak Spanish but I don't have any certificate. What can I do?

You can send us a report made by a Spanish language professor from your university or from your International Relations Office informing that you possess sufficient knowledge of Spanish to fulfil successfully your stay at our University.

Another option to obtain an adequate level of Spanish is to follow an intensive Spanish course at a language school in Spain before the academic year begins. You can find further information here.

Arrival at the University of Valladolid

What should I do on my first day at the University of Valladolid?

  • If you are going to study in the city of Valladolid you must visit the International Relations Office. You will get registered and you will receive important information. You can check our address and visiting hours in this link.

  • If you are going to study in the cities of Palencia, Segovia or Soria you must visit your responsible professor, who will register your arrival and give you important academic information. Please contact your professor by email before your arrival. You can find your professor's name and contact information in your Personal Area.

    If the answer from your professor is taking longer than expected you can also contact the International Relations intern of your Campus through the next email address:
    Campus of Palencia: internacional.palencia@uva.es
    Campus of Segovia: internacional.segovia@uva.es
    Campus of Soria: internacional.soria@uva.es

I still don't have my student card but I need it. What can I do?

While you wait for your card to arrive you can access the university's services in two other ways. You can use your enrollment document called 'Solictud de matr├şcula' or our university's app for smarphones: Android, iOS.

Exams and Marks

What will my marks at the University of Valladolid turn into once they are transferred to my university?

Every country has a different grading system. European countries share a grading transfer system than you can check on Wikipedia: ECTS, Grading scale.
You can see the equivalence from your marks in Valladolid to this common system here.

When are the exams at the University of Valladolid held?

First term exams are hold in January, although some professors may move their exams up to December.
Second term exams are hold in June.

I won't be in Spain the day an exam takes place. Can I do it from my country?

You should ask the professor of that specific course. He will tell you if alternative methods to take that exam are offered.

I failed an exam. What can I do?

Our university offers a second chance to pass an exam. These resits are known as extraordinary exams.

When do the extraordinary exams take place?

First term resits are hold at the end of January and the beginning of February. Second term resits are hold at the end of June.

I passed an exam, but I'm not happy about my mark and I want to improve it. Am I allowed to do it?

You should ask the professor of that specific course. Some professors offer the students to do some paperwork to improve the mark, others allow the students to resit, and others don't offer any way to improve the mark. If you are allowed to resit you should also ask the professor what happens if you fail this new exam.

You must not attend a resit without speaking first with your professor.

I'm going to repeat some exams. What should I do?

  • If they are first term exams and you are staying in our university for two semesters, you don't need to do anything.

  • If they are first term exams and you will leave our university in February, or if they are second term exams:

    • As soon as you know you are taking an extraordinary exam, send an email to raquel.chico@uva.es to tell us that you are going to take part in these exams.

    • During your last extraordinary exam you have to request to the teacher a written proof certifying you attended the exam.

    • After your last exam you have to hand the proof to the staff at the International Relations Office or to your responsible professor if you have studied in Palencia, Segovia or Soria.

How will I get my official transcript, Transcript of Records or 'After the mobility' document?

The International Relations Office will send it directly to your address in your home country. Because of that you should check that your address in your Personal Area is still correct.

My university uses a different form to make the Transcript of Records. Should I take it to my responsible professor to get it signed?

No. The laws from our university oblige us to use our own Transcript of Records. It is generated following a strict and secure protocol, and it must be signed by two of our authorities, the Vice-chancellor for International Affairs and the General Secretary. A Transcript signed by a responsible professor of the University of Valladolid lacks any validity.
If this is a problem for your university they should contact us directly.

Before leaving the University of Valladolid

What should I do when I finish my studies at the University of Valladolid?

You have to pick up your Certificate of Attendance or Letter 2 in the same office you received your Arrival Certificate or Letter 1:

  • If you studied in the city of Valladolid you have to visit the International Relations Office. You can check our address and visiting hours in this link.

  • If you studied in the cities of Palencia, Segovia or Soria you have to visit your responsible professor.

The International Relations Office will send your Transcript of Records directly to your address in your home country. Because of that you should check that your address in your Personal Area is still correct.

Study exchange extension

28. How can I extend my study exchange at the University of Valladolid?

  • If you are an Erasmus+ exchange student:
    You will need two authorizations; one from your responsible professor at your home university and the other from your responsible professor at the University of Valladolid. Our International Relations Office will need an email sent by these professors explaining that they agree to the extension of your exchange for another term.

  • If you are an exchange student (other programmes):
    You have to apply to your university for a new study exchange at the University of Valladolid. They will decide whether they can approve your request or not.

My university won't approve my extension request. Is there any other way for me to stay at the University of Valladolid?

Yes. Any university student can stay in our university for one or two terms through the Visiting Student programme. Please visit this website for further information.


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