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GENERAL INFORMATION - Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering

Forestry International Semester Program (Bachelor Level)

International students seeking to broad their knowledge and experiences and Spanish students enrolled in the Graduate Program of Forest Engineering and Natural Enviroment

Start date: february 2019.

Study a full semester for 30 ECTS in English.


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We are pleased to announce you that the University of Valladolid (E VALLADO01, UVa) will deliver an International Semester Program on Forestry which offers a full semester to foreign ERASMUS students from February to July.

The International Semester Program on Forestry is offered to ERASMUS+ students who come to University of Valladolid in the framework of the interinstitutional agreements signed with partner universities (http://www.relint.uva.es/).

This International Semester Program on Forestry includes: six subjects entirely taught  in English of 3 ECTS each one, a 3 ECTS Forest Practicum (field practicum) delivered in Spanish adapted to non-native speakers, a 6 ECTS SPANISH COURSE taught by the language Center of the University (https://spanishinvalladolid.com/), and the  possibility  of developing the degree´s final project (Student's Final Project of 12 ECTS)

The Forestry International Semester is mainly focused on Bachelor Forestry students with basic Spanish knowledge and interested in widening their studies of the Mediterranean Forests improving their Spanish. Bachelor students in Environmental and Earth Sciences, Agronomy or Biology will also be welcome to follow the semester.

The subjects offered are:

  • 6 courses with 3 ECTS credits each one:
    • -- Forestry and Biodiversity” (3ECTS)
    • -- Geobotany” (3ECTS)
    • -- Forestry and Global Change” (3ECTS)
    • -- Conservation Hydrology” (3ECTS)
    • -- Molecular Markers& Diagnostic of Plant Diseases” (3ECTS)
  • “Forest Soils and Carbon Sequestration” (3ECTS)
  • 3ECTS corresponding to a field practicum: “Forest Practicum”
  • 6 ECTS corresponding to a Spanish course
  • 12 ECTS corresponding to the Student's Final Project

The students can follow the International Semester Program with or without The Student´s Final Project. The International Semester Program without The Student´s Final Project has a total of 27 ECTS and with the Student´s Final Project has a total of 30 ECTS. In this last case the student has to choice only 4 of the 6 subjects of 3ECTS offered.




Forest Practicum (3 ECTS, field practicum). The course is considered a real integration of practical knowledge from several subjects applied to a real case study. During Practicum a forest is assessed in terms of edaphology, botany, ecology, silviculture, wildfire prevention, soil conservation and wildlife. The course takes place in the forests of the Cantabrian Range (North of Spain).

 Forestry and Global Change (3 ECTS). It is a course on silvicultural methods applied under environmental change. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change effects are key in the forest management systems. During the course, students will insight on the basic aspects of the effects of climate change on forest systems and how to help mitigate its effects.  In addition, the students' abilities will be strengthened to obtain, elaborate, criticize and communicate scientific ideas to specialized and non-specialized audiences.

Geobotany (3 ECTS). This course explores the biogeography and ecology of the world´s main forest biomes. It provides an introduction to the earth´s biological history and development of regional floras. The distribution patterns of forest biomes, from the poles to the tropics, their ecological adaptations to climate and soil, vegetation dynamics and response to disturbance will be covered. Land use and global environmental change will be also taken into account.

Forestry and Biodiversity (3 ECTS). The subject focuses on multifunctional silviculture understood under a biodiversity point of view. That is, silviculture focused on biodiversity conservation in forestry. The students will participate actively in the diagnosis of special study cases and present the basis of a silviculture management program for a special case.

Molecular Markers & Diagnostic of Plant Diseases (3 ECTS). Molecular markers and techniques have become an essential tool in identifying agents causing diseases in all kind of organisms, including forests plants. This course will focus on the nowadays and up-to-date available molecular techniques that can be used in all aspects related to plant health: certification, control and diagnosis of pests and diseases, traceability of products, environmental monitoring,...

Conservation Hydrology (3 ECTS). Hydrology applied to the conservation of water and soils in slopes and watersheds, and in rivers. This course has a marked practical approach, but without neglecting the theoretical bases essential for the correct interpretation of the hydraulic and hydrological processes under study.  Software tools such  as: HEC-HMS  (surface hydrology; hydrographs); MODIPÉ (rainwater conservation and harvesting in afforestation schemes); RUSLE (soil erosion by water); WEPS (wind erosion) and PHABSIM (environmental river flows) will be used.

Forest Soils and Carbon Sequestration (3 ECTS). In the context of the actual global climate change, soils play a vital role in the carbon cycle. Understanding factors that control soil carbon sequestration, and evaluating management techniques for mitigation and adaptation to the climate change, related to soil fixation, are useful tools for forestry and environmental engineers. Quantification and  evaluation  of soil organic carbon  stocks will be carried  out through laboratory and field practices.

Student´s Final Project (12 ECTS). The Student´s Final Project consists of an original scientific work related to the competences acquired during the International Semester Program on Forestry. The student will design and plan a research project, write it and present it in written form. Finally the student will make an oral presentation. The research work carried out will be evaluated by a committee.




On the web:

Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering

Via email:

Belén Turrión (bturrion@agro.uva.es), Coordinator of International Relations at our Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Valladolid).