FAQ

STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID

You should find out whether there is an exchange agreement between our universities. To do this, you should contact incoming@uva.es

If there is no agreement between our universities, you can always come as a Visiting student.

You can choose the courses you like from any academic course or academic year. You can also even take courses from various curricula and from different faculties at the same time. However, you must make sure that your coordinating teacher accepts your choices when signing your studies contract or Learning Agreement.

Whatever you opt to do, you should take at least one course from the University of Valladolid faculty you have chosen.

No, you can only choose courses taught during the time you are at our university.

If you are here between September and February, you can choose courses taught in the first term or semester.

If you are here between February and June, you can choose courses taught in the second term or semester.

If you are here from September to June, you can choose any course, including full-year courses.

No. Full-year courses are taught continuously from September until June. You are not allowed to take them if you are only going to be here during the first or second semester.

Yes, provided that your coordinating teacher agrees to this when signing your studies contract or Learning Agreement. However, you must always take at least one course from the University of Valladolid faculty you have chosen.

You may only choose courses from the Valladolid and Palencia campuses at the same time, provided that your coordinating teacher agrees to this when signing your studies contract or Learning Agreement. All of the other combinations of campuses are over 100 kilometres away from each other.

Yes, provided that your coordinating teacher agrees to this when signing your studies contract or Learning Agreement.

You can see the various bachelor's degree curricula here, and the master's degree curricula here. Choose the curriculum you are interested in, and then click on "Asignaturas" (courses) to see the courses. 

Each University of Valladolid faculty has its own webpage where the calendars, timetables and classrooms for the courses are published. You can find the link to your centre’s web here.

Choose the curriculum you are interested in, and then click on "Horarios" (timetables) to see the times and rooms for your courses.

Some courses are divided into groups because not all of the students can fit into the classroom at the same time. Some courses may have more than one group for the lectures, some for practical lessons, and others for both lectures and practical lessons.

Exchange students can choose whichever groups suit them best. In other words, they can choose group 1 for the lectures in one course, and group 2 for another, etc. However, once a student has chosen a particular group for a course, they should always go to the same group for that course.

You can take a maximum of 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

We do not set a minimum number of credits. If you need to choose a minimum number of credits you must notify your university.

You only need to send it to us if we ask you for it. If we don’t ask you for it, it is because we don’t need it yet. Generally speaking, Erasmus+ students can fill in their Learning Agreement and obtain their coordinating teacher’s signature after they get to the University of Valladolid.

You should send it directly to your coordinating teacher at the University of Valladolid.

If you have any questions related to academic matters or if you need your Learning Agreement signed, you can contact your faculty’s International Relations Coordinator at the University of Valladolid.

For any other kinds of question, contact incoming@uva.es

You can find information on the general website http://www.uva.es/. The enrolment procedure is the same for Spanish students as for students of other nationalities. If you have any doubts, you should contact the Seccion de Alumnos.

THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

Approximately 90% of the lessons are in Spanish. A few courses are also in English, and there are courses in other languages as foreign languages.

Some degrees have a lot of courses in English, such as the Bachelor's Degree in English Studies. 

There are also courses taught in English. You can check which ones here.

You can also take the International Semesters:

You need a B1 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) when you get to the University of Valladolid.

Yes. We only need to be sure that you won’t have any difficulty understanding your teachers, such that we accept non-official certificates.

You can send us a report from a Spanish language teacher at your university, or from your International Relations Office, stating that you have sufficient command of Spanish to be able to satisfactorily undertake your stay at our university.

Another way to acquire a sufficient level of Spanish is to take an intensive course at a language centre or language school in Spain before you start your academic year.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID

  • If you are going to study in the city of Valladolid, you should go to the International Relations Office to register that you have arrived and we will give you information. You can find our address and the office opening hours through this link.
  • If you are going to study in Palencia, Segovia, or Soria you should visit your coordinating teacher, who will register your arrival and will give you academic information. You should let your coordinating teacher know in advance by email the date on which you will be arriving. You can find their contact details in your Personal Area.

If your coordinating teacher is late in answering you, you can also contact the assistant at the International Relations Office on your campus through the following email addresses:

You can still have access to all university services and facilities even if you are still waiting for your student card.

There are two ways to access: with your enrolment sheet or downloading the UVa app for smartphones, available for Android and iOS.

EXAMINATIONS AND MARKS/GRADES

Each country has a different grading system. European countries share a transfer system which you can check out in Wikipedia: ECTSGrading scale (only in English).

First term examinations are held in January, although some teachers may bring theirs forward to late December.
Second term examinations are held in June.

You should ask your course teacher. They will tell you if there is another way for you to take the exam.

In Valladolid, you have the chance to take an exam again if you do not pass. These exams are known as “extraordinarios”.

Extraordinario exams for the first term are held in late January or early February. The extraordinario exams for the second term are held in late June.

You should ask your course teacher; some allow you to do an assignment in order to increase your mark/grade; others allow you to take the exam again, others do not allow you to improve your mark. Your teacher must tell you what will happen if they allow you to take the exam again and you fail the second time.

You should never take the extraordinario exam without first speaking to your teacher.

  • If they are first term exams and you are leaving in the second term, nothing.
  • If they are first term exams and you are leaving in February or if they are second term exams, you should do the following:
    • As soon as you know that you need to take at least one extraordinario exam, send an email to incoming@uva.es or chico@uva.es to let us know that you will be doing extraordinario exams.
    • During your final extraordinario exam, you should ask the teacher invigilating for a proof of attendance note (justificante de asistencia).
    • After your final exam, you should take the proof of attendance note to the International Relations Office, or to your coordinating teacher if you are studying in Palencia, Segovia or Soria.

The International Relations Office will send it to you by email.

No. The rules in our university require us to use our own certificate. This is created following a strict and safe protocol. It also has to be signed by the university authorities, the Vice-rector for International Relations, and the General Secretary. A transcript signed by your coordinating teacher at the University of Valladolid will be not be valid.
If this is a problem for your university, you should contact us directly.

BEFORE LEAVING THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID

You should pick up the certificate accrediting your stay (certificado de estancia) or Letter 2 at the same place where you received your certificate of arrival or Letter 1:

  • If you have studied in the city of Valladolid, you should go to the International Relations Office. 
  • If you have studied in Palencia, Segovia, or Soria, you should see your coordinating teacher.

The International Relations Office will send you your marks/grades certificate or transcript of records directly. 

EXTENDING AN EXCHANGE STUDY STAY

You should fill in the following document (download here) and send it by email to incoming@uva.es or hand it in personally at the International Relations Office.

Yes. Through the Visiting Students Programme, any university student may stay at the University of Valladolid for one or two terms.