Welcome Guide

WHY CHOOSE THE UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID?

The University of Valladolid is located in four of the provinces of the region of Castilla y León: Palencia, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. A region with a rich cultural and natural heritage and one of the largest regions in Europe.

We recommend you to visit the tourism web sites of our provinces and cities to discover what they can offer you:

City of Palencia                Palencia province

City of Segovia                  Segovia province

City of Soria                       Soria province

City of Valladolid              Valladolid province

Castilla y León region

The University of Valladolid is a public university with a long tradition going back almost 800 years, making it one of the oldest universities in the world.

The University of Valladolid offers a wide variety of degrees in the fields of Science, Humanities, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences and Social and Legal Sciences. It has 24 Faculties or Higher Schools where more than 70 Degrees, 64 Masters, 16 joint study programs, double international degrees and 29 Doctorate Programs are taught. Every year, more than 22,000 students study at the University of Valladolid, and among them, some 1,500 are international students.

In addition to its prestige in terms of teaching, the University of Valladolid is recognized for its research excellence, supporting the knowledge generated in its institutes, centers, groups and laboratories. It has 18 research centres, 12 research institutes and 178 recognised research groups. Its Scientific Park promotes initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship through advice and support for the creation of companies, spin-offs, and provides university students with cooperation opportunities with companies to transfer their work, whether it be scientific developments, prototypes, patents or applied research.

The commitment of the University of Valladolid to lifelong learning, its extensive network of international relations, its prestigious research centres, its enormous cultural and sports potential and its social and environmental commitment make up an exceptional academic environment.

STUDY AT THE UVa

The UVa offers a wide variety of academic programmes in its 24 faculties and schools in its 4 campuses, in the cities of Palencia, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid:

  • More than 70 undergraduate programmes and 13 double degree programmes: Undergraduate
  • More than 60 official master’s degree programmes: Master
  • 29 doctoral programmes: Doctoral

You can carry out a study period at the UVa within the framework of different international mobility programmes.

If you want to complete a full study programme and obtain a degree at the UVa, you can find all the information on admission to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

Spanish is the language of instruction of most of the courses, but the UVa also offers courses taught in English:

The UVa requires a B1 level certificate in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) of the languages of instruction (Spanish and/or English) of the courses chosen, if it is not the mother tongue.

If you have knowledge of the language but you cannot provide any kind of accreditation, you must attend an intensive course at the University of Valladolid Language Centre at the beginning of your stay.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The academic calendar for each academic year will be available at this link when it is published: Academic calendar.

Generally, the academic year takes place from the beginning of September to the beginning of July:

  • First semester: from the beginning of September to the beginning of February.
  • Second semester: from the beginning of February to the beginning of July.

For more specific information about when your study period will end, you will be able to check the dates of the exams of the courses you choose in the information about each study plan, as soon as they are published.

You should bear in mind that the first exam period is followed by a resit exam period.

CREDIT AND QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

The University of Valladolid uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

The equivalence of the Spanish qualification system and the ECTS system is shown in the following table:

 

MH

9,0 – 10: Matrícula de Honor

A+

Excellent with honours

SB

9,0 – 10: Sobresaliente

A

Excellent

N

8,0 – 8,9: Notable

B

Very good

N

7,0 – 7,9: Notable

C

Good

A

6,0 – 6,9: Aprobado

D

Satisfactory

A

5,0 – 5,9: Aprobado

E

Sufficient

S

0 – 4,9: Suspenso

FX – F

Fail

NP

No presentado

 

The student did not attend the exam



TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS

At the end of your study period at the UVa, the International Relations Office will prepare your Transcript of Records and send it to you by email.

The Transcript of Records includes the information about the ECTS credits and the corresponding qualifications of the courses taken and their equivalence with the ECTS qualification system.

The Transcript of Records is a digital document. Its validity can be checked using the verification code in the signature footer.

It is possible to download the original document form the UVa website using the link in the signature footer of the document.

HOW TO GET TO THE UVa?

The UVa has four campuses, in four cities of Castilla y León: Palencia, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. You can find information on how to get to these cities in the following links:

ACOMMODATION

You must bear in mind that the UVa has campuses in the cities of Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria, so it is important that you confirm the destination of your mobility before making an accommodation reservation.

The UVa suggests the following accommodation options for international mobility students:

  • Rental of private apartments or rooms: the UVa collaborates with the online accommodation search platform for students Erasmus Play, that may help you compare the available accommodation offer quickly and easily. In addition, you can make a entirely secure reservation, since all their accommodations are verified.

The Erasmus Student Network University of Valladolid student association, ESN Valladolid, has a partnership with a local real estate agency, which offers a discount to its members. You can request information about this option by contacting ESN Valladolid: info@esnuva.org.

ESN Valladolid also provides international mobility students an accommodation search group that you can join on their website.

On the other hand, you can also use rental appartments or rooms search websites such as Fotocasa and Idealista.

The approximate price is € 180 – € 220/month per room, which may vary depending on the expenses included, such as electricity, gas, water or internet. Usually, the total cost of these supplies ranges from € 50 to € 80 per person, depending on the number of people sharing.

Prices range from € 300 to € 350/month on a room only basis and from € 535 to € 570/month on a full board basis.

You must bear in mind that not all of these accommodations have a common use kitchen and that some of them close during holiday periods as Christmas, Easter and summer.

  • Other student residences: you can find information on other student residences not managed by the UVa on the different campuses at this link.
INSURANCE

The UVa requires all international mobility students insurance that covers both health care and travel assistance.

Health care:

  • If you have a European Health Insurance Card, you are entitled to receive health care in Spain through the public health services.
  • If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card, you must take out health care insurance valid in Spain throughout your stay.

Travel assistance:

Your travel assistance insurance must include international medical transport and repatriation in the event of death and must be valid in Spain throughout the stay.

You can take them out with any company of your choice or through the insurance company OnCampus, with which the UVa has an agreement.

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

Before your arrival: do you need a visa?

  • If your nationality is from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you do not need a visa to enter Spain and stay for a study period.
  • If your nationality is from other countries:
    1. If you come from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, and you have previously obtained a stay authorization in that country that is valid throughout your stay in Spain, you will be able to enter Spain without a visa, but you must obtain an authorization to stay for studies for mobility within the European Union upon arrival.
    2. If you come from other countries, you must apply for a student visa before your arrival to enter Spain and stay for a study period.

 

Upon your arrival:

  1. If your nationality is from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and your stay is of over 3 months, you must register at the Central Register for Foreign Nationals, where you will be issued a registration certificate and you will be assigned a Foreigner Identity Number (NIE).
  2. If your nationality is from other countries:
    1. If your stay is of less than 6 months, you must register at the Central Register for Foreign Nationals.
    2. If your stay is of over 6 months, you must apply for a Foreigner Identity Card (TIE).

 

Below, you can find information about the necessary procedures for your situation:

 

Students with nationality from countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: registration in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals and obtaining the NIE

If your nationality is from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and your stay is of over 3 months, you must register at the Central Register for Foreign Nationals, where you will be issued a registration certificate and you will be assigned a Foreigner Identity Number (NIE).

Registration must be made within 3 months from the date of arrival in Spain.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía”, “Otros trámites Comisaría”

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • Passport or national identity document.
  • Learning Agreement.
  • European Health Insurance Card or medical insurance, valid throughout the stay.

Fee: 12€

More information: Immigration portal.

 

 

Students with nationality from other countries:

Student visa

If your nationality is not from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and you have not obtained a stay authorization in one of these countries, you must apply for a student visa to enter Spain and stay for a study period. 

Place: Spanish diplomatic mission or consulate office in the country or territory of residence.

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • Visa application form duly completed.
  • Passport valid for the entire stay.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire stay and return to the country of origin.
  • Proof of admission in an education institution in Spain: letter of acceptance or enrolment document.
  • Medical insurance.

If your stay is for over six months:

  • Criminal record certificate issued by the authorities of the country of origin or the countries of residence of the last five years.
  • Medical health certificate.

More information: Immigration portal.

Stay authorization to continue studies in Spain for mobility within the European Union

If your nationality is not from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland but you come from one of these countries, where you have previously obtained a stay authorization that is valid throughout your stay in Spain, you will be able to enter Spain without a visa, but you must obtain an authorization to stay for studies for mobility within the European Union upon arrival.

This application must be made within 30 days from the date of arrival in Spain.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Oficinas de Extranjería”, “Solicitud de autorizaciones”.

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • Stay authorization application form.
  • Passport valid for the entire stay.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire stay and return to the country of origin.
  • Proof of admission as student in other European Union member country.
  • Proof of admission in an education institution in Spain: letter of acceptance or enrolment document.
  • Medical insurance.

If your stay is for over six months:

  • Criminal record certificate issued by the authorities of the country of origin or the countries of residence of the last five years.
  • Medical health certificate.

More information: Immigration portal.

Registration in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals

If your nationality is not from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and your stay is of less than 6 months, you must register at the Central Register for Foreign Nationals upon arrival.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía”, “Toma de huellas”.

More information: Immigration portal.

Foreigner Identity Card (TIE)

If your nationality is not from one of the countries member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and your stay is for over 6 months, you must apply for a Foreigner Identity Card (TIE) within one month from the date of arrival in Spain.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía”, “Toma de huellas”.

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • Card issuance fee document.

More information: Immigration portal.

Extending your stay

If you want to extend your stay for a period longer than is stated on your visa, you must apply for renewal of the authorization and the TIE within 60 calendar days prior to its expiry date or within the following 90 days.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Oficinas de Extranjería”, “Solicitud de autorizaciones”.

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • Stay authorization application form.
  • Passport valid for the entire stay.
  • Proof of financial means for the entire stay and return to the country of origin.
  • Academic record or certificate of satisfactory attainment corresponding to the previous period of stay.
  • Proof of admission in an education institution in Spain during the subsequent period of stay: letter of acceptance or enrolment document.
  • Medical insurance.

More information: Immigration portal.

Renewal of the Foreigner Identity Card (TIE)

If you have applied for the renewal of your authorization of stay, you must request the renewal of your Foreigner Identity Card (TIE) within one month from receiving the notification that the extension has been granted.

Place:

Online appointment:

  1. Select the corresponding province: Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia or Soria.
  2. Select the corresponding office.
  3. Select “Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía”, “Toma de huellas”.

Required documentation: original and copy:

  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • Card issuance fee document.

More information: Immigration portal.

LANGUAGE COURSES

The UVa Language Center offers Spanish courses to international students who want to improve their proficiency in this language.

If you do not have the language certificate required for your international mobility at the UVa, you must compulsorily attend an intensive course at the beginning of your stay.

Spanish courses may be organized at the Palencia, Segovia and Soria campuses, provided that there is enough number of students. Registration is carried out through the international relations offices in each campus:

  • Palencia Campus: internacional.palencia@uva.es
  • Segovia Campus: internacional.segovia@uva.es
  • Soria Campus: internacional.soria@uva.es

Spanish courses held at the UVa Language Center with a duration of 40 hours may by recognized with 3 ECTS. After passing the course, you must send us the course certificate. We will introduce it in your academic record and it will appear in your transcript of records.

To obtain recognition at your home university, you must include it in your learning agreement.

The UVa Language Center also offers other language courses on the different UVa campuses: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.

MENTOR PROGRAMME

The Mentor Programme offers the possibility of receiving personalized assistance and attention from UVa mentor students, before and throughout the stay, at the different university campuses, to make arrival and integration easier.

You can request participation in this programme when you submit your application for international mobility at the UVa.

ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK (ESN)

Erasmus Student Network is an international organization of volunteer students present throughout Europe. Its local section Erasmus Student Network Universidad de Valladolid, ESN Valladolid, provides assistance to all students how carry out an international mobility period at the University of Valladolid.

On their website, you will be able to find practical information useful for your stay, contact them through their social media or join their groups of each of the UVa campuses and their accommodation search group.

If you want to participate in their activities and benefit of the advantages of their ESNcard, you can register at ESN Valladolid.

ACCESS TO ONLINE SERVICES

As soon as we complete your enrolment, we will provide you instructions to access the services that you can benefit from as a student of the UVa:

UVa CARD

You can obtain your UVa Card showing the identity document or passport you provided in your registration, in the places that we will indicate by email after we perform your enrolment.

After receiving your card, you must wait around 30 minutes to activate it. You can do it in the devices that you will find in the different buildings of the UVa. You only need to put the card in contact with the device and do not remove it until it indicates that the activation has been successful.

With this card, you can access all the services available to UVa students and enjoy all its advantages.

ORIENTATION DAY

Welcome and orientation day for international mobility students.

A welcome and orientation day for international mobility students takes place a few days before the beginning of each semester, in September and February. The details about this event will be communicated by email well in advance. 

The UVa provides transport to participate in this event to all international mobility students whose destination is at any of the UVa campuses outside the city of Valladolid.

Practical information for your mobility is provided in this event, so your attendance is strongly recommended.

URBAN MOBILITY

Valladolid

City buses

The public bus service, provided by the company Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid (AUVASA), has more than twenty lines that cover all the city’s districts.

On their website, you can check out the information about lines and stops, plan your trip, check the estimated arrival time to each stop and download a map of urban transport in the city.

The most suitable means of payment for international exchange students are the following:

Vallabici Bicycles

The public automated bicycle rental system Vallabici has more than 30 stations throughout the city, operating 24 hours a day, every day in the year.

The annual quota for this service is € 25, which is available as credit to spend throughout that period. Bicycles can be used for free for periods of up to 30 minutes. After this time, € 0.50 is deducted from the available credit of the card for the next hour, € 1 for the second and € 2 for each subsequent hour.

It is also possible to use the service purchasing a weekly card for a price of € 5.

You can register in this service at their office in C/ General Ruiz nº3 or through their website: Vallabici.

UVa Bicylcles

The UVa also has a free bicycle loan service for periods of a maximum of an academic year. You can check all the information in this link.

 

Palencia

City buses

The public bus service, provided by the company Autobuses Urbanos de Palencia (PALBUS), has six lines, three of which go to the university campus.

On their website, you can check out the information about lines and stops, plan your trip, check the estimated arrival time to each stop and download a map of urban transport in the city.

The most suitable means of payment for international exchange students are the following:

 

Segovia

City buses

The public bus service of Segovia has twelve lines that cover all the city’s districts.

On their website, you can check out the information about lines and stops, plan your trip, check the estimated arrival time to each stop and download a map of urban transport in the city.

You can also find all the information about means of payment.

 

Soria

City buses

The public bus service of Soria has several lines that cover all the city’s districts.

On their website, you can check out the information about lines, stops and means of payment.

OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT

Apart from some specific exceptions, such as hiring utilities, you will not need to have a Spanish bank account during your stay.

To open a bank account you will first need to obtain:

  • Foreigner Identity Number (NIE), if your nationality is from a country member of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
  • Foreigner Identity Card (TIE), if your nationality is from any other country.

It is recommended that you inform the bank about which services you will be requiring (type of account, cards, transfers, online banking ...) so that they can inform you about the terms and conditions applicable. This will enable you to compare the various offers each bank makes you.

HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCIES

If you have the European Health Insurance Card and you require medical assistance, you must go to the nearest health centre to where you live with your card and with your identity document or passport.

If you have private medical insurance and you require medical assistance, you must contact your company for them to tell you where you should go to so that your medical expenses are covered.

For emergencies, whether medical or any other kind, you should call the emergency number 112, which operates 24 hours a day and consult the document Emergency protocol.

DISABILITY SERVICES

The UVa Disability Service provides information, guidance and advice on the rights and resources for people with disabilities during their stay at the UVa, with the aim of facilitating their inclusion and greater autonomy.

Students with disabilities or special needs may request the necessary academic adjustments at the beginning of each semester.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

The Centro Buendía coordinates and promotes cultural activities at the UVa. You can find all the information on their website.

Musical groups:

All of them usually hold entrance exams at the beginning of each academic year.

SPORT ACTIVITIES

The University of Valladolid Sports Office, on each of the four campuses (Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia, and Soria), will give you the chance to do sport by using the facilities or by taking part in groups and activities.

In addition, at each of the UVa faculties or schools you can get in touch with a sports specialist who will inform you of the activities organised and of the sports teams you can join.

Use of certain facilities as well as taking part in sports groups or organised activities requires you to book or register previously through the Sports Office website. To do this, you need to have access to the UVa’s online services and your UVa card.   

The UVa Mountaineering Group carries out hiking and mountaineering activities with transport included throughout the academic year.

VOLUNTEERING

The University of Valladolid offers its students the possibility of participating in volunteering activities, either in its own initiatives or in institutions with which the UVa has a collaboration agreement.

Students will be able to help people with disabilities, share accommodation with senior citizens, take part in cultural exchange activities, drug information and prevention activities, activities for gender equality at the university and conferences and congresses organized by the UVa.

OTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICES

Canteen

The UVa has a canteen on the Valladolid campus:

Comedor Universitario Alfonso VIII

Paseo Prado de la Magdalena, 1.

Monday to Saturday from 13.00 to 16.00.

Price: € 6.50. 10 and 30-meal tickets: € 6/meal.

In addition, there are cafeterias in most of the faculties and schools of the different UVa campuses.

 

Libraries

The UVa has an extensive network of libraries on its different campuses.

Its collection is accessible through the Almena Catalogue and the UVaDOC Repository.

To use the library services, it is essential to have your UVa Card.

You can check out all the information about this service in this link.

 

Other services

Internships for students

Psychological support

Ombuds Office

Legal consultancy for students