BCA Valladolid, Spain

BCA Valladolid, Spain

Enjoy churros and hot chocolate – a favorite snack in Valladolid – as you meet with your language exchange group, which includes study abroad students and local English-language learners of all ages. You’ll quickly share your country’s customs, traditions, slang words and sense of humor with each other. Spend time with your host family sharing meals, learning about their traditions and experiencing some of Valladolid’s celebrations, such as La Feria, a fall celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, or the spring celebration of Semana Santa, one of the largest holy weeks in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.

Your BCA Valladolid Resident Director was born and raised in the city and is committed to helping you find all the treasures it offers – even some unknown to many residents! Your RD helps you plug into festivals and activities going on in area. You’ll also venture outside of Valladolid with your RD as a guide. Excursions vary each semester but in the past have included Segovia, known for its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct; and Salamanca, home to one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain

As an educational center focused entirely on Spanish language and culture, Universitas Castellae offers individualized attention to its students. The school hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each semester. Universitas is in the heart of Valladolid with classrooms in the historic and culturally significant Plaza del Viejo – the city’s first bullring. Classes usually occur in the morning, so you can use the afternoon to pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in a variety of disciplines or interact with native speakers and explore the city independently. 

Subjects

  • History
  • Literature
  • Spanish
  • Art History
  • International Relations
  • Spanish Language Literature And Studies
  • Spanish Literature
  • Hispanic Studies

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BCA Quito, Ecuador

The BCA Quito program offers many ways for you to become involved in the community and to learn about Ecuadorian culture and traditions from local people. You can join the University’s Ecua-buddies program, where you are matched with an Ecuadorian student and encouraged to do fun activities together. Living with a host family gives you the chance learn about holiday celebrations, family customs and tasty traditional dishes! If you’re interested in volunteering, there are placements available with local non-profit organizations such as a medical clinic, refugee services agency and an agency working with children with disabilities.

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) hosts approximately 6,000 students, including 1,000 international students, across its various campuses. USFQ is ranked in the top three universities in Ecuador and offers areas of study across a wide array of academic disciplines, making it a perfect location to fulfill major or general education requirements. You can also apply for the Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI), which pairs you with a USFQ faculty member completing research in their field. Or, you can challenge yourself and connect to the community through an internship in education, social sciences or health professions. 

Your Resident Director will guide you throughout the semester, helping you understand and process your experiences and gain the confidence you need to explore Quito on your own. Together you will traverse the historical center of Quito, visit a cloud forest and hike around volcanic lakes, all while learning about the rich Andean culture. As part of the program you will spend five days in the Amazon Rainforest where you will meet indigenous people living in the Amazon and learn more about their history, traditions and struggle to live in an area polluted through oil exploration. Other excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included the Galapagos Islands or Cochasqui and Otavalo.

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BCA Brussels, Belgium

As the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the ideal place for students of varying interests and major areas of study to enrich their academic experience. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city that is fashionable, creative and fun! The city hosts a wide variety of clubs and pubs as well as an excellent music scene with numerous rock, jazz, world music, techno and even folk festivals.  Brussels is also the bilingual Capital of Belgium, with French and Dutch (Flemish) as official languages. It is a cosmopolitan city in which many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street.

Cultural Activities & Excursions
Live (and eat) like a local with the help of the BCA Brussels Resident Director, who takes you on a culinary tour of Belgium! Indulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites, and of course waffles and chocolate, and learn about their cultural significance. Venture outside of Brussels with our RD as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant places in Belgium. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester, but in the past have included Ypres and the North Sea. 

Community Connections
Do your part and consider volunteering during your time in Brussels! Vesalius College works with Serve the City – an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals and friendship. Develop your expertise in European affairs by taking advantage of Brussels’ role as the “Capital of Europe” and attend lectures from important local and international leaders. You can also engage with the campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government and joining other clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another prospective of Belgian life and culture.
 
Academics
Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Exciting internship opportunities allow you to set yourself apart and show future employers that you have experience working in a foreign country, have a global network and can balance academics as well as professional commitments. 

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