• Select the summer program that fits your academic needs and personal schedule with our June Spanish Language and Culture Program or six-week Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Program.
• Push yourself to make the most of your summer abroad by studying in a city with few American tourists or English-language speakers so you can develop your language skills and an appreciation for authentic Spanish culture.
• Live with a host family to improve your language skills and learn more about the customs and culture of Valladolid.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Segovia: Admire this historic city’s rich architectural legacy including an iconic ancient Roman aqueduct with more than 160 arches and Alcázar Castle which inspired Walt Disney.
• Salamanca: Experience this city’s vibrancy through its history that predates ancient Rome, varied architecture and large international student population. The city is known to have one of the most beautiful plazas mayores in Spain.
• Hidden Gems of Valladolid Tour: Hunt for treasures within your host city unknown to even some locals.
Universitas Castellae hosts a small number of U.S. and other international students each summer who are focused on Spanish language and cultural immersion. Small class sizes mean that you can receive individualized attention from your faculty. Universitas is located 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 interact with native speakers. On BCA’s website, you can find more information about the courses available for the upcoming summer.
Valladolid’s streets are full of history that can be felt not only in the buildings but also in the customs that are still observed there. As the former capital of Spain, the city takes great pride in its past and has a vibrant community full of local shops, cafés and restaurants. Living with a host family gives you the chance to get to know their traditions and local culture as you share meals and conversations each day. If you are a business or health science student, you can connect to local organizations through observation placements for the summer.
·Gain professional experience with an international internship! Apply to Vesalius College’s Internship Program to work with one of more than 40 local and international organizations with offices in Brussels including Human Rights Watch, Mission to Macedonia, Oxfam International, UPS, MasterCard and ING Belgium.
·Examine the European Union’s perspectives on current world topics and learn from experts in the field by completing the college’s European Peace & Security Studies Certificate Program or join the Model European Union program.
·Experience the diversity of Brussels, known as the de facto capital of the European Union, and its citizens through your coursework and homestay with a local family.
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 locations in Belgium. BCA’s signature excursion may vary each semester but in the past students have visited the North Sea and Ypres to learn about the impact of WWI on the region and reflect on the way that the war is still being remembered today.
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 not only to develop skills and knowledge important for their future careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally 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.
Volunteer during your time in Brussels through Vesalius College’s partnership 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.
• Focus on your Spanish-language development by studying in a city with few U.S. students or English-language speakers. Situated in the beautiful Castile and León region and only an hour via train from Madrid, Valladolid is an excellent city for you to improve your Spanish skills during your daily interactions around the city and with your host family.
• Pursue volunteer or internship opportunities to learn more about and support organizations doing important work in the city. Your resident director can help to connect you to organizations dedicated to education, immigration services, language instruction, physical therapy, services for the homeless and other services.
• Enroll in the course Human Rights in Global Spain to explore the concepts of culture, human rights and social justice in a multi-regional, globalized Spain.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
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 learn about 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 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.
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 week celebrations in the world. You can also volunteer with organizations working in the community.