Cultural Life: 

"I had an opportunity to spend a semester in the University of Valladolid in Spain. As the issue of preference is very much subjective, I will not compare between them. I will talk about what I saw (people say I am a bad observer, so be careful in listening and taking me seriously).
University of Valladolid is a wonderful place to concentrate for your study. The campus has a very good library which you find open until 21:00. Teachers are good and helpful. Having a walk every evening in the lush beauty by the river is an unforgettable experience. For those who are interested more in the night life, I am not the person to ask. Although a kind of cave-person, I went out some time at night with a few of my friends. Language might be a trouble for foreign students in communicating local people, but you can manage with your primitive gestures in the face of such situations as I did. But, you will not have any problem in the campus. If you plan for long stay, better learn the language. There are a few good super shops for everyday shopping. Price of the food seemed to me relatively less in Spain. To conclude about University of Valladolid, those who want to concentrate on study more, and discover the inner self in a beautiful place, can think about this university.

Md. Habibur Salman, Bangladesh, 1st edition – 1st in Padua, 2nd year in Palencia (Valladolid) and Padua

University of Valladolid

History: The University of Valladolid is one of the oldest in Spain, together with those of Salamanca and Lerida. All of them form part of a great intellectual movement that emerged in western Europe during the XIII and XIV centuries. The origins of the University of Valladolid date back to the late XIII century.  More information at

Location: The University of Valladolid is distributed between 4 campuses in 4 cities (Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria) MEDFOR at UVa is coducted at Palencia campus. More informatin at

How to get Palencia campus: Palencia is located around 250 km north to Madrid. Madrid airport (Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas) receives flights from all over the world from there you can then make the journey on to Palencia by train (1 hour and 35 minutes) or by coach. More information at

Academic calendar: Winter School runs during the MEDFOR 1st academic year between early January and early February. Winter School coordinator will inform each year about the exact dates. Specialization semester runs during the MEDFOR 2nd academic year between mid September and late January while the Master Thesis work has to be developed between February and early July of the MEDFOR 2nd academic year. More information about the UVa academic calendar at

Credits and marks system: UVa is fully attached to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System while the grading (marks) system follow the Spanish standards. More information at

From here and below you can use the current structure but in the area of VISA you can include this link: and this mail as main contact:


Some useful addresses in Palencia: 

Emergency services  (Phone 112)

National Police: Phone 091
Avda. Simón Nieto, 10
Local Police: Phone 092
Fire Brigade: Phone 080
Guipúzcoa, 5

Local Information:

- Town Council Department of Culture
Plaza Mayor - Phone 979 718179

- Town Council Youth Department
Doña Urraca - Phone 979 706324

- Youth Information : Phone 979 743151

- Dirección General de Tráfico: Phone 979 123505

- Cultural Universitary Association (ACUP): Phone 979 700974 (This association offers a direct transport service to the Valladolid Campus)

Tourist Information 

- Local Tourism Office
Mayor, 7 - Phone 979 718134

Central Post Office 

Plaza León, 4 - Phone 979 743259


- Train Station (RENFE): Jardinillos, s/n
National Information: Phone 902 240202
International Information: Phone 93 4901122

- Bus Station: Jardinillos de la Estación, s/n
Phone 979 743222

- Taxi
Phone 979 743919

Telephone information 

National Information: Phone 11818
International Information: Phone 11825

Medical assistance centers in Palencia 


At the hospitals listed below
HOSPITAL RÍO CARRIÓN. Ponce de León, s/n
Phone 979 167000
Primary Care Centres
PINTOR OLIVA. Pintor Oliva, 8
Phone 979 730050
JARDINCILLOS. Alonso Fernández de Madrid, s/n
Phone 979 744011


At our International Office at Palencia ( students can obtain information about housing and logistics.

Language Courses: 

The University of Valladolid has a Language Centre where a great number of modern languages are taught: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, etc..

In its Language Centre situated in Valladolid Campus (Camino del Cementerio, s/n) the University of Valladolid organises several Spanish Language Courses. You can find information about them on the following link

Residence Permit: 

Please contact our International Welcome Point


For those who wish to participate in sports, the University offers the following possibilities: Basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, football, indoor football, athletics, cross-country running, skiing, “pelota”, “frontenis”, chess, badminton, tennis, table tennis, judo, squash, karate, and courses of physical education of different kinds.

For these activities the University has the following sports facilities:
- “Fuente la Mora” Sports Centre: located 4 kms. from the city centre. This is a complex with modern indoor courts for basketball, handball, gymnastics, volleyball, “pelota”, “fronton” etc.; there are also facilities for outdoor sports such as pitches for rugby, football, an athletic track, cross-country running, tennis courts, etc. and a swimming-pool.
- “Ruiz Hernández” Sports Centre in Ruiz Hernández, 16

Sports Service of the University of Valladolid
Ruiz Hernández, 16
Phone: +34 983 423000 Ext. 4080

You can also contact with the Sport Officer of your Faculty or University School.

More Information: 



The University of Valladolid has a wide array of libraries. You can consult the book and publication catalogue, reserve or renew books, etc through their webpage:

You can also check the academic publications produced by students and professors of the University of Valladolid in the UvaDoc repository:
Libraries at Valladolid Campus
Every study centre has its own library. Moreover, you can access the services of the following libraries.

- “Reina Sofía” General Library
Chancillería, 4 - 47003 Valladolid
Phone +34 983 423029 / 423030

- Provincial and University Historical Archive

- “Santa Cruz” Historical Library
Plaza Santa Cruz, 8 - 47002 Valladolid
Phone +34 983 184271/184001 - Fax +34 983 423234

- European Documentation Centre
Plaza Santa Cruz, 5, 3rd Story - 47002 Valladolid
Tel. +34 983 423009/423767 - Fax +34 983 185830
Libraries at Palencia, Soria and Segovia Campus
Every campus has its own library


The Secretariat for Social Affairs is a University of Valladolid welfare service. Among other areas it is involved in overcoming any obstacles which may limit access to University for students with disabilities. To achieve this, the Secretariat for Social Affairs is promoting activities such as direct support from classmates, through accompanying disabled students, help in the classroom both in physical as well as academic terms, etc.

Technical support is also available upon registration, in the recording of texts for the visually impaired, acquisition of specialised equipment when this is deemed necessary, extended time during examinations, etc.

If you suffer from any disability which hinders access to your faculty or if you have any difficulty in your course arising out of physical or sensorial limitations, contact the Secretariat for Social Affairs:
Casa del Estudiante Real de Burgos, s/n - 47011 Valladolid
Phone. +34 983 423977 - e-mail: