Valladolid Practical Information

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

The University of Valladolid is located in the Region of Castile and Leon. It has four campuses in the cities of Valladolid, Palencia, Segovia and Soria.

The city of Palencia, capital of the province of Palencia, is within close proximity to some wonderful countryside. To the North, you will find “La montaña palentina”, with peaks of over 2,000 metres. In the Southwest, “Tierra de Campos” and in the South, the area of “Cerrato”.

Palencia is rich in art and monuments including a Diocesan Museum (medieval and renaissance art), the Cathedral Museum, Museum of Palencia (archaeological museum), Díaz Caneja Foundation (contemporary art), Jerónimo Arroyo Museum or Victorio Macho Museum.

Close to the city of Palencia, on the top of a hill 850 metres high, stands the “Cristo del Otero”, a colossal statue of Christ, which was built in 1930 together with a small church. The vast expanse of “Tierra de Campos” can be seen from the top of this hill. “Monte el Viejo”, extraordinary lung of the city, is also visible from this point.

The province of Palencia extends over an area of 8,000 square km, with a maximum altitude of 2,525 metres and a minimum of 700. It has a population of about 185,000 inhabitants.

Moreover, craftsmanship and folklore are two important aspects in the life of the province, notably the forge and silver works, the recovery of the spinning and blanket industry, famous during centuries, and also pottery.

Finally, the tourist routes of Palencia cannot be forgotten: the Route of the reservoirs, the Romanic art in the North, the abandoned villages, the caves, “Tierra de Campos”, Roman villages, and the Pilgrims’ Road to Santiago. Gastronomy is a surprise for the traveller, too. Like its landscape, the Palencia cooking is also varied with a special emphasis on its lamb dishes.

The city of Valladolid, capital of the Region of Castile and Leon, is located in the centre of this region, 200 kms. Northwest of Madrid; and has a population of about 350,000 inhabitants.

Valladolid is now the capital of Castile and Leon and stands out from other Spanish cities, because it has been able to combine the splendour of the past with the necessary progress and development of the present. It is now a modern city with important art and cultural treasures and it has developed cultural, economic and industrial centres.

The University with its large student population makes the city exceptionally friendly and lively. During the year, the student associations organise a wide range of cultural, sports and recreational activities. At weekends, students can enjoy its buzzing night life. The province of Valladolid is also internationally known for its variety of wines. Roast lamb with a good wine is a perfect example, among others, of the gastronomy of our region.

Segovia is located upon a limestone elevation that commands the expansive surrounding crop-covered plains. The first historical reference to the town of Segovia dates back to the year 192 B.C., when its Celt Iberian inhabitants were defeated by Roman forces. As a result of the subsequent two thousand years of existence and growth, Segovia has become one of the most monumental and picturesque towns in Spain. Having been declared a UNESCO World Heritage City, it is world-renowned for the ship-like appearance it projects, the Alcázar standing at its bow, the cathedral tower being its mainmast and the aqueduct its helm.

Likewise awaiting the visitor to Segovia are over forty Romanesque churches, dozens of Renaissance fortress-residences and palaces and, above all, the town’s inimitable atmosphere, which invites one to leisurely roam the streets, where it would seem that time, rather than slowly passing by, had decided to come to a halt in the 16th Century.

Present-day Segovia has managed to retain its image of a quiet provincial capital, the majority of its inhabitants being employed in the services sector, principally in catering for the needs of the great many tourists that flock here each year to enjoy all the town has to offer.

Soria is a small and peaceful city, located on the bank of the river Douro. During the Middle Ages, Soria experienced its years of greatest prosperity of its history.

Today, it is a city with magnificent scenery and it also has beautiful Roman buildings. Poets like Bécquer, Unamuno and Antonio Machado wrote about Soria and were inspired by its landscape and monuments.

The province of Soria is located in the Eastern part of the Region of Castile and Leon and borders on the provinces of La Rioja, Zaragoza, Guadalajara, Segovia and Burgos. The province of Soria extends over an area of 10,306 km2, which is almost a tenth of the entire region, and lies at an altitude of 1,026 meters above sea level.

The province is divided into two large geographical areas, namely, the Sistema Ibérico, with its Picos de Urbión, located in the North of the province, and the Sistema Central.

Because the province is located in the mountains and above sea level, Soria has a continental climate with long winters and short summers. In July, temperatures average 20º C and in January 2º C.

In Soria you will find outstanding monuments such as Iglesia de Sto. Domingo, Palacio de los Ríos y Salcedo, Iglesia de San Juan de Rabanera, Palacio de los Condes de Gomara, San Saturio...

2.- HOW TO GET TO PALENCIA

If you arrive at Madrid Airport (Adolfo Suárez- Barajas) you can travel to Palencia:

- By train: There are several trains (some of them are high speed trains) from Chamartín Railway Station to Palencia every day. The best way to get to the Chamartín Railway Station is by commuter train (Cercanías) or by underground (Metro).

- By bus: Lots of coaches of 'ALSA' company depart from Barajas Airport and Méndez Álvaro Bus Station to Palencia every day. The best way to get to the Bus Station from the airport is by commuter train (Cercanías) or by underground (Metro).

3.- 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

TRANSPORT

- 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

MUSEUMS

- Archaeological Museum
San Marcos, s/n - Phone 979 752328

- Museum of the Cathedral
Plaza Inmaculada, s/n - Phone 979 701347

- Museum “Díaz Caneja”
Lope de Vega, 2 - Phone 979 747392

- Diocesan Museum
General Mola, 34 - Phone 979 745900

- Museum “Jerónimo Arroyo”
Avda. República Argentina, 1 - Phone 979 720384

- Museum “Victorio Macho”
Iglesia Cristo del Otero - Phone 979 749833

Health Insurance: 

MEDfOR students are covered by an insurance scheme in line with the insurance requirements for Erasmus Mundus students set by the European Agency EACEA. Full details are provided in the general conditions you can find here.

The MEDfOR Consortium has signed an agreement with the insurance company: Marsh (S.A.-N.V.) Boulevard du Souverain 2, B-1170 Brussels, BELGIUM The EMIS 2 contract provides each student with an insurance scheme fully compliant with EACEA minimum requirements. Please click here for more information.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE CENTRES IN PALENCIA

EMERGENCIES/ URGENCIAS (Tel 112)

At the hospitals listed below
Hospitals
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

Housing: 

At our International Office at Palencia (internacional.palencia@uva.es) 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 http://spanishinvalladolid.com

Residence Permit: 

Please contact our International Welcome Point iwp@uva.es

Sports: 

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

Information:
Sports Service of the University of Valladolid
Ruiz Hernández, 16
Phone: +34 983 423000 Ext. 4080
E-mail: servicio.deportes@uva.es http://deportes.uva.es/export/sites/deportes/web/index.html

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

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UNIVERSITY FACILITIES

LIBRARIES

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: http://almena.uva.es

You can also check the academic publications produced by students and professors of the University of Valladolid in the UvaDoc repository:http://uvadoc.uva.es
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

DISABLED STUDENTS

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: asuntos.sociales@uva.es