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Valladolid, Spain Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins.

Language pre-requisites:  for the semester or academic year, you must also have successfully completed 5 semesters of university-level Spanish (through Spanish 301) prior to participation.  Pre-requisites for the summer program varies, depending on the option you choose.  See the "Summer" tab below for details. Note that in all cases, you will take a University of Valladolid placement test to confirm that you are at the correct language level necessary to succeed in their program.

Courses & UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

Semester and Academic Year  Summer

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, if you participate in the full semester, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. If you participate in an eight-week summer option, 2/3rds of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion

All Spanish majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken.  The academic year, semester and eight-week summer options meet the language immersion requirement for Spanish majors and minors.  The two-week summer option does not.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester runs from late September/beginning of October to the middle of December. There are no breaks during the 11-week semester.  
  • Spring semester program runs from early January to mid May, with a two-week spring break. 
  • The academic year program runs from late September/ beginning of October to mid-December. Service-learning will take place in January. Spring semester runs on the regular university calendar, from February -June. Exam retakes are available in July.
  • Eight-week summer options run from late May through late July.  The two-week summer education option takes place in late July.
Exact program dates are determined the semester prior to departure.