Universitas Castellae is a private institution, dedicated to the investigation and specialization in teaching the Spanish language to university students of other countries. The Universitas Castellae professional team is composed of highly qualified professors and researchers in the field of Hispanic studies, from both foreign and Spanish universities.
As part of its commitment to higher education, Universitas and its collaborating institutions aim to broaden research in the fields of Spanish language and literature. Their publications include the annual literary journals Siglo Diecinueve, Hecho Teatral, La Nueva Literatura Hispánicaand Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, and collections such as Español Lengua Extranjera, Anejos Siglo Diecinueve, Cultura Iberoamericanaand a Congreso Internacional organized with McGill University.
The city of Valladolid is famous for its good standard of “castellano”, or Castilian Spanish. Founded in the Middle Ages, it came to be the nation’s capital during the XVIth Century. It functioned as head of the Empire for many years before the Royal Court moved permanently to Madrid in the 17th century. Today, it is the largest regional capital in Europe. Valladolid is attractive for its winding, narrow streets and secluded medieval patios, yet it is a modern city, with a population of nearly 400,000.
Valladolid is a city of rich and well-celebrated historical and cultural heritage. The city offers a diverse array of important museums, including the world-famous National Religious Sculpture Museum, situated within the splendid frame of the Colegio de San Gregorio; the Oriental Museum ; the Contemporary Art Museum and the Wine Museum of Peñafiel. The Cathedral of Valladolid and the churches of San Miguel, La Cruz and Las Angustias conserve many objects of great artistic value, while the churches of San Pablo and La Antigua are true architectural treasures in themselves. Valladolid offers a full program of recreational and cultural activities (ceramics workshops, theatre, regional dances, concerts, and other performances). It hosts the Cinema International Festival (SEMINCI) in October, and it has one of the most impressive Holy Weeks in the world.