About Us

Universitas Castellae


To be an international benchmark in the teaching of Spanish language and culture, recognized for our academic excellence, innovation in research and our commitment to the integral development of our students. We aspire to be a cultural bridge between Spain and the world, fostering intercultural exchange and understanding through the study of Spanish.


Universitas Castellae is dedicated to higher education in the field of Hispanic language and cultures. Our mission is to provide high quality instruction to international university students, offering an enriching academic environment and a personalized approach. Committed to research and innovation, we work in collaboration with various institutions to develop projects that enrich the field of Hispanic literatures and linguistics – Association of Hispanists “Siglo diecinueve”, McGill University, Iberoamerican Interdisciplinary Association of Ecocriticism and Literature, … -. As a center accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, we strive to maintain the highest standards in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.


  1. Academic Excellence: To maintain and raise the quality of our teaching, ensuring that our faculty is composed of highly qualified and recognized professionals in their fields.
  2. Research and Publication: To promote research projects in linguistics and Hispanic literature, with the objective of contributing significantly to the knowledge and understanding of these fields.
  3. Internationalization: To attract a diverse student body from around the world, fostering an intercultural learning environment and the exchange of ideas and perspectives.
  4. Institutional Collaboration: Strengthen relationships with universities and research centers nationally and internationally to enrich our programs and opportunities for students.
  5. Student Development: To offer students a comprehensive educational experience that not only develops their language skills, but also their understanding of Spanish culture and their ability to act as intercultural ambassadors in their respective countries.
  6. Educational Innovation: Incorporate innovative teaching methods and educational technologies to enhance the learning experience and adapt to the changing needs of students.

These elements reflect Universitas Castellae’s commitment to high quality education, research and the promotion of Spanish language and culture globally.

Universitas Castellae was incorporated in July 1997 as a company (B47400056).  It is a private, non-regulated educational center, dedicated to research and specialized in teaching Spanish language and culture to foreign university students. In keeping with its international vocation, evident in the varied origins of our students, its faculty is made up of a group of professors with extensive scientific and teaching experience, as well as a group of visiting professors, leading Hispanists, from various Spanish and foreign universities.

In support of its teaching work, Universitas Castellae, together with other collaborating institutions, promotes an integral project for the development of research in Hispanic language and literature, whose first fruits are the publication of the yearbooks Siglo Diecinueve, Hecho Teatral, La Nueva Literatura Hispánica and Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, as well as the collections Español Lengua Extranjera, Anejos Siglo Diecinueve, Cultura Iberoamericana, etc. and International Conferences organized together with McGill University and the Association of hispanists “Siglo diecinueve”.

Universitas Castellae is accredited by Instituto Cervantes, which means that it complies with the conditions established by the Instituto Cervantes Accreditation System, the only international accreditation focused exclusively on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.

Governing bodies

The manager of the company, María del Carmen Siller (appointed by agreement of the company in October 2022), is in charge of appointing and coordinating the academic director, the head of studies and the director of the publications service – the mainstays of the center’s operations.

Where we are

  • Our facilities are located in the heart of the city of Valladolid, and have three buildings located in the Plaza del Viejo Coso, home to the first bullring in the city, with a curious octagonal floor plan, built in 1833.
  • These locations are equipped to meet the needs of students by offering up-to-date audiovisual equipment, free Internet access, additional reference materials, etc.
  • Our center is located in a central and safe environment, in one of the most attractive historical areas of the city, surrounded by gardens, bars and cafeterias where you can relax after Spanish classes and chat with other students and local people

The city of Valladolid

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.