The Languages Centre of the Universitat de València begins the Spanish classes for the integration of the Ukrainian war refugees

  • Office of the Principal
  • April 12nd, 2022

The Universitat de València, through its Languages Centre and in collaboration with Divina Seguros, an insurance company, will teach Spanish courses for the Ukrainians displaced by war. The courses, in intensive working day, will allow them to acquire between A1 and A2 levels, making it possible to break the most important barrier refugees are facing, the language.

The Languages Centre of the Universitat de València presented on April 11th the Spanish courses programme for the integration of the Ukrainian war refugees with the aim of explaining the purpose of the programme and starting the classes.

These courses will be intensive, from Monday to Friday, and two months long. They are part of the Action Plan of the UV with Ukraine and are outlined so that students can acquire competencies between A1 and A2 levels, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Carles Padilla, Vice-Principal for Internationalisation and Multilingualism; Pilar Serra, the Vice-Principal for Sustainability, Cooperation and Healthy Living; Amparo Ricós, the Dean of the Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication; Pablo Gil, the Honorary Ukrainian Consul in Valencia, and Armando Nieto, General Director of Divina Seguros, participated at the courses launch ceremony.

Carles Padilla, Vice-Principal for Internationalisation and Multilingualism, was the one in charge of the opening the act and the welcoming. The Vice-Principal wanted to highlight the necessity of these courses: “The Languages Centre will be the reference point not only for the Spanish courses, but also for all the actions organised in favour of the refugees from Ukraine. The Universitat will provide all means at their disposal to make their stay in Valencia as comfortable and profitable as possible, without losing sight from the horizon that is going back to their country to help recover the democracy, economy and social well-being when the war is over".

Pilar Serra, Vice-Rector for Sustainability, Cooperation and Healthy Life at the University of Valencia, contextualised this initiative, which is part of the Universitat de València Action Plan with Ukraine, a compendium of initiatives focused on offering help and support to Ukrainian refugees. In this sense, he wanted to remind that the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences and the Faculty of Teacher Training have prepared a series of extracurricular activities for children to socialise and learn the language in an entertaining way.

On the other hand, she also wanted to highlight the importance of mental health: “in order to help you with any psychological aspect, you can get psychological support at the UV”. This psychological support will be located at the Languages Centre of the University, which will be the reference point for all Ukrainian refugees. Lastly, she informed that “we will also offer help regarding any legal or social issues that will be useful throughout these weeks” and that they can access the portal to get to know all the services that the University provides.

In her speech, Amparo Ric’os, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, Translation and communication (a centre that collaborates in the organisation of the activities and which will also supervise the spanish courses), welcomed all the participants by reminding them that the Faculty is available for anything they may require.

The Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Valencia , Pablo Gil, stated that language is the first barrier that a displaced person has to overcome and that this initiative “will allow them to adapt to their new surroundings, meet new people and, most importantly, get a new job. This is a vital link where the Universitat de Valéncia has provided means and resources and we are all very grateful”.

Armando Nieto, executive president of Divina Seguros, the insurance company and non-profit organisation that collaborates with the University in setting up the courses, spoke of the importance and need for initiatives like this, in which "synergies between different organisations and institutions offer help and solutions to people in situations of vulnerability". He also wanted to encourage other entities to follow his path and collaborate in initiatives like this one.

If you would like to collaborate in the UV project to help Ukraine, please send an email with your personal and contact details to