Medical Spanish Immersion

Universidad de Belgrano
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Medical Spanish Immersion

  • Location

    Buenos Aires

  • Host University

    Universidad de Belgrano

    The UB's urban campus is situated in the lovely residential neighborhood of Belgrano, surrounded by parks, homes, and embassy buildings. It is just a short walk from the ISA office and a quick subway or bus-ride from downtown Buenos Aires. The campus boasts computer labs, a large library, sports facilities, a theater, a cafeteria, and a number of study spaces and areas for students to relax between classes.
    The UB was ranked 59th in the QS Latin American University Rankings in 2017 and is among the highest quality universities in Argentina. It has a strong tradition of internationalization, and is among the most popular universities for U.S. study abroad students. Over 900 study abroad students attend the UB each year from all corners of the globe. The UB's goals are to provide high-quality education, to promote research in all disciplines, and to foster the social and cultural development of the community.

  • Term

    Summer 4 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 22, 2024 - Jul 27, 2024

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Feb 10, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Feb 25, 2024

  • Credit

    120 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $6,950

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Study Abroad Program Description

The Medical Spanish Immersion summer program is designed for students with an advanced level of Spanish who are interested in health care and medical terminology. During this 5 week program students will participate in a 60 hour intensive Spanish for Health Professionals course aimed to increase medical conversation vocabulary. In addition to the Spanish course, students will shadow healthcare professionals on 60 hours of clinical rotations. The opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to experiences in their medical placements will allow students to increase Spanish proficiency and cultural competence quickly. Students will be eligible for academic credit for the Spanish language course and will receive a certificate from their placement clinic for hours completed at their medical rotation.

The Spanish for Healthcare Professionals course is taught at the Universidad de Belgrano by local university professors and will include guest lectures from healthcare specialists. ISA participants will take classes alongside other international students. All students will complete a placement exam in order to determine eligibility for the program.

Students with two semesters of Spanish can enroll in Intensive Spanish Language Summer 1 program prior to this program in order meet the language eligibility requirement.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (six quarters) of college-level Spanish

To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

120

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

8

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

12

Academic Information

The Medical Spanish Immersion summer program is designed for students with an advanced level of Spanish who are interested in health care and medical terminology. During this 5-week program, students will participate in two 60-hour courses.  The Spanish for Health Professionals course is aimed to increase medical conversation vocabulary, and the Healthcare Practicum includes clinical rotations where students will be assigned to specific medical areas, such as Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, and Neurology, as well as classroom engagement where students will apply critical reflection, through debate sessions, research projects and oral presentations.  This a unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to experiences in their medical placements and increase Spanish proficiency and cultural competence quickly. 

Eligibility Requirements

GPA of 2.5 

Course Credits

The contact hour at the Universidad de Belgrano is 45 minutes. The ISA Cover Letter that will accompany your transcript upon completion of your program will reflect the adjusted U.S. 50-minute contact hour and updated transfer credit recommendations. Please discuss credit transfer with your home university prior to departure.

Transcript Information

The transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

Universidad de Belgrano
International Students
Advanced
Healthcare Practicum
Med Span 556
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.

SUPPORT TEAM

Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Argentina

BUENOS AIRES TEAM

Gabriela Gamper

Resident Director, Argentina

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email diversity@studiesabroad.com for more information.

Funding

All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at higheredfinaid@worldstrides.org

Housing

ISA Housing in Buenos Aires allows you to enjoy a memorable experience by living in an Argentine home with a local family or in a residencia with other international students. With an open mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture will be both educational and highly rewarding. This will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place and live as a local would, so take advantage and let yourself become a Porteño!

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. 

Homestay

If you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad, living with a host family is your ideal housing option. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and ensure a comfortable living situation. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily, and laundry service once a week. All of the ISA host families are located in some of the most vibrant and affluent neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including Belgrano, Palermo, and Recoleta. Living with a host family will offer you glimpses of everyday life in the capital city with easy access to the Universidad de Belgrano. It is important to note that due to the dynamic and culture of Buenos Aires, most homestays consist of a single, older woman or an older couple. Although a few nuclear families are available, ISA cannot guarantee any specific type of homestay for students.

Student Residence

If you choose to live in the residencia, you will have your own roomr and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Cultural Activities in Buenos Aires

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Buenos Aires. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Buenos AIres special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a Tango dance class, Feria de Mataderos, Museo Evita, and Yerba Mate workshop.

El Tigre

The city of Tigre and its surrounding delta region is one of the most popular weekend getaways for porteños. This day-trip will consist of a stroll through the Puerto de Frutos, an open air market, and a boat ride through the river delta.

Día de Campo - Estancia

On this excursion, you will visit an estancia outside the city of Buenos Aires, where you will be served traditional asado in an authentic farmhouse, observe the traditional dances and games of rural communities, and have the chance to take carriage rides and go horseback riding.

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