Health Science, Field Work & Medical Spanish

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Lima, Peru

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Health Science, Field Work & Medical Spanish

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

    Founded in 1961, The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia has become one of the leading medical schools in Peru. With a concentrated population of 2,000 students, the UPCH specializes in Medicine, Dentistry, Natural Sciences, Public Health, Veterinary, Nursing, Pyschology and Education. The UPCH was ranked 68th in the QS Latin American University Rankings in 2018, the second highest in Peru. ISA students in this program partake in field work in the health sector in addition to their studies.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2021

  • Program Dates

    Late May, 2021 - Late Jun, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2021

  • Credit

    6 - 7 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Health Sciences & Medical Spanish program at Peru's second-highest rated university, the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), allows you to choose between two tracks: Community Medicine or Global and Public Health.

You must have an intermediate or higher Spanish level (2 or more college-level Spanish courses) and will combine field work and classroom experience with a Medical Spanish course, which provides vocabulary and tools for effective communication in the health sector. You will be expected to understand specific terminology in order to follow a physician's communication and proper diagnosis for their patients.

Community Medicine (requires advanced Spanish level) - The UPCH defines community medicine as a branch of medicine concerned with the health of the members of a community. This track emphasizes the early diagnosis of disease, the recognition of environmental and occupational hazards to good health and the prevention of disease in the community. It provides comprehensive health services ranging from preventive, curative to rehabilitative services. It focuses on the health problems of communities, as well as on those of individuals who are part of the community. In this program, you will study study Community Medicine for three hours per week and work 20 hours per week at a local health organization.

Global and Public Health (taught in English) - The UPCH encourages this track for university students and professionals who seek an intensive academic and hands-on experience looking at public health and community health in Peru. You will participate in multidisciplinary coursework and field visits, both of which will help you understand the barriers and opportunities in a vulnerable community's access to health care.

Courses at the UPCH are taught by local university faculty.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level


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


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities




6 - 7

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6 - 7

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9 - 10

Academic Information

  • Program Tracks (choose one)
    • 1) Community Medicine (3 hours/week Community Medicine theory and 20 hours/week at health establishment)
      • Course requires Advanced Spanish level
    • 2) Global and Public Health (coursework, field visits, research project)
      • Course instructed in English
    • ***Students are required to take Medical Spanish as their second course, which requires an intermediate or higher Spanish level (2 or more college-level Spanish courses).
  • Course Selection
    • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university
    • Course availability and contact hours are subject to change
    • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites
    • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Peru Program Manager.
  • Language Requirement
    • Students must have an intermediate or higher Spanish level for this program in order to take the required Medical Spanish course as one of their two courses.
  • Course Credit
    • According to ISA policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program
    • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university
  • Transcripts
    • The transcript from the UPCH will reflect credits for each course listed below
    • The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript, but are listed below to assist with credit transfer
    • Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program


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Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
ISA Students Only
Intermediate / Advanced
✓ Course Required
3 Credits
Taught In English
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Maddie Townsend

Program Manager, Peru


Michelle McRaney

Resident Director, Peru

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Peru. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

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


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals daily and laundry service once a week. While students typically have their own room and share a homestay with another ISA student, you might share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.


While similar to a homestay, pensiones are larger homes that provide housing to multiple students. This option includes two meals per day/seven days per week (excluding excursion days) and laundry service at least once per week. You will also be expected to coordinate meals with the meal schedule of the pensión. This is a great option for students who are more independent and would like to live with a larger number of students in a homestay setting.

Student Residence

Residencias are occupied by international students. At the residencia, you may or may not have your own bedroom and you will share bathrooms and common living areas. Residencias do not include meals, but you will have access to the kitchen and storage area at the residencia. All residencias include wi-fi and some include a computer lab.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu * Optional

Feed the aplacas, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos at Awanacancha, visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo and depart for Aguas Calientes. Take a guided tour of the former capital of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu and explore the ruins afterward. Learn about traditional Andean weaving at Chinchero and stroll down the cobblestone streets of Cusco during the historical city tour.

Ica, Paracas & Chincha

Partake in included activities such as dune buggies and sandboarding in the Huacachina Oasis, visit Paracas and the Ballestas Islands for a chance to see Humboldt penguins and sea lionsand visit Chincha and the Hacienda San José.

Iquitos * Optional

Travel by boat deep into the Amazon jungle, fish for piranhas and observe wildlife such as exotic birds, monkeys, pink dolphins and sloths at the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, not to mention a visit to the Manatee Rescue Center and local river communities to learn about environmental conversation and the rescue of the native language and culture of the Kukama Kukamiria.

Lima City Tour

Discover the historical center of the Peruvian capital by visiting the Monasterio San Francisco de Asis, Plaza San Martín, Jirón de la Unión, Palacio Torre Tagle and Iglesia San Pedro.

Cultural Activities in Lima

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

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included a city tour, graffiti lesson, Real Felipe Fortaleza tour, Huaca Pucllana pyramid and museum visits and a service day.