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Health Science, Field Work & Medical Spanish
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.
Summer 2 2023
May 19, 2023 - Jun 24, 2023
Mar 15, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Mar 30, 2023
6 - 7 Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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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 Health 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 Health (requires advanced Spanish level) - The UPCH defines community health 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.
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.
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.
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 two semesters (three quarters) of college-level
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
6 - 7
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
6 - 7
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
9 - 10
- Program Tracks (choose one)
- 1) Community Health
- 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).
- 1) Community Health
- 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.
- 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.
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
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.
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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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.