SUMMER 2019: Details & application info for Spanish & Medicine study abroad (Max 30 students per group)
A study abroad program exclusively for premed/prehealth students...
Spanish Immersion Medical Shadowing
 in South America
Above: Spanish & Medicine Study Abroad  (Summer 2019, Chile)  Spanish Immersion + Medical Shadowing
Did you know the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain?
In fact, only Mexico has more (but America is catching up)
 
What does that mean for the future of healthcare?   What does that mean for you?
"There is a Chronic Shortage of American Healthcare Professionals that Speak Spanish"
- IMDiversity
30 years ago Spanish fluency for healthcare professionals was a “So what?”
 
Then about 20 years ago it became a “nice to have”
 
10 years ago it was “highly recommended”
 
Now...Spanish is an “absolute necessity” in many places. 
 
Will today's premed & prehealth students regret not getting fluent when they had the chance?
 
Or will they be able to treat the 54 million (and growing) Spanish-speakers in their own language?

"My favorite part about the Spanish and Medicine program was shadowing local doctors in El Hospital Regional. I got to see many interesting cases that aren’t commonly seen in the United States such as tuberculosis, dengue fever and even parasitic infections. 
 
The knowledge and experience I gained also increased my confidence both in speaking Spanish as well as working in a health-care environment."
Tess Hansen, Nebraska
SPANISH CLASS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
For the first time in my life I woke up looking forward to class...and dreaded days off."
Shadow Healthcare Professionals in Local Hospitals & Clinics
Above:  Students prepare for medical shadowing
SUMMER 2019 - START DATES & TUITION
Each session* is 4 weeks.  (Max 30 students per session)
 
Choose up to 4 sessions, depending on your time available and how fluent you want us to get you. 
 
You do NOT need to choose your session(s) when you apply now.
 
Session A  May 27 - June 23 (Viña del Mar, Chile)
Session B  June 24 - July 21 (Santiago, Chile)
Session C  July 22 - Aug. 18 (Viña del Mar, Chile)
Session D  Aug. 19 - Sep. 15 (Santiago, Chile)
 

Tuition**
1 Session (4 weeks)  $3,970
2 Sessions (8 weeks) $6,970
3 Sessions (12 weeks) $9,970
4 Sessions (16 weeks) $12,970
* Typical college credit is one course per 4-week session.  
** Includes Spanish course, housing, and shadowing
Warning 
(Read Before You Continue)
The Spanish & Medicine study abroad program is NOT for everyone.
 
It requires personal sacrifices, group cooperation and cultural empathy. 
 
Please be sure you meet the below conditions before you apply:
  • You are willing to forego some of the comforts you have at home
  • You are willing to "get you hands dirty" on volunteer days
  • Your Spanish is Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced  (The program is not appropriate if you are already fluent)
  • You are accepting of people with  different beliefs and customs than your own
Spanish & Medicine participants include future:
Chiropractors
Dentists
Healthcare Administration
Medical Doctors
Nurses
Pharmacists
Physican's Assistants
Physical Therapists
Veterinarians
...and more
You are eligible to apply if:
  • You are a future healthcare professional
  • You will have completed at least one year of college studies before the start date
  •  You have a genuine desire to treat your future Spanish-speaking patients in their own language
  •  You are able to spend 4 (or more) weeks far from home and away from your friends and family
"Lower quality of health care and worse health outcomes are more likely when language barriers exist between patients and provider"
- US National Library of Medicine
It is to the benefit of the physician-patient relationship to have physicians reasonably acquainted with the Spanish language. This instruction should begin during the physicians’ undergraduate careers.
  
Pre-medical students are aware of the increasingly diverse populations that they will encounter as healthcare providers. For this reason, it is important that we strive to broaden our academic horizons for the sake of our future patients.
 
-Premed Life
Students Share Their Experiences & Advice 
Muchas gracias to these students who've volunteered to give you a glimpse of the program from an insider's viewpoint...
Click thumbnails to watch videos (most are 30-65 seconds)
Ashley
Idalis
Derek
Stephanie
Gary
Kia
Lindsay (audio)
Matthew
Justine (audio)
Joseph
Emma (audio)
Vanna
Emily
Cassidy
Ana & Adora
Mitchell
Kiko
Luke
Tim & Nick
Jordan
Shelley
Andrew
Rebecca
Chase
Wallace
Petra
Matthew
Amanda
Ben
Emily
Marlana
Bella
Masafumi
Brenna
Yan
Kera
Keisha
William
Lee Ann
Eli
Niklas
Sarah
Erin
Richard
Not Fluent in Spanish Yet?
(It's Not Your Fault)
If you are like most North American students, much of your language education has been in traditional classrooms:  one teacher with many students, a curriculum focused on memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules, and (most unfortunately) lacking "practice doing" through real conversations.
 
The below chart should help explain why your progress may be less than your potential: 
Our approach is very different.
 
While we do devote time to the fundamentals (grammar & structure), "conversation practice" is the cornerstone of the class....

...and the real driver of fluency acquisition.
 
So your class time is mostly spent at the "discussion" and "practice doing"  sections of the learning triangle.
 
The better results can be counter-intuitive as it seems more like hanging out with friends than going to school.
 
Why Immersion "Just Works"
These 7 Fluency Acceleration Factors  all combine for an (almost always) superior result
1) Extra Small Classes
Max of 7 students keeps you engaged and participating. 
 
2) "Living In The Now"
While abroad (free from your usual daily headaches)  you are fully present.
 
3) Single-Class Focus
You only need to learn Spanish, so you don't waste mental energy subject-hopping.
 
4) "360 degrees of Spanish"
The "Spanish everywhere environment" keeps you surrounded by the language even when class ends.
 
5) Conversation Sections
Rather than late nights studying for exams,  you learn by doing right in class.
 
6) Supportive Community
Without the pressures of grades and class rank, students help each other succeed.
 
7) Same Day Incentives
Use your new Spanish phrases in the real world the very same day you learn them.
Extra: Spanish Class "Spycam"
(Click image for video of class)
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
For decades Europeans have mastered languages via "eduvacations" - trips abroad to learn the language where it's spoken
Finally, savvy Americans are doing the same
Have you ever wondered why the Dutch, the Swiss, the Danes, and other Europeans often speak 3 (or more) languages frequently?
 
Are they all language savants? 
 
What is their secret?
 
They don't fill their college schedules with language courses.
 
They don't lock themselves in their basements to memorize vocabulary lists.
 
They don't download all the latest whizbang learning apps.
 
They DO love to travel, and they DO love to learn a language where it's spoken – getting fluent quickly, living cultural adventures, and making new friends all at once.
 
And the best part is, they spend FAR LESS to get fluent than they would on an American college campus.
 
The good news is...a (proper) Spanish immersion program can get you fluent quickly and enjoyably – even if you “stink at languages” or you don't study.
 
Many Europeans do it. So do more and more "in the know" Americans.
 
So can you.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Spanish & Medicine student, Lisa W., volunteers at a children's hospital.
The Spanish & Medicine study abroad takes place in South America.
 
It is exclusively for prehealth/premed students who will have completed at least one year of college studies prior to the program start date.
Spanish & Medicine at a glance...
  • Study abroad program for premed/prehealth students
  • Includes Spanish immersion, medical shadowing, and housing
  • Suitable for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (not appropriate if you are already fluent)
  • Each 4 week session is equivalent to a college course
  • Choose 4, 8, 12, or 16 weeks
  • Each session limited to 30 students
Should You Apply to Join Us?
The language gap crisis in American healthcare gets worse every year.
 
Ask yourself...

Is it more practical  to ask 100 Spanish-speaking patients to learn English or one (relatively) privileged college student to learn Spanish? 

The thing is....

YOU Absolutely CAN Become a Bilingual Healthcare Professional.
 
Through a proper immersion program, fluency is closer than you think.
 
We Are Committed to Getting You There...
Spanish & Medicine Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Spanish & Medicine for?
It is carefully designed for pre-health students who anticipate using Spanish in their careers.
 
The ideal student:
+ can live without all the creature comforts of home.
+ enjoys meeting new people and is culturally curious.
+ has a desire to witness health care in action.
+ has a genuine interest in learning Spanish.
Who is the program NOT for?
You will not be happy if you:
- require hands-on practice (our shadowing is based on ethical observation, not practicing) 
- only want to participate to “stand out” on grad school and job applications
- only want the college credit and have no real interest in using Spanish
- need a high-comfort environment or are a "Debbie Downer"
Does the shadowing comply with AAMC study abroad standards?
Yes. The clinics we partner with for shadowing, as well as local health care regulations, do not allow our students to diagnose patients or to perform medical procedures. You will be observing the professionals that do.
How do participants receive academic credit?
Depending on your level, you will receive a transcript from Bolivariana (South America) or Brookhaven (USA).
What is the minimum level of Spanish required?
There is no minimal level of Spanish. Our school has complete beginners all the way through people that teach Spanish themselves.
 
Beginning students often advance the most, yet understand the least. It will be frustrating at first, yet by the end you will be surprised at your abilities.
What’s included in the tuition?
Your Spanish & Medicine tuition includes: 
 
+ all Spanish instruction
+ all course material
+ additional Spanish classes focused on medical Spanish
+ academic transcript
+ housing with a local host
+ medical component (shadowing, guest lectures, field trips)
What additional expenses should students allow for?
You should also budget for:
 
>>> plane ticket to South America  You can save a lot of money by searching for student tickets
 >>> “walking around” money (lunch, snacks, entertainment etc.) about half what you pay in North America 
 >>> souveneirs – gifts for family and friends back home 
>>> optional school activities. Excursions are optional and you pay only for the ones you want. Usually they are inexpensive – for example, the cooking class everyone puts in a few dollars (and then gets to eat the food anyway)
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