Spanish Language/Medical Spanish Courses in Latin America
Compiled by Lynne Cleeland, UW Medical School
Updated September 2004
The AMSA website also has a list of courses at http://www.amsa.org/global/ih/medspanish.cfm
Courses and Programs listed by Country
International Health Central American Institute Foundation (IHCAI): “The Latin Spanish Patient” is a one month language study and clinical program coordinated by Dr. Mario Tristan that focuses on interaction with patients. Apply online at www.ihcai.org/programs.htm Partial
scholarships may be available.
The Monteverde Institute, Community Health in a Global Context: Open to both clinical and pre-
clinical students. Through lectures, field practice, and group discussion you will learn rapid
assessment procedures for community health. Offers three levels of Spanish language instruction.
Adventure Education Center: http://adventurespanishschool.com/ A program in Costa Rica with 2 locations: Turrialba and Playa Dominical. They offer week long medical Spanish programs with a
clinical component, as well as "adventure programs" to see the countries sites.
University of Wisconsin Medical School Field School for the Study of Language, Culture and
Community Health in Ecuador. Six week course including of Spanish or Quichua language
instruction in Otavalo and study of culture and health care in various Andean and Amazonian sites
in Ecuador. Field visits to health care organizations in Andean and Amazonian communities.
Involvement in community health assessment project and health campaign. Family homestay is
arranged. June to mid-July. Group size is limited. Watch for program announcement and
application in January. Open to first medical students and veterinary medicine, pharmacy, nursing
and premed students. Contact Lynne Cleeland, firstname.lastname@example.org "Acción Por El Futuro" or "Action For The Future": Program that creates opportunities and once in life time experiences that allow interested persons to learn other languages and cultures
while helping their fellow human. Learn Medical Spanish, as well as volunteer work in the medical
field. Internships available at hospitals in Quito, as well as outside of the city. http://www.apf-languages.com/english/mainframe.html
Interhealth South America. Four week program for medical students, offered in Otavalo Ecuador
several months throughout the year. Medical Spanish language immersion, clinical practicum, and
Andes Mountains study tour program in international health. Don Wedemeyer, MD, Marta Alarcón,
MD, Interhealth South America, P.O. Box 398976, Miami Beach, FL 33239, 305-674-6814,
Child Family Health International. Medical student Spanish instruction and clinical electives in
Ecuador and Mexico. See website for program details. Child Family Health International, 953
Mission Street, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-957-0486. www.cfhi.org. email:
Sangay Medical Institute, Riobamba, Ecuador. www.cachamsi.com. Pre-requisite: minimum of three years of high school Spanish or two semesters of university
Spanish. Medical Spanish curriculum is similar to the one used in various US medical schools-
anatomical vocabulary, medical terminology, procedures, and cultural appropriateness. The
curriculum includes topics on indigenous medicine, complementary/ alternative medicine,
comparative international health, and Ecuadorian health care. Students have the opportunity to
work with various physician preceptors among different hospitals and clinics in Riobamba.
Students stay at the local guest house. All inclusive fee (instruction, housing, meals, cultural trips)
for four weeks is1,829.00 US dollars. Registration fee $150.00. Jorge Duchicela, M.D., founder of
the program, was born in Ecuador and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his medical
degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1984. email@example.com.
La Asociacion Pop Wuj: One-on-one instruction in Spanish while helping the people of
Guatemala. It’s a four week program with 25 hours each week. Includes 1-on-1 informal
instruction. Includes a special program for medical students and providers, which can be accessed
through the site or this link, www.pop-wuj.org/medical.htm. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Medical Spanish/International Health Course. Four week course is an on-site exposure to primary and community health care in Guatemala with immersion Spanish language study,
sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Course coordinators are Sara Pirtle and
Alfredo Garcia. Program schedule listed online. Contact: Sara Pirtle, MBA, International Studies &
Programs, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5735, 402-559-2924,
Ohiyesa Language Proficiency Program. Four- week summer Spanish language course with an
introduction to the country's health care system and culture, coordinated by Dr. John Lyons. Room
and board is with a Guatemalan family. John Lyons MD, Department of Anatomy, Dartmouth
Medical School, Hanover, NH 03755, 603-650-1640.
International Community Health and Medical Spanish, Ensenada. Three week University of Southern California program for first year medical students in Baja, California, includes classroom
study of medical Spanish, and observation of urban and rural community health programs and
clinics, as well as cross-cultural training on international health. Family homestay is arranged to
expose students to Mexican family life. Directed in July-August by Dr. Dennis Mull. Dennis Mull,
MD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine, University of Southern California, 1420 San Pablo St.,
PMB-B205, Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323-442-1325, fax: 323-442-3070 email@example.com.
SALUD program for medical Spanish study, cultural immersion and medical study tours, offered
each summer at different sites. 2004 sites will be in Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil. Endorsed by AMSA. Check www.amerispan.com/salud for updated information.
International Alliance in Service and Education (IASE) offers a Service Learning Program and Spanish language program in Cuernavaca & Mazatepec, Mexico (one urban, one rural site). The
program is open to students in health related majors at the undergraduate and graduate level, and
offers health and education services to the underserved population.
Medical School of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Programa de Medicine en la Comunidad, Medical Spanish instruction and clinical primary care under supervision of
Mexican physicians. Information online at
www.uag.mx/medicine/medical_spanish.htm Complete the form and mail to 4715 Fredericksbury
Rd, Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78229
Rios Associates. Health professional intensive medical Spanish four day programs offered at
various sites in California and the Southwest, and one week in Baja California, Mexico. 1351 E. Ft.
Lowell Rd. Suite C, Tucson, AZ 85719, 520-907-3318, http://www.proespanol.com
Mar de Jade/Casa Clinica – http://www.mardejade.com/medvol.htm - Chacala, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta) Medical Spanish and clinical volunteer work opportunities. MAR DE JADE, PMB
078-344, 705 Martens Ct., Laredo, Texas 78041-6010: firstname.lastname@example.org
Se Habla…La Paz www.sehablalapaz.com. Medical Spanish instruction and up to 20
hours/week of clinical volunteer work. Email - email@example.com Medspanish/PACEMD Medical Spanish in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Customized
program, typically 2hours a day of small group or individual Spanish instruction and 5 hours in a
clinical setting where only Spanish is spoken. Available clinical settings include emergency
department, hospital inpatient (med/peds), community oriented primary care, mobile rural clinics,
EMS/Red Cross. Tuition 4 weeks= $1100; 3 weeks=$950; 2 weeks= $800; 1 week= $600.
Housing addition, approximately $600/month; location assistance provided. Contact Information:
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.medspanish.com. Information on San Miguel:
www.internetsanmiguel.com. Affiliated with Pan American Collaborative Emergency Medical
Development Program- PACEMD, www.pacemd.org, 505-239-0143. CME: Receive up to 50 AMA Category 1 credits from the University of New Mexico.
General Spanish Language Schools
Academia Latinoamericana offers a high quality program focusing on the four basic language
skills: listening, grammar, oral and written comprehension.
The Forester Instituto Internacional in San Jose offers several exciting programs of instruction in
the Spanish language. Its short term plans of two, three and four weeks are very popular among
visitors to the country. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/2317/2317index.html Intensa Instituto Interamericano de Idiomas, Intensa offers second language program in English
and Spanish and relies on a highly qualified teaching staff. The length of the Spanish study program
can be as short as one week or as long as six months.
Amerispan – http://www.amerispan.com/study_spanish
Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI) - http://www.spanishlanguageschool.com ILISA – http://www.ilisa.com
Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) http://www.icadscr.com/
Academia de Espanol Quito specializes in teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign
students. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/2817/2817index.html Academia Latinoamericana – Quito one of the goals is to provide excellence in education with
emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/academia/academiaindex.html
Estudio Internacional Sampere (EIS) courses are taught with the same quality and individualized
attention which distinguish EIS in Spain. Individual attention in small group and one-on-one
Central American Spanish School (CASS) offered in a group setting or on a one-on-one basis.
Cemanahuac Educational Community (EC) offers strong academic programs of study of the
Spanish language. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/5027/5027index.html Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO) offering courses to students who wish to study in an environment
which will enhance their understanding of the Spanish language. The Institute's language
immersion program offers the opportunity to experience Mexican culture and understand it through
the acquisition of Spanish. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/5038/5038index.html
Organización Lingüística de Español (O.L.E.) has designed many practical and dynamic programs to learn Spanish which are opened to students of all levels, ages, and professional
experience. Classes start every Monday, this allows students to study for as little as one week at a
time or to continue with classes over a period of months.
http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/5039/5039index.html Spanish Language School – Guadalajara program is intensive, with no more than 6 students per
class, and the tutor program can easily be adopted to individual needs.
http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/5041/5041index.html Universidad Internacional - Cuernavaca, also known as Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies teaching intensive Spanish for foreign students whose knowledge of Spanish varies from
beginning to advanced. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/5029/5029index.html (information also at
Don Quijote of Cuzco, formally known as AMAUTA Spanish School, offers students customized
programs at the level and pace especially suited to each individual's personal goals.
Centro de Lengua Intercambio Cultural (CLIC) offers 8 levels of instruction: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, Proficiency.
http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/7632/7632program.html Estudio Internacional Sampere (EIS) offers many starting dates throughout the year, special
courses designed to fit each individual's needs, social activities, various types of accommodation
and an endless number of "small" services. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/7636/7636index.html
Malaga Instituto uses an integrated, communicative teaching system using Malaca's own books
results in rapid progress. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/7643/7643index.html
International House Barcelona has grown into a major centre for language teaching, teacher
training and related activities. http://www.nrcsa.com/nh_df/7651/7651index.html