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International Alliance in Service and Education (IASE) offers a Service Learning Program and Spanish language program in Cuernavaca & Mazatepec,

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

    Courses and Programs listed by Country

    Costa Rica:

    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 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: 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, "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.

    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. email:

    Sangay Medical Institute, Riobamba, Ecuador. 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.


    La Asociacion Pop Wuj: One-on-one instruction in Spanish while helping the people of

    Guatemala. Its 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, Email - 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

    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 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 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,

    Mar de Jade/Casa Clinica - 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:

    Se Habla…La Paz Medical Spanish instruction and up to 20

    hours/week of clinical volunteer work. Email - 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:, Information on San Miguel: Affiliated with Pan American Collaborative Emergency Medical

    Development Program- PACEMD,, 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.

    Costa Rica:

    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. 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.


    Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI) - ILISA

    Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS)


    Academia de Espanol Quito specializes in teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign

    students. Academia Latinoamericana Quito one of the goals is to provide excellence in education with

    emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.

     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. 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.

    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. 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. 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. (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. 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.

    Malaga Instituto uses an integrated, communicative teaching system using Malaca's own books

    results in rapid progress.

    International House Barcelona has grown into a major centre for language teaching, teacher

    training and related activities.

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