Medical Spanish Immersion in Buenos Aires

July 24, 2019

Today’s blog post comes to us from University of North Texas student & #APIabroad blogger Steven Chavez! He’s enrolled in API’s Medical Spanish Immersion Summer Program at Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through Instagram, he’s giving us a behind the scenes look at each day in his study abroad experience.

University of North Texas student Steven Chavez studying Medical Spanish Immersion in Buenos Aires

Day One

What a day! Woke up to a beautiful view of the Andes, then after arriving safely, I met my wonderful group of fellow study abroad students.

View of the Andes

We toured the city and ate “lomito” and drank “Choppe”. Finally, we ended the day with an orientation dinner to learn more about what our program and Buenos Aires is all about. 

API Resident Director Carmen gets to know the summer Buenos Aires students

Day Two: Entre Buenos Aires

The day started early, with an interesting and far from boring history tour of the “Plaza de Mayo” in central BA.

Study abroad students in Buenos Aires Argentina

We then toured the most beautiful cathedral in all of Argentina before making our way toward “El Caminito”, which leads directly to the bay of the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally, after a long day of walking and touring, we met our host families and moved into housing. The touring is now over and I am ready to immerse myself in this culture and start my classes. 

API Abroad blogger Steven Chavez

Day 3: Finalmente un dia para descansar 

Sundays in Argentina consist of staying in and relaxing. I took it as an opportunity to capture some images of the incredible street art in Buenos Aires and later watch the partido de fùtbol con Argentina y Qatar. It was a day full of culture, adjustment, and bliss. 

Day 4: First day of school

Well, the fun is over and now it’s time to get back on that grind. My mornings will start at the Hospital Británico where I’ll shadow medical professionals, then I’ll have a break for lunch and eat somewhere like “The Fox” where I ate today.

After lunch, my fellow medical students and I headed to the Universidad del Belgrano to begin our course of intensive Medical Spanish. I also rode the “Subte” on my commute home and explored a little more of the Barrio where I am staying.

Graffiti on wall of Subte in Buenos Aires

Day 5: Dr. Chávez will see you now????????????

Today I officially began my hospital rotations. Every week I will shadow a doctor in a different speciality, this week is orthopedics. After a long day of shadowing and class, I got to Tango with my API family at “La Viruta”. 

API Abroad students at tango class

Want to see more of Steven’s study abroad experience in Buenos Aires? Follow him on Instagram! Or check back on the API blog where we’ll be posting more daily updates soon.


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