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Students in this program will earn 6 credits of Spanish language while completing 60 hours of clinical rotations at the Hospital Fleni. Mornings will be spent at the hospital, while afternoons will be spent on Spanish language instruction and seminars with local health professionals.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Buenos Aires programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
*Combined session summer students (e.g. Summer 1& 2, or Summer 1, 2, &3) will not repeat excursions.
A brief trip from Buenos Aires by ferry, Colonia has a unique history as the only Portuguese settlement along the Río de la Plata. Founded in 1680, it was originally seen as a threat to the Spanish settlers and the port had to operate in secret violation of Spanish laws. Today, the city is still a functioning port for a prosperous agricultural region of Uruguay. The city has a historic center with cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture. Its Barrio Historico was recognized by UNESCO and named as a heritage site in the mid-1990s.
A trip to Argentina would not be complete with only a visit to its capital city of Buenos Aires. Aside from the attractions of Buenos Aires, Argentina is known for its cattle, its wines, and its grains. Argentine legends and mythology often refer to the mysterious life of the Argentine cowboy, known as the gaucho. Located a few hours from the city, local estancias, or ranches, are a wonderful introduction to the Argentine countryside; their tranquility and open spaces contrast with the bustle of Buenos Aires and will give students a completely different vision of life in Argentina.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
Students in this program will earn 6 credits of Spanish language while completing 60 hours of clinical rotations at the Hospital Británico. Mornings will be spent at the hospital, while afternoons will be spent on Spanish language instruction and seminars with local health professionals.
In order to participate in clinical rotations, the hospital requires students to submit proof of immunization for Hepatitis B, Mumps, Rubella, Measles, Chicken Pox, Influenza, and Pertussis. Proof of immunization will not be required for acceptance to the program but participants must submit documentation at least 4 weeks prior to the program start date.
All students will complete a language exam prior to the start of the program to confirm their Spanish level.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano upon completion of their program.
Carmen Alvarez de Toledo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Jimena will be one of your Resident Directors in Buenos Aires and will be a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students earn a total of 6 U.S. semester credits for participating in the Spanish Medical Immersion Program. The intensive language course consists of 60 contact hours of Spanish language instruction and lectures by health professionals. An additional 15 contact hours are reflected on the transcript documenting language practice as part of the clinical rotations. This equates to 1 hour of class time awarded for every 4 hours spent in clinical rotations.
Two levels of Spanish instruction are offered; more advanced speakers will be given tailored writing assignments to correspond with their higher language level.
At the Universidad de Belgrano, each contact hour is equivalent to 45 minutes, rather than the standard 50 minutes in the United States. API recommends the number of credit hours to be awarded per course by translating the total number of Argentine contact hours into U.S. contact hours.
Specifically designed for medical students and health professionals, this course aims to improve physician-patient interactions with Spanish-speaking patients. The course covers grammatical constructions, specific vocabulary, and cultural topics needed to improve Spanish skills within the field of health. To get a better comprehensive view of the healthcare system, the course will include lectures by guest specialists in the medical field.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 6
In Buenos Aires, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into the Argentine culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two meals per day (except on weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students live in the Palermo, Recoleta, and Belgrano neighborhoods, which are generally 15-45 minutes from their host university.