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This program is aimed at students who wish to pursue the study of health sciences (medicine, nursing, health management, pharmacology, biology, etc) while studying abroad in Salamanca.
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 Salamanca programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.
Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.
The way of St James (Camino de Santiago) has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages in history. The group will – metaphorically – write their names in the history of the Way, walking one of the stages while we learn about the Way, its history, and its legends!
The group will also visit León, one of the biggest cities near Salamanca, and its amazing Gothic cathedral, Astorga, a beautiful town in the Way of Santiago, where the group will visit a palace built by Gaudi. The trip will conclude in Ponferrada, the last major town in the French route before arriving in Santiago.
In this trip we will visit the region of Extremadura, south of Salamanca. We will visit the beautiful town of Cáceres, and Trujillo, a medieval town from where many conquerors were from.
Toro is one of those underrated villages that, once you visit it, you regret not having done so before. It is also one of the most important wine producers (Toro wine was the first one to travel from Europe to America!).
We will visit the town and, of course, one of the most important wineries.
To complete the trip, we will stop by Zamora. A beautiful city near Salamanca, to see some great examples of Spain Romanesque style.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
This program is aimed at students who wish to pursue the study of health sciences (medicine, nursing, health management, pharmacology, biology, etc) while studying abroad in Salamanca. Students will choose a minimum of two out of the five health-related subjects (conducted in English), and then may take up to two additional courses from the health-related subjects OR up to two additional courses from the International Studies program.
API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad de Salamanca upon completion of their program.
Julia Nelson will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Inma will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and will be a resource for you on-site.
Miguel will be one of your Resident Directors in Salamanca and a resource for you while you are in Spain.
Students will choose a minimum of two out of the five health-related subjects (conducted in English), and then may take up to two additional courses from the health-related subjects OR up to two additional courses from the International Studies.
Students who want to refresh their Spanish skills before starting their classes can participate in the Early Start program, which include an intensive 3 weeks of study for an additional 60 contact hours of Spanish language instruction and elective coursework.
Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.
Bioethics is the application of ethics to the field of medicine and healthcare. It is a multidisciplinary area of study which blends philosophy, theology, history, and law with medicine, nursing, health policy, and medical humanities. In this course, students will discuss topics such as What is bioethics?, Ethical Approaches, The beginning of life, Bodies and bodily parts, Information problems, The end of life, Global health-care issues, Research ethics, Health systems and institutions and Teaching and practice of bioethics.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Intermediate through advanced language levels. It is evident that communication between all the agents involved in health management is an area of work and research essential for today. This course aims to present the technical and social aspects of communication in the health field, analyzing the role of communication in the prevention of disease and the welfare of the population. Students will also study the influence of sociocultural, educational, political and economic aspects on the design, application and results of health programs.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Intermediate
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Health communication is an emerging field in which professional communicators inform, influence and motivate an individual, institutional and public audiences about important health issues. This course examines the importance of how health information affects individuals, community groups, institutions and public policy. Students will be focusing on the study of language and discourse about health between health care providers and patients, among health care professionals, and among members of the larger society and the media.
The human genome sequence forms the cornerstone of contemporary human genetics. This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics as it applies to humans, with a strong genomics and human disease perspective. Students will also explore transmission genetics, the Human Genome Project, Identification of human disease genes, modern technologies for genome analysis, personal genomics and cancer genomics. We will also discuss current topics such as genetic testing.
Advances in cellular and molecular biology have enriched our understanding of physiological mechanisms as well as the bases of pathophysiology processes, which has allowed to improve diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches. The steps forward in these fields have also generated a high degree of confusion regarding terminology and concepts. In this course we will present students with15 clinical cases that allow them to investigate new concepts both individually and collaboratively through electronic databases. Collected information will be shared and used to interpret proposed questions on cellular and molecular mechanisms of the diseases involved. In addition, three practical problems that will developed in six sessions will help students to get in contact with real activity in the clinical laboratory.
Recommended US semester credits: 3
API students in Salamanca can choose from two different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family or a residencia. Internet access is included in both options.
Students who choose to live with families generally share a double room with a fellow API student and are provided with three meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.
Students in Salamanca may also choose to live in a residencia. Residencias are usually small, family-run student residences that house international students and occasionally Spanish students. Traditionally 1-2 students share a bedroom, and a bathroom is shared by multiple students. All students have access to living, TV, and common areas. Residencias are generally co-ed and accommodate 2-30 students. Students are provided with three meals per day. Meals are not provided during school breaks and holidays.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.