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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cuzco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Spring Travel, Summer Travel
  • Restrictions: TJU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:






Did you know the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain? In fact the American Spanish-speaking population ranks third in the world, behind only Mexico and Colombia.


Today's health care organizations know that communication is vital to effective patient care, and Spanish ability has become a necessary skill in more and more clinics. A trip to the emergency room is traumatic enough without adding a stressful language barrier.
Who may participate in Medical Spanish?

Pre-med, nursing, and medical students as well as health care professionals. Your Spanish level can be novice through very advanced. However, you should be at least intermediate to appreciate the clinical shadowing.
What are the program components?

Standard Spanish Course. 12 hours/week of group classes plus 4 hours of private classes for a total of 16 hours / week. With no more than eight students per group, and private classes you will have lots of participation opportunities and feel much more engaged than in a typical classroom. (Think dinner table as opposed to lecture hall.) But be prepared. Though the atmosphere is comfortable, the course is demanding. However, there are two breaks with free coffee, tea, and snacks. Bring your laptop to connect to our free wifi.

Clinical Shadowing.
 optional Here you will get to see Latin American health care in action two times per week. If you are a premed student, this can help motivate you in your future studies. On the other hand, if you are a practicing health care professional you will observe differences with procedures back home.

Medical Spanish Lessons. optional Supplement your course with health care vocabulary and/or role-playing scenarios. Specialized classes designed to help you in future patient diagnosis and instructions. If you want to understand phrases like "me duele tanto la espalda" or "me pica la garganta" sign up for these.

Where will I live?
Host Family. You can directly experience the culture while living with a local host. Since this option includes breakfast and dinner, you can practice using the subjunctive while discussing politics at the table.
Shared Apartment. Another popular option is the shared apartment. Our students come from around the world, so you'll have an international experience right at home.
What can I do outside of class and shadowing? 
The program is not all work and no fun. We have optional activities nearly everyday, from cooking classes in Peru to tango dancing in Argentina to weekend ski trips in Chile.
Where does ECELA operate Medical Spanish? 
Cusco, Peru: Capital of the ancient Incan empire, Cusco is a charming, small, mountain city with exposure to traditional cultures. If you're interested in anthropology or archaeology, Cusco is for you.
Lima, Peru: A city full of history and culture, endless beaches, hills and mountains, nightlife, and the best food in all of South America.
Santiago, Chile: Snowboard in the summer. Surf in the winter. Aside from being a very modern city with fine restaurants and museums, Santiago has nearby natural attractions for the adventurous

Viña del Mar, Chile: Viña del Mar is located two hours northwest of Santiago and is considered one of the most essential tourist cities in Chile. Also a neighbor to the port city of Valparaiso, Viña del Mar is famous for its cable cars, museums, traditional Chilean restaurants and street art – you’ll get a taste of the city’s unique culture on every street.

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Like New York, Tokyo, and Paris, "BA" is one of the world's cultural centers. Fortunately the costs are a tiny fraction of the other cities. Where else does the subway cost 30 cents?
Mendoza?, Argentina: Mendoza is one of the most popular cities in Argentina. Famous for its fine dining, upscale wineries and great year-round weather, Mendoza is also home to one of the highest mountain ranges in the world, Mount Aconcagua.

When is the course?

At ECELA we welcome new students every week of the year, even the holidays.

How much does as typical program cost?



16 hrs (group + private)
Spanish Classes*
Medical Shadowing
Total / Week
Cost / Week
*Costs varies based on your option and location.
How many spots are there?
While we would like to accommodate everybody, we face limitations from housing, Spanish classes, and clinics. You should book your program well in advance.
How do I apply?
First register at our website, If we are able to confirm a spot we require a $300 deposit.

What is the typical weekly schedule?

Group Spanish
Medical Shadowing
Group Spanish
Medical Shadowing
Group Spanish
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
1 hr. Private Spanish
1 hr. Private Spanish
1 hr. Private Spanish
1 hr. Private Spanish
1 hr. Private Spanish

For more information contact:

Cecilia Quezada
International Representative - ECELA
Tel: +1 7863758098 / 56(2) 228334305

Jefferson Student Reports - ECELA

Peru - ECELA - 2013 Argentina - ECELA - 2013
Peru - ECELA - 2013 Peru - ECELA - 2017
Peru - ECELA - 2009 Peru - ECELA - 2017

This program is currently not accepting applications.