Language Requirement: 2 years
Academic Standing by Program Start: Freshman or above
Location: Europe, Spain
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

This program will not be offered Maymester 2024. 


Note: The only way for UO students to participate in this program is if they participate in the Spanish Immersion in Oviedo program the spring semester prior to participating in this program as it overlaps with spring term at the UO.

This 4-week intensive Spanish language program teaches standard terminology and incorporates common dialect variants as well as aspects of Latino culture that can impact the patient’s health and interaction with the medical system. The contents of this program are based on research carried out in US medical settings.

Spanish is a diverse language that varies between regions and countries. While learning Spanish in Argentina, for example, would allow you to better understand that variety, it may not help with others. In contrast, the Spanish now spoken throughout Latin America has its origins in the Spanish from Spain. In this program, you will learn the basis of the differences between the Spanish language varieties as well as common dialect variants used throughout Latin America.

Class size is limited to 15 students to maximize student learning.  In-class learning is complemented by a 20 hour practicum in local health care facilities, including  the prestigious Hospital Universitario Central de Oviedo.  In addition, local field trips, guided visits and other group activities are included in the program fee.

This program is ideal for students from home institutions on the semester system. Students from home institutions on the quarter system interested in participating in this program would need to enroll only in this program and not attend Spring quarter classes at their home institutions, or choose to participate in a Spring semester study abroad program that ends before the start date of this maymester and then continue their studies on this program. This is an ideal extension for the Spanish Language in Oviedo Spring semester program.

Oviedo sits at the foot of the Aramo mountains, just 23 miles from Spain’s northern “green” coast. Oviedo has an urban design, which promotes equity and inclusion in historic sites, public squares, car-free livable streets and a culture of public gathering places, sidewalk cafes, markets and bars. It has a reputation for being one of the safest and cleanest cities in Spain, offering great quality of life for students. The hospitality and warmth of the Asturian people coupled with the absence of mass tourism and low presence of English-speaking visitors in the region are the keys to Oviedo’s strength as an environment for cultural and linguistic immersion. During the spring and summer months there are numerous festivities and special events held in Oviedo and nearby locations.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Maymester 2024 3/15/2024 05/19/2024 06/15/2024

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

This program includes a total of 100 contact hours broken down into 80 class hours of Spanish language courses taught by University of Oviedo professors plus 20 practicum hours in healthcare facilities. This is open to students who have completed the intermediate level in Spanish and is subject to minimum enrollment.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with your study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Program components include:

Spanish Language: Medical Terminology
Medical vocabulary necessary to communicate in the healthcare setting

Strategies for Effective Communication: The Medical Interview
Techniques for carrying out an effective medical interview with Latino patients, including question formulation, misunderstanding resolution, intro to reference resources and dialect variants

Spanish Language: Grammar & Vocabulary in the Clinic Setting
Grammar learning geared towards communicating effectively in the medical setting

Hispanic Culture: Beliefs & Myths in the Healthcare Setting
Hispanic cultural and health beliefs, the impact of these on care and how to optimize care in light of these concepts

20 Practicum Hours
Students will have the opportunity to practice what they learn by participating in an in-clinic practicum.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

As part of this program you will live with a homestay family. Under special circumstances, another student from the program may be placed in the same household, but each of you will have your own room. Host families vary and can include single-parent homes to families with young or older children. Each homestay is unique. Living in a homestay is an important part of your study abroad experience, allowing you to more fully integrate into the language and culture of the community. Placements are made with your specific preferences taken into consideration. While every effort will be made to meet special dietary requirements or preferences, some flexibility may be required.

Homestays are located throughout Oviedo within walking distance or a short bus ride of the GEO Center and city center, and include three meals a day with the family, and light laundry.