Program Overview

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 the student 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, the student will learn the basis of the differences between the 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 included in the program fee. The GEO programs offer you full support and are preceded by an intensive orientation.

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 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 the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

These are the program components:

Spanish Language: Medical Terminology
Medical vocabulary necessary to communicate in the health care 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.

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 run the gamut from single-parent homes to families with young or older children. Each situation in a 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, taken with the family, and light laundry.

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Travel Advisories

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

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.

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