Spanish for Health Professionals
Summer 2012 Dates and Fees
Dates: June 03 - 30, 2012
Credits: 3 - 6; 3 Spanish, 3 cross-cultural
Program Fee: 3 credits - $2,118; 6 credits - $2,964
Increasingly, health professionals in the United States are working with a diverse
population. Gain language skills, including Spanish for health professionals, that will aid you in your career. At least two semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent is required
Merida is an ideal location for health care because of its own diverse populations.
Boasting a rich history of the ancient Maya people, Merida is also a prosperous modern city featuring many museums, art galleries, restaurants, theatres and shops located only 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Plan to meet five hours per day, Monday through Thursday, for intensive language instruction. The focus is on learning or improving both written and oral Spanish skills - espeicially those specific to health care - as well as learning about Mexican expectations of health care and the options from government run social service hospitals to large private hospitals and clinics as well as rural and urban health care. Students can also expect to weekly visits to NGOs. Courses are taught by Central's own locally appointed faculty.
Housing and Meals
Students live in the Central College Abroad house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, the house is a restored mansion, once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:
- Two-to-four person bedrooms
- Living area
- Dining area
- Reference library
- Computer space and wireless network
Most meals are served. The kitchen is open for student use at other times.
Your program fee includes visits to both private and public clinics as well as hospitals in Merida. Also included are trips to Archaeological sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum and natural wonders such as cenotes.In addition to the healthcare focus,
experience life on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean through two weekend
trips outside Merida.
The program fee includes
Airfare is not included.
Deadline for applications: March 1, 2012. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form.
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks after acceptance).
- Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (6 Spanish language)
- Accommodation with full board
- On-site orientation and oversight by Merida program director
- Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
- Optional online pre-departure course
- Cultural activities
- Overnight excursions
- International Student Identification Card (ISIC)
- Welcome and Farewell receptions