Spanish and Health in Latin America


Rural Clinic Field Trip Study Abroad ICDS Costa Rica

This joint program with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and Hospital Clínica Bíblica offers students the opportunity to explore health care in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills and gaining an understanding of the life and culture of Costa Rica. ICDS´ six-week program provides health professionals and university students in the area of health with the necessary language proficiency to enable them to work and interact with Spanish speaking patients and their families, as well as with colleagues in a Spanish-speaking environment.


Examination of the health systems in Latin America, particularly that of Costa Rica
Experiential learning in the field of health in hospital and university environments
Clinical Rotations for advanced Spanish Speakers,* and community work for lower and intermediate Spanish speakers
Spanish for health sciences
Classes taught at Hospital Clínica Bíblica and Universidad Latina campus
*(Limited spots-Spanish test required before program starts)


Minimum 2.75 GPA
Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent
For clinical rotations: complete oral and written test to verify Spanish proficiency


Late June-Early August


Homestays with carefully selected local families


Arrival/departure assistance and transfers from and to airport
On-site orientation
Homestay placement
Community work placement
Weekend excursions in-country and abroad, and class day trips
Cultural activities
Wireless Internet access


Health Care in Latin America
Spanish courses (All levels, starting with Básico II)


Please check with your home university’s Study Abroad Office, or contact ICDS at

Summer II Spanish and Health in Latin America Program from ICDS on Vimeo.