Spanish and Health in Latin America

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

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations a feature of ICDS Health Programs from ICDS on Vimeo.


This program provides students with 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.

The program consists of two components, linguistic and topical, to facilitate the development of vocabulary in the health and medical field, and the improvement of the students’ ability to communicate correctly and effectively in Spanish.

The topical content of the program discusses the most relevant aspects of the health system in Costa Rica and will be covered in a 45-hour course (i.e. recommended 3 credits) distributed in two weekly sessions of conferences, exercises, site visits to clinics, hospitals, and other related sites, and a workshop on the topic of the week.

The linguistic component will consist of a total of 60 hours of intensive Spanish (i.e., recommended 3 credits) with the general objectives of training students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance effectively.

Students are required to have completed one semester of college Spanish or its equivalent to participate in this program. This course offers two levels of Spanish language instruction, intermediate (200 level) and advanced, and students are divided into one of the two levels through an oral placement exam taken upon arrival.

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Trip to Tortuguero

ICDS Trip to Tortuguero! from ICDS on Vimeo.

Proyecto Emanuel Costa Rica VIDEO

This video presents Proyecto Emanuel Costa Rica, a health development program — directed by Dr. Alekcey Murillo, one of ICDS´ professors for our summer Spanish and Health program— and highlights the universal character and the strategic importance of health for sustainable development.  Please take a few minutes to watch this amazing video by clicking at at following link:  Centro Emanuel