Health Science & Medical Spanish!
Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of students. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom.
The Health Sciences & Medical Spanish program allows students who are interested in the Health Sciences field to engage in a cultural immersion experience. Students will choose one of two tracks: Community Medicine or Global and Public Health. Students are required to have an intermediate or higher Spanish level, and will combine their field work and classroom experience with a Medical Spanish course. This is a crucial component of the program as the service for good health care depends on effective communication. Students will be expected to understand specific terminology in order to follow their physician's communication and proper diagnosis for their patients.
- Summer Semester: Mid May to Mid/Late June
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the ISA Lima web page
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Peru. All housing options are either within a quick walking distance to the different universities attended by ISA students, or are conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the universities. Travel times to the universities vary but generally range between 15 and 30 minutes. Students are able to choose from Homestays, Student Residences, and Pensions.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that ISA sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Students participating on ISA programs will be billed through Appalachian the ISA program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the ISA costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
1ISA Program Fee includes tuition, housing, program excursions, most meals, and insurance.
|1ISA Program Fee
||See ISA Page
|2OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Dev Fee
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
|ISA Application Fee
|ISA Housing Deposit
||$1200 - $1400
||$500 - $800
|Books and Materials
||$40 - $100
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3Personal Travel and Spending
||$200 - $400
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
ISA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The Health Sciences & Medical Spanish program offers two track options:
Community Medicine- The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia defines Community Medicine as a branch of medicine that is concerned with the health of the members of a community. The emphasis in community medicine is on the early diagnosis of disease, the recognition of environmental and occupational hazards to good health, and the prevention of disease in the community. It provides comprehensive health services ranging from preventive, curative to rehabilitative services. It focuses on the health problems of communities, as well as on those of individuals who are part of the community. Students will work at one of the many health establishments associated with the program, 20 hours a week. They will receive 3 weekly hours of theoretical classes on Community Medicine.
Global and Public Health-The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia best explains this track to be directed at university students and professionals who seek an intensive academic and hands-on experience looking at public health and community health in Peru. To understand the actors, as well as barriers and opportunities in a vulnerable community's access to health care, students will participate in multidisciplinary coursework, field visits, a research project from start to finish, and an intervention to improve health in an indigenous community.
All students will take a 3 credit Medical Spanish course. Students with advanced Spanish will be able to enroll in the Community Medicine course (taught in Spanish) or the Global and Public Health course. Students with Intermediate or higher Spanish will enroll in the English-taught Global and Public Health course. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the ISA Lima website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISA program will take a total of 6 credits. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISA program should complete the ISA application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page