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SIT Study Abroad Chile: Spanish for Health Sciences (Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Health Sciences
Language of Instruction: Spanish Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Chile: Spanish for Health Sciences (Intermediate & Advanced | January-term)

Develop Spanish language skills for health sciences through online and classroom learning, as well as cultural immersion and experiential learning activities in northern Chile.

This program, aimed at students and professionals in health-related fields, offers resources for building Spanish language skills for public health, with an emphasis on topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, global health, environmental health, and mental health, among others.

This program will be delivered through a three-credit January-term immersion course in Arica, Chile along with an optional three-credit online course in July 2020. The program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in grammar and vocabulary related to the program theme. Discussion sessions will provide opportunities to practice and develop Spanish language skills for use in medical contexts and other practical health care scenarios.
Northern Chile has a well-established network of professionals in medical and public health services. While in Arica, you will have opportunities to practice your Spanish through interactions with medical and public health professionals. You will also visit urban and rural health care centers in Arica and surrounding area.
You will spend several days in the rural area of Putre, in the Andean highlands, examining intercultural health care systems for the indigenous Aymara people and learning from conversations with rural health care workers.
In both Arica and Putre, you will be living with a host family, advancing your Spanish outside of the classroom.

Program Highlights
  • Build Spanish language skills to prepare for a career as a health professional.
  • Develop and practice your language skills during field visits. (J-term)
  • Experience daily life with homestay families in Arica and Putre. (J-term)
  • Learn about traditional medicine and intercultural health practices.

Program Structure

This course offers a three week January-term in Chile, as well as an optional online course in July 2020. The online course is open to all applicants with three semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent). The in-person January-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least four semesters of college-level Spanish.

January-term Course Details

During this three-week course, you will complete the next level of Spanish for Health Sciences in a small class, with placements based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation.  Hone your speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom activities, field excursions, the homestay family experience, and lectures related to public and indigenous health, with built-in feedback sessions included. Read professional health science literature and learn formal terms and local expressions needed to discuss health and healthcare issues.

Optional July Online Course Details

During this three-week online course, you will be placed in a small class based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation. The course will feature 45 hours of online teaching including a program orientation, icebreaker activities, language instruction, and discussions on health topics and alternative medicine from an indigenous perspective. This course aims to strengthen your fundamental Spanish skills and improve your understanding of Spanish for the health sciences. You will also have outside readings and assignments and built-in feedback sessions.

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