Global MedCats - Spain

Hellin, Toledo or Zaragoza
Global MedCats - Spain
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Julymid AugustBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Interested in a health-related field and looking to gain hands-on experience before graduation? Global Medcats - Spain is the perfect blend between internship and study abroad! Expect to shadow European doctors for 20+ hours per week while living in either Hellin, Toledo or Zaragoza, Spain during this 5-week program. 


Tentative 2018 dates: July 7 - August 10

This five-week program awards students the following credit:

LASC 393: Pre-Health Internship (6 units)
Note: If you have already received the maximum of 18 LASC 393 credits, you will earn LASC 493.

Prior to the start of the program, students will participate in a medical Spanish course online to help prepare for their time in Spain. In-country, credit will be awarded based on 20+ hours of shadowing doctor's at local hospitals and an additional 6 hours volunteering within the community and teaching English to the hospital staff. Students can expect a typical week to go as follows:

Free Day

Morning: Shadowing

Evening: Volunteering and Group Dinner

Morning: Shadowing

Evening: Teach English

Group Excursion or Activity and Group Dinner

Morning: Shadowing

Evening: Teach English and Group Dinner

Morning: Shadowing

Free Day

Although no Spanish language ability is required for this program, two semesters of Spanish is recommended.


All students will book their flights in and out of Madrid, Spain where they will have airport pick up to their assigned site.

Hellín, Spain

Hellín, a beautiful Spanish small town, provides a great opportunity to truly be immersed in the local culture. Students have the option to spend their free time doing a wide variety of activities including options like exploring on horseback and discovering local ruins. Hellín is in the province of Albacete, in Castile-La Mancha. The city’s historic centre still conserves examples of architecture from the Middle Ages, dating from the 12th century to present day. Enjoy the stately homes and then wander through the maze of streets to discover the old Jewish and Muslim quarters, or beautiful buildings such as the Asunción Church, the shrine of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the Franciscan Convent.

Toledo, Spain

Situated in central Spain less than 50 miles from Madrid, Toledo is known for its many monuments and diversity of artistic styles and culture. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs, and Jews all lived together here, resulting in synagogues, mosques, and churches standing together throughout the city today. The housing in Toledo sits on the edge of old town and students can expect a 20 minute walk in the morning to the hospital. 

Zaragoza, Spain

Located on the edge of the Ebro River, Zaragoza is one of the largest cities in the country of Spain and the capital of the Aragon region. Filled with historical locations and a vibrant community, Zaragoza is also considered a center for gastronomy in Spain. Plus it's only a short trip from the popular city of Barcelona. Students should also expect a 20 minute walk in the morning to either hospital in Zaragoza. 


Students will be housed in fully furnished single or double rooms with a shared bathroom and common space. Linens and blankets will be provided, but purchasing additional towels or household items may be needed. Students will also be provided a simple phone that allows for pay-as-you-go texting and calling. 

The cost of housing is included in the program fee and also includes a light breakfast each morning. Several group meals are also included, but lunch on a daily basis is at the expense of each student. 

Links of Interest

This program is built in collaboration with the Atlantis Project. Please learn more at the following links:

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