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 Zaragoza, Spain or Mérida, Spain during this 5-week program.
Global MedCats - Spain
Global MedCats - Spain
Zaragoza, Mérida, Spain
Program Type: UA Faculty-led
Credit Type: UA Direct Credit
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students
Language of Instruction: English
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Tentative 2021 dates: July 10 - August 13
This five-week program awards students the following credit:
TLS 393: Pre-Health Internship (6 units)
Note: If you have already received the maximum of 18 TLS 393 credits
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:
Evening: Volunteering and Group Dinner
Evening: Teach English
|Group Excursion or Activity and Group Dinner||
Evening: Teach English and Group Dinner
Although no Spanish language ability is required for this program, two semesters of Spanish is recommended.
Zaragoza is a city located in northeastern Spain in the autonomous region of Aragón which borders the region of Cataluña. It is known for it's gastronomy, folklore, and landmarks such as the Aljafería Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, left over from it's days as part of the Islamic Taifa kingdoms of Spain
Last year's location:
All students will book their flights in and out of Madrid, Spain where they will have airport pick up to their assigned site.
Teruel is a small, high-altitude town in the mountainous Aragon region of eastern Spain. Founded in the 12th century, the town's unique architecture found almost exclusively in the region of Aragon makes it part of a UNESCO world heritage site. A 2016 Fellow says "I had such an amazing trip in Teruel Spain! The hospital taught me so much more than I could imagine, seeing first hand consults, procedures and surgery. The other fellows I was located with became some of my best friends and the excursions were absolutely amazing."
Hospital (public, approx. 215 beds)
Hospital Obispo Polanco is located in Teruel, Spain, across the street from the beautiful and relaxing Parque los Fueros. Teruel is located between Madrid and Valencia. The hospital carries out teaching activities at the undergraduate level of nursing and medicine and postgraduate training of MIR specialists in family medicine, MI, general surgery, traumatology, psychiatry and radiodiagnosis. They boast a wide variety of specialties including those listed previously and more.
There is a city bus network in Teruel, as well as transportation by taxi. As a generally safe place, we recommend students use common sense and maintain awareness of their surroundings as they live in Teruel and travel in Spain. The city is in a mountain region with opportunity for hiking, and beautiful cultural heritage is very evident in the Moorish-influenced architecture.
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.
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