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Program Info – Spanish & Medicine

Summer 2019 Chile





"My favorite part about the Spanish and Medicine program was shadowing local doctors in El Hospital Regional. I got to see many interesting cases that aren’t commonly seen in the United States such as tuberculosis, dengue fever and even parasitic infections. 


The knowledge and experience I gained also increased my confidence both in speaking Spanish as well as working in a health-care environment."

Tess Hansen, Nebraska

Program Objectives

Most importantly, your Spanish will improve dramatically. The six-week course is equal to two college semesters.

Secondly, you will gain field exposure by shadowing experience in South American clinics.

Sample Itinerary: – Session I / Session II -  – Spanish & Medicine (PDF)

Photo Album:  Take a peak at past program snapshots.

Spanish Syllabus:  In-depth curriculum of Spanish course.


The program is in Chile, with Spanish classes are given at our language school. Medical shadowing occurs at clinics in the city.


Session A  May 27 - June 23 (Santiago, Chile)
Session B  June 24 - July 21 (Santiago, Chile)
Session C  July 22 - Aug. 18 (Viña del Mar, Chile)
Session D  Aug. 19 - Sep. 15 (Santiago, Chile)

Each session is 4 weeks. You may attend up to 4 sessions, depending on your time available and how fluent you want us to get you. 

 What’s included in the tuition?
Your Spanish & Medicine tuition includes: 
+ all Spanish instruction, including additional classes on medical Spanish
+ all course material
+ academic transcript
+ housing with a local host
+ medical component (shadowing, guest lectures, field trips)

Academic Credit

While many students do the course just for the learning experience, you may (optionally) apply for college or university credit. The Spanish course can earn you up to six credits (two semesters).

Group Size

We have space for 25 students, however some of the spots are reserved for students who had to defer from attending the 2018 program.

Application Process

Step 1. Request an interview and apply to the program.  
Step 2:  If you are accepted you will be notify in the following 48-72  working hours. 

Step 3: You have 7 days to confirm your spot with a $500 deposit.

spanish language school homestay in Santiago, Chile

Tip: Bring a small, yet meaningful, gift for your host mom.

Review the below articles to help prepare for your course.

What to Expect at a Language School
Student Safety and Emergency Information
Spanish Course pre-Immersion
5 Tips for Ecela Students
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Academic Credit & Transcript Options
Gift Ideas for Your Host Mom
Packing for Your Trip
Tips for Taking Great Travel Photos

I learned so much from the doctors, my classmates, the Ecela staff, locals, travelers, and the kids we volunteered with.

The Spanish and Medical shadowing program was really an amazing experience. I didn’t have any Spanish experience at all before I arrived and by the time I left, I could understand and speak a significant amount!

I decided to go during my gap year between undergrad and medical school, and it really provided an incredible opportunity to learn the language, see medicine at practice in another country, and fall in love with Peru. Even though my Spanish skills were very basic, I still absorbed a lot in our shadowing sessions and got to observe big and subtle differences between hospitals there and the US.

Also, one of the best parts was the people I met. I learned so much from the doctors, my classmates, the Ecela staff, locals, travelers, and the kids we volunteered with. I will remember them all for a long, long time.

by Lisa Wang from Northwestern University