My favorite academic experience was my internship that I completed in a small village outside of Merida. I met once a week with a woman who started a fair trade co-op. By the end of the experience, I had improved my knowledge of life in her small village, her co-op, improved my Spanish speaking abilities, and made a new friendship.
The Studies in Global Health program exposes students to a health care system different than their own and provides Spanish language preparation for a future career in health care. Two semesters of college Spanish is required. A typical course load is 13-16 credit hours. The academic program is broken down into four required areas:
The culture course is taught in English by the resident director and serves as the foundation for your academic program, providing cultural and historical context.
course offered for 3 creditsback to the top
All students are also required to take at least one Spanish language course at the appropriate language level. Language courses are taught in Spanish at the beginning through advanced level. Choose from the following:
Courses are offered for three to four credits.back to the top
Central College Abroad courses are taught by local faculty at the Central College Abroad house. These courses will introduce you to Mexican expectations and styles of health care, as well as improve your written and oral Spanish skills - especially those specific to health care.
Course electives include:
Courses are offered for three credits.back to the top
Students are required to participate in an internship or service-learning placement in a health related field. These placements are for one to three academic credits and will introduce you to health care settings in Mexico while practicing your Spanish skills.
Possible placements include:
Please see our section on internships and service-learning to learn more about your options.back to the top