I stayed with a host mom and I am so happy I did. I dove deep into the culture, and made it a part of my everyday life. There were some times when I would get frustrated with the language barrier, but overall it was totally worth it. I grew in my Spanish, and grew as a person as well.
Studies in Global Health
Summer 2015 Dates and Fees
Dates: May 30 - July 11, 2015
Credits: 6; 3 Spanish, 3 cross-cultural
Program Fee: TBA (2014: $3,225)
Health professionals in the United States are working with an increasingly diverse population. Learn about a variety of health care settings in the Yucatan, which may include government-run social service hospitals, private hospitals and clinics, as well as rural and urban health care programs. Explore the impact of cultural expectations and complex health issues as they relate to your profession in health care, social or public service. Students' professional development is enhanced by two weeks of shadowing local professionals in their area of interest. Examples include nursing, medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, mental health and health education. Students enroll in the following courses: Healthcare in Yucatan (taught in English) or Spanish for Health Professionals (minimum of two semesters of college Spanish required).
Merida is an ideal location for global health studies because of its own diverse populations. Boasting a rich history of the ancient Maya people, Merida is also a prosperous modern city featuring many museums, art galleries, restaurants, theatres and shops located only 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Plan for each course to meet two and a half hours a day, Monday through Thursday. Spanish for Health Professionals will focus on learning or improving both written and oral Spanish skills - especially those specific to health care. Healthcare in Yucatan will introduce you to Mexican expectations and styles of health care. Students can also expect to visit NGO's, government run social service hospitals, large private hospitals and clinics as well as rural and urban health care.
Housing and Meals
Students live in the Central College Abroad house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:
Most meals are served. The kitchen is open for student use at other times.
Your program fee includes visits to both private and public clinics as well as hospitals in Merida. Also included are trips to Archaeological sites such as Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum and natural wonders such as cenotes. In addition to the healthcare focus,
experience life on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean through two weekend
trips outside Merida.
The program fee includes:
*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2015. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).