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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2021 06/29/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: University of Georgia Partner Institution: Universidad Cesar Vallejo
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Internship, Lecture
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Spanish Language Program: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Type: Host Family
Program Description:

UGA- Franklin- UGA en España, Peru Medical Spanish  

The Peru Medical Maymester is an intense, one-month adventure in the big country of Peru designed for future medical professionals who intend to integrate the use of Spanish in their careers.  The program involves both coursework in medical Spanish and a strong practical component in which students shadow Peruvian doctors in their rounds and consultations in local medical facilities. 

Students observe emergency room and operating room procedures as well as other fields including orthopedics and pediatrics.  SPAN 4003, a course in Medical Spanish, is taught by an experienced Peruvian native in the afternoon; mornings are dedicated to the shadowing experience and special lectures on medical and health challenges in Peru.

Program Location 

Students also have time to get out and see the sites of Trujillo and the popular beach town of Huanchaco.  Trujillo is also ground zero for important pre-Columbian civilizations and students visit the archeological digs and cultural centers of the Moche people. 

The experience also includes, por supuesto, an extended visit to the heart of the former Incan Empire in Peru’s Sacred Valley.   From the Incan capital in Cusco, guided tours take the students to towering ruins and local craft markets at sites in Sacsayhuamán, Tambomachay, and Ollantaytambo, and culminate in a visit to the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Contact Information 

Dr. Gary Baker, Director
Dept. of Romance Languages
Tel: 706-542-6536

Academic Program 

UGA en España, Peru Medical Maymester 
Course Offerings:

SPAN 4003
Medical Spanish
Credit Hours: 3 Course Description: A study of language, grammar, and culture related specifically to pre-medical studies, pre-pharmaceutical studies, pre-dental studies, medical social work, physical therapy, and various other degreed and preparatory programs for the health care professions. Given in Spanish.

SPAN 4190
Internship in Spanish
Credit Hours: 3
May - June 2015 

Program Itinerary

Friday, May 28, 2021 to Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Students live in local homes with full board, and transportation to and from classes and hospitals is also included. Participants live and eat their meals with carefully screened Peruvian families.

Program Cost 

The estimated program fee is $2,945. Program fees include all in-country flights to and from Cusco and Trujillo.

Final program fee is dependent on enrollment. UGA tuition, fees, and international airfare are additional expenses. Please consult the Cost of Attendance Sheet for a more detailed breakdown of anticipated costs.

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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2016 Participant
I would definitely recommend this program to any student who wants to immerse themselves into Peruvian culture even if they are not in a pre-health profession. The cultural excursions to Incan ruins and Machu Picchu were amazing and very informative because seeing all the amazing architectural feats of the Incans told in textbooks pales in comparison to actually getting to witness them in real life. The three week home-stay was also an amazing experience because it forced students to immerse themselves into Peruvian culture and was extremely beneficial in learning the language. This program was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to all students who want to learn more about Peru and improve their Spanish not just the pre-heatlh profession students. Some advice I would give prospective students would be to definitely take some of the recommended medications such as altitude sickness and stomach problems because almost everyone on the trip had those issues. I would also recommend trying to be more open about trying new cuisine and cultural experiences because there will definitely be some culture shock to adjust to.

Joshua Avery Kalter, Maymester 2016 Participant
I felt perfectly safe at all times.

Maymester 2016 Participant
This was one of the best college experiences by far. Traveling around Cusco and Trujillo were amazing especially getting to visit the different historical sites and Machu Picchu. It was also an amazing experience getting to see how public healthcare in Peru is compared to the US and to shadow so many different medical doctors.

Make the most of every experience in the hospitals, even if it seems like not much is going on. You can learn a lot from seemingly simple cases. Pack more pants than shorts because Trujillo gets windy even when it seems warm. Spend as much time as possible talking to your host family; this will really help you improve your Spanish speaking skills. Be prepared to feel sick at some point during the trip (it's bound to happen) and bring all the medications you need. Really try your best when writing reflections because these will be useful not just for writing the final paper but for looking back on your experience when you need to talk about it in applications or interviews.
     — Virginia Olivier, Maymester 2017
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