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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Trujillo, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Academic Level(s): Undergraduate Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Universidad Cesar Vallejo Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Participant Selection: Highly competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Instruction: Experiential, Lecture Classes With: UGA Students
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: 3.5 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: Yes
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Homestay
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  

Course Offerings

SPAN 4003 - Medical Spanish
Explore, debate, and research the linguistic and cultural contexts for medical and healthcare professions in the Spanish-speaking world while working to master the Spanish language. Given in Spanish.
(3 credit hours)

SPAN 4190 - Internship in Spanish
(3 credit hours)


Program Itinerary

Friday, May 27, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022


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 $3,300. 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 thought the directors/ supervisors did a phenomenal job throughout the program. Whenever there was emergency or malfunction, they remained calm and handled it in a truly professional matter.

Maymester 2016 Participant
Loved my homestay family

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.

I think I took away the ability to help bridge the gap between Spanish-speaking patients and the American health care system. I have learned so much about Latin American culture. I have improved my Spanish speaking ability so that I feel comfortable having conversations with Spanish speakers about medical issues, which I know will be a huge asset in med school and my career. I also feel that I have become more open-minded as a result of being immersed in this other culture that is so different than ours and have been able to observe things the Peruvian health care system does exceptionally well, even though it is much different than ours.
     — Virginia Olivier, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.