The Health Sciences & Medical Spanish program allows students who are interested in the Health Sciences field to engage in a cultural immersion experience. Students select one of two program tracks: Global and Public Health or Community Medicine. All students are required to take Medical Spanish course.
Students (undergraduate or graduate) with an interest in public health or Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
Lima, the capital of Peru, is situated on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean, along the outlet of the Rímac River. Lima is full of fascinating contrasts between traditional and modern influences. The traditional influences evolved from Peru's history as the home of the Inca and numerous other civilized cultures, dating back as far as 2000 BC. Indigenous cultural traditions and languages still thrive today in Peru.
However, Lima is not only a traditional place, but has moved with the pace of modernity and now boasts strong industries and contemporary technologies. Lima is known for its interesting museums, colonial churches, vibrant cafe scene, striking architecture and genuinely friendly people. In addition, it is the hub of transport to Peru's endless natural treasures and archeological gems. South of the Capital, long white beaches stretch along the Pacific Ocean and are backed by white sand dunes. Lima's importance as the capital city of Peru and its idyllic location along the southern Pacific coast, provide an exceptional site for students to improve their Spanish and learn about Peruvian culture.
Ohio State students are required to live with a local family. Homestays are the norm in Peru, and ISA students are provided with their own room or could possibly share a room with another ISA student. A traditional homestay includes room and two meals per day (breakfast and the student's choice of either lunch or dinner, seven days per week) and laundry service once per week. Each family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable living situation. The homestay provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor, not to mention the invaluable opportunity to practice the Spanish language with locals. Some homestays provide internet access, but not all.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this priorto submitting their applications.
Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Students select one of two program tracks:
1. Community Medicine (taught in Spanish): Students will earn 4 hours of Spanish 5797 for this course.
2. Global and Public Health (taught in English): Students will earn 4 hours of Spanish 5797 for this course. All students are required to take Medical Spanish (taught in Spanish): Students will earn 3 hours of Spanish 5797 for this course.
Please be aware of the following:
GPA & OSU course prerequisites determine eligibility; refer to the eligibility section.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival. Level of testing placement and course enrollment are not guaranteed.
Course offerings and equivalencies are subject to change.
Course selection instructions:
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has reviewed and pre-approved specific courses for this program.
Please call 614.292.8485 to schedule an appointment with Michelle Coria (.2) to discuss approved Spanish course work and complete the advising course selection form.
Coursework taken outside of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese must be approved via the credit evaluation process with the appropriate academic department(s).
You must complete these steps PRIOR to submitting the ISA application.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Spanish GPA, successfully complete Spanish 2202 (or graduate standing with permission of faculty advisor) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Application instructions: This application process takes advanced planning. Students should not plan to start the application process within one week of the deadline due to the number of elements involved.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
An academic reference from a current/recent Ohio State Spanish language instructor is required. Students with no Spanish language course experience at Ohio State may select an Ohio State instructor from the subject of their choice to provide the recommendation.
IMPORTANT: Students are required to complete the course selection process (please see "courses and credits" section for additional information) before starting an ISA application.
ISA requires all applicants to submit a non- refundable deposit of $95 at the time of application.
All elements of the ISA application must be completed by the Ohio State deadline. This includes the online application, ISA credit verification form, official Ohio State transcript, service learning supplement page (if applicable) and resume (if applicable). Students are advised to order an electronic copy of their transcript and request it to be emailed directly to their ISA Program Manager. Online order requests may be completed on Buckeyelink under "Academics and Records."
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The ISA program fee includes instruction, volunteer/internship placement, room and meals with a host family, on-site orientation, excursions and transfer from/to the airport. Airfare, books/supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
Dates / Deadlines:
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** 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.