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Maryland-in-Buenos Aires Summer: Spanish Health Immersion (Argentina)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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MIBA SummerMIBA Summer 2

Spend your summer advancing into your Healthcare Career path and practicing your Spanish. You will experience the Argentine vibrant culture and have a hands-on experience at Hospital Británico, a nonprofit organization devoted to upgrading people’s health and to providing medical and hospital services of the highest quality in the City of Buenos Aires. Intensive Spanish language practice will be provided in two ways: through clinical rotations at Hospital Brita´nico in the mornings, and Spanish classes at Universidad de Belgrano in the afternoons. This combination will allow you to overcome your language barriers, acquiring Spanish rapidly and increasing cultural competency. At the end of the program, you will gain familiarity with one or two of the many different medical and research environments, and will have the opportunity to establish relationships with residents, service directors, and other colleagues.  Maryland-in-Buenos Aires offers something for everyone and provides the support you need to maximize your opportunity to live and learn the Latin American lifestyle.

Maryland-in-Buenos Aires Summer term is open to any undergraduate with interest in enhancing their Spanish language while shadowing a doctor at a Hospital and immersing into a unique Latin American culture Due to the rotation immersion component, prior Spanish knowledge is required. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Intermediate level Spanish is required for this program. You must have successfully completed SPAN 301 or the equivalent.
  2. Students must complete at least one year of university course work and at least one semester at UMD College Park.
  3. GPA requirement as listed above.
  4. Applicants should be open-minded and flexible.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss.

All applications must be submitted online and complete by the published application deadline in order to receive full consideration. Admission for the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement alone does not guarantee admission.

You will enroll in a 3-credit course:
MED SPAN555- Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (SPAN369x)

This 45hs course is taught by the University of Belgrano (UB). The course will lean on activities students do at the hospital. The clinical rotation will count as 15 contact hours and provide direct engagement with the local community. Hospital Británico will also provide a certificate of completion of the rotations. 

The program also includes a non-credit Intercultural Experience Workshop, a Career Workshop, and 15 hours of field trips and cultural activities. 

To allow for full immersion into Argentinian culture and Spanish language, all students will live in homes with Argentinian families matched to their individual needs. Homestay hosts will allow students to understand various Argentinian lifestyles, enhance their language skills, and see Buenos Aires from a unique perspective. Maryland students will be placed individually or in pairs according to their distinctive needs and life styles. Program staff can work with homestay placements to accommodate dietary and other special accommodations.

All housing will be no more than a 30-minute commuting from UB and/or Hospital Británico.

For more information, view the Housing Overview.

Summer Budget

Cost listed are for Summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $80
Tuition $3,920
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, excursions, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,050
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Course Materials  $50
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Personal Expenses and Individual Travel (estimate) $300
In-country transportation (estimate) $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $50

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Verónica Muñoz is the Resident Director in Buenos Aires and coordinates all on-site aspects of the program including on-site orientation, engagement activities, and communication with the host university and housing partners.

Brittany Lashley advises prospective and admitted students in the Maryland-in-Buenos Aires program. In addition, she coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program.


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018