UF in Cusco: Experiential Learning for Health Professions

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Department of Biology invite you to participate in an experience that will expand your linguistic and cultural fluency through language study and health-related community service.  Based on Spanish-language level, students will be placed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and/or with dentists.  On this program, students will have the opportunity to improve their command of Spanish, compare health systems, learn about diseases, and explore the cultures of South America.  UF in Cusco is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

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Who can go?

Information sheet
Level Undergraduate
Language Requirement Spanish
Minimum GPA 2.5
Language of Instruction English, Spanish
Program Advisor Nicole Fuls
Type of Credit UF GPA
Open to non-UF students Yes
Program Type Service Learning, UF Sponsored
Field of Study Health Studies

Location

Situated high in the Andes Mountains in Southeastern Peru, Cusco stands tall as the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. The nearby Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu has long been one of the most inspirational destinations for countless travelers. Spaniards first arrived to Peru in the 1530s, with conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Due to heavy Spanish influence for many decades, much of the architecture in present-day Cusco is a mix of Inca and Spanish design.

Today, Cusco is one of the must see destinations in South America, due to the preservation of its culture displayed in amazing archaeological sites, architecture, and colorful Peruvian dress. Many Cusqueños still wear traditional clothing like polleras (long, colorful skirts), play zampoñas (pan flutes), and raise llamas. In addition, the exquisite Andean cuisine provides Peruvians and foreigners alike with innovative dishes. Prepare yourself to be enamored with both culture and a constant breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley as you study abroad in Cusco.

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Excursions

Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley (2 nights): the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. The Incas started building the estate around 1400 AD but it was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Located just below Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley tour explores the fortress of Ollantaytambo and the ruins of Pisac. Students will visit a llama and alpaca petting zoo and wander through the impressive Chincheros market. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley provides wonderful views of the area.

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Puno and Lake Titicaca (1 night): This excursion will take students to visit the “Capital folklórica del Perú” of Puno and its native residents, the Aymara. There they will encounter an abundance of beautiful crafts, fine fabrics in alpaca wool, and the archaeological remains of Pre-Hispanic cultures that harbor jewels of the architecture and colonial art of the Spanish conquest of the Paraguay and of the Mojos. From there they will continue on to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, traveling beside the snowy mountain range of the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. They will spend a night with the Aymara families who live over floating artificial islands of Lake Titicaca, where many ancestral customs still exist.

Course Information

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
The Department of Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Courses are taught by UF Faculty

SPN 3948: Spanish Service Learning
Taught in Spanish
Prerequisite: At least one course at SPN 2000 level or equivalent

ZOO 4956: Emerging Disease in the Americas
Taught in English
Prerequisite: BSC 2011 and 2011L or equivalent

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6

 

 

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Accomodations

Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Cusco by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, students will observe and experience aspects of the Peruvian lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors.

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Language requirement

SPN 2200 (Intermediate Spanish 1), or qualifying AP/IB/or WebCAPE placement score (AP=3 or above; IB=4 or above; WebCAPE=428 or above), or native-speaking background. 

WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test (Go for it!)

https://spanishandportuguese.ufl.edu/undergraduate-programs/lower-division-spanish-program/webcape-spanish-placement-test/

If you have any questions about your level of Spanish, please contact Dr. Antonio Sajid López, antoniosajid@ufl.edu.

With regard to language use, the policy is as follows:  You are expected to utilize Spanish to the extent you are capable in all community interactions, and to maintain a Spanish-only policy in the SPN 3948 classroom. “Reflective Essays” (in the Spanish course) can be written in both English or Spanish.  General rule of thumb for the entire six weeks of the program:  Use Spanish!

The Biology course will be taught in English.

Any doubts about meeting the Biology prerequisites?

Email Dr. Marta Wayne, Chair of the UF Department of Biology: mlwayne@ufl.edu

Service opportunities

Based on Spanish-language level, students will be placed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and/or with dentists.  In this program, students will have the opportunity to improve their command of Spanish, compare health systems, learn about diseases, and explore the cultures of South America.  UF in Cusco is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

The official cost for UF in Cusco 2020 is: $5, 982.

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What’s included?

Tuition for 6 UF GPA credits, lodging & daily meals with host family, cultural & overnight excursions, entrance fees/guided tours, tutorial assistance with ISA, internet access in ISA office, ground transportation, international health insurance and emergency medical assistance. *This is a very popular program, so the sooner you start your application, the better!!! 

What is not included?

Flight tickets, class materials, and personal spending are not covered.

The deadline to apply to the program is February 7, 2020. A $375 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses. Deferment decisions will be based on the amount of aid to be received.

Scholarships

*The deadline to apply for those scholarships vary.  Please see deadline for each scholarship source/application. Note: Students who apply for UFIC scholarships will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. 

Some students have had great success doing a gofundme page:

https://www.gofundme.com/

FINANCIAL AID

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

To make an appointment with your Financial Aid Study Abroad Advisor, click HERE.

Questions about the program?

Dr. Antonio Sajid Lopez (antoniosajid@ufl.edu), Program Director

Questions about the application process? Scholarships? Financial Aids?

Nicole Fuls (nfuls@ufic.ufl.edu), UF Study Abroad Advisor