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Education Considerations & Opportunities

International Electives

Considerations for Enhancing Your International Education Experience

    • Think about what you hope to accomplish during your elective.  This should be reflected in your goals and objectives.
    • Some places will let you work fairly independently.  However, make sure that you are getting enough teaching and feedback.  If not, ask for more teaching and feedback.  Remember, you are there to learn!
    • Some places may not let you do much – you will be more of an observer.  This may be disappointing to you, but this can still be worthwhile if you are learning.  Ask for opportunities to be more involved in hands-on care.
    • If you are not getting sufficient supervision or are only being allowed to observe, talk to your preceptor and see if she/he feels comfortable making changes. Respect their decision if they do not or are not able to make changes.
    • Maximize your international experience by learning as much as you can about the country you plan to visit from the State Department website, by searching on the internet and reading travel books.

Refer to the Tabs below for potential Spanish Immersion Schools and Clinical Experiences.



 Institution Name Country Institution Web Address
Montanita Spanish School Montanita, Ecuador
Universidad Internacional - The Center for Linguistic & Multicultral Studies Cuernavaca, Mexico
ECELA Buenosaires, Argentina (other areas: Chile, Peru)
AEC - The Adventure Education Center Playa Dominical, Costa Rica (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain)
AEC Medical Spanish Paseo Colon,Costa Rica (Arenal, Dominical, Turrialba)
Interhealth South America Ecuador
Otavalo Spanish Institute Otavalo-Imbabura Province, Ecuador
Intercultra Costa Rica Heredia, Costa Rica
I.E. Instituto Exclusivo Sopocachi, LaPaz Bolivia
Wirachocha School Lima, Peru


 Institution Name Country Institution Web Address
Te Whare Hauora Coopers Beach, New Zealand