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Mexico Medical Web Banner 2017
Medical Spanish and Internship
With a growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States, there is a critical need for our future medical professionals to understand the language in order to better serve their patients. With CGEE’s summer Medical Spanish and Internship program, students will focus on Spanish language and Mexican culture in a medical context.
Take a specialized language course, Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, taught by a bi-lingual Mexican Physician. In addition, we are able to place students in a Medical Observership, for practical real-world experiences.
The Medical Spanish and Internship Summer program is open to everyone - Augsburg students, as well as undergraduate students from any other institution. Please note we do require a minimum language requirement of three college-level Spanish courses to be accepted into this program.
2019 Program Dates [June 5 - July 21]
The program is six and a half weeks in length, from June 5 - July 21. Students may take additional classes before and/or after the Medical Internship program on our other summer program, Language and Culture in Mexico


Students will take two courses:

Spanish 206: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 
Taught by a bi-lingual doctor, 60 contact hours

The Center for Global Education and Experience contracts its language instruction with Universal Center for Language and Social Communication in Cuernavaca. Universal is a highly respected institution among the many language schools in Cuernavaca. The school's primary focus is oral competency and having a solid grammatical base. Classes are small, ranging from two to no more than seven students. For more information about Universal, see  
Interdisciplinary Studies or Spanish 399: Internship
Prerequisite: three courses of college-level Spanish
Medical Observership, following guidelines of Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

Typical activities involved in internship placements include:
  • Opportunity to observe live births, assist with patient information collection, and become familiar with common medical procedures.
  • Shadow doctors in a variety of specializations.
  • Participate in health seminars with local Mexican medical students
  • Practicum visits to the Mexican Institute of Traditional Medicine, the National Public Health Institute, the School of Midwifery, and doctors' offices. 

CGEE believes in experiential education as a key factor to learning and will often bring students on cultural excursions, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations that will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.


CGEE believes in learning from the community, which is why we include homestays with local families on the program. Therefore, apart from your first few days in Cuernavaca, when you will stay at our study center for orientation, you will live with a host family.

CGEE has relationships with families of modest means. Past students have found the homestay to be one of their best experiences in Mexico. All of the families that receive students have been carefully chosen by CGEE staff and have participated in orientations and activities including a health and safety orientation, as well as a diversity orientation. They open their homes to students with a strong desire for cultural exchange and solidarity. Most of them go out of their way to adapt to you, and several have participated in vegetarian cooking classes that we have offered so that they can meet the needs of vegetarian students. 
Our Study Center
For the first few days of the program you will live in our Study Center with the other US students on the program. Known locally as Casa CEMAL (the Spanish acronym for Center for Global Education and Experience: Centro para la Educación Mundial), the CGEE Study Center is a 15-minute walk from downtown Cuernavaca and the main city plaza, in the neighborhood of San Antón. CGEE is well established in San Antón and has many friends and close connections in the neighborhood, including some of the homestay families. CGEE is located at the top of one of the large ravines that runs through the city, offering a dramatic view from the nearby bridge that leads to downtown. Because of the ravine, there is a 100 foot waterfall right in the neighborhood, a local eco-tourist attraction.  Right across the bridge, students will find a large public garden/park, an independent movie theater, the Cathedral, and several popular cafés. Our facilities have ample living and study space for students, a library, computer labs and wireless internet, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor patios and gardens. 

Take a virtual tour of our study center in Cuernavaca via YouTube!


Mexico Summer Excursions 2017
CGEE programs are highly experiential by design. We like to get you out of the classroom and into the community! Our classes include guest speakers, trips to visit local groups, museums, businesses, and more. We also include fun excursions in the area to help you learn even more about the history, culture, and region!
All of our excursions are included in program fee, so you will always have amazing activities to join, with no hidden costs! Our Mexico programs take students to locations such as Puebla, the Nevado de Toluca volcano, Mexico City, and more.



What is Included
CGEE program costs are comprehensive and include:
  • in-country transportation
  • housing
  • all meals
  • program-related travel and excursions
  • insurance
  • tuition
  • fair wages for staff and speakersWhat is not Included
  • flights to and from the program - while CGEE arranges group travel for our semester participants, you will pay out of pocket for your ticket
  • personal spending money
    • for souvenirs, occasional dining out and events, or for more extensive travel during spring/fall breaks, if you choose to do so.
  • Books and other supplies 
For students at schools other than Augsburg University: The tuition rate, room and board, and fees the summer 2018 Medical Spanish program is:
Tuition (8 credits)……………….. 3360
Room & Board……………………2630
Automatic CGEE Scholarship…..-800
TOTAL……………............……. $5190
*Please note: your school may charge other fees or tuition rates, depending on their study abroad policies, or whether Augsburg CGEE is an approved program at your school. Please talk to your school’s study abroad advisor to learn more about how costs and financial aid for study abroad work at your institution.
For Augsburg University students: The tuition, room and board, and fees for the program is as listed above, $5190. Augsburg students will receive a personalized Cost Estimate (including your financial aid award) once you have started the application.
Most Augsburg students do not have financial aid during the summer semester. If you have questions about financing your summer experience abroad, please schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad/Away advisor, or with your financial aid advisor.
For more information about Study Abroad/Away, come to one of our Information Sessions.


Scholarships Available
We have a variety of scholarships and discounts available to students participating on a CGEE summer program. Each application is linked below for more information: Additionally, we offer a Summer Discount:
  • Students who participate in a full semester program in Mexico will receive a 10% discount off a summer session (before or after the semester program). There are no forms to submit for this discount.


What do our participants have to say about their time on the program?
“I originally chose this program solely for the opportunity of an internship in the hospital. Not only did I learn a lot in my internship, but living and being a part of the community there changed my life.” - Savannah, Augsburg University, Biology major
Want to hear more?
Check out CGEE YouTube’s Mexico Playlist


Contact Us for Questions
Augsburg students please contact or visit us in the Oyate Commons, Christensen Center, lower level
Students from all other colleges and universities please contact to be connected with a CGEE representative.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/05/2019 07/21/2019
NOTE: Priority deadline March 1st

** 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.