Hola! 3 Spanish Immersion Programs: Vale La Pena

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Spanish Immersion Programs are often a part of summer abroad programs. Almost every notable institute organize a three-week to one-year language immersion program along with their other academic programs. You wanna know why? They know better. 🙁

Or it just suggests the importance of language immersion programs. Well, whatever it is, but learning dual languages is once again becoming more and more important in the world.

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And right here, I have some of the best Spanish Immersion Programs, offered by the best institutes in the world, being held in some best locations worldwide.

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3. Health and Spanish Immersion Program

Harvard University

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Health and Spanish Immersion Program is held in Santiago, Chile, by Harvard University.

This program, as I said earlier, is the part of Harvard’s summer abroad programs. It is organized by Harvard’s Regional Office (RO), David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).

It is a language (Spanish) focused program where the students get a chance to have a complete Spanish Language Immersion Experience in an international environment of Santiago, Chile. Which comes with the medicine and public health learning opportunities.

This program has certain distinctions to talk about that I’ll do in detail in coming paragraphs. But also because as I said, it really worth it ‘Vale La Pena’.

There is a set of specific activities that students have to perform from dawn to dusk, all the way through their entire week. All these activities revolve around the main objectives of the program. I.e. Spanish, Health, Culture, Volunteer work, and study/summer abroad experiences.

During their stay in Santiago, the students live with the local Chilean families to have a richer cultural experience and to take their language skills to the next level.

To get more from their stay in a Spanish-speaking country, living with native Spanish speakers and their culture, students are given presentations based on their educational interests (Health Sciences here). Students have also the leverage to carry out their self-designed projects independently, DRCLAS Regional Office also assists them in student’s private research work.

Besides every other thing, the course comes with lots of site visits also. Where the entrants go to see the places like medical facilities, hospitals, institutions, clinics and other healthcare units.

And because these programs are about Spanish language and Spanish culture, it is tried to sketch a complete picture of Spanish culture. This is exactly what seems to be happening here (Chilean Culture in question) with subject to the public health or health sciences as the main topics of these Spanish immersion programs.


2. Advanced Spanish Immersion

Pennsylvania State University

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Advanced Spanish Immersion program is held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by Pennsylvania State University, which is hosted by IES Abroad.

As the name suggests, this program is intended for the advanced Spanish learners. For all those students who both have a little or more flow of Spanish and want to enhance their language proficiency.

The students have an opportunity to make their way to Argentina’s top five universities namely, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, through this program.

Where they can choose to study from the listed study schemes including Culture, History and writing. Internships are also offered to every single participant upon successful completion of the course.

This program is a chance for all culture loving students to have a closer look at Argentina’s rich culture. And meet with the people who are more willing to help the students like them to super rich their language skills.

While you’ll be studying and earning degree credits, yet you’ll have lots of chances to be a part of their cultural occasions. Several local events, study trips and site visits will give you a way to experience Argentines customs & traditions by being them.

And because you’ll be having a deeper look at it, you can assess and highlight their serious community issues being faced by the locals. Their emerging social problems, possible solutions, and suggestions. In short, you can create and carry your side projects that could help in finding an internship and a good job after that.


1. Spanish Immersion Experience

Florida State University

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This is probably one of the ancient Spanish immersion programs in the list. As Florida State University is continuously organizing this program with a title of Spanish Immersion Experience from about over twenty-five consecutive years.

Just like previous two programs, it is also held in a culturally rich country, Costa Rica. A place of volcanoes, rainforests, wildlife, beaches, food, lots of adventures and good happy people who are ready to help you in learning Spanish. So you can possibly imagine that aside from the educational learning, one can collect lots and lots of real life experiences. That are definitely going to aid in your future struggle in making their career.

I also think (according to my poor opinion, could be the bad.), this is the perfect place that Florida State University (FSU) choose for their students, to immerse in Spanish environment in order to learn Spanish as a second language.

The classes are held in the world known, Conversa Linguistic Center. But the site tours and trips are organized in other places too. The students are also given a chance to mingle with the locals, stay and live with them. Spend much of their time and have a total Spanish immersion experience.

This program is normally held in summer breaks, b/w June-July, goes up to 30 nights in Costa Rica. Because it is open to the public, any interested student can get enroll. Hispanic literate and Spanish language are two major areas of study in the whole course.

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