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UK Sponsored: Service - Health Related Service-Learning in Peru & Intensive Spanish Language (6 weeks) (Health Sciences)
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Service Abroad, Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Behavioral Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Disorders, Dentistry, Development Studies, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Family Science, Food Science, Gerontology, Health, Human Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pre-Health, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Spanish Studies
Course Language:
English, Spanish
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Sarah Whitaker
Program Director:
Sharon Stewart
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
Health Related Service-Learning in Peru & Intensive Spanish Language (6 weeks)

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program Overview

Designed for students in the College of Health Sciences and other health-related majors at the University of Kentucky, students in this program will complete a service-learning experience in Lima, Peru. In collaboration with our partner, ISA-ELAP, service-learning placements will be arranged with organizations in health-related environments, such as public and private medical clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, public and special schools, non-profits, community organizations, health-related businesses, etc. Possible activities may include (but are not guaranteed) assisting with public health campaigns, shadowing health care workers, interacting with patients/clients and their families during medical visits, assisting adults and children with health-related physical and cognitive limitations, observing and assisting healthcare professionals with assessment and intervention programs, and taking blood pressure and height/weight measurements. The placements will not involve direct patient-care roles. The placement for each student will be customized, to the extent possible, based on background, language ability and experience, in positions relevant to the student's professional and academic goals.


While the program is open to students with varying levels of Spanish language, including low/beginner level, placement opportunities will vary based on language proficiency. As part of the placement process, students will be required to complete a language interview upon acceptance to the program (conducted by ISA-ELAP). Students who don't meet a proficiency level equivalent to two semesters of college-level Spanish will be required to enroll in a two week intensive Spanish course prior to the four week service learning experience (six weeks total). All students, regardless of current Spanish language proficiency are eligible to enroll in the two week intensive Spanish course. For example, students with beginning level Spanish skills interested in a service-learning placement that requires intermediate level skills may choose to take the intensive language course in order to qualify for the more advanced placement opportunity.  


The College of Health Sciences has a long history of international education abroad activity. Students and faculty across the disciplines have collaborative relationships and engage in clinical clerkships, faculty-directed programs, and research in such countries as Haiti, Guatemala, Ecuador, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Kenya, Turkey, India, South Africa, Australia, and Israel.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of healthcare-related issues and service provision in other countries
  • Examine what it means to be an "active citizen" in a global community through engagement and active reflection
  • Develop proficiency in Spanish language and gain a deeper understanding of the impact and importance of a global perspective on healthcare
  • Experience the language, history and culture of Peru - including a group excursion to Machu Picchu


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.
Beginning level proficiency in Spanish is recommended, but not required, for this 6 week option. The proficiency level in Spanish language will assist in determining the type of service-learning placement for all students. This 6 week program option is ideal for students who have not previously studied Spanish or for students with beginning to intermediate Spanish language proficiency who wish to improve their Spanish skills (i.e. to refresh Spanish language skills, to possibly obtain a service-learning placement with a greater engagement with the non-English speaking community, etc.). However, students who already have beginning, intermediate or advanced proficiency in Spanish and do not wish to participate in the two-week intensive Spanish language course could also consider the related Health Related Service-Learning in Peru (4 week) program. Students who do not have any Spanish language proficiency are not eligible to participate in the 4 week option.
Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit

  • For ONE of the courses (Service-learning Placement), UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the UK program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • For ONE of the courses (Spanish Language), students will earn transfer credit hours from the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima. The credit hours, course title and UK equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Universidad del Pacifico. The grades earned may be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the Education Abroad Academic Credit website. 
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in HHS 470: International Experience in Health Sciences (3 credit hours) at the University of Kentucky.
  • Graduate students will enroll in HHS 470: International Experience in Health Sciences (3 credit hours) at the University of Kentucky.
  • All students will be enrolled in a two week intensive Spanish language course at the Universidad del Pacifico (2 credit hours). This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the Spanish language and/or enhance the language skills for non-beginners. Students will receive a transcript from the Universidad del Pacifico and the credit hours will be applied to the UK transcript. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the instruction and the brevity of the course, it has been determined that this course is NOT equivalent to a specific SPA course at the University of Kentucky. Education Abroad is currently working with faculty in the UK Hispanic Studies department to see if the course could be equated as "SPA ----", which means it is acknowledged as a Spanish course but not at a designated level. If not, the course will simply transfer with the credit hours and an equivalency of "GEED" general credit.
Despite a lack of direct equivalency, this Spanish course will not only serve to enhance the service-learning placement experience in Peru and beyond, but the two credit hours may still be counted as elective hours in many UK degree programs. 
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Lima by living with local host families in homestay accommodations. Typically, two students will be placed with the same family. 
  • The homestay families will provide three meals per day and laundry service weekly.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and an application with ISA-ELAP. The ISA-ELAP application will be provided to all accepted students after the UK EA application deadline, March 11, 2014.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at Embassy of Peru.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Sharon Stewart, interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.