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UK Sponsored: Health-Related Service-Learning in Peru Options B & C (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.
Fees and Policies Summer 1
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:
2 semesters
Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Susan McVey
Program Director:
Sharon Stewart
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Health-Related Service-Learning in Peru Options B & C
(Health Sciences)

2016 Dates TBD
Cayetano HerediaProgram Overview

These options were designed for students in the College of Health Sciences and other health-related majors at the University of Kentucky interested in medical observations, and were established in collaboration with our partner, ISA-ELAP:
Option B (Intermediate Spanish Required): students in this option will take a two week intensive Spanish course, and then participate in four-weeks of medical observations. Throughout the course of the four weeks of observations, students will observe physicians from the Cayetano Heredia University in clinics and health centers in low-income areas. Two to three students will accompany a trained doctor each day in these observations.

At Cayetano Heredia, students could be placed at one of five different medical observation locations, each of which will expose them to the poor areas of Lima that lack infrastructure and resources. Students participating in this track will also have the opportunity to observe how doctors seek solutions for those who lack resources and who are in need of medical care.  

Option C (Intermediate Spanish Required): students in this option will take a two week intensive Spanish course, and then participate in a combination of medical observations and non-medical observation placements over the course of the remaining four weeks. The medical observations will be the same as those mentioned above. The non-medical observation placements may include the Neurological Institute Toñito Silva (which gives physical therapy for children with down syndrome, autism and any other type of cerebral damage), the Aprendo Contigo Children´s Hospital (which offers continuing education programs for children at their public hospital) and Casa Ronald McDonald (provides housing and activities for families whose children are receiving long term treatments at one of the main public hospitals).

  • 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 further proficiency in the 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 group excursions to the Huaca Pucllana Archeological site, the San Francisco de Asis Monastery, the Museo de la Nacion and Machu Picchu.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who are at least a sophomore standing. Note: Spanish at the Intermediate level is required to enroll in this program. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Both undergraduates and graduates will enroll in HHS 470: International Experience in Health-Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in a two-week, intensive Spanish course from Cayetano Heredia University prior to the start of the four-week service-learning portion of the program. Note: This Spanish course is not tied to the HHS 470 course in any way. It is only intended to boost the participants Spanish speaking ability before the start of the actual course.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students retain the option to opt out if they wish
Housing & MealsHuaca Pucllana

Students will reside in homestays for the duration of the program (typically one-two students per homestay). While in homestays, students will be provided three meals per day and laundry service once per week. Students are responsible for all other meals eaten outside of the homestay on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • 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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus-wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA-ELAP. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA-ELAP. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. Note: due to differences in price between Track 1 and Track 2, students participating on Track 1 will pay $75 less than what is listed in the fees and policy section for the Program Fee. Students participating on track 2 will pay exactly what the program fee lists under the Fees and Policy section.

Machu PicchuPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Peruvian Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Sharon Stewart, interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Stewart will be overseeing the program as director from the University of Kentucky.

Ms. Susan McVey, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
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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.