AU COSAM - Pre-Medical Shadowing in Spain & Morocco
The purpose of this course combined with a study abroad program is to provide the student with three credit hours and three weeks of valuable Pre-Medical shadowing activity. This experience will allow students to further enhance their preparation for a career in health care while experiencing and reflecting upon a different health care system in a foreign country. Students will live with host families, participate in a variety of weekly activities, take excursions to Malaga and Morocco, all while performing an internship in a hospital environment shadowing doctors (and nurses) of various disciplines. Students will receive at least 20 hours of shadowing a week in a wide range of disciplines in both/either hospital or private practice settings as well as an exciting 2 day First Responder EMT training. A minimum understanding of Spanish language/communication ability is highly recommended but not required. One week will be spend in Rabat, Morocco, allowing students to shadow hospitals and experience a very different culture.
This program is open to students in any major, but must have demonstrated academic interest in a health-related career or professional school. Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Nursing, Pre-PA, Pre-PT, Pre-OT are all encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students that have already successfully taken some BIOL or CHEM courses. Program is open to Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing. Student must have earned 30 credit hours at AU by the program start date, but some exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0.
In addition to the online application (including 1-2 paragraph essay), students will complete a mandatory in-person interview with the Program Director during the Spring 2020 semester. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis.
There are several excursions to multiple cities in both Africa and Spain. These activities involve extensive walking, bicycle tours and water-related activities. The two-day First Responder training will be outside and involve many different physical activities and obstacles. Please inform the faculty director if physical accommodations are needed, as housing arrangements and other trainings need to be arranged in advance.
- 24 June 2020: Students depart the United States to Spain
- 25 June 2020: Start date of program
- 18 July 2020: Program end date
- 18 July 2020: Students return to the U.S.
- 17 August 2020: Technical start date of academic course
- 11 December 2020: Technical end date of academic course
Participants will be enrolled in SCMH 5940 - Global Study/Travel in Sciences and Mathematics (3 credits) upon returning from study abroad program during the Fall 2020.
Standard services included in the program fee:
- All meals (with exception of Malaga, Spain excursion)
- Complete single or double room accommodation in a Spanish host family (will be housed with another student of same gender)
- Public transportation pass
- Three cultural excursions (Rabat & Casablanca, Morocco and Malaga, Spain)
- International Health Insurance for duration of the program
- Other group activities
- Two-day EMT course/training
- Flight from the U.S. to/from Seville
- Approximately 5 meals
- transportation back to Seville airport from housing on departure day
- 01 February 2020: Application Deadline
- interview appointments scheduled with Program Director upon completion of application
- applicants must complete short essay questions to be considered for an interview
- 03 February- 06 March 2020: Applicant in-person interviews with Program Director
- 09 March 2020: Final applicants selected/notified
- 20 March 2020: First payment appears on eBill
- 27 March 2020: First payment of $3,292.50 due by 5pm
- 17 April 2020: Second payment appears on eBill
- 24 April 2020: Second payment of $3,292.50 due by 5pm
Note: Students that withdraw from the program after acceptance and payment of the program fee may result in financial penalties.
Acceptance is contingent upon academic standing. Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.
Students will live with local Seville families and three meals a day will be provided. Housing and meals are covered every day of the program (exception of meals on Malaga excursion). Students will be paired with another student to stay in the same house together. Weekly laundry facilities available through host families. All housing will be will be 5-15 minute walk from one another and no more than 30 minutes (driving distance) away from the shadowing locations/hospitals. The AU faculty director and the GlobalEd (vendor) staff will also be living in apartments within a 5-15 minute walk of all student housing. Host family housing assignments will be confirmed two weeks before the program start date. Housing during the Morocco portion of the program will also be included in a small bed & breakfast; this is known in country as a "riad". All program members will be housed together, paired with roommates of the same gender.
Students will have access to public transportation (bus, taxi, or train) to their respective Spain shadowing locations, and will be given a transportation card to cover these cost for the durati
on of the program. Airport or bus station pickup and transportation to Spain housing will be provided by vendor staff on arrival day. All transportation (bus, airplane, etc.) will be covered by the program fees within the Morocco portion of the program.
Seville is the artistic, cultural and financial capital of Southern Spain. The city is renowned for its warm climate and friendly culture, making it an ideal setting for language learning and cultural integration. A stroll through the city's winding cobblestone streets reveals a a wide array of bustling sidewalk cafes and tapas bars, spontaneous flamenco performances and an active nightlife. The multiple churches in the city show signs of the Middle Ages and the importance of the Catholic faith. Seville, where Christopher Columbus is buried, was the port of the world during the XVI century and is the home of the Indian Archives. If you wish to learn more about modern and contemporary history, the city is full of old pavilions from the Iberoamerican Exposition of 1929 and the Universal Exposition of 1992. Seville offers a variety of rich cultural experiences set against historical Roman, Muslim, and Jewish influence.
Rabat, Morocco’s capital, rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the country’s four imperial cities. Rabat is known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and French-colonial heritage. It’s a city full of historic architecture and welcoming people, with plenty to see and do. Over the centuries Rabat has been influenced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Almohads and Merenids. A student living in Rabat you will find plenty of monuments reflecting these past cultures. The Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city’s iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque.
Excursions are required as part of the course credit and cultural experience. Their locations include Malaga, Spain and various sites and activities in Seville. There is also a 7-day excursion to Rabat & Casablanca, Morocco. Students will also have free afternoons and a weekend spread during the program in which they can choose their own independent or group excursions within Spain. The buddy system requires that no student will travel alone.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.
Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the faculty director Katie Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org for program specific questions.