Rice in Spain

Join us for a unique six-week program focused on Spanish for the Health Professions. The program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or health-related professions. It takes place in Pamplona, Spain and our host is the “Instituto de Lenguas y Comunicación Extranjeras” (ILCE) at the University of Navarra. You will complete a total of 6 credit hours. We offer SPAN 322 taught by a Rice faculty leader; this course counts for D1 distribution, and also as a Medical Humanities major elective. You will also take SPAN 324 at the UNAV - “School of Medicine” with two if its faculty members. This is an exclusive experiential learning of basic medical skills course taken at the Universidad de Navarra – “Faculty of Medicine Simulation Center.” You will also have time to explore beautiful northern Spain including cities like Bilbao and San Sebastián and enjoy its fine culinary tradition.

Rice in Spain Facts

Prerequisites SPAN 321 or placement into SPAN 322
Location Pamplona
Program Dates Mid May - June, 2023
Courses SPAN 322 and SPAN 324
Applications Open December 2022
Application Deadline Late January, 2023

See below for more important dates.

Estimated Program Cost

Expense Rice Students Pay
Tuition* $6,000
Airfare (estimated Houston - Pamplona) $1,300
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses (Non-program activities or outings, varies by individual, emergency cash) $250 - $400
Sub-total $1,600 - $1,750
Total $7,600 - $7,750

*Tuition includes:

  • 6 Rice credit hours
  • Accommodation with a host family or in university dormitory for 6 weeks
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner for 6 weeks)
  • Local/regional excursions
  • Language partners
  • Community engagement

Some financial aid is available.

Learn about financial aid options at this link: Rice in Country Financial Aid

For more information consult with the Faculty Leader, Profe Thais Diaz Montalvo (td20@rice.edu).

Fall Information Session

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Info Session with Financial Aid

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Application Period

December 5, 2022 - January 27, 2023


Spring Information Session

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Decision and Scholarship Notification

February 15, 2023


Acceptance Deadline

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Pre-Departure Orientation

April 24, 2023


Rice in Spain

Mid May - June 2023