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.

The Medical Humanities Program offers a practicum in Spain (MD 420). Students in this program will take one course abroad (SPAN 324) in addition to completing the practicum. MD 420 has very limited spots and admission to the program is subject to proficiency level and interview. You will have the opportunity to indicate your interest in this practicum on the application for Rice in Spain.

Rice in Spain fulfills the experiential learning requirement for the Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication.

Click on this link to watch a slide presentation about Rice in Spain.

Group photo from Rice in Spain 2023

Rice in Spain Facts

Prerequisites SPAN 321 or placement into SPAN 322
Location Pamplona
Program Dates May 13 - June 21, 2024
Courses SPAN 322 and SPAN 324
Applications Open November 15, 2023
Application Deadline January 21, 2024

See below for more important dates.

Estimated Program Cost

Expense Rice Students Pay
Tuition* $7,200*
Simulation Center Fee n/a
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 $2,100 - $2,250
Total $8,800 - $8,950

*Tuition includes:

  • 6 Rice credit hours
  • Accommodation with a host family or in a 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, October 4, 2023


Info Session with Financial Aid

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Application Period

November 15, 2023 - January 21, 2024


Spring Information Session

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Decision and Scholarship Notification

February 16, 2024


Acceptance Deadline

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Deadline to drop Rice in Country Courses

March 10, 2024


Pre-Departure Orientation

April 23, 2024


Rice in Spain

May 13 - June 21, 2024