Spain Health Care

Students shadow doctors in Zaragoza, Spain

What You Do

Shadow physicians for 20+ hours per week, observe multiple specialties and gain a more global perspective of medicine and health care firsthand.  As you explore different medical specialties, you see the European healthcare system from the inside. 


Outside of the hospital, students broaden horizons by exploring Spain and participate in educational activities designed to examine and compare various international health systems including European and U.S. systems of care. 


Thinking About a Career in Medicine/Health?

The program is an excellent opportunity for those thinking about a career in medicine, nursing, allied health, health care systems or administration, public health, or health care policy.  It helps you discern if a career in health care is right for you and can fine-tune your career interests.


Do You Need to Speak Spanish? 

Physician partners are prepared to host English-speaking students.  Because all of the physician interactions with patients are in the host language, students who can speak Spanish will have a very rich experience. 



The program will be located in Zaragoza, where students will shadow doctors in the hospital and participate in local cultural and recreational excursions. Zaragoza, located in the region of Aragon in northeastern Spain, is the fifth-largest Spanish city and has interesting museums, art galleries, cathedrals, plazas, theaters, shops, markets, and restaurants.  The city is located approximately midway between Barcelona and Madrid, (each 1 ½ hour by train), making these two cities easily accessible for optional weekend trips.  Weekend trips to Valencia, Toledo, Segovia, and San Sebastian are also possible.


BYU is partnering with the Atlantis to provide this opportunity in 2020.


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