Name of Organization: CEDEI
Location (city, country): Cuenca, Ecuador
Dates of your attendance: Jan 9, 2000 - Jan 28, 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Language Immersion Program
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:


Activities available:

Spanish language program

Opportunities appropriate for:

pre-clinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    The coursework consisted of 4 hours per day of one-on-one language instruction with supplementary cultural activities, 2 hours of grammar and 2 of conversation.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    If you are considering any clinical work in South America and need to learn Spanish, I cannot recommend this program highly enough. It is very affordable, you are placed with a local family, and the teachers are wonderful.

  4. What did you not like?
    Expensive, difficult to arrange as this is not a rotation organized for US med students. Although the activities are primarily observational, this is a resident-level style of program so the more you know about ophtho the more you will get out of it.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Email them or check out the website ( for an online application.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    The cost came out to about $550 US for 3 weeks of the Spanish courses (4 hours per day) which included full room and board with a local family. You can go for any length of time you choose.

  7. Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from whom and for how much? Please provide important information, such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Jessica Bloom

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