With the exception of Mexico (where we ask that all students & graduates display a basic conversational level of Spanish and enthusiasm for learning the language), you don’t need to be able to speak the local language. However, learning a few everyday phrases can really help you build relationships with hospital staff and get the most from your placement!
With years of experience tailor-making overseas placements, we’ve developed the ultimate in-country language support. Once you’ve registered with us, you’ll get access to comprehensive language guides and accompanying videos to help you find your feet.
To give you an even deeper understanding of the local language and customs, a language teacher will provide twice-weekly language lessons in our Work the World houses. Designed with your clinical placement in mind, these language lessons are an added bonus to help you get to grips with clinical words and phrases. By making an effort with the local language you’ll demonstrate your commitment to your placement and earn the respect of your hospital supervisors. Which, in turn, will help open up new opportunities and experiences during your time overseas.
In the hospitals and clinics we partner with, most senior consultants are required to study in English-speaking countries as part of their learning, so they’re likely to have a good level of English.
Staff in the Work the World houses, of course, speak English exceptionally well.
Read more about how we help you learn languages ahead of your placement.