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Language Requirements

Internships in Non-English Speaking Countries

Student-Athletes Abroad will not ask students to take a language test nor provide a proficiency certificate. We may ask about your language proficiency during the interview call in order to provide you with the most appropriate internship experience. 

It is highly recommended to come with an intermediate level of Spanish for clinical internships. While our partners -- and your direct supervisor -- can and will communicate with students in English as needed, we cannot guarantee that patients will be able. In our experience, student who are able to follow entire conversations with medical professionals have a better experience than students who do not speak any Spanish at all, which is why we encourage student to come prepared to test their limits. 

For other internships, your placement may depend on your language proficiency. We ensure that when working on a team with another SAA intern, at least one member has a basic level of Spanish.

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