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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English, Spanish Type of Program: GU Faculty-Led
Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes Housing Options: Student Residence
Application Deadlines: December, February OGE Advisor: Gregory Spear
Engagement Opportunities: Intern: Credit, Research: Credit
Program Description:

Georgetown in Buenos Aires

Translational Health Science Internship

Georgetown in Buenos Aires

At a Glance

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Program Length: 6 weeks
Arrive on: May 25, 2018
Depart on: July 6, 2018

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome), teachers, and professionals.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Prerequisites:
    • HSCI 101-Human Biology OR BIOL 103-Introductory Biology I
    • and CHEM 001-Chemistry
Number of credits: 6 credits

Program Description

In an increasingly interconnected world, global health challenges can only be met when scientific collaborations also cross borders. On the Translational Health Science Internship program in Buenos Aires, you’ll team with Argentine researchers and physicians to study the basic science and clinical effects of viruses that cause respiratory infections in infants, children, and young adults. This highly experiential program will give you access to biomedical researchers and virologists in both the classroom and the laboratory, as well as experience shadowing physicians in pediatric hospitals. This combination of classroom, laboratory and hospital experiences will reveal the ways that scientific knowledge travels “from bench to bedside” - how discoveries made at the genetic and molecular level in the lab can be applied to treatment decisions in the clinical setting.

While the focus of the program rests heavily on the science of viral respiratory infections, you will also have plenty of opportunities to engage with the people and culture of Argentina through activities such as Tango lessons and a visit to an Argentine Estancia.

Georgetown Faculty Director: Prof. Pablo Irusta (Associate Professor, Department of Human Science)


The Translational Health Science Internship centers on the concept of translational scientific research, the transition of basic laboratory research to clinical care. Students will explore the effects of infections caused by respiratory viruses both in vitro and in vivo in the laboratory. In addition, students will shadow physicians in pediatric wards to directly visualize the impact of respiratory viral infections on affected children. The primary goals of the program are to familiarize students with the basic impacts and practices of translational research, and, by embedding them with international research teams, to prepare them to be globally-engaged scientists and scholars.

The program consists of three interrelated components:    
  1. Classroom component: Introduction to viral respiratory diseases and how the immune system fights them. The basic cellular and molecular principles governing pathogen-host interactions, and the most widely accepted mechanisms of illness will be discussed for common respiratory viruses
  2. Laboratory component: For approximately 30 hours/week, students will conduct research in labs and be introduced to in vitro (i.e. tissue culture) and in vivo (i.e. mice) models of viral respiratory diseases, using established systems for respiratory pathogens such as respiratory syncytial virus. At the beginning and at the end of each week, there will be seminars in which the students and faculty discuss the research project and assess progress of the internship.
  3. Field experience: Students will have the opportunity to shadow certified physicians (pediatricians, infectious disease specialists and/or pulmonologists) in pediatric hospital/clinics associated with the INFANT Panamerican Network. Students will visit pediatric units admitting infants with respiratory infections in order to understand the impact on the human population of the respiratory infections discussed in class and studied in the laboratory.
Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 6 GU undergraduate credits for the following course:    
  • HSCI 359-62-Translational Health Science Internship
All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The program includes at least two organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:    
  • Guided tours of Buenos Aires
  • Tango lessons
  • Spanish lessons
  • A visit to an authentic Argentine Estancia


Students will reside at a hostel and share a room with one or two other Georgetown students.


Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hostel Monday-Saturday.

Program Cost

The cost of the program for Summer 2018 is $9,925. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, housing, two meals per day, supplemental health insurance, and cultural activities.

The cost listed above does not include: airfare to/from Argentina, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable), and individual expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Your acceptance form and program deposit are considered a good-faith commitment to participate on your Georgetown University summer program. Withdrawal from a summer program must be made in writing to the summer program coordinator. Please note that application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. Georgetown University will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by our partner institutions. Refunds will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Pablo Irusta
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Georgetown University, St. Mary’s Hall 257
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-0014

Useful Links

NHS's Study Abroad page
Translational Health Science Internship page

Student Voices

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Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/14/2018 ** 05/25/2018 07/06/2018
NOTE: This program has an Early Admission Deadline. Any student who submits a complete application by 11:59 PM (EST) on December 7, 2017 will be considered for early admission. A student who is waitlisted after the early admission deadline will be reviewed again at the regular summer deadline.