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  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Medical Student Elective Program Type General: Worldwide
Level of Study: Graduate Academic Theme: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Eligibility Restrictions: Medical Students Only
Program Advisor: Anne Sheridan Fugard
Program Description:

Program Overview

MED 280179: Global and International Medical Education

All 4th year medical students seeking elective credit for global/international health activities must register for this course, except for those registering for the activities sponsored by Family Medicine through FAM 060138. This elective has been created to provide a single point of entry for students interested in global health elective activities and to facilitate and coordinate such activities on behalf of the College of Medicine. Students seeking information on global and international medical education opportunities should contact to discuss the proposed elective's setting, supervision, sponsorship, and learning objectives. Students searching for international opportunities may consult this working database compiled by the College of Medicine: International Opportunities for Students in Health Fields


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Medical students enrolled in this course may travel anywhere in the world as long as the learning objectives are well articulated and UC International approves of the destination.

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Who Can Participate?

 Medical students

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Academic Program and Course Information

College of Medicine
Course Number: MED 280179

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Living Arrangements

Living arrangements are the responsibility of the student and are typically organized in collaboration with a local in-country supervisor or the organization sponsoring the elective. 

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Getting There

Airfare is the responsibility of the student and is typically organized once the application to take MED 280179 has been approved by the course director.  

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Program Costs

Program costs depend on the country where the elective will be conducted as well as the sponsoring organization.

Please consult the database compiled by the College of Medicine: International Opportunities for Students in Health Fields.

UC International will be awarding four $700 scholarships to participating M4 students in 2019-2020.

Students should also keep in mind and research costs for the following:
International emergency and evacuation insurance
Visa application/processing fees
In-country transportation
Cultural excursions/entrance fees
Personal spending/souvenirs

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

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