International Opportunities

Summer Courses in French Language

Summer Courses for non-French speaking students. Français langue étrangère (FLE), Université de Genève External Icon Geneva, Switzerland

International Medicine Intensive Two Week Course

Institute for International Medicine (INMED) External Icon introduces a new opportunity for those who want to learn in-depth about international medicine and be prepared for future service opportunities. The International Medicine Intensive Course is a two-week course designed to give health care professionals and students the academic fundamentals of the field. Students who successfully complete the course of study and who pass the final examination will receive the INMED International Medicine Academic Certificate. For questions or to learn more about INMED, please feel free to contact us by email at or by phone at 816-835-1899. INMED Email: Phone: 816-835-1899

Children Without Borders

A 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides life saving medical care to children and health education for families in underserved countries, recently instituted a student intern program. Currently operating in the barrios of Costa Rica, Children Without Borders allows students to participate in a variety of care-giving and educational activities while working alongside experienced physicians. Students can discover healthcare that transcends the restrictions of medicine in modern America and introduce them to a world where basic medical care and health education is a luxury. During their time off, students can use their skills to help those that need it most and gain a unique learning experience at the same time. Visit our web site at External Icon or call us toll free at (877) 292-0030.

Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize the following medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Participation is open to: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health students from the US, UK and Canada. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Resident and student participation is limited to 30 on each trip. NOTE: Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition cost and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period. For details, e-mail: web URL: External Icon Phone: (404) 929-9399, Ravi I Singh or Guy Nuki MD Nuki, Guy <> Adjunct Faculty, Central Maine Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program, Clinical Instructor, Boston University, Chief of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Thayer Campus, Maine General

St. George's University School of Medicine Prage Selective

Subject: Introduction and Exploration of Issues in Clinical Medicine Location: Prague, Czech Republic, as well as other Czech cities (Pilsen, Brno) Eligibility: Students from all semesters are eligible, but exposure to basic physical diagnosis and pathology is an asset. The selective is geared towards first and second year students. Goal: The aim of the Selective is to enhance and broaden the thinking process of future physicians at a crucial stage in their development by coming to understand that the practice of medicine hinges on a correct thinking process which takes place against a background of societal expectations and experiences. Contact: Jennifer Abbott, Registrar's Office (464-4604), for information about receiving credit for the Prague Selective. External Icon

University of Amsterdam Medical Informatics

(MSc programme) A two year Master of Science program. External Icon

Unite for Site

Applications available for international opportunities - spring and summer dates available. Rolling application deadline. Volunteer Opportunities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe Unite for Site volunteers prescribe eyeglasses, screen for eye disease and coordinate and fund diagnosis treatment, and surgery by teachers and educate children and adults about eye health and ways to prevent blindness. For additional information contact: Jennifer Staple email: Website: External Icon

Child Family Health International

A nonprofit organization in San Francisco, California that builds and strengthens sustainable healthcare services for underserved communities worldwide. Contact this site for information about internships and nternational health electives for medical, premedical, residents and nursing students. South Africa, Ecuador, India, Mexico and Bolivia Website: External Icon

MAP International Medical Fellowships

Fellowships for students who hear a different drummer who are considering a career in international health in the context of Christian medical missions. Since 1971, over 1,800 third and fourth year medical students, interns and residents have received travel assistance fellowships from MAP for externships in mission hospitals in developing countries. The benefits for the externs have been many and varied. The students' reports are enthusiastic as they recount busy days in the wards and surgical theaters, as well as medical safaris into the bush or to far-off villages where people lack access to basic medical care. The hardships and frustrations, as well as the joys of medical missions are brought home to them in an eight week (or six week for interns/residents) period of service in the developing world. Further information as well as an online application is available from their website External Icon. Contact MAP International for an original application and additional information at 404-880-0540 or email

Electives in Ghana

West Africa External Icon

Medical Spanish Courses:

Centro Panamericano De Idiomas (CPI)

A Spanish immersion language school located in Costa Rica, offers specialized medical Spanish course options for the spring semester. The Medical Spanish Course External Icon or phone (506) 265-6306 (ext. 108), email:


An organization that helps premedical and medical students to participate in a medically-focused Spanish language immersion program in Latin America. The organization has partnered with three separate Spanish language schools, and have campuses in four countries: Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico. Each location provides students with a unique opportunity to simultaneously be immersed in the rich culture of the area, participate in an intense Spanish language training program (usually 20-30 hours per week of private or small group classes), stay with a local family, and also shadow a physician for several hours each week. The organization works with medical schools to ensure that the necessary paperwork is completed in order for students to receive academic credit for their experiences." Website: External Icon. Contact Info: E-mail for more info: Phone: Telephone: (970) 412-7245 Program Coordinator: Steve Foster, e-mail:

Medical Spanish/International Health Course

Antigua and San Lucas Toliman, Guatamala Sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs, University of Nebraska Medical Center. four-week July and August courses. See full details at External Icon; be sure to read the Additional Information section. After checking the web site, interested applicants can contact me at if there are further questions.


Funding Resources

  • AMSA International Health Funding Your Trip Ideas for funding opportunities. External Icon

  • American Medical Women's Association Overseas Assistance Grant available to a National AMWA student member completing their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of accreditedUS allopathic or osteopathic medical stchool. Program must be sponsored by the school another school or an outside agency. The grant will provide assistance with transportation costs up to $1500 connected with pursuing medical studies in an off-campus setting benefiting the medically underserved. For additional information and an application, contact Marie Glanz:

SUNY Upstate FacultyInternational Contacts:

  • Dr. Jerrold Abraham (,
    Department of Pathology
    Japan, Brazil, London, Belgium, Scotland, Israel, Canada
  • Dr. H. Hesham A-Kadar Hassan (
    Department of Gastroenterology & Nutrition
  • Dr. Scott Tatum (
    Plastic Surgery
    Germany, China, Russia, Croatia
    Involved with Face-to-Face, a program similar to Operation Smile with opportunities in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Dr. Gary G. Wang (
    Department of PhysicalMedicine and Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Ester Steinberg (
    Department of Family Practice