UCSF Requirements and Resources to Work Abroad

Setting up your Global Health Experience

Find a mentor

  • Find a mentor
  • For research, the student's mentor is a UCSF faculty member who is often an investigator on the project, or is willing to co-mentor for a project outside UCSF.
  • For clinical rotations, the student may ask a faculty member that they know to be a mentor. Other students find mentor names on the UCSF Student Trip Reports below or ask a global health advisor.

Resources for Researching Your Trip

Finding funding

Required pre-departure

RequiredSOM StudentsOther Professional StudentsOther Trainees

Obtain a Travel Advice Appointment through your insurance for shots & travel meds


Regsiter for Free Ace/iJet Travel Insurance

  Obtain you BlueCard for Leisure (Fun) Travel Insurance

If have SHIP
(UC Student Insurance)

If have SHIP
(UC Student Insurance)


Fill out the International Packet on the UME Froms page

XIf receiving RAPtr funding 

Complete the online GH 101 Course or the equivalent


Check with your school or program regarding
other requirements for work abroad


Fill out your UCSF Student Trip Report


Turn in the Evaluation Report by your Foreign Preceptor

If requiredIf requiredIf required

Organize your receipts for reimbursement


Get a PPD after 8-12 weeks


Present at a Global Health Conference


Apply for conference funding and present your global health research



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