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

  • Resource for Students/Trainees on travel health and safety: start with a comprehensive look at the issues of travel safety. Refer back to this Resource frequently, but note this information is for UCSF trainees in general and some of the forms and procedures may not apply to students in all schools and programs.
  • School of Medicine Procedures: for arranging GH research or rotations. Read this carefully. (Link coming shortly)
  • Student trip reports: begin researching your trip by reading about what students have done previously
  • International opportunities by region: find descriptions and contact information for international programs and opportunities available to UCSF trainees via your MyAccess account.
  • UCSF Global Health Research Projects: search for a research project involving UCSF faculty. You can search by location, investigator, program, or topic
  • UCSF International Travel Guidelines for Students & Trainees: find out more about the UCSF policy for countries that carry State Department Travel Warnings or a UC Trip Planner Security rating of 5.
  • State Department Website: check for Travel Warnings. Students need special permission to receive credit or funding for work or projects in countries that carry a State Department Warning, with the exception of students who are participating in an active UCSF program where UCSF faculty and staff are located in that country. Please see your global health advisor if you have any questions about this issue.
  • UC Trip Planner: check any country for a Security Rating, or get information about many issues like weather, important dates, security issues, etc.
  • LGBT Travel Resource Center: Gives important warnings and advice to LGBT travelers.
  • Required approval for human research projects: start early since this process can take months and may require both UCSF and in-country approvals.
  • CDC travel information: look up travel immunizations, tropical diseases, and other travel health information
  • CUGH Global Health modules: find information on specific global health topics or populations, or on planning academic work abroad
  • Essential Global Health videos: view brief videos grouped by subject, ranging from health determinants to women’s health to non-communicable diseases

Finding funding

Required pre-departure

Required SOM Students Other Professional Students Other Trainees

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


Regsiter for Free Ace/iJet Travel Insurance

Obtain your BlueCard for Leisure (Fun) Travel Insurance

If have SHIP
(UC Student Insurance)

If have SHIP
(UC Student Insurance)


Review and fill out the International Packet and other forms on the UME International Froms & Procedures page

X If receiving RAPtr funding  

Complete the online GH 101 Course or the equivalent (Search GHS 101 Online: Introduction to Global Health (14-15) from CLE Homepage)

X Recommended Recommended

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


Fill out your UCSF Student Trip Report

X X  

Turn in the Evaluation Report by your Foreign Preceptor

If required If required If required

Organize your receipts for reimbursement

If required If required If required

Get a PPD after 8-12 weeks


Present at a Global Health Conference


Apply for conference funding and present your global health research



The staff of the UCSF School of Medicine Global Health Pathway lists opportunities on the linked pages as a convenience to UCSF students. Students are not only encouraged to, but should do their own research and preparation for each placement opportunity and not rely solely on the information provided on these pages.

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