Travel Planning & Quick Links

Planning International Vacation or Conference Travel

Use the Trainee Resources for Vacation and Conferences (TRVC) course checklist available at this link:

Planning Global Health Research or Rotation Travel


  • If you are interested in research abroad, give yourself 7 – 9 months (or longer in some cases) to arrange your experience. For rotations, 5 – 6 months is usually adequate, unless you want to go to a site not used previously by UCSF students, or a site that is very popular with international students in general.

Requirements for all UCSF students & trainees on academic work abroad

  • Meet with your Global Health Advisor. In the SOM, students must attend an advising session given by Mylo Schaaf, Global Health Advisor. These are regularly scheduled as part of the optional curriculum for first- and third-year students. If you need to schedule individually, contact Mylo Schaaf.
  • Use the Trainee International Travel Resources (TITR) for academic work abroad. Start with the checklist and resources available at

Quick Links for Researching Your Trip: also on the TITR & TRVC websites

  • Student trip reports: Begin researching your trip by reading students’ reports on  previous experiences.
  • International opportunities by region: Find descriptions and contact information for international programs and opportunities frequently used by UCSF trainees.
  • 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 or regions within countries that carry a State Department Travel Warning level 3 or 4, 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 or regions within countries that carry a State Department Warning level of 3 or 4. Please see your global health advisor if you have any questions about this issue.
  • UC Trip Planner: On this linked page, click on the UC Trip Planner box. Follow the prompts and then check for the overall security rating as well as information specific to the country you are interested in (includes safety, security, cultural information, 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.
  • General Travel Resources for Students/Trainees: For additional questions and travel advice, review this resource for UC students and trainees. Note, this information is for UC trainees in general and some of the forms and procedures may not apply to students from all schools and campuses.
  • CDC travel information: Look up travel immunizations, tropical diseases, and other travel health information.

Present at a Global Health Conference

  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health: This annual conference brings together students and faculty from around the world to focus on global health education and implementation in their presentations and discussion.
  • Unite for Sight: Another annual conference on global health, which emphasizes innovation and entrepreneurship, and encourages students and faculty from around the world to meet and present their ideas.