UCSF Requirements and Resources to Work Abroad

Plan Your Global Health Experience

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.
  • Use LabSpot to find a mentor.

Resources for Researching Your Trip:

Required Materials 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 (link is external)

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 (link is external) 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 (link is external)

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

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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