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General Information About Studying Abroad

The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Many hands – at home and abroad — make it so, and many benefit. Study abroad is one of the ways in which our students and others build and benefit from Illinois’ international engagement.

Our mission is to provide and facilitate a range of study and education opportunities abroad consonant in breadth and quality with on-campus Illinois curricula, offered for short or long duration according to curricular objectives and in consideration of students’ obligations, at a range of costs and with opportunities for scholarship or subvention such that study abroad opportunity is available to all students in good standing. Attention to students’ health, safety, and well-being abroad underlies all other considerations.

Our intention is that through study abroad we and our partners prepare students for global citizenship, guiding them to a greater understanding of world and domestic cultures and encouraging them to share that understanding with the hosts abroad and communities at home; that students gain or enhance area linguistic, subject, and cultural knowledge and competence; that students contribute to their host communities; and that students emerge wiser and more engaged citizens.

Prospective Students

As you begin researching study abroad programs you will find that there are literally hundreds of enriching opportunities around the world. One of the most difficult decisions you have is determining which program is right for you. This is a decision that you must make for yourself; no one will choose for you! As you begin the selection process it is helpful to make some preliminary decisions as to the type of experience you want to have. The Prospective Students section of the University of Illinois Study Abroad web site (see excerpt below) is designed to help guide you through the process of selecting and applying for a study abroad program. For more details visit:

University of Illinois International Externships

Information regarding and procedures for applying to UIC international externships can be found below along with a list of International Health Electives and International Electives Scheduling Form.

Procedure for Scheduling Electives at Non-LCME Accredited Medical Schools

Electives at non-LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accredited medical schools are usually electives offered by foreign medical schools, i.e., “international electives.” However, this category can also include scholarship experiences at hospices, hospitals, clinics, public health facilities, etc. In general, the procedures for scheduling these electives are similar to those for scheduling electives from LCME medical schools as described above. The major difference is that more extensive documentation of the elective is usually required to justify the experience as substantially contributing to the student’s medical education. Students should provide a complete description of the experience including activities, objectives to be met, time spent, location, supervising faculty member, and mechanism for evaluation. In addition, a description of the institution itself should be included in the documentation. This can sometimes be photocopied from the school’s catalog and typically includes information about number of faculty, patients, facilities, etc.  These electives also require additional review and authorizations by UIC COM. It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take these elective experiences contact their Academic Advisor in the Office of Student Affairs at the earliest possible time. Information on international health electives is available on the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) website and the AMA Office of International Medicine website.

Hospitals Around the World
International Federation of Medical Students Association(IFMSA)
ArgentinaBuenos AiresUniversidad Austral, Facultad de Cicencias Biomedicas
ArgentinaBuenos AiresUniversisad de Buenos Aires
ArgentinaBuenos AiresUniversidad Favaloro
Argentina, Chile, PeruLatin Immersion Language Network
AustraliaBrisbaneUniversity of Queensland
AustraliaHerstonRoyal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
BahrainMananaAmerican Mission Hospital
BahrainAl-ManamahArabian Gulf University
BoliviaCochibambaMIMA Foundation
BoliviaLa PazHospital de Clinicas – La Paz
BoliviaSan SimonFacultad de Medicine de la Universidad Mayor de San Simon

BrazilSao PauloIrmandade de santa Casa de Misericordia de Sao Paulo
BrazilSao PauloUniversidade Federal de Sao Paulo
BulgariaPlovdivMedical University Plodiv
BurmaYangonUniversity of Medicine
ChileUniversity of Chile Faculty of Medicine
ChileSantiagoInstituto Nacional del Torax
ChinaBeijingChina Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center
ChinaTaiwanChina Medical University
ChinaTaiwanNational Taiwan University
ColombiaBogotaUniversidad Nacional De Colombia
ColombiaMedellinUniversidad de Antioquia
Costa RicaSan JoseHospital San Vito Dr. Pablo Ortiz
Costa RicaSan JoseIHCAI International Health Central American Institute
Costa RicaAlajuelaAmeriSpan Study Abroad SALUD Medical Spanish Program
Costa RicaSan Joaquin de Flores, HerediaCentro Pan American de Idiomas
Costa RicaTurrialbaAdventure Education Center (AEC) Spanish Medical Program
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoClinica Infantil Dr. Robert Reid Cabral
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoHospital Plaza de la Salud, Santo Domingo
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoInstituto Dermatologico y cirugia de la Piel
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoSalvador B. Gautier Hospital
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoUniversidad Iberoamericana
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoINTEC – Univrsidad Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo
EucadorInterhealth South America
EcuadorMantaAcademia de Espanol Surpacifico
EcuadorQuitoHospital Vozandes
EcuadorSpanish Language Immersion Programs
EgyptCairoAl-Azhar University of Cairo
EgyptCairoCairo University Medical school
El SalvadorSan SalvadorUniversidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado
FranceMission Interuniversitaire de Coordination de Exchanges Franco-Americaines
GermanyAachenRWTH Aachen University
GermanyBaden-WürttembergUniversity of Tubingen
GermanyBerlinDeutscher Akademischer Austausch dienst
GermanyDusseldorfUniversity of Dusseldorf
GermanyDresdenDresden University
GermanyJenaFridrich-Schiller University
GhanaAccra-NorthKorle-Bu Teaching Hospital
GhanaAccraUniversity of Ghana Medical School
GhanaAtibieKwahu Government District Hospital
GhanaLegonUniversity of Ghana Medical School
GreeceThessalonikiAristotle University
GuatemalaGuatemala CityHospital General San Juan de Dios
GuatemalaQuetzaltenangoCelas Maya
GuatemalaQuetzaltenangoMiguel Angel Asturias Spanish School
HaitiBelladcre HospitalPartners in Health
HondurasClinica Evangelica Morava
HondurasGlobal Medical Brigades
HondurasCopan RuinasGuacamaya Spanish School
IndiaBangaloreMaharaja Agrasen Hospital
IndiaBegumpetSir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical Diseases
IndiaBelgaumKLE University
IndiaDharamsalaHimalayan Health Exchange
IndiaGujaratMuljibhai Patel Urological Hospital
IndiaKarnatakaKasturba Medical College
IndiaMaduraiAravind Eye Hospital
IndiaMumbaiSeth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital
IndiaNavsariDr. Moghabhai Desai Hospital
IndiaNew DelhiSir Ganga Ram Hospital
IndiaNew DelhiMaulana Azad Medical College
IndiaOrissaKalinga Hospital
IndiaPuneDeenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center
IndiaPuneNaik Hospital
IndiaVelloreChristian Medical College
South IndiaChennaiChristian Mission Charitable Trust
IrelandCorkUniversity College Cork
IrelandDublinUniversity College Dublin
IsraelHaifaTechnion Israel Institute of Technology
IsraelJerusalemHadassah Medical Center
IsraelTel-AvivTel-Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine
ItalyPaviaUniversity of Pavia
JapanChibaChiba University School of Medicine
JapanTokyoKeiou University
JapanTokyoTokyo Medical and Dental University
JordanAmmanUniversity of Jordan
JordanIrbidJordan University of Science & Technology
KenyaVolunteer Kenya
KenyaBometTenwek Hospital
KenyaKapsowarKapsowar Mission Hospital
KeynaKijabeKijabe Medical Center
KenyaKisumuMaseno North Hospital
KoreaSeoulAsan Medical Center AMC
KoreaKoo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center
KoreaSeoulKyung Hee University
KoreaSeoulSeoul National University Bundang Hospital
KoreaSeoulSeverance Hospital International Health Care Center
LebanonEl-KouraUniversity of Balamand
LebanonBeirutAmerican University of Beirut Medical Center
MexicoCuanhtemocCuauhtemoc University
MexicoCuernavaca,Universidad Internacional
MexicoGuadalajaraUniversidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
NepalKathmanduNepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital
NetherlandsAmsterdamVrije Universiteit
NetherlandsMaastrichtMaastricht University
New ZealandInvercargillSouthland Hospital
New ZealandTaurangaTauranga Hospital
NigeriaEdoDoctors for United Medical Missions (DrUMM)
NigeriaOwerriImo State University
NigeriaLagosUnity Hospital and Maternity Homes
NigeriaOwerriImo State University
PakistanIslamabadIsra University
PakistanIalamabadRiphah International University
PakistanKarachiAga Khan University
PakistanKarachiDOW University of Health Sciences
PakistanKarachiZiauddin University Hospital
ParkistanLarkanaShaheed Mohtarman Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU)
PakistanRabwahFazal-Omar Hospital
PakistanSialkotMemorial Christian Hospital
PeruCayetanoUniversidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
PeruCuscoEXCEL Spanish Language Center
PeruLimaHospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza
Instituto de Salud del Nino
Bisbal Plastic – Centro de Cirigia Plastica y Estetica
PeruLimaUniversidad Cientifica del Sur-Peru
PeruLimaUniversidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos
PolandKrakowJagiellonian University Medical College
Saudi ArabiaJazanJazan University
Saudi ArabiaJeddahKing Abdulaziz University, Medical College of Jizan
Saudi ArabiaRiyadhKing Fahad Medical City
Saudi ArabiaRiyadhKing Saud University
Saudi ArabiaRiyadhMajmaah University
Saudi ArabiaYanbu Al-SinaiyahYanbu Al-Sinaiyah Medical College
South AfricaPretoriaUniversity of Pretoria School of Medicine
SpainBarcelonaUniversity of Barcelona
SpainLa CorunaJuan Canalejo University Hospital
SpainMadridUniversidad Autonoma de Madrid
SpainMalagaAlhambra Instituto Internacional
SpainSevilleLinc Escuela de Espanol
SpainValenciaUniversity of Valencia
SwedenGoteborgSahlgrenska University Hospital
TanzaniaArushaSelian Lutheran Hospital
TanzaniaDaressakaanShree Hindu Mandal Hospital
ThailandBangkokMahidol University
ThailandChiang MaiChiang Mai University
ThailandChien RaiGREENWAY
ThailandNarathiwatThe Princess of Naradhiwas University
TurkeyAnkaraHacettepe University
UgandaKampalaMakerere University
UgandaKampalaMulago Hospital
United KingdomLeedsUniversity of Leeds Medical School
United KingdomPlymouthPeninsula Medical School
USAUniversity of ArizonaGlobal Health:  Clinical and Community Care
USAAtlantaCDC Hubert Global Health Fellowship
USABristolChristian Medical and Dental Associations
USAColorado SpringsHCJB Global Health
USAChicagoGlobal Medical Foundation
USAKansas CityInstitute for International Medicine
USASan FranciscoChild Family Health International
USAUICKosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative
VietnamHanoiHanoi Medical University
VietnamHo Chi Minh CityHoan My Medical School
VietnamHo Chi Minh CityHoan My Medical Coorporation
VietnamHo Chi Minh CityMedical Mission to Vietnam
VietnamHo Chi Minh CityTan Tao Group
YugoslaviaBelgradeUniversity of Belgrade School fo Medicine
ZambiaLusakaUniversity of Zambia School of Medicine

International Electives Scheduling Form

Medical Exchange Program

This reciprocal exchange program is restricted to 3rd and 4th-year medical students. Participants carry out a clinical elective from 4-to-8 weeks in a French teaching hospital. Research projects are also available. Some of the most popular clinical electives include:Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Oncology (child and adult), Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Addictology, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, and many more. For more details visit: MICEFA Medical Exchange Program Information

IFMSA International Externships

  • Clinical Exchange Details

    • The International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) is an established federation of medical student associations from across the world. IFMSA is recognized as an important non-governmental organization and collaborative partner by WHO, UNESCO, other UN agencies and several NGOs, such as the Global Health Forum. Through IFMSA over 7,000 students participate in clinical clerkships (available to all levels of medical students) every year. IFMSA exchanges are well-established and offer medical students the opportunity to further their training by studying medicine in a different cultural context, in a clinical elective across the world.
    • Annually, thousands of future physicians attempt to complete a course of international study; thousands more profess in interest in learning more about the issues that shape our global health dynamic. Yet medical school curricula are full, and typically offer limited opportunities and services for students with international interests.
  • International Exchange Conditions: Country Opportunities