Academic Experiences Abroad and International Electives

Students who wish to participate in an international experience as part of their academic program must apply for approval and placement from the Global Health Selection Committee through the TUSM Dean’s Office. All students are required to have a TUSM faculty mentor and a field preceptor. Students participating in an international experience are expected to maintain their academic and administrative responsibilities while abroad.

Important note: Tufts University School of Medicine has the ability to refuse approval for an international experience in a country where a Department of State Travel Warning is in effect.

Requirements:

Students who wish to participate in an international experience must submit the required global health eligibility and placement application by the stated deadline to the Global Health Program Coordinator and be approved by the Global Health Selection Committee. Visit the Global Health Programs page for more information.

Emergency Evacuation Insurance:

Tufts students are provided with free evacuation insurance while abroad through International SOS. You will be given a card at the pre-departure orientation – please keep it on you at all times while away.

Tufts Travel Registry

Before going abroad, all students must register their trip with the Tufts Travel Registry. This will ensure that the university has an accurate record of all students abroad at any given time, and can act accordingly if there are any issues that arise. Registering with the travel registry will also register your trip with International SOS.

Additional Requirements:

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Meet with TUSM faculty advisor to plan for trip
  • Review pre-departure resources available on TUSK
  • Check with your insurance plan to determine the level of medical coverage they will provide while you are abroad. Obtain overseas medical coverage if your insurance plan doesn’t provide it.
  • Register your trip details with the Tufts Travel Registry, which will also register your trip with International SOS
  • If you are a financial aid recipient, meet with the Financial Aid Office to resolve any outstanding issues.
  • In advance of your departure, obtain the required immunizations for the country/countries that you will be visiting.
  • In advance of your departure, obtain the necessary visas for the country/countries that you will be visiting. Be advised that the timeline for issuing visas vary by country.
  • If you are receiving academic credit, be in touch with registrar and/or program administrators.
  • If you are a combined degree student, complete any additional forms required by the program (i.e. MPH Fieldwork or Applied Learning Experience forms).

Clinical Rotations

If completing a global health clinical elective (4th year medical students), stay in touch with the Registrar’s Office to ensure your schedule has all requirements to graduate. 

Recommendations:

You are strongly  encouraged  to  adhere  to  the  following  recommendations  in advance of your departure. Please be advised that this is not intended to be a comprehensive list; rather it highlights tasks that you should complete before you begin your international experience.

Primary Care Physician

Make an appointment with your primary care physician several months in advance of your anticipated departure date.

  • Discuss various conditions imposed by an experience abroad (i.e. possibility of not having access to US health care for several months).
  • Develop a detailed plan of care for any chronic or on-going medical problems.
  • Discuss the possibility of visiting a travel clinic before your departure. (Be sure to check with your health insurance to determine your level of coverage and if you must obtain a referral from your primary care physician.)
  • Determine the required/recommended immunizations that you need, and develop a schedule for receiving them prior to your departure.  Obtain the documentation required by the country that you are visiting.
  • If the country that you are visiting requires a statement of good health, be sure to obtain it from your primary care physician.

Travel Clinics

Travel Clinics are a good resource for obtaining required/recommended immunizations for the country you plan to visit. Local travel clinics include Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Health Services on the Medford campus. Be sure to check with your health insurance to determine your level of coverage and if you must obtain a referral from your primary care physician.

Research the Area

Research the area that you will be visiting and be as knowledgeable as you can of the culture, political climate, access to/availability of medical care, etc. Below are some websites that may be helpful in your search:

If you have questions about the requirements or the recommendations for arranging an international experience, please contact the Global Health Program Coordinator or the Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health.