Medical students are increasingly interested in participating in medical experiences outside of the United States. Although very beneficial to their education, there are added risks to these experiences, which means that there is a more detailed process for approval and receiving credit for these courses.
There are a limited number of courses that students can enroll in to receive credit from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for international experiences. If a student’s proposed international experience does not clearly fall into one of these courses, they will not receive credit and the experience will be considered on their own time as if they were on vacation.
1st and 2nd year electives that allow for international experiences
- IDPT 6090 – Mentored Scholarship II (only global health track students are allowed to travel abroad as part of this course).
- EMED 6630 – Emergency Medicine in South Africa
4th year electives that allow for international experiences
- IDPT 8035 – International Experiences (can be used for clinical work or language immersion)
- IDPT 8021 – Costa Rica Spanish Immersion – offered in section 37 (1/28/19)
- IDPT 8015 – Global Health International project – only available for students in the Global Health Track
Expectations for Course Directors of International Electives
- Appropriately vet the proposed international experience to assure that the student has appropriate clinical supervision and is performing activities commensurate with their ability. (See Form C for more details on the questions that must be reviewed).
- Assure that the student completes the application with the University of Colorado Office of Global Education.
- Assure that the student completed the online module in Canvas.
- Assure that the student is assessed during the rotation and that the evaluation is appropriately turned in to the Office of Evaluation and to the International Elective Coordinator.
- Assure that the student completes the course evaluation and that the evaluation is appropriately turned in to the Office of Evaluation and to the International Elective Coordinator.
Expectations of Students planning to receive credit for International Elective
- Meet all required deadlines for turning in information about the elective experience. Not meeting deadlines will be a reason to deny credit for the course.
- Complete the application with University of Colorado Office of Global Education.
- Complete the online module in Canvas.
- Complete the required online form associated with the course of interest in Oasis.
- Assure that mentors/supervisors complete the student assessment form of the student’s performance.
- Evaluate the course after the experience.
International Electives Coordinator
Contact the International Electives Coordinator to let them know that you are planning on completing an international elective. They are a resource to guide you through the process and assure that everything is completed in a timely fashion:
International Electives Coordinator
Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH
State Department Travel Advisories
State Department Travel Advisory for your proposed country. The university restricts student travel to countries with Travel Advisory Levels 3 (Reconsider Travel) and 4 (Do Not Travel). Specifically, students are not permitted to travel to counties or areas within counties with a Level 4 (Do Not Travel) advisory. Countries or area within countries with a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) advisory require that the traveler submit a travel appeal.
you wish to travel to a specified area with a Reconsider Travel (Level 3)
advisory, contact the Office of Global Education as soon as possible to dicuss the travel appeal process. Travel to areas with a Do Not Travel (Level 4) advisory is not permitted and this restriction cannot be appealed.