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Program Description:
Quillen College of Medicine International Individually Arranged Experiences
College of Medicine students who desire to participate in an International experience during their M4 year may select to do so at a site that has an established relationship with ETSU or arrange an international educational experiences at a different site.  Only experiences affiliated with a medical school, hospital, university or approved international organization will be considered.  Only non-family members may serve as preceptors. All students must comply with all Quillen College of Medicine policies in order to receive approval for academic credit for the experience.  All International Individually Arranged Experiences require review and approval by the Director of Global Health Initiatives, the College of Medicine Executive Associate Dean, and ETSU administration.  The application process must be completed at least 90 days prior to the start date of the rotation.

NOTE: If the International experience request is not fully approved prior to the proposed start date and the student chooses to attend the rotation, they will not receive academic credit for the elective.

Students must:
  • Be in good academic standing in order to apply for an international experience.
  • Assume all financial responsibility for international educational experiences. 
  • Understand that even if a rotation that is approved it may be cancelled by ETSU due to new safety issues in the destination.
  • If  a preliminary request  for  an  international  rotation  is  approved,  students must  complete the full application process and register  with  the  Office  of International Programs and Services' via the Bucs Abroad portal.
Scholarship funds are available through an application process to the Office of International Programs and Services (application dates are March 1 for summer travel, April 15 for fall travel and October 31 for spring travel). Click on “scholarships” on the Bucs Abroad portal home page

Application Process:

1. Complete the Preliminary application form in Bucs Abroad
  • Before submitting a preliminary application students should learn as much as possible about the experience/location.
  • Only experiences affiliated with a medical school, hospital, university or approved international organization will be considered. 
  • Only non-family members may serve as preceptors.
2.  Each student who submits a preliminary application must meet and discuss the proposed rotation with Dr. David Wood, Director of Global Health Initiatives, (, cell: 904-236-8311).  Including the following:
  • understanding what their responsibilities will be before, during, and after the elective.
  • identifying the responsible physician or other appropriate mentor with whom they will be working with during the elective.  The preceptor will be responsible for completing the student’s assessment form. Only non-family members may serve as preceptors.
  • planning a budget with sufficient funds to meet the expenses they will incur during the rotation such as: travel, required insurances, lodging, meals, etc.
3. If pre-application is approved, complete the full application form and pre-departure documents via Bucs Abroad,
  • purchasing the requisite the Upgraded Comprehensive plan insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International ( which includes the required health care insurance, evacuation insurance, security insurance, repatriation insurance.  Available through the ETSU Office of International Programs,
  • obtaining Vaccinations required by the country to which traveling,
  • providing a valid passport that will expire no less the 6 months beyond the planned date of departure,
  • providing a valid visa to the country of destination, if required.
4. Pay the international programs application fee,
5. Complete the designated pre-departure on-line training at
  • The training is all on-line and can be done at the student's own pace.  It is located at: It is a three-part on-line course designed by a team of global health experts to help students prepare for successful global health learning experiences. In each part, students have the opportunity to learn through interactive scenarios and discussion forums. Verify of completion of course is required.
6. Upon return students will:
  • complete the post experience Reflections report form in Bucs Abroad
  • meet with Director of Global Health Initiatives and do an oral presentation.
    • Students are encouraged but not required to do a presentation about the experiences or the outcomes of a project to other identified individuals or groups.  



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 05/01/2020 06/01/2020 06/01/2020 12/31/2020
Spring 2021 12/01/2020 01/01/2021 01/01/2021 05/31/2021
NOTE: Please fill out the initial application as soon as you know you want to do a global health elective, even if you don't know where you want to go. Then make an appointment to talk with Dr. Wood ( or cell: 904-236-8311)
Fall 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.