University of California, Riverside

Health Professions Advising Center

Opportunities Abroad

Opportunities for students to travel abroad and experience culture outside of the United States are tremendously valuable. However, these experiences are by no means required to become a competitive applicant to professional school. Students must weigh the benefit against costs of traveling abroad, and consider how it affects their long term goals. The Health Professions Advising Center has created this resource to showcase opportunities abroad that provide pre-health students unique experiences from a global perspective.

It is important to note that our office is not partnered with, nor do we personally endorse, any of these programs directly. Students should seek out testimonials and resources from these programs to best understand what these opportunities entail.

Should you be considering studying abroad, the Guidelines for Students Providing Patient Care Abroad, produced by the AAMC, provides an excellent set of expectations to ensure that you utilize your time abroad as efficiently as possible. To set up a plan for studying abroad, we recommend that students stop by the UCR Education Abroad offices in Surge 0321 to learn about what options they have available to them.




Atlantis has been designed to help students broaden their perspectives and truly decide if medicine is the right career path, all while allowing them the chance to experience life abroad. Outside of the clinical experiences at your hospital site, participating in the program also allows for you to meet fellow pre-health students and partake in weekly excursions. Meals are hosted at local restaurants, and living arrangements are set through local lodging sites to allow you to explore your host country during your stay. 

  • Length of Program: 1 to 8 Weeks
  • Locations Available: Spain, Italy, Greece, South America, & More
  • Eligibility: Must be a Pre-Health Student aged 18 or Older. GPA Requirement: 3.2 (Cumulative)
  • Program Costs: Depends on length of stay. More information available on their website.
  • Scholarships available for highly qualified applicants! 


  • Reflection from a UCR participant

    “The program was fantastic because I was shadowing intellectual physicians who were passionate about their jobs and they were really excited to teach American students about the Spanish Health care systems.”  In participating in this program, I gained  “. . .  exceptional clinical experience while broadening my perspective about how medicine is practiced abroad as I saw it in action.”

    Asra, fourth year, biochemistry major/pre-med   


Child Family Health International (CFHi)

Child Family Health International is an organization dedicated to providing services for communities around the world. The program itself is organized under the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about global health through community-based care. CFHi has over 30 programs in 10 different countries, all of which are available for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. In addition to the invaluable experience, some programs also offer opportunities for students to receive academic credit for their service. With flexible travel times, students can plan unique and engaging experiences with CFHi throughout the course of the year.

  • Length of Program: 2 to 16 Weeks
  • Locations Available: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
  • Eligibility: Must be at least 20 years of age.
  • Program Costs: Depends on length of stay. More information available on their website
  • Scholarships, Discounts, & Group Trips (up to 4 students total) are available.


More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Health Professions Advising Center
Rivera Library B03

Tel: (951) 827-6233

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