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International Educational Experiences

A transformational International Educational Experience can change the lens through which our students experience their world, seeing their patients with new eyes and hearing with new ears.


Effective December 1, 2020: International Educational Experiences have been suspended through December 2021. There is hope that these opportunities for international travel will resume in 2022 once the efficacy of the immunizations are known and the distribution of them is widespread. 

The data and science will drive the decisions made by the university relative to student mobility. In the meantime, we encourage students to consider the virtual opportunities available.

Also, take note of the Foundations of Global Health series which is designed to connect residents, students, learners and faculty to leaders in global health. The goal of this series is to inform participants about the field of global health in its entirety to include global health research, philosophy, approaches, attitudes and the varied efforts in the areas of health disparities, health inequities and community health. Learn more or sign up.

An International Educational Experience (IEE) is a transformational experience. It changes the lens through which our students see their world. They see their patients with new eyes; they hear with new ears; the familiar is no longer mundane, it has new meaning for them.

When the advisors in the Office of International Programs meet with each student, we listen deeply to what our students are looking for in an IEE. We do everything in our power to move a dream into reality with a tangible plan because we know that while completing an IEE impacts a person's life, not completing one also impacts a person's life.

Our IEE students are curious, adventuresome and want to engage with their world, but they don't always have the answers to very basic questions: What can I do? Where can I go? How can I pay for it? And planning an IEE can be overwhelming. As advisors, we are dedicated to looking for the answers, guiding the students to their own discoveries and finding resources to support their exploration.

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School of Health Professions

SHP students have a variety of opportunities for international experiences, depending on their program schedules. Please contact International Electives for more details:

School of Nursing

Nursing students have several opportunities for international experiences during their two years at KU Medical Center.

  1. Nursing students can arrange a summer experience between their N3 and N4 years. Nursing students have participated in short-term projects in Panama, the UK and Peru.
  2. Nursing students can also incorporate an international experience into their population-based community health care course taken during the N4 year. Nursing students have traveled to Guatemala, Uganda, Belgium, Zambia, India, Scotland and New Zealand.

School of Medicine

Medical students have numerous international opportunities during their academic career at KU Medical Center.

KUMCIO Spring Break IEEs

This student organization leads first- and second-year students on international educational experiences to Central America during spring break.

M1 Summer Experience

During the summer following their first year, students can earn elective credit through a highly individualized IEE that explores a specific topic of interest. Students can conduct independent research, gain clinical or laboratory experience, practice language skills and explore learning and living in a different culture.

To begin planning for a summer international experience:

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Office of International Programs.
  1. Think about what kind of experience you want.
    • Research, clinical, laboratory?
    • Culture, language skills?
  1. Identify a potential location.
    • Do you have a personal contact?
    • Does a faculty member have a relationship?
    • International Programs can also help you make connections.

There are a few scholarships available:

  1. The Clendening Summer Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine and provides significant funding for M1 summer research projects.
  2. The Office of International Programs also has scholarship money available for international experiences.

M4 Clinical Elective Rotation

Students in their fourth year can perform a clinical rotation at an international location. We have a number of partnerships with medical schools, hospitals and clinics around the world that accept our students. KU Medical Center students can perform rotations in New Zealand, India, Uganda, Australia, Thailand, Ireland, Germany, Zambia, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and Spain, to name a few.

Scholarships are available specifically for locations in Uganda and India. The Office of International Programs also has scholarship money available for students who perform international rotations.

Special Programs

Health Professions and Nursing students and M1s are eligible to participate in special opportunities.


  1. Ghana
  2. Santarém, Brazil with Amizade
  3. Medicine and Spanish in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Long-Term International Experiences

Students are eligible to use a leave of absence to earn a master's degree, conduct research or learn a language at an international institution.

KU Medical Center medical students can apply for scholarships and fellowships to pay for these experiences, including the Fulbright scholarship, the Rhodes scholarship, the Boren award, DAAD awards, etc. The Office of International Programs can help you apply for these awards.

Academic and Student Affairs

University of Kansas Medical Center
Office of International Programs

5007, 5004, 5010, & 5012 Wescoe
Academic Affairs
Mail Stop 3033
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160