FAQ About Student Electives

  1. What are MOU and MOU-SP (Student Preferred) schools?
  2. Do I have to do my elective at an MOU or MOU-SP school?
  3. How many student are accepted per year, per institution?
  4. How do I apply for a Global REACH grant?
  5. Who is eligible for M4 Global REACH grants?
  6. Are there any foreign language requirements for the M4 elective?
  7. When does the application for the Global REACH grant open?
  8. When is the deadline to apply for the Global REACH grant?
  9. Are there other funding sources available on campus?
  10. What do I have to do before I depart for my elective?
  11. My current health insurance covers travel insurance.  Is it necessary for me to purchase HTH insurance?
  12. How do I receive my money?
  13. Additional considerations

 

  1. What are MOU and MOU-SP (Student Preferred) schools?

    The University of Michigan holds Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with several domestic and international institutions. For purposes of student grants, Global REACH makes a distinction between these institutions based on the type of agreement, depth of collaboration, and extent of services that institutions can offer our students.  The list of all international institutions with whom we have an MOU (including student preferred schools) can be found here (PDF).

    An MOU school is one where UMMS has a signed agreement with the collaborating institution, but it may or may not be a school where UMMS has strong, well-developed ties.  MOU schools offer students the benefit of a contact person to assist in setting up their elective. Students completing their electives at MOU schools are eligible for up to $500 in travel grants. 

    MOU-SP schools are those where the University of Michigan Medical School has established relationships that provide quality experiences and where there is faculty involvement that goes beyond student exchanges. Students are encouraged to choose these schools for their elective.  Students who complete their elective at an MOU-SP school are eligible for $1,500. 

  2. Do I have to do my elective at an MOU or MOU-SP school?

    No. Students may complete an elective at another institution or through a non-profit organization they’ve identified through their own research. However, in order to apply for Global REACH funding, electives must be completed at an MOU or MOU-SP school.

  3. How many students are accepted per year, per institution?

    Normally we accept no more than two students per institution, per year. 

  4. How do I apply for a Global REACH grant?

    Students requesting funding from Global REACH for their international elective should complete the Global REACH application for funding which is available in M-Compass. Additionally, students should:

    1. Complete the M4 International Elective grant application.  Sample answers can be found here (PDF).
    2. Submit correspondence from the host institution acknowledging that the student has been accepted for an elective
    3. Read and sign the Scholarship Verification Statement and Travel Reimbursement Policy
  5. Who is eligible for M4 Global REACH grants?

    Registered M4 students whose rotations have been approved by the Office of Medical Student Education are eligible to apply for the M4 grant. The elective must take place between July 1st and June 30th of the fiscal year in which the grant application is submitted. Students who have applied for one of Global REACH's other grants within the same fiscal year are not eligible. In order to apply for Global REACH funding, electives must be completed at an MOU or MOU-SP school.

  6. Are there any foreign language requirements for the M4 elective?

    Several schools do have foreign language requirements.  These requirements are listed on the MOU list (PDF).

  7. When does the application for the Global REACH grant open?

    The application for the Global REACH grant is open throughout the year.  Students can apply for funding after the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) has approved their elective request.

  8. When is the deadline to apply for the Global REACH grant?

    Two months prior to planned travel.

  9. Are there other funding sources available on campus??

    Yes, there are a few sources on campus that students have used in the past.  Although not an exhaustive list, you may find options here. Please check the individual web sites for application deadlines. 

  10. What do I have to do before I depart for my elective?

    1. Reimburse OMSE for your HTH travel health insurance and upload a copy of your insurance card to M-Compass
    2. Provide Global REACH with your host country contact information
    3. Complete the Co-Curricular Global Registry and other pre-departure documents
    4. Make an appointment with the UHS Travel Health Clinic to receive vaccinations appropriate for your destination
  11. My current health insurance covers travel insurance.  Is it necessary for me to purchase HTH insurance?

    Yes.  Students traveling on University-related business are required to purchase HTH insurance.  HTH offers an inexpensive and comprehensive policy specifically tailored for the University of Michigan (Travel Abroad Health Insurance). Coverage includes political and natural disaster evacuation, physician office visits, inpatient and emergency hospital services, and outpatient prescription drugs.

  12. How do I receive my money?

    All funds are disbursed to student accounts after travel and are contingent upon appropriate documentation of travel expenses and completion of final paperwork. Valid receipts for travel (including airfare) and lodging expenses must be submitted to the Global REACH office before the grant money can be disbursed. Students do not have to provide receipts for expenses exceeding the grant amount. For example, if the airfare receipt exceeds the grant amount, no other receipts are necessary. If, on the other hand, frequent flier miles are used to cover the flight (students are not reimbursed for the airfare in this care) or the airfare does not exceed the grant amount, other travel/living expense receipts must be submitted to receive the full amount.

    Students must complete and have their Global REACH survey approved. Access the survey by clicking on the link in M-Compass. Additionally, if students submitted a flight estimation with their grant application, then they will need to submit their actual flight receipt. If the total cost of the flight is less than the grant amount additional receipts (e.g. housing, program fee etc) must be submitted as well.

  13. Additional Considerations

    Expenses that are tax deductible (e.g. donations) are not reimbursable by the University.

    Students cannot use airline miles to pay for their plane ticket and expect to be reimbursed. That being said, students who choose to pay for their flight using airline miles may submit additional receipts either equivalent or greater than the grant amount if they would like to be reimbursed for their elective expenses.