UMMS Student Opportunities Abroad

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, U-M has suspended all international travel until at least April 21, 2020 with rare exceptions requiring approval. (Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged.) All near-term U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended. Click here for the latest inforamtion pertaining to international travel and other coronavirus-related University information.

At this time, Global REACH is still collecting and processing funding applications for international educational experiences being planned for after April 21, 2020.


For students who engaged in international educational experiences students, their time abroad can be infinitely rewarding. They not only learn about medicine in an entirely different (often resource-scarce) setting, but they also discover things about themselves – lessons that follow them into their careers, regardless of what type of medicine they ultimately pursue, or where they pursue it.

Global REACH supports UMMS students participating in educational experiences abroad through a variety of funded clinical and research-based programs for students at any level and with any interest. In 2016-17, Global REACH helped about 40 students embark on educational experiences across 18 countries around the world.

Award types

Global Health and Disparities Scholarships: Supporting M3 and M4-level students enrolled in the Global Health & Disparities Path of Excellence to pursue scholarly goals aimed at addressing health disparities in low-resource settings - both domestic and international.

M3 and M4 Clincial Elective Grants: For upper-level medical students looking to conduct a clinical elective at a UMMS partner institution overseas.

Woll Scholarships: For students to embark on clinical clerkships in a developing country thanks to the generous support of Drs. Douglas and Margo Yellin Woll.

Conference Grants: Supporting student travel to prominent off-campus global health conferences (national or international) to showcase their work conducted through Global REACH scholarships.

University of São Paulo Winter School Travel Grants: Supporting student participation in the University of São Paulo Medical School’s unique Winter School program.

Non-Traditional Scholarships: Funding a variety of student-developed international educational experiences on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty-Student Travel Grants: Small travel awards to help faculty engage UMMS student mentees in global health by including them on visits to meet and work with international partners.

Other Grant Opportunities: More U-M-sponsored or affiliated programs supporting student involvement in global health.

Cho Family Supplemental Scholarships: Awarded to student grant applicants on the basis of financial need, as determined by the UMMS Office of Financial Aid (based on FAFSA data previously submitted by the student). Qualifying students will receive $500 in addition to the standard M4 elective funding provided by Global REACH ($500 or $1500, depending on the host institution) to help fund their experience abroad. Beginning in 2019-20, all students applying for Global REACH funding can request consideration for Cho Family Fund Supplemental Scholarship eligibility. On behalf of UMMS and the students, Global REACH thanks Amy and Lawrence Cho for their support of formative educational experiences in global health.

Travel Resources

Find information to help plan your overseas educational experience in the Travel Services area of the website, including travel registry and insurance information, visa and passport resources, a pre-departure timeline and checklist, and more.

Student Publications

Global REACH-funded educational experiences often focus on research and sometimes result in publications for the participating students. Below are some recent examples.

Healthcare provider attitudes regarding the provision of assisted reproductive services for HIV-affected couples in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kylie Steenbergh and Alana Pinsky
In the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. April 2018

Development of a rapid point-of-care patient reported outcome measure for cataract surgery in India
Hong-Gam Le
in Health and Quality Life Outcomes. January, 2018

Cardiopulmonary ultrasound for critically ill adults improves diagnostic accuracy in a resource-limited setting: the AFRICA trial
Matt Tafoya and Chelsea Tafoya
in Tropical Medicine & International Health. December, 2017

The use of practice guidelines in the management of pediatric cases of Acute Otitis Media in Amman, Jordan
Mohamad Issa
in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhynolaryngology. May, 2017