Office of Global Health

International Electives

Students have the option of completing an international research or clinical elective for academic credit. Language immersion programs do not qualify for elective credit. KSOM has medical student exchange agreements with medical schools in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.  Additionally, you can create your own international elective or apply for a program through the Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) Collaborative through the AAMC

International electives for academic credit must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs and travel to the destination must also be approved by the University. The application and approval process is explained in more detail in the next section.

Affiliated Institutions
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Russia)
Inha University School of Medicine (Korea)
JJM Medical College India (India) Makerere University (Uganda)
National Taiwan University College of Medicine (Taiwan)
Nippon Medical School (Japan)
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile) 
Seoul National University College of Medicine (Seoul)
Shirati Health, Education and Development Foundation (Africa)
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Xiangya School of Medicine (China)

GHLO Collaborative
Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO™)

The GHLO™ Collaborative facilitates global mobility for final year students pursuing clinical, research, or public health electives outside their home country. The GHLO application service utilizes a Web-based platform that streamlines the application process for students, enables home schools to endorse student applications and track progress, and host institutions to publish and manage elective offerings, student selection and evaluation. For institutions, The GHLO Collaborative enhances dialogue, exchanges ideas and best practices, and conducts joint research towards innovation and building global understanding. For more information, click here.

Applying for International Electives

To receive academic credit for an international elective, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for your international elective using the application process outlined by the institution or program where you intend to complete your elective
  2. Complete a KSOM International Elective Petition and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs

Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application and throughout the award process.

University of Southern California University of Southern California