Background

The U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program was initiated by a group of international managers from the U21 Health Sciences Group. This group came together to help create international opportunities for U21 HS staff and students. With this notion, in April 2012, the group proposed to U21 Deans of Medicine to establish a U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program. The program entails that U21 institutions that have a medical degree program offer up to 5 short-term Medical Clinical places to U21 students each year, waived from administration fees. 11 Deans of Medicine from the U21 network have agreed to sign a Letter of Intent to provide a predetermined number of free medical clinical placements for U21 medical students under the Delhi Accord on U21 Student Mobility. Placements began in 2014 with nine participating universities.

Information for U21 Medical Students

Dear U21 medical students, 

Congratulations on taking a step closer to globalizing your medical education and gaining a competitive edge over your fellow class members far and wide.

The U21 network strives to create a distinctive experience and resource for students that will prepare them for life and work across borders, boundaries and cultures in the increasingly globalized 21st century society. We therefore encourage students to take part in elective placements abroad and are very pleased to launch this program to offer medical clinical placements to our students in U21 institutions.

Medical schools worldwide recognize the increasing importance of global health training and the benefits of international clinical rotations for a physician's development. International clinical experience brings many benefits such as:

  • learning about a different health system,
  • increasing awareness of cultural and socioeconomic factors as well as clinical and language communication,
  • gaining better cultural understanding of medical care,
  • encouraging practicing medicine among under-served and multicultural populations.

To be considered for this program, medical students should be selected by their own university, in their final years of study and be fluent in English (additional language competency may be required for specific universities).

The links below take you to what placements each participating university can offer for this program in 2017 and 2018. Please read the information carefully, paying particular attention to the deadline for application in each institution.

IMPORTANT: All students who wish to apply to one of the placements offered through this program should complete the Certification Form so that U21 institutions know they are applying through the U21 Medical Clinical Placement Program. For outbound students: Review the list of contacts / administrators to sign your certificate form if you are applying to go abroad. Please contact Caroline Voisine if you a contact is not designated for your school.  Students are only allowed to apply to one university at a time.

Please find below a timeline with application deadlines for participating universities for the 2017 Medical Clinical Placement Program. Click on the image to have access to the timeline.