International Placements

Important Message
InformationPlease refer to the University of Ottawa Student FAQ on COVID-19 ‘Are students allowed to travel abroad?’ for the most recent updates on international travel.

The International and Global Health Office is responsible for international placements for all learners of the Faculty, to ensure an educational experience that is enriching and safe for learners as well as ensuring that there is a benefit to the host communities in hosting the student.

International electives allow medical learners the opportunity to participate in a clinical or research experience that will expose participants to diverse medical environments and provide them with hands on learning opportunities.

Each elective placement usually spans from two to six weeks.

Once the placement has been approved, it is possible to revoke this decision and the placement can be cancelled due to a change in conditions in the country, loss of in-country supervisor, OR arising academic or professional concerns on the part of the learner.

Warning: Countries with an advisory of ‘Avoid all travel’ or ‘Avoid non-essential travel’ will not be approved.

Usually, travel dates for first and second year UGME students are during the summer, and upper year UGME students from September to February.

Travel dates for PGME residents depends on their rotation schedule and must be approved by the program director.

Advantages of participating in international electives include:

  • Developing a better understanding of international health;
  • Learning about health-care in lower technology societies;
  • Becoming involved in a cultural exchange;
  • Using the knowledge gained about other cultures in order to develop a better understanding of Canada's multicultural population;
  • Developing technical skills;
  • Encouraging contemplation of a career in International Health.


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