Affiliated Partner Electives


Rich reciprocal elective experiences

Global health electives in Brazil, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Poland, Sweden, and Thailand (Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University)

DGSOM has established affiliations with medical schools around the world, which facilitate bilateral exchanges and rich reciprocal elective experiences in these diverse settings.

You can learn more about the specific course offerings at each of the following affiliate partner sites:

Students who wish to pursue these electives should review the options available at each medical school, and discuss with Dr. Traci Wells at and Dr. Lee Miller at

To apply for these electives, please submit a special application to Katy Wolf, Student Affairs Officer, at

The Global Health Program offers a limited number of scholarships (up to $500 per student) to help offset costs related to participation in these electives. Additional information can be found here.

While the Global Health Program does not provide coordination or logistical support for these electives, students participating in these electives are encouraged to attend the Global Health Program's annual pre-departure orientation program in January/February. Students participating in these electives also have access to our 24/7 emergency phone line. For more information about the orientation program and the 24/7 emergency line, please reach out to Dr. Traci Wells at


Participation requirements

After an affiliated partner elective is approved, students will then be asked to complete the following additional participation requirements:

  1. Sign up for UC Traveler Security and Health Coverage Benefits - The University of California has arranged for students and employees traveling on official University business to be covered for a variety of accidents and incidents while away from campus or the primary workplace. Please visit the UC Travel Insurance page for details. If your air travel is purchased through UCLA travel, you will automatically be signed up for coverage and will receive a confirmation email at your UCLA email address.

  2. Register for the US State Department STEP Program - The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Please visit the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page for more information and instructions on how to register.

  3. Make an appointment at a Travel Clinic - For additional information on travel health and UCLA Travel Clinic resources, please visit the Traveler Security and Health Coverage page.