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Don’t just study the world of healthcare. Experience it.

In the era of globalization, international experience can give you the edge. Not only will a culturally enriching experience provide valuable learning opportunities, but it can also make you more marketable to graduate schools and employers. Here are some of the educational and professional opportunities available to MCPHS students.

Service-Learning Programs

Faculty-led student groups travel to international locations, including Peru and Morocco, where they volunteer alongside local medical professionals and students to observe valuable health services in urban hospitals, rural health clinics, schools, and other facilities. Open to students across all disciplines, service-learning programs offer an intensive, two-week immersion into a community’s culture and healthcare systems.

Clinical Rotations and Clerkships

Some academic programs at MCPHS give students the opportunity to conduct their required clinical rotations or clerkships abroad. These experiences last about six weeks and allow students to gain practical experience on the global stage.

Travel Courses

Through MCPHS’s membership in the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) consortium, students have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that include an embedded international travel component. Typically, the travel takes place during campus breaks, and students visit sites relevant to the coursework.

Summer/Semester Abroad

A month or two in the summer or a full semester abroad can provide students with a wealth of enriching experiences – along with course credit. With advanced planning, students may be able to take an elective course, such as behavioral sciences or humanities, at an institution overseas.

Student Exchange Program

Affiliations with universities all over the world create new levels of international engagement, academic cooperation and immersion in local healthcare infrastructures. In collaboration with these global institutions, MCPHS develops opportunities for professional and academic exchange of faculty and students. Learn more about our Global Collaborations.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, MCPHS’s Center for International Studies (CIS) offers a number of merit and need-based scholarships to cover a portion of students’ international programs. The CIS can also help students find external sources of financial aid and provide guidance on funding to put study abroad plans in motion.

Center for International Studies

Student on study abroad trip.

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Service Learning in Action

Arianna Maida, Premed/PA ’20 volunteering in Morocco

Arianna Maida, Premed/PA, explains how her experience in Morocco will make her a better healthcare specialist.

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International Programs

MCPHS students study abroad

Search international programs available to MCPHS students through the Colleges of the Fenway.

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