International Exchanges

As a PLME student, there are several international exchange programs that you may become involved with, some with funding and others that you have to fund yourself. 

An exchange program involves medical students from our exchange school coming to take clinical electives at the Alpert Medical School with "tuition waived." In exchange, PLME  students may elect to have tuition waived for projects, courses or research at the exchange institution. (International Exchange Programs)



Exchange Countries:



Global Health Initiative

With current projects and programs in 33 countries --28 of which are in developing countries-- Brown is particularly well-positioned to expand and to accelerate these efforts through the Global Health Initiative.  The Initiative encompasses a wide range of practitioners and researchers across medicine, public health, biomedical research, social science, and engineering to provide sustainable solutions in partnership with communities and institutions in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The Initiative was inaugurated with a symposium in September 2009, and Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medicine is its inaugural director. The Program supports scholarships for students and medical trainees, and provides funding for faculty who are developing coursework that brings global health content to bear on the subject matter of the course.

The International Opportunities Roadmap will provide you with assistance in how to find an international health opportunity.

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be one of the most common infections in the world. It is important to understand your risk of TB infection while working or traveling abroad.


  • Visiting International Medical Student Office (VIMS), Arnold Lab 222, may be able to assist with funding for opportunities in China or Taiwan through the following:

The Luke Charitable Trust Foundation donation
The Sheldon and Hong Chang Pang endowment

  • International Health Travel Scholarships (IHTS)
    Approximately ten (10) scholarships of $500 are awarded annually in March to PLME undergraduate students to support travel to international locations to pursue educational experiences, such as attending summer seminars, conferences, programs, or research that will benefit the students' professional development. The deadline for submission of an application is February 14. Information is emailed to student listservs.  


  • NOTE: Students applying for the Traditional Chinese Medicine programs at Zhejiang University, China or NCKU, Taiwan CANNOT apply for IHTS.  
  • Brown University offers a variety of funding opportunities for students interested in global health. Begin your search for funding at the International Health Institute Funding Opportunities page.

Insurance Abroad

Brown Students must arrange their own health insurance while abroad either through their own personal health insurance, or purchased through Brown. Brown students are also provided a comprehensive membership plan (not health insurance), as a medical resource while abroad accessed through International SOS. Further info for Brown students going abroad can be found on the Office of International Programs website.  



There are also programs that PLME undergraduates may participate in located in the following countries which are not "exchange" programs: