Before you Travel

As a medical student planning for an international pre-clinical or research experience, we encourage you to adequately prepare for your trip. Please take some time to review these useful (and FREE) resources in order to get the most out of your time abroad and know what to expect (from yourself and your hosts) when you engage in an international medical education.

  • Unite for Sight - Cultural Competency Online Course
    • Module 1: Culture and the Volunteer
    • Module 2: Overview of Cultural Adjustment and Culture Shock
    • Module 3: Coping With Culture Shock and Emotional Feelings
    • Module 4: Ethnocentrism
    • Module 5: Slower Pace and Elastic Time
    • Module 6: Language Barriers and Working With Translators
    • Module 7: Cultural Differences and Cultural Understanding
    • Module 8: The Importance of Social Etiquette
    • Module 9: Cultural Beliefs About Service
    • Module 10: Trust and Cultural Humility
    • Module 11: Reverse Culture Shock
  • The GHEC Guidebook: Advising Medical Students and Residents for International Health Experiences
  • "Professionalism 101," by Jacqui Shaw, Child Family Health International Team Alumna. An article on professional conduct during an international project.

Zika Virus in Central & South America and the Caribbean

Ethical Photography Guidelines

Cultural Competence Resources ( These resources are courtesy of UNC Gillings™ School of Global Public Health)

 These are informative sites to help you learn about your destination, as well as health considerations while living there.

The CIA World Fact Book
Travel Health Online
WHO International Travel and Health
National and Religious Holidays
UNC Student Health's Traveler's Diarrhea handout