Global Future Physician

Group Shot India

Main Details

Where: Mysore, India
When: Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 12 2018
Estimated Cost: $5,300
Online Application

Destination: India

Who is this class (global seminar) for?
Pre-med and pre-health students who have taken the Future Physician course series will be given first preference. This seminar is limited to a maximum of 26 students.

Is this a class?
Yes, this is a 3-credit class that is taken on an A/F grading basis. The cost of the class and the trip is rolled into your spring semester financial aid package. This class involves three (3) intense weeks of learning together both in the classroom and on the road. There are two mandatory orientations prior to the trip: this year they are:

  • Saturday, November 4, 8:30am – 12:00pm
  • Saturday, December 9, 8:30am – 12:00pm

There is also a mandatory student poster presentation on:

  • February 19, 2018, 5:00 - 7:30pm.

Where will we be going?
The course is taught at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), in Mysore, India. VIIS is an educational institution of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a leading NGO in the field of health and development in India.

The course will be based out the VIIS campus in Mysore, India, and will include many field visits to tribal and rural areas of the Mysore district, Mysore Medical College, a government-run hospital and a private hospital. Additionally, the course will include visits to ancient temples, rural development projects, and water resource utilization projects to gain an understanding of the social influences on health and medicine.

Boat in India

When are we going?
December 27, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Who is leading this seminar?
The course leaders are Andrea Westby, MD and Emily Smith, MD 

Can I earn credit and use financial aid?
Yes - please note that this winter break course is eligible for spring semester financial aid. Students may use their Spring semester financial aid for this program. However, you must first meet with the Office of Student Finance who will review your award package. In order to have your financial aid package adjusted to reflect the increase in educational expenses for the winter break program and spring semester, you must submit a Study Abroad Cost Estimate (SACE). Students are also strongly encouraged to complete a Financial Aid Preview Meeting prior to submitting the SACE. This meeting allows you to plan financially prior to committing to the program. At the meeting, the adviser can also answer any questions about accessing financial aid for study abroad; most cases students are able to access additional loan funds since the total cost of attendance for spring semester will go up. You can find scholarship information and more detailed information on the Learning Abroad Center website,

What will the trip cost?

Program Fee - The entire cost for this global seminar includes the 3-credit course, the room/board, field trips, flight and insurance. The estimated cost for this trip is $5,300. This estimated program fee includes educational expenses and registration fees, housing, meals, excursions, orientation and international health insurance. The program fee is subject to change based on the total number of participants and currency fluctuations. 

Tuition - Note that students at the University of Minnesota don't pay tuition to study abroad. Tuition, as it is defined by the university, is paid for courses that are taught either on campus or online; the credits for those courses are tuition generating. Students are issued non-tuition generating academic credit for this course, but the 3 credits do not count the same towards tuition costs.

Flight – Students are required to fly with the group. The Health Careers Center ensures a group block of airline tickets, and the group flies together to the destination. It's important to note that although the seats are reserved by the HCC, the student is responsible for the purchase of the airline ticket (and flight insurance) up to two months in advance of departure. This is before the distribution of your spring financial aid package.

Passport and Visa – Students are responsible for assuring their passport is up to date and has an expiration date at least six months after the departure date from India (must be valid through July 2018). Passports and visa application payments will need to be submitted at the first orientation (11/4) for the purpose of acquiring travel visas to India. Students submit their passport, and then once the visas have cleared the Indian embassy, passports are returned directly to students with the visa stamp. If you are planning to be out of the country between October and December 2017, you may not be able to consider this study abroad opportunity as your passport will not be available to you during that time period. 

Students in India

Vaccinations – It will be the student's responsibility to visit a travel clinic and obtain the correct vaccinations for India. Check to see if your medical insurance will cover the costs so that you can budget accordingly. More information will be provided once you are accepted.

How do I apply?
Applicants must complete the Online Application through the Learning Abroad Center website. Application will go live at 9am on August 1, 2017.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be reviewed on a "rolling basis" between August 1 and midnight on September 11, 2017. Students can expect to receive notice regarding acceptance into the program by September 19 via an email from the The Learning Abroad Center. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will need to complete to confirm your participation in the program.