International Activities

The School of Medicine is an active partner in fulfilling Yale’s international goals, which include preparing students for international leadership and service, attracting the most talented students and scholars to Yale from around the world, and positioning Yale as a global university of consequence. Faculty members conduct research abroad, teach, and design courses in global health. Their work runs the gamut from molecular studies at the nanoscale to the analysis of social networks in disease transmission and prevention, to the improvement of health care systems. 

Among the programs spanning the institution are:

  • Office of International Medical Student Education, which facilitates the placement of Yale medical students in clinical elective clerkships at sites in Argentina, Barbados, Chile, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Uganda. The office also administers the Visiting International Student Elective Program.
  • Downs International Health Student Travel FellowshipProgram, which supports students who undertake health-related research, primarily in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Yale/Stanford—Johnson & Johnson Scholars in Global Health, which sponsors rotations abroad for Yale house staff and physicians from other institutions, who travel to six sites in Africa and Asia.

International students at Yale


Yale students & trainees abroad 6

Downs Fellows23
Yale/Stanford J&J Scholars47
Visiting MD students (at Yale) from other nations104

6 Data refer to the 2013-14 academic year.

All data in Facts & Figures as of 6/30/14, unless otherwise noted.

Study in Peru

David Freeman, whose grandfather, Dr. Edward Hume, helped found the Yale-affiliated Xiangya School of Medicine in China in 1914, speaks at the school’s centennial celebration in Changsha.

The Yale Office of International Affairs offers support to faculty in establishing and maintaining collaborations abroad, drawing on existing relationships on six continents. It maintains an online faculty research database. 

The Yale UCL Collaborative was established in 2009 to launch joint projects in basic biomedical research, medical education, and clinical care and has subsequently expanded into other disciplines. 

The Fudan-Yale Biomedical Research Center provides a locus for cutting-edge research in the fields of genetics and molecular medicine in collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai. 

The Yale Global Health Initiative is part of the university’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, which supports and coordinates the efforts of students and faculty. Projects include the Global Health Leadership Institute, in which health leaders from other nations spend a week at Yale devising strategies to overcome health problems in their home country.