University of California, San Diego Study Tour on Medical Education & English

Study Tour
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Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Single Term

About the Program

Not Open For Applications

This past program is no longer offered by SAF. Continue browsing our website for other exciting study abroad opportunities. 

To improve your English medical vocabulary and idioms and your ability to communicate in English in hospital and clinical settings, the UCSD Study Tour on Medical Education and English is a confident starting place. The tour gives you key insights into medical education, healthcare policy, and medical technology in the United States. You have daily medical English lessons with a clear focus on US healthcare, the language of patient interaction, human anatomy and physiology, and development of presentation skills. To enhance your understanding of healthcare policy and practice in the US, there is a strong emphasis on medical research, pharmacy, and innovations in healthcare from medical device and healthtech companies, with lectures and site visits to enhance your experience.

Lectures and site visits to medical device and healthtech companies

UCSD’s School of Medicine is #21 in US Medical Schools for research

America’s Finest City has sunny beaches and cultural richness

26 class hours of medical English designed to master medical language

Program Advisor

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Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Housing:
Hotel
Visa Required:
Maybe

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About the University

University of California, San Diego

Initially the university’s marine institute, UC San Diego has grown into a world leader in its own right. In exemplary research and transformative teaching—by faculty that hold Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science, Fields Medals, Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Fellowships—UCSD stands out as one of the best universities on the planet. 

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from La Jolla, California, UC San Diego has a surprisingly relaxed vibe considering the elevated academic drive in its classrooms, lecture halls, labs, and study groups. The 263 sunny days per year, long sandy beaches, and adventure-filled mountains, though, foster the perfect conditions for an active, balanced lifestyle.

Learn more at University of California, San Diego's official website

Courses

UC San Diego has one of the top medical schools in the country, and many biotechnology and research institutions are a short distance from campus. In five 1.5-hour guest lectures and two site visits, your study tour journeys deep into the organizations and businesses in medical education, healthcare policy, and medical technology. Concurrently, in 26 class hours of medical English language training, you master specific medical vocabulary and idioms, preparing you to communicate in English in hospital and clinical settings, while you also grow in confidence to speak and present in public. You work during the study tour on a capstone project to present at the end of the program.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • TOEFL: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CET-4: 493
  • CET-6: 450
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 105
  • Gaokao: 120
  • TEM (4/8): 65

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information

During your study tour, you share a room with a classmate at a hotel a walk from the stunning UC San Diego. With its pool, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and two restaurants, the hotel is a comfortable place to make memories with new friends. While you’re on the wooded campus overlooking the Pacific, you feel the rich intellectual environs of one of the top research universities in the world.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

Before You Leave

Your study abroad experience starts well before you travel. We talk through your program choices, guide you through application, and support your preparations for leaving

On Arrival

We’re by your side from the moment you arrive, for campus orientation, getting you to your accommodation, and helping settle

Get Acclimated

The SAF Staff on the ground will introduce you to the details of your itinerary and explain where and when you eat, how to see a doctor or a dentist, which bus or train to catch. They have all the answers, just ask!

Learn by Doing

Academic experts guide you through a learning by doing experience, blending culture with best pedagogic practice to support your coursework and development and to help you retain knowledge.

Keeping You Safe

We enroll you in the SAF emergency alert system, so you hear safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your tour group will share in the arranged social and cultural events as well as hands-on learning, so you have many opportunities to collaborate with other international SAF Scholars, experience the destination you’re in, and build friendships for life.

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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