Engage first-hand with health challenges around the world through Carle Illinois College of Medicine Global Community Immersion Program. During your discovery learning session, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an international community for three weeks. There, you will be challenged to identify an unmet medical need abroad, which will in turn provide you with data and inspiration to create a solution. As a Carle Illinois student training abroad, you will learn from local leaders and contribute to the community through teaching seminars or assisting in local health facilities.

Preparation and Application

To prepare for your global immersion experience, you will take a specially-designed two-credit hour course preparing you for cross-cultural effectiveness, and equip you for a productive partnership with the client community. You may also use this experience to prompt direction for your Innovation, Design, Engineering and Analysis (IDEA) Projects, which could ultimately become your Capstone Project. Then, bring your data and ideas to the Medical Maker Lab, working alongside world-class research mentors to develop innovative solutions to the global health challenges you are most passionate about.


Njala University
Sierra Leone

The Njala University Hospital provides health care services not only to about 10,000 students, staff and their relatives, but extends those services to the immediate communities adjacent to it. As a rural based hospital it caters for the healthcare needs of over 300,000 rural inhabitants covering the four adjacent chiefdoms of Kori, Dasse, Kamajei and Kowa lying within an average radius of 40 miles.

Njala University, Sierra Leone, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Njala University, Sierra Leone, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador

USFQ was founded in 1988 and the only private university in Ecuador to receive the highest ranking (category A) by the Ecuadorian Council of Evaluation and Accreditation of High Education.

Uniersidad San Francisco de Quito, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School

Founded in 1941 and, although located in Honduras, it is currently registered in Delaware as a 501(c)3 non-profit. Its programs include agrobusiness management, food science and technology, agricultural sciences and production, environment and development.

Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Future Partners:

Potential global and domestic locations include: Uganda, India, Peru, Brazil, United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Chicago, Champaign-Urbana/Champaign County, Appalachia, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Native American communities, Amish communities, and migrant farmers communities in the southern U.S.


Through the Global Community Immersion Program, you will gain well-rounded, cross-cultural experience, preparing you for patient care. As a program participant, become a globally-minded physician-innovator who will lead the way in democratizing healthcare delivery and make excellent health care affordable and available to all.