FAQs

My Gap Medics placement was amazing. The staff were always willing to help and give good advice when it was needed. I felt completely at home with them, and it was the biggest relief after traveling the world alone for the previous 3 and a half months. They became like family for two weeks and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to spend time with them and to learn about their country and culture.

Dominique Pringle, Student in Thailand

Program eligibility & availability

You must be at least 16 years old on your date of departure. If you are under 18 when you apply, we will also need consent from your parent or guardian. Some of our programs are tailored specifically toward students your age!

Yes. Our programs are designed to give students insight into practical healthcare prior to clinical training, so they are perfect for those on a pre-med or other pre-healthcare track. In fact, some of the programs we offer are specifically for students aged 18 and up!

Yes. We welcome students from anywhere in the world, provided that you are able to obtain the appropriate visa for your destination country.

As long as we have availability on the program, you can go whenever you like. Our programs run year-round, but space often fills months in advance for our busiest periods, such as the period between May and September.

It’s up to you, but most students go for between two and four weeks. However, our programs are available for one week or longer, with no maximum number of weeks.

No. Hospital mentors, in-country staff, and students are all English-speaking.

Most of our students travel alone. As all of our students share a common interest in healthcare, our programs create an exciting and engaging atmosphere where it's easy to make friends! You can, of course, travel with friends from home as long as we have space at your destination. Travel companions of the same sex are even welcome to share a room.

All of our programs are aimed towards prospective and current pre-healthcare students, and it's our view that you will enjoy them immensely if you have an interest in healthcare. Rather than holding interviews or stipulating specific academic requirements, we find that it's much better to provide close monitoring, support, and guidance throughout your program overseas in order to create the most comfortable, structured learning environment.

Costs and what's Included...

It depends where you go and how long for – everything you need to know is on our prices page.

No. Students join us from all over the world, so including flights as part of our standardized package wouldn’t be practical. You’re also likely to get the best deal by shopping around online or by using a travel agent, as airfare can change on a daily basis. We’re happy to recommend travel agents who are familiar with our programs and destinations—they will make sure that you get to the right place at the right time!

Our prices include your hospital placement, global health tutorials, accommodation, food, airport pickup and transfer on arrival, local orientation, in-country support, help with your preparations, and a comprehensive online trip planner—there’s more detail about all of these on our prices page.

You will need to budget for flights, travel insurance, visas (in some destinations only) and personal spending money for socializing, weekend travel, buying souvenirs etc. We’ll give you more information to help you plan how much to bring, and how to carry your money as part of our pre-departure service.

If we cannot offer you a space on your preferred dates or at your preferred destination, we will help you find a suitable alternative or fully refund the registration fee. Once your placement is confirmed, the registration fee is not refundable, as it is used to fund our pre-departure services. It also reserves your space on the program, which means that we might have to turn other students away.

The registration fee of $450 has to be paid at the time of application to secure your place. The remaining balance is not due until 90 days before the start of your placement.

Preparing for your trip...

You should not book any flights until after you have registered and your placement has been confirmed. Your student experience manager will then provide you with the complete arrival and departure windows for your destination.

For La Romana, Dominican Republic, fly into Punta Cana Airport (PUJ).

For Pula, Croatia fly into Pula Airport (PUY).

For Warsaw, Poland fly into Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW).

For Krakow, Poland fly into Krakow Airport (KRK).

For Phitsanulok, Thailand, fly into Phitsanulok Airport (PHS). In the case of Phitsanulok, the cheapest option is often to get your international flight to Bangkok (BKK) then book the domestic connection to Phitsanulok separately (try www.airasia.com or www.nokair.com), or for convenience your travel agent can book you all the way through to Phitsanulok.

Please do not book your flights until after we have confirmed your placement. This is in case we do not have space on the dates when you are hoping to travel. Once your placement has been confirmed, we recommend that you book your flights 2-3 months before you travel.

If you want the best deal, shop around. Talk to travel agents, but also check out some online flight comparison websites. We work with a partner travel agent who knows our destinations well and offers a great service—simply contact us for details.

Yes. Just as when you go on holiday abroad, you will need personal travel insurance. Ensure that you purchase a policy that will provide you with good cover in the event that you need medical treatment overseas. You also need to make sure that your policy covers you for your hospital placement (which many high street policies do not).

For your convenience, we’ve teamed up with Endsleigh Insurance to offer a policy that provides an excellent level of cover for working in the hospital and general travel too. This policy is available to buy through your My Gap Medics page once your placement is confirmed.

This depends on where you are from and which destination you are going to. If you need a visa for your placement, we’ll give you all the help we can (including supporting documents if required). However, please be aware that the issuing of visas is entirely at the discretion of the country you’re visiting and we have no control over the decision of the visa officials. If you are unsure about your visa requirements, please give us a call to discuss your situation.

We recommend that you consult your family doctor or travel nurse on medication and vaccinations for your trip, as what you require will depend on your medical and travel history. You should do this around two months before your trip.

Once your placement has been confirmed, you can access your ‘Preparation Information Pack’ through your My Gap Medics page. This pack will provide you with a suggested packing list for the destination you are travelling to. You can also call or email us anytime if you have any specific questions about what to take with you.

While you're away...

Yes, provided that you book your flights to arrive within our specified arrival windows, one of our own staff will be waiting at the airport to meet you when you land.

Our staff will arrange a transfer back to the airport for you. This transfer is not included in the program cost. This is because many students choose to go traveling after their placement and it wouldn’t be fair to charge people who wouldn't be accessing the service.

Our in-country staff have a great knowledge of popular weekend activities and are always happy to help with planning. We also offer some amazing weekend trips. You can book these trips through your My Gap Medics page.