Program eligibility & availability

How old must I be to join a Gap Medics program?

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!

I’m already at college or university, can I still go?

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!

When can I go?

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.

How long should I go for?

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.

Can I travel alone, or with friends?

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.

Is there academic criteria to meet before I'm accepted?

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 & What's Included

How much does it cost?

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

Does the price include flights?

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!

What's included in the price?

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.

What else do I need to budget for?

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.

Is the registration fee refundable?

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.

When do I have to pay?

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

Which airport should I fly to?

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 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, fly into Santo Domingo Las Americas (SDQ).

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

When should I book my flight?

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.

How should I book my flight?

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.

Do I need insurance?

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.

Do I need a visa?

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.

What vaccinations do I need?

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.

What do I need to take with me?

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

Will I be met at the airport?

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.

How do I get back to the airport when leaving?

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.

How do I organize weekend trips?

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.

Interested? Get in touch...

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, or offer advice and guidance on what placement is right for you. Drop us a line using the form below and one of our Placement Advisors will be in touch as soon as possible.