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International Programs Approval Process

The following information outlines the approval process for students interested in participating in a TTUHSC international program or elective at a self-identified teaching hospital/institution abroad or through a self-identified health related organization.

approval process flow chart

Remember: The approval process must begin at the school level. Students should discuss their selected program with their school and contact their school for any school-specific requirements and/or prerequisites.

  • After you've discussed your selected program with your school, please complete the application available on the OGH web site. OGH is involved in the approval process to ensure the institution, university, or organization abroad meets the safety & security criteria required by TTUHSC. Please be aware that the approval process requires 4-6 weeks. Please see the OGH web site for application due dates.
  • OGH will provide a program approval form upon receipt of your application. You must complete the form and return it to OGH. All items on the form must be completed in order to begin the approval process.
  • After OGH receives the completed program approval form, the form will be reviewed and a decision regarding approval of your program will be made.
  • If the program is approved by OGH, the program approval form will be forwarded to the dean of your school and the Vice President for Academic Affairs for additional approval. Please note: if the selected site is located in a Restricted Region, additional approval by the International Affairs Council is required. See additional information below about Restricted Regions.
  • OGH will contact you when the approval process has been completed. Some institutions and organizations require that their own application and approval process be completed in addition to TTUHSC's. You should not start this process until you have been informed by OGH that your program request has been approved.

Click here to view the pre-departure requirements that must be met prior to participation in an international program.

Click here to learn more about the funding sources available through OGH.

Restricted Regions

It is TTUHSC’s policy that students may not travel to Restricted Regions for academic, professional, or other school-related purposes. A Restricted Region includes but is not limited to a country with a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning and locations that have an International SOS (ISOS) security rating of high or extremely high, whether or not there is a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Visit the ISOS web site and use the TTUHSC membership number to identify security ratings. Visit the Department of State web site for a list of countries with travel warnings.

TTUHSC may grant exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis. Requesting an exception and submitting the required documentation for review does not guarantee travel approval. We strongly recommend that no travel arrangements be made until you have received written approval to travel to the designated Restricted Region.