Summer 2024 Dates:
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
July 6-21, 2024 (College)
July 20-August 4, 2024 (High School)
June 29-July 14, 2024 (High School)
July 13-28, 2024 (High School)
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What are the requirements to attend?
FutureDocs Abroad is an honors only program with a 4.0 GPA requirement for all students. GPA Verification must be submitted before the program begins.
Because of the additional training YOU receive as a Delegate at the Congress, and because you have verified your GPA with the Academy, you are PRE-APPROVED to attend FutureDocs Abroad (you do not need to verify a 4.0 GPA).
What does the Tuition include?
The tuition for FutureDocs Abroad is $7,800. As a Congress Delegate, you receive an immediate $300 discount from the original tuition price of $8,100.
Tuition includes all program and educational costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, a cultural touring experience over the weekend, chaperones available 24-hours a day throughout the program, three daily meals, local transportation, international health insurance, Visa application fees, and your personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after you complete the program).
All of the above items included in the tuition will be arranged by our team.
Tuition does not include trip cancellation insurance, domestic transportation costs like airline fees from your home to our departure airport for international travel, passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks, or airline baggage fees. .
Is there a payment plan available?
Yes! Your payment options are below:
Pay in Full: $7,800 (a $300 Congress Delegate discount has been applied)
Payment Plan: Initial payment of $819, followed by 9 automatic monthly payments of $819 each
If you choose the full pay option, you can select either PayPal or a credit/debit card as the payment method. For the monthly payment option, a credit/debit card will be the only payment method available.
What is the refund policy?
If you enroll on or before December 1, 2023, your enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of any tuition payments made if a cancellation request is made in writing within 14 days of the first payment made. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process.
If you enroll after March 1, 2024, all payments made are non-refundable.
We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
How can I be assured of safety and security?
We take safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to you and your peers. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program. If you have a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support.
You should understand that this program is for the mature student who can be trusted to follow instructions and act properly. As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying with the group as required by program policies, and guidance from our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns. All students will be trained on safety and security measures, as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.
How do I prepare for this trip?
While we know this is an incredibly exciting opportunity, we know it can be an overwhelming one. Our team is here for you and your family. Leading up to the program, we will give you all the information and guidance you need to prepare for departure. Our team is here to help any time you or your family have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk things through!
Can my enrollment be transferred?
We understand that circumstances can change. If the unexpected occurs, we will work with you to provide options that can include transferring your enrollment to a future program on a space-available basis. Note that a transfer to a future program may incur additional fees and different location destinations.
What vaccinations or immunizations will I need for the program?
It is required that all students are up-to-date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox).
Note: Immunization fees are not included in the Tuition.
We strongly advise students to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students may be asked to submit to temperature or other COVID-19-related screenings for travel, access to our host university’s facilities, and use of other facilities.
Do I need a passport to travel?
Yes. You will need a valid passport for entry into Vietnam or Tanzania. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the first date of the program you attend and have one blank visa page.
Be sure to check your passport’s expiration date or apply for your new passport as soon as you have enrolled. It can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport.
Do I need a Visa to travel?
Citizens of the U.S. require a visa to travel to Vietnam and Tanzania. Your Visa is included in your tuition. You should NOT apply for a visa on your own, we will take care of this for you.
Why choose Tanzania as a location for FutureDocs Abroad?
FutureDocs Abroad has established relationships with leading medical organizations in Tanzania, allowing students unprecedented access to healthcare in Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam is located along the coast of the Indian Ocean, and is home to a wide range of people and cultures. It is a major city known for its beaches, islands, seafood, and music. Tanzania is currently ranked as the 6th safest country in Africa, brimming with history and activities for every type of visitor.
FutureDocs Abroad has strong ties to one of Tanzania’s finest medical organizations and its affiliated hospital. This allows an elite level of access and cooperation for our students. All FutureDocs Abroad activities will take place at Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital and its affiliated facilities.
Why choose Vietnam as a location for FutureDocs Abroad?
FutureDocs Abroad has long-standing relationships with medical organizations and leaders in the education and healthcare fields in Vietnam, which allows students this superb access and experience.
Hue is a historical, safe, and welcoming city. It is also one of the growing centers of medical advancement and international educational cooperation in Vietnam. Vietnam is very popular because of the country’s deep cultural history and the people’s renowned warmth and hospitality.
FutureDocs Abroad also has ties to some of Vietnam’s most prestigious medical schools, the hospitals affiliated with them, other private hospitals, smaller community hospitals and clinics, and other health and government institutions. This allows an elite level of access and cooperation for attending students.
While physician mentors at the hospital will educate students in English, hospital patients and most of the general population does not speak English, so students will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in life in Vietnam.
All FutureDocs Abroad activities will take place at the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.
How will we “get around” during the program?
The medical facilities where most of the FutureDocs Abroad sessions will take place and the local hotel accommodations will be within close proximity of each other. Students will travel with their small groups and chaperones to and from program activities via private, scheduled transportation, or walk if they are immediately close by. Private motor coaches will be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.
What should I bring with me (laptop, iPad, cell phone, etc.)?
You can bring all of the above. Having your cell phone with you will be important for updates and communication throughout the program. As with any travel, students will be reminded to be cautious about using their devices and to avoid being distracted by them while in public settings. Students are welcome to bring any personal items and spending money for the duration of the program.
How do I arrange domestic travel?
We have partnered with a leading travel agency to provide complimentary travel coordination for your domestic flights to and from our departure airport. Travel agents will use the information you provide via our online registration form to find a variety of flight options that fall within our scheduled arrival and departure windows. You will work directly with your travel agent to book the best option for you.
Note: booking your domestic flights through our travel agency partner is required for all FutureDocs Abroad students. More information will be provided upon enrollment.
What if I get sick or injured while on the trip?
If you become ill, are injured, or you require medical treatment on the trip, your chaperone will bring you to the emergency room or doctor’s office and remain with you at all times. Your parents will be contacted immediately. You will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.
We require all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the trip so that if it becomes necessary for you to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.
Who will chaperone us during the program?
You and your peers will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany all students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany you on cultural excursions off campus. Your chaperone and the entire team will be available to you 24/7.
Parents may contact chaperones directly if they cannot reach their child for any reason.
Will we be split into smaller groups during the programs?
Absolutely. You will be split into smaller, more intimate groups when you are in medical settings so that you can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.
Where will we stay during the program?
Students and chaperones will stay in a local hotel during the program. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities, including A/C. Students will be housed in single-gender, double occupancy rooms.
Strict curfews will be enforced for students throughout their stay. Each student will be assigned a specific chaperone to report to with any urgent needs overnight.
What is the dress code?
You will need to wear scrubs and a long white lab coat for all sessions at the hospital and medical facilities. For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, you should pack comfortable/casual clothes. A full suggested packing list will be provided to you after enrollment.
What will the weather be like?
Expect hot, dry, and sunny weather, with temperatures in the high 80s - low 90s. There are occasional rain showers. Before departure, a suggested packing list to prepare for the summer weather will be provided to ensure safety and comfort.
Are there any other expenses I should plan for?
Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses like souvenirs or additional personal care items. We typically suggest around $200 US dollars in cash, which can be exchanged for the local currency upon arrival. Credit cards are accepted abroad, though Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express or Discover Card.
Families should ask their credit card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.
What is the local currency?
Vietnam’s currency is the đồng. 1000 Vietnamese đồng equals about 0.04 USD.
Tanzania’s currency is the shilling. 1000 shillings equals about 0.42 USD.
US bank ATM cards can also be used in both destinations to obtain local currency.
Families should check with their bank about foreign ATM transaction and conversion fees. To avoid additional fees, students should bring US dollars that can be exchanged for the local currency, which the FutureDocs Abroad Team can facilitate on-site for students. It’s recommended that if you bring US dollars, you bring only crisp, clean bills, as bills with marks, tears, or creases are likely to be rejected when you go to exchange them in Vietnam.
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