Enrollment for our Summer 2020 Programs will open on September 1, 2019. Applications are not currently being accepted. Students may register their interest.

What is FutureDocs Abroad?

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for qualified high school students to gain real-life experience in gross anatomy labs, operating rooms, and medical treatment rooms. Students will spend a minimum of 70 hours in the hospital and at other medical facilities.

FutureDocs Abroad puts students into an intense medical environment overseas, where every single day they are taking part in exactly the activities that third- and forth-year medical students experiene as they observe physicians. It allows passionate and qualified students an opportunity to experience right now what they’ve only been able to imagine!

Gross anatomy; in the anatomy lab working with an anatomy professor, learning about the anatomy and proper dissection of human cadavers, and practicing those dissection techniques on full cadavers.

Observing surgery; spending hours and hours with physicians and surgeons watching surgeries, debriefing with them, and understanding exactly what life in the operating room is like.

Shadowing physicians; going out into the wards, emergency room, clinics, spending time with physicians across dozens of specialties to truly understand what it’s like to be a doctor. Watching them interact with patients, handling real-life situations, and administering treatment.

A Global view of medicine; something that students may not have the chance to witness before medical school and one that is invaluable. Seeing and understanding how medicine is practiced differently and with different tools and resources will give students an appreciation for medicine that simply cannot be found in the United States.

Students’ passion, commitment, focus, knowledge, vision for what they want to do with medicine, and their determination to never give up will be secured.

What are the requirements to attend?

FutureDocs Abroad is an honors only program and therefore requires that all attendees have a 4.0 GPA current or cumulative, weighted or unweighted. All attendees are required to submit GPA verification before the program begins. Additionally, you must be a current high school student, graduating in 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023.

Will this program help me get into college and/or medical school?

FutureDocs Abroad is designed to give students hands-on experience and an opportunity experience real medicine in a way that is simply not possible in the United States.

When applying to premed programs and medical school, students have to have an incredible story to tell. One that is going to put them ahead of all the other applicants with a diverse and relevant resume that demonstrates, over time, a passion for, commitment to, and knowledge of the field.

FutureDocs Abroad gives students that undeniable competitive advantage. They come back focused, incredibly motivated, and most importantly, with a fantastic set of experiences and a story to tell in their college applications, medical school applications, and those ultra-critical live admissions interviews.

How can I be assured of safety and security?

FutureDocs Abroad takes safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to our students. If any student has a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program.

As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying within the group as required by program policies, and 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.

What does the tuition for FutureDocs Abroad include?

The tuition for FutureDocs Abroad 2020 is $6,800. It includes all program costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, 24/7 chaperones, three daily meals, and your personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any local transportation and international health insurance. All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by the FutureDocs Abroad Team and are included in the Tuition.

Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), required visas or passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks, or airline baggage fees.

What is the refund policy for FutureDocs Abroad?

Enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of tuition paid if a request is made in writing within 30 days of the first payment, regardless of whether that first payment is a full or partial payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process. Beyond 30 days after the first payment, tuition, including all deposits and payments paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable. Unless otherwise stated in the Terms and Conditions or if the program is canceled by FutureDocs Abroad, no money will be refunded to the student. We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.

What vaccinations or immunizations will I need?

It is required that all students be up to date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox). To access the clinical facilities on specific programs, students might be required to have additional immunizations and medical tests. Detailed information will be given upon enrollment. Note: Immunization fees are not included in the tuition.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. Students will need a passport valid for 6 months after the date we return to the United States. The passport must have at least one blank visa page. We strongly advise students to check or apply for their passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport. Note: Passport fees are not included in the tuition.

Do I need a visa?

Depending on the location of the program, you may need a visa. Students should not apply for a visa on their own but should wait for instructions from the Admissions Team. Note: Visa fees are not included in the tuition.

Do I need to register with the U.S. Embassy?

We will be notifying the local Embassy or Consulate about our students’ stay in any country.

How do I arrange U.S. domestic travel?

Specific travel details, including flight numbers, travel times, and international airport departure location, will be provided to students no later than four months before the departure date. Students will need to arrange domestic transportation from their home to the international airport departure location and home again.

As a reminder, all international air travel, local transportation, and hotel accommodations will be arranged by FutureDocs Abroad, and are all included in the tuition payment. Students’ international flights will be reserved as a group, along with the flights for the FutureDocs Abroad Team, who will accompany students on flights from the U.S. to Vietnam and back.

What if I get sick or injured while on the trip?

If a student becomes ill, is injured, or requires medical treatment on the trip, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with them while parents are contacted immediately. Students will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.

FutureDocs Abroad requires 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 the student to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.

Who will chaperone us during the program?

Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany them on cultural excursions off campus to be available 24/7 to students.

Will we be split into smaller groups during the program?

Students will be split into smaller, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.

Where will we stay during the program?

Arrangements will be secured for students and chaperones to reside in a local hotel during the program. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities including A/C. Student accommodations will be single-gender and double occupancy.

Strict curfews will be enforced for students throughout their stay. Each student will be assigned a specific chaperone to report to. Students will be chaperoned at all times when outside the care of the staff at the medical center and hospital. Parents may contact chaperones directly if they cannot reach their child for any reason.

What is the dress code?

Students will be asked 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, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. A full suggested packing list will be provided to students after acceptance.

Are there any other expenses for which I will be responsible?

FutureDocs Abroad Tuition includes all program costs, international airfare, accommodations, local in-country transportation, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Note: Students with special dietary restrictions are asked to submit this information with the required emergency contact, medical conditions, and prescription medication paperwork before the trip.

Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). In many countries, Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express or Discover Card. Parents 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 organization is behind FutureDocs Abroad?

FutureDocs Abroad is a program created by The National Leadership Academies.

The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school and undergraduate college students through career and focus-area programs and services.

By creating unique programs, like FutureDocs Abroad, The National Leadership Academies is positioned to support students with the skills, motivation, guidance, and mentorship they need to stay on track to achieve their goals.

The National Leadership Academies is based in Washington, D.C.

Participants will receive their very own personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate upon completion of the program.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, and you would like to speak directly with one of our Admissions Team, please call us toll-free at 888-986-6563 or send us an email at

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