Eligibility Criteria

Our programs are designed as an introductory experience. They are observational and students are under the close supervision of a qualified health professional at all times while in the hospital environment.

No previous training is required to participate, but all applicants must:

  • have a demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in healthcare;
  • pass our individual Admission Interview;
  • receive a positive academic or relevant employment reference;
  • agree to the Global Pre-Meds Student Code of Conduct;
  • hold a valid passport and be able to travel to the Dominican Republic.

Age eligibility criteria are by program (see below).


University Program

To join our University Program, you must be at least 18 years old on your program start date.

Most of our students are aged between 18 and 25 and currently enrolled on a university course, but we also welcome applications from people wanting to use the experience to help them decide whether a healthcare educational route is right for them, or those considering career changes from other professions.

Outside the hospital, students on the University Program have the support of our staff team available 24 hours a day, but are free to come and go from the house during free time and travel independently at weekends.

High School Program

To join our High School Program, you must be aged 16, 17 or 18 on your program start date.

This program is suitable for students currently in high school, or having recently finished, who are seriously considering a future career in healthcare. The experience can help such students in making decisions about the most appropriate educational route, and provide observational clinical experience to support future university applications.

Outside of the hospital, students on the High School Program are supervised 24 hours a day at the Global Pre-Meds House and during excursions.

Students aged under 18 at the time of application must also have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

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