Education Abroad Programs

Education abroad opportunities on 5 continents!

World map with countries marked in which Texas A&M's School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has programs and agreements and in which there are university-wide agreements for student exchange

Explore international options

  • offered by VMBS faculty (listed below),
  • hosted by other schools, and
  • independently (with our help & support, of course!).
To apply for these programs and to explore a more exhaustive list of opportunities, visit TAMU Education Abroad.

Germany – Spring
Applications now open for Spring 2023! Closing date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Program DescriptionGermany Biosciences Semester
This program is offered to two specific groups: Biomedical Science majors as well as many other related majors (BIOL, GENE, MICR, PSYC, and more) and Bioengineering majors (includes BMEN and RHEN).

Both cohorts must take VTPP 401/BMEN 400. Additionally,
>>Biomedical Science majors must choose at least two of the following courses:
VTPP 423, 427, 485, and 420.
>>Bioengineering majors must choose at least two of the following courses:
VTPP 435, BMEN 211, BMEN 253, VTPP 485.

In addition to coursework, the program includes field trips to museums, research institutions, medical and veterinary schools, and other sites of historical and cultural importance throughout Germany and neighboring countries.

All students in the program participate in a semester-long biomedical science/bioengineering project in collaboration with a German biotechnology company. The project counts as a significant part of the program coursework and is a unique opportunity to get real-world experience in research and design while working in an environment that is culturally different from home.

A total of 22-25 credit hours are offered on the program:
VTPP 401/BMEN 400: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe (4 credit hours)
VTPP 420: Applied Pharmacology (2 credit hours)
VTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology I (4 credit hours)
VTPP 427: Biomedical Physiology II (3 credit hours)
VTPP 435: Physiology for Bioengineers II (4 credit hours)
VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 credit hours)
BMEN 211: Biomedical Applications of Circuits, Signals and Systems (3 credit hours)
BMEN 253: Medical Device Design (1 credit hour)

To access the application, click here. Applications are DUE Saturday, October 1, 2022!
FacultyJeremy Wasser, Virginia Fajt

Bulgaria – Summer I

Program DescriptionBulgaria Biomedical Sciences

This program provides students with the unique experience of learning about the neurobiology of developmental disorders while immersed in the Bulgarian culture and the rich history of this part of Eastern Europe.

The location of this program — Sofia, Bulgaria — helps students understand the similarities and differences between the Eastern European and U.S. perspectives of developmental disorders. Providing a specific global perspective on developmental health issues, this program aims to serve as a catalyst in students’ international health career development.

This program offers an introduction to the biological foundations of Developmental Psychopathology. The emphasis is on the development, origins, and developmental consequences of selected developmental disorders (e.g., intellectual disabilities, ADHD, ASD, LI, dyslexia, and anxiety disorders), assessment methods, and research. The signs and symptoms in the dynamics of the disorders are presented from a neurobiological perspective and in the context of genetics, neuroimaging, neurochemistry, and disease biomarkers.

The New Bulgarian University and Dr. Margarita Stankova, chair of the Department of Healthcare and Social Work there, collaborate with this program, helping provide students with links to the strong academics of the university and to the city.

Take a look around the university, the city of Sofia, and the country to see what they have to offer you, in addition to what the coursework provides.

All students are required to take 3 credit hours to participate on this program:
VTPP 489:  Special Topics in Neurobiology of Developmental Disorders (3 credit hours)
FacultyIvan Ivanov

Bulgaria – Summer II

Program DescriptionBulgaria Communication in Healthcare

New for Summer 2023, this program helps students focus on medical communication with a special emphasis on diverse patients. Set in Sofia, Bulgaria, students not only see the perspective of a different medical community, but they are immersed in a new community themselves as guests in Bulgarian culture. This helps students understand the similarities and differences between the Eastern European and U.S. perspectives on life, disease, medical communication, and differences in communication and values among diverse populations in general.

The course offered provides students with an intensive introduction to multicultural communication in therapeutic situations that include gathering information, medical interviews, crises, and bearing bad news. A major component of the course is an internship in which the students participate in discussions about case studies, with difficult patients, during patient interviews as well as in simulations of a variety of situations. Dr. Margarita Stankova, psychiatrist and chair of the Department of Healthcare and Social Work at the New Bulgarian University, supervises students and helps them establish links in the university, to the city, and to the rich history of this part of Eastern Europe.

Explore the university, the city of Sofia, and the country Bulgaria. See what they have to offer you, in addition to the exciting experiences the coursework provides.

VTPP 489: Special Topics in Communication Skills in Healthcare (3 cr.)*

FacultyIvan Ivanov

Germany – Summer

Germany: The History of Medicine in Europe

Based in Bonn, Germany, this program is designed to introduce students to the historical development of human and veterinary medicine in Europe. It is loaded with field trips, including a number of overnight excursions. These include visits to museums, medical schools, hospitals, research institutions, and sites of general cultural and historical importance throughout Germany and neighboring countries.

This program is designed to maximize the international impact for students interested in pursuing careers in human or veterinary medicine or in biomedical sciences.

A total of 7-10 credit hours are offered on the program:
VTPP 401/BMEN 400: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe (4 credit hours)
VIBS 447: Neurophysiology of Music (2 credit hours)
VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 credit hours)
FacultyJeremy Wasser, Virginia Fajt

South Africa – Summer (Dr. Blue)

South Africa Conservation Veterinary Medicine
This course is offered to DVM students who would like to learn about conservation medicine in South Africa. Students learn how African species are managed at wildlife parks and game preserves. Students become familiar with aspects of hoofstock medicine including common diseases and preventative medicine. Students gain direct experience with chemical immobilization including the necessary skills, drugs and darting equipment.

4 credit hours are offered for this program:
VTPP 948: Conservation Medicine and Management for Veterinary Students (4 credit hours)
FacultyAlice Blue-McLendon

South Africa – Summer (Drs. Derr & Cook)

Program DescriptionSouth Africa African Wildlife Conservation & Health

You will leave this experience with a newfound appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across the state of Texas.

Wildlife experts guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery, and darting. Other experiential learning could include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.

Check out past cohort pages on Facebook for more info!
TAMU African Wildlife Medicine Study Abroad
2019 African Wildlife Medicine
2017 African Wildlife Medicine
2016 African Wildlife Medicine

This program has two tracks, and you can check out these websites for the details and differences: Track 1 and Track 2.

All students are required to take a total of 4 credit hours to participate:
VTPB 948: Didactic Elective: African Wildlife Medicine (4 credit hours)
VTPB 485: Directed Studies: South Africa (4 credit hours)
VTMI 689 Special Topics in African Wildlife Medicine (4 credit hours)
FacultyJames DerrWalter Cook

Spain – Summer (pending)

Program DescriptionSpain Global One Health

This program is provides students with an opportunity to learn medical Spanish and take a course in comparative public health in Barcelona, Spain, while living with a host family. The two courses in the first summer session will take place at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Select students will have the option of staying after the courses are complete to do a shadowing experience either in human medicine or in veterinary medicine through our partnership with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Summer 1: All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours at UPF to participate on this program. The credit will then be transferred to TAMU.
Health Systems & Public Health: An international perspective (taught in English)  (3 credit hours
Medical Spanish (300-level) (3 credit hours)

Summer 2: *Depending on the availability of placements this session may be limited.*
VTPB 485: Directed Studies (3 credit hours)  – Select students will be placed in human healthcare clinics or veterinary clinics to shadow medical professionals in Barcelona.
FacultyLinda Logan (interim)

Thailand – Summer (pending)

Course DescriptionThailand Global One Health

This hybrid study abroad course, which focuses on cultural case studies in global one health, explores the connections between human, environment, and animal health.

During the four-week study abroad component in Thailand, students explore Thai food and culture, work with elephants and other species, and restore coral reefs at a sea turtle sanctuary. They engage in a community development project in a rural village by providing veterinary clinical care to cats, dogs, elephants, and livestock animals (as cases arise).

The remaining six weeks will be completed via distance education. After completing interactive online modules, students will write about emerging issues in global one health and analyze the structure and crafting of scientific articles.

All students are required to take 1-6 credit hours for this program:
VIBS 489: Special Topics in Global One Health (3 credit hours; undergraduate)
VIBS 685: Directed Studies – Thailand Global One Health (1-3 credit hours; graduate)
VIBS 948: Thailand Case Studies in Global One Health (2 credit hours; veterinary professional)

Costa Rica – Fall (2023)

Program DescriptionCosta Rica Biomedical Science Semester

Required core courses and tropical rainforest | Key electives and a weekend at the beach | Topflight faculty and volcanoes

This program offers an unbeatable combination for students working towards a degree in Biomedical Sciences, pre-meds, pre-vets, and others who want to have the semester of a lifetime while still advancing their degree plan.

Credit (Fall 2023)
A total of 13 credit hours are offered for this program:
VTPB 411: One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 credit hours)
VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (4 credit hours)
BIMS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3 credit hours)
VIBS 310: Biomedical Writing (1 credit hour)
VTPB 303: Medical Communication in the International Community (2 credit hours)
Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits)

Read more about the Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester!

How to apply: Brochure | Program Overview (
FacultyDonald Brightsmith

Taiwan – Winter Break (not currently offered)

Course Description*Due to quarantine regulations in effect in Taiwan, this program cannot be offered at this time.*

Taiwan Marine Mammal Anatomy
Taiwan, historically known as Formosa (beautiful island), is a democratic island country situated in the Pacific. Taiwan is rich in both history and culture. The people of Taiwan are comprised of multiple native indigenous ethnic groups (2%) and those of Han Chinese descent.

Over several hundred years, this tiny island has experienced Portuguese, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese colonial rule. Every era left its marks on this island, and these have melted into the Taiwanese culture and cuisine. Because Taiwan is located between tropical and sub-tropical regions, the surrounding ocean is full of a wide variety of marine animals, including 27 species of cetaceans such as bottle-nosed dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales, and the rare humpback dolphin. During their trip, students will be immersed in marine mammal conservation, Taiwanese style.

All students are required to take a total of 3 credit hours to participate on this program
VIBS 485: Marine Mammal Anatomy (3 credit hours)
FacultyGladys Ko

Costa Rica – Spring (not currently offered)

Program DescriptionCosta Rica Ecology and Diversity Semester

Explore national parks, beaches, and rivers; work with local communities; go ziplining; study rainforest ecology; speak Spanish; learn from indigenous leaders; and see sloths, macaws, monkeys, toucans, peccaries, red-eyed tree frogs, morpho butterflies, crocodiles and their caiman cousins, and more.

This full semester program is open to students of all majors interested in the natural sciences. It’s geared for sophomores, but outstanding freshmen and juniors who need to take these courses are encouraged to apply.

Read more about the Costa Rica Ecology and Diversity Semester!

A total of 13 credit hours are offered for program:
RENR 205: Fundamentals of Ecology (3 credit hours)*
RENR 215: Fundamentals of Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)*
ENGL 210: Technical Writing (3 credit hours)
ENTO 322: Insects in Human Society (3 credit hours)
VTPB 289: Cultural Discourse in Costa Rica (3 credit hours)
Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits)
Service Learning

*Students who have taken RENR 205 or RENR 215 may be able to take up to 3 credits of a 485 “Directed Study in Costa Rica” course instead.
FacultyDonald Brightsmith

Peru – Winter Break (not currently offered)

Course Description*This program currently is not being offered.*

Peru Veterinary Field Experience

This program is offered during the winter break to DVM students with interest in research and avian medicine. The courses will be held at the Tambopata National Reserve, in Madre de Dios, Peru, and will immerse veterinary students in a long-term research program studying the health, conservation, and natural history of large macaws (Ara spp) and other psittacine in the lowland rainforests of southeastern Peru.

4 credit hours are offered for this program:
VTPB 948: Didactic Elective in Wild Psittacine Biology and Medicine (1st, 2nd, 3rd-year DVM)
VSCS 945: Advanced Small Animal Clinical Elective in Wild Psittacine Biology and Medicine (4th-year DVM)
FacultyDonald Brightsmith