Program Overview and Registration


Preclinical junior medical students and dental students enrolled in their respective Anatomy courses at the listed partner schools are eligible for participation. Students must be in good academic standing. No foreign language proficiency is required and conversations are held in English (unless students decide otherwise). There are no credits or grades given for participation in this program. The program is free of charge (no tuition) and is a voluntary activity.  Students are expected to sign and submit a consent form prior to participation (as needed), and to respond to a short feedback (ICE questionnaire) after parts 1, 2 and 3.


Program Details Fall/Winter Program

The fall/winter program is a 3-part program and extends over 2 semesters:

Part 1 - small group work (online videoconferences) - October to January

Part 2 - large group international student conferences - late January or early February 

Part 3 - international student exchange - June through October (exception: University of Sydney travels November to December

Students can participate in part 1 (small group work, via videoconferences) and part 2 (large international student videoconferences) without participation in part 3.

Participation in parts 1 and 2 is considered a prerequisite for part 3 (i.e., international student travel and research lab placement). Travels for Columbia MD-PhD students will only take place during their PhD lab research time and only if the PI agrees. 

Commitment - an 8-hour time commitment is desired for part 1, and a 4 hour time commitment is expected for part 2. Part 3 (i.e., research internship abroad) is typically 7-8 weeks in duration.  

Columbia students who receive funding for their internship through the “Programs in Education in Global Population Health” (GPH) or the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) are expected to present their research data after they return, at the conference(s) listed below. 

Students remain connected to the large group via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (see our media tab for details) and the general email roster. Students should join our LInkedIn group for long-term networking with all current and past ICE program participants. Join here.

Registration for the fall/winter program

Interested in signing up?

Please sign up here.

More details will be shared after start of the program under "Program Details".

Columbia students - please download and sign this consent form and email to Dr. Wu with your name on the file.

Program Details for the ICE Summer Program

Since summer 2020 we are also offering an"ICE Summer program"

The summer program is meant as a substitute for international travels and experiences during part 3 of the fall program (for students who are unable to travel) or as an addition for students who would like to continue broadening their international network during the summer. Students can also participate in addition and during to the student summer travels.


Participants (Who)

Medical and dental students and premedical students from our 14 international partner universities


Goal (What/Why)

Deepening intercultural competency and leadership in junior students, learning about research on current world health events (i.e.COVID-19 pandemic related research) and other basic sciences as substitute for an international summer exchange internship.


Time (When)

Mid June - mid August on weekday nights and weekend mornings. For most students this will be during summer vacation. 


Location (Where)

Online platform from home, using online videoconferencing platforms


Format (How)

All meetings are held online from home

  • Weekly small group discussions (1 hour)

  • 3-4 large group discussions (1 hour)

  • Expert faculty research speaker series (1 hour)


Registration for the summer program

If you are interested please sign up here.

More details can be found under "ICE Summer Program" after registration.

International Collaboration and Exchange Program

A program directed by: Dr. Anette Wu

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