Office of Global Health Initiatives

Observers, Trainees & Visiting Scientists

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) welcomes visiting colleagues and students from the United States and around the world for research and educational collaboration, observation, and study.  

IMPORTANT – Starting August 01, 2012:
New Application Fees for Foreign Observers and Professional Trainees
An application processing fee ($350.00 USD if paid by money order or $375.00 USD if paid by wire transfer) will be charged to all Foreign Observers and Foreign Professional Trainees who will start their visit on or after September 01, 2012. Click here for specific details.

If you wish to study or collaborate at UTHealth outside of our six schools’ official course offerings and employment opportunities, the following opportunities are available: 

The Observer is defined as a Visitor who observes UTHealth operations for educational or training purposes that primarily benefit the Observer. The Observer may not provide clinical care and may not participate in or perform research, data collection or other hands-on activities. The duration of the observation period is limited to no more than two months in any one department/division.

The Pre-Baccalaureate Trainee is a Visitor who is a high school or undergraduate student seeking hands-on training and experience in preparation for a health sciences education. Pre-Baccalaureate Trainees receive specific training in research, health education, and patient care services, appropriate to their educational qualifications. The duration of training is limited to no more than four months in any one division/department.

The Professional Trainee is a Visitor who holds an undergraduate or higher degree and is seeking additional hands-on training. Professional Trainees receive specific training in research, health education, and patient care services, appropriate to their educational qualifications. The duration of training is limited to no more than four months in any one division/department.

The Visiting Student Trainee is a Visitor who is enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at another institution while seeking hands-on training at UTHealth, but who is not registered and enrolled in an official course at UTHealth.  A Visiting Student Trainee may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities. An affiliation agreement or letter confirming the Applicant's enrollment and good standing may be required from the Applicant’s home institution before the visit can begin.  UTHealth will make this determination during the application review process and will inform the Faculty Sponsor if an agreement or letter is required.

The Visiting Scientist is a Visitor who is employed and paid by another institution or entity and collaborates with UTHealth faculty and staff. The Visiting Scientist may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities. A Visiting Scientist Agreement or letter designating and detailing salary support may be required from the Applicant’s home institution before the visit can begin. UTHealth will make this determination during the application review process and will inform the Faculty Sponsor if an agreement or letter is required.

For more information on becoming an Observer, Trainee or Visiting Scientist at UTHealth learn how to apply.