You cannot spend both Foundation years abroad. Most foundation schools do not sanction FY1 abroad but it is sometimes possible for foreign students to undertake FY1 in their home country.
You need to start the process early as it is complicated and takes quite a long time to get approval from the GMC. Differences in academic year start dates between countries may cause particular problems.
It may be possible to undertake your FY2 abroad in an English speaking country or hospital. In order to be fully signed up under the UK Foundation Training system, your FY2 programme must be prospectively approved by the Deanery or Foundation School. Find out about your local Foundation School procedures for applying to FY2 as early as possible, as the process can take several months.
It is much more likely that you will obtain approval for training abroad in developed countries with medical training programmes similar to the UK. Doctors from European Economic Area (EEA) countries are entitled to registration in other EEA countries as long as they satisfy certain standard criteria.
Experience in developing countries can be beneficial later in your medical training. Many overseas medical agencies, such as MSF and VSO, will only accept applications from doctors with at least two or three years of clinical experience.
If you want to go overseas, think about the practicalities of making applications while you are out of the country.
Gaining experience in developing countries can be beneficial later in your medical training, with many overseas medical agencies only accepting applications from doctors with at least two or three years of clinical experience.
Read our guidance on Volunteering Abroad in developing countries