Medical trainees from Northern, developed regions of the world increasingly travel to Southern or less developed regions of the world for a clinical experience or ‘global health elective’. There is little research regarding these types of activities. This qualitative project aimed to generate the perceptions that medical students from Uganda hold regarding their Northern counterparts who visit on a global health elective. The purpose was to gain insight into the benefits and challenges of these increasingly popular activities. Thirty-two medical students from Makerere University in Uganda took part in tape-recorded semi-structured interviews. Questions revolved around perceived benefits, challenges, and impressions of visiting Northern medical students. Interviews were analyzed qualitatively. Study participants perceived that visitors come to learn tropical medicine and to practice on patients. Students also felt that there was a lack of interaction and engagement with the visitors. They were, however, eager to benefit from the teaching that could potentially be provided by visitors. This project identified perceptions that medical students in Uganda possess towards students who visit from the North. These ideas provide insight into how global health electives can become more mutually beneficial and with a more accurate definition of their intent.