Please see Required Documents for Visiting Student Elective Program.

No, students are not allowed to re-apply once they have submitted an application and have been declined.

About two months, but you should apply at least six months in advance.  In most cases, applicants are notified no later than 2 months prior to the desired elective rotation. 

We accept applications year round, however, the latest we will consider an application is 4 months prior to the desired elective.  We suggest applicants submit their application 6 months in advance.  

Mail it to:

Office of International Medical Student Education
Yale School of Medicine
ES Harkness Hall
367 Cedar St.
Room 214 
New Haven, CT 06510

Because we require your school seal on the application, we need you to mail your application to the office. We are not able to accept e-mailed or faxed applications.

The School of Medicine does not have a TOEFL code. Please include a copy of your TOEFL scores with the rest of the documents in your application.


Visiting international students need B-1 Visa status. Please read this document: United States Visa Information.

Unfortunately, you are not eligible if you are a U.S. resident or citizen, attending medical school outside of the U.S. (Please note: Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.)

Unfortunately, the roster is always changing, so we cannot determine what seats are available. We encourage you to apply for the electives you plan to make a career in.


No. Students may only take two different electives in any 8-week period.

No. Students may only take two electives consecutively, once you have completed one or more clinical elective rotations you are no longer eligible for our program.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to give this information, as elective schedules can change on a daily and weekly basis.

No. Visiting students must apply for clinical electives in accordance with the Yale rotation schedule.

No, these are clinical electives and do not satisfy core clerkship requirements.

No, applicants must be an active medical student in good academic standing for the entire duration of their elective. Applicants must be returning to their home institution to complete studies.

Yes, however, students who withdraw less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the assigned elective may have a letter of complaint sent to the Dean of their medical school. No refunds will be made except in extenuating circumstances. All refunds are reviewed on a case by case basis with extenuating circumstances only and must receive approval from the Office of International Medical Student Education.
Students who are unable to obtain a visa in time to start their scheduled elective need to be in communication with our office and we will discuss your options.



Due to the impact on patient experience and medical student education, Yale School of Medicine does not allow observerships* within our clerkship, elective, or sub-internship settings.

*Observerships are periods of time of one or more days in which an individual attends patient care team rounds or observes communication with patients, physical examination, and/or procedures in the clinical setting. The observer has no direct communication or physical contact with patients.

Affiliate Schools

The following schools have active affiliation agreements with Yale School of Medicine:

  • Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo
  • Makerere University
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • Technologico de Monterrey
  • Universidad Cayetano Heredia
  • Universidad de los Andes
  • University of Buenos Aires
  • University of West Indies
  • Xiangya Medical School
No, students must be selected by the designated representative at the affiliate medical school. We cannot accept independent applications.

Tuition & Fees

Yes, the tuition for a four-week clinical elective for students from international schools is $3100. The tuition for eight weeks is $6200. Tuition is subject to increases with every new academic year.

Credit Card. Yale will make an exception if credit card payment is not possible. We will accept a certified bank check made out in U.S. dollars to Yale University.

General Information

Please bring your passport along with any requested paperwork or required documentation.

The dress code on the wards is professional attire. Men should wear button-down shirts and ties, and women should wear dress pants or skirt. Students can bring a white coat to wear on the wards or purchase a white coat at a nearby bookstore. Please note that in the U.S. medical students wear short white coats – you must have a short white coat, long ones are worn by residents and fellows and will not be permitted for students.

Yes, 80 Hour Work Week Policy: In an effort to address the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on learning, patient care and student well-being, Yale Medical School has adopted the following policy for all clerkships and elective rotations:

  • We will follow the AGCME duty hours requirements for interns as outlined in depth on the following site: http://www.acgme.org/acwebsite/dutyhours/dh_index.asp
  • Work hours are limited to time spent in the hospital caring for patients and attending related educational activities. Calculation of work hours should not include time spent completing write-ups or study time during non-hospital. As an example, a student who comes to the hospital at 7am and stays until 10pm will have 15 hours of work time. A student could then go home and read to prepare for rounds the next day. This time at home reading is not considered part of work hours. In such a case the student would have 10p to 7a duty free (no direct patient care responsibilities or required educational in-hospital activities) before the next duty period.
If you have other questions, please e-mail: global.health@yale.edu.