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Visiting International Student Elective Program

The Office of Global Health Education supports a robust Visiting International Student Elective Program for international students coming to Yale to do clinical electives. The program receives between 450 and 500 applications a year, and accepts about 100 students.

Eligibility

Students studying at international medical schools who are in their final year of medical school are eligible to enroll in up to three four-week clinical elective(s), through AAMC VSLO.

Please note that U.S. residents/citizens studying at international medical schools are not eligible for this program.

Electives

We offer clinical electives in many sub-specialties of medicine. These are elective programs and do not meet requirements for core clinical clerkships. All electives are four weeks in length per clinical elective rotation. (We do not offer two-week elective rotations for visiting medical students.) Students may apply for a maximum of three different four-week electives, but these electives must be in different specialties.

This link provides a list of the electives. Please note, not all electives listed accept international students. The description of each elective on the list includes whether international students are accepted or not.

Read the descriptions of electives carefully within the VSLO application before listing your choices. You may not change your choices or dates of elective after your application has been submitted to elective department at Yale School of Medicine.

Application

Application Timeline/Deadline

Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) applications will be available each academic year in February for the first semester of the coming academic year, and in September for the second semester of that academic year.

We recommend that you submit your application six months before the start of your chosen elective. The latest you can apply is four months prior to the start of the desired elective.

If you are applying for an elective in the months of January or February, we will not be able to place you in the requested electives until the Yale students finalize their schedules in late December/early January. We will do our best to let you know about the outcome of your application as soon as possible.

Please note that we do not place visiting students in the mid-June/mid-July rotation block. Please review the VSLO website for the next available rotation.

Application for students at schools that are a participating member of the AAMC – VSLO

If your home institution is currently a participating member of the AAMC – VSLO, please follow the link below to complete the online application process.

Application for students at schools that are not currently an active member of AAMC – VSLO

If your home institution is not currently an active member of the AAMC - VSLO, you still can apply, once the applications re-open. You will need to complete a brief registration form in order to gain access to apply through VSLO. Please follow the link below to complete the brief registration.
You will be provided additional instruction upon completion of the registration. Please note, it will take up to five business days to process your registration form.

Information about what you need to submit as part of your application

  1. Complete the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application.
    • Please note, non-AAMC VSLO members will need to mail in required documentation within five (5) days of submitting their application.
    • Application Deadline: Your application should be submitted 4 - 6 months before the start of your chosen elective. Applications submitted after the four (4) month deadline will not be considered.
  2. Letter of support from the Dean of the medical school
    • Must be uploaded by your home institution through VSLO or as noted in VSLO.
    • The letter of support will need to include verification that student is in the final year of medical school and current class rank.
    • The dean's letter must be written on the medical school's stationary, with the original school seal, the dean's original signature and e-mail address.
    • The dean's letter must include the applicants current class ranking, should class ranking not be available your home institution will need to provide a letter indicating rank is not given.
    • The letter must be in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  3. Copy of student’s current transcript
    • Must be uploaded by your home institution through VSLO or as noted in VSLO.
    • Must be written in English or accompanied by an English translation.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Must be uploaded by the applicant.
    • Must list student’s education, completed clinical electives/sub-internships, publications, and other professional accomplishments.
  5. Letter of recommendation
    • Must be uploaded by your home institution through VSLO or as noted in VSLO.
    • Must be from a member of the faculty at student’s medical school who has observed student's clinical skills.
    • This letter, in English or with English translation, must be submitted with the faculty member's original signature on medical school's official stationary.
  6. AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
    • Must be uploaded by the applicant.
    • Must be translated in English immunization record and documentation.
    • If the student PPD is positive, student must INCLUDE a copy of chest x-ray report in English or with English translation.
    • The OGHE requires documentation of a quantitative hepatitis B surface antibody titer. A non-quantitative result (i.e. "Positive") is not acceptable.
  7. Proof of health insurance
    • Must be uploaded by applicant.
    • Must detail health insurance coverage for the duration of the clinical elective at Yale.
    • This certificate should be obtained from student’s health insurance company.
    • Proof of Health Insurance is not required at application, but must be submitted upon acceptance.
  8. Personal statement
    • Must be uploaded by applicant.
    • Describes student’s career goals, how this experience will help student achieve them, and what student has accomplished thus far in pursuit of those goals.
    • Also included should be what cultural opportunities student will pursue during his/her stay.
  9. A record of student TOEFL scores is REQUIRED if student is a non-native English speaker
    • Must be uploaded by applicant.

Tuition and Other Costs

Tuition

The tuition for a four-week clinical elective for students from international schools for Academic Year 22-23 is $4,120 USD. The tuition for eight weeks is $8,240 USD. The tuition for twelve weeks is $12,360 USD. Tuition is subject to increases with every new academic year. This typically happens in July.

Housing Costs

Yale Off Campus Housing, a website that Yale University created, contains useful links for housing in the area of the medical campus.

Other Costs

We estimate that minimum living expenses for a month in New Haven will amount to at least $1000.

FAQs

Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education has compiled these FAQs, which answer many questions international students commonly ask about visiting elective opportunities.