Advanced Studies Electives: International Students

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) welcomes students who are in good academic standing and are in their final clinical year of medical school education to participate in our International Visiting Student Elective program.  We offer a variety of electives at UMMS teaching sites. Electives for visiting students are available on a competitive basis from September to April each academic year.

  • Students must be in their final clinical year of medical school.
  • Students must meet all the elective prerequisites.
  • Students must be fluent in English. (See TOFEL requirement below) All application materials must be submitted in English.
  • International students are eligible to participate in type B and C electives only. See the online published list of electives for details. Elective availability is subject to change without notice.
  • There is a non-refundable $100 application fee.  Applicants offered an elective are required to pay an additional $500 administrative fee for each accepted elective.
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance minimums are $1 million per occurrence / $3 million aggregate.

Important Dates:

UMMS accepts applications for electives twice per calendar year.  The deadline to be eligible for an elective offered in the Fall Semester (September, October, November, and December) is April 1.  The deadline to be eligible for an elective offered in the Spring Semester (January, February, March, and April) is August 1.

 Fall Semester (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)  AY 15-16
 Application Deadline  April 1
 Final Decision post-marked by  June 1
 Spring Semester (Jan, Feb, March, April)  AY 15-16
 Application Deadline  August 1
 Final Decision post-marked by  October 1

Applications received after the published deadlines will not be eligible for an elective. 

Please Note: Changes to an International visiting student's elective schedule are not allowed once the student has arrived in the United States.


  • Complete the entire International Students Application packet including the application and all other required documentation (Pleas see the International elective guidelines for details).
  • Mail the completed application along with a $50 non-refundable application fee to UMMS (this fee will be applied to the $500.00 administrative fee for each accepted elective).  Applications that are missing information will not be processed.
  • Applicants will be notified after June 1st (fall semester) and October 1st (spring semester) if their application will be considered for an elective.


Application Documents and Information

  1. Elective Guidelines
  2. Application 
Immunization Form
  4. BPP Policy Statement
Non-UMMS Insurance Form 
  6. Application Checklist  


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