Advanced Studies Electives: International Students

We thank you for your interest in our visiting international student program.

As of May 2018, we have reached our maximum capacity for applications for the coming year and have closed the application process for this cycle. We are currently processing applications that have already been received and will be in touch with regard to available placements.

Further information about future semesters will be posted when the application cycle opens, and we encourage you to check back on this website in the Fall for additional updates.

Note: we are not accepting telephone inquiries at this time.

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 each academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 TOEFL requirement on guidelines/checklist document). All application materials must be submitted in English.
  • International students are eligible to participate in electives noted on the published list titled "International Elective List." Elective availability is subject to change without notice.
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance minimums are $1 million per occurrence / $3 million aggregate. If you do not have malpractice insurance provided by your university, you must purchase it through us if you are accepted.

Process (process to apply is changing as we will now use VSLO to manage applications). You can review the guidelines and checklist currently posted to know what is required, but how it is submitted will change due to the use of the system):  

  • Complete the entire International Students Application packet including the application and all other required documentation (Please see the International elective guidelines for details).
  • The electives you choose through VSLO must be on the international student elective offering list (top left of this webpage).
  • After application has been completed in VSLO you must mail your $100 non-refundable application fee to the address listed at the bottom of the international elective guidelines form, in order for your application t be reviewed. **Please Note - once your check has been received by our office a confirmation email will be sent to you letting you know that it has been received. 
  • Student that are selected by the International committee will be required to pay an additional $2000 non-refundable administrative fee (which was effective on 1/1/2018). Students from schools with an active Affiliation Agreements pay a separate fee structure for an elective if you are accepted. Applications that are missing information will not be processed.
  • Applicants will be notified through VSLO if their application will be considered 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.

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