Advanced Studies Electives: International Students

We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2018 electives beginning in February in VSLO, the new Visiting Student Learning Opportunities system replacing GHLO. Please keep an eye out for the elective catalog to become available soon. 

Your school must use VSLO in order to apply to our internatioanl visiting program, with the exception of students from affiliated schools. We do not allow students to apply for Summer 2018 electives. Please refer to the elective calendar to the left to know which blocks we allow students to apply for.

If you have questions in the meantime, please contact

Note: we are not accepting calls 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 note on your application must be on the international student elective offering list (top left of this webpage).
  • Mail the completed application along with a $100 non-refundable application fee to the address listed at the bottom of the international elective guidelines form. (Student selected by the International committee will be required to pay an additional $2000 non-refundable administrative fee (effective 1/1/2018; students from schools with 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 by email 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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