International Visiting Medical Student Program

The International Visiting Medical Student Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is available to qualified medical students from schools with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UMMS. In addition, we will be accepting applications from non-MOU schools using VSLO. Students must be in good academic standing and in their final clinical year of medical school education.

A list of currently approved medical schools with MOUs may be accessed at this link.

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 for students applying from schools with a Memorandum of Understanding with UMMS:

  • Students enrolled at one of these MOU partner medical schools must proceed with the application process after completing their internal process with nomination/selection by their home program.
  • In addition, you must 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 must be on the international student elective offering list (top left of this webpage).
  • After application has been completed, 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.
  • A non-refundable administrative fee, per the MOU, will be assessed upon placement in an elective. 
  • Applications that are missing information will not be processed.

Process for students applying from schools WITHOUT a Memorandum of Understanding with UMMS:

  • Complete the application for an elective via VSLO. Students who attend medical schools that do not use VSLO will not be considered.
  • We will only be offering electives to international students from January-April
  • The electives you choose must be on the international student elective offering list (top left of this webpage)
  • After application has been completed, you must mail your $100 non-refundable application fee to Student Affairs, UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Ave N, Worcester MA 01655. Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been received.
  • A non-refundable administrative fee of $2000 will be assessed upon placement in an elective. 
  • Applications that are missing information will not be processed.

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

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