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Visiting International Students


The International Visiting Student program is designed for international medical students who personally know a Vanderbilt University clinical faculty member who will sponsor them for rotation. Visiting international students may rotate during November through April of each academic year. Vanderbilt clinical faculty members should provide a letter of sponsorship, signed and on letterhead, to the applying international student. The student will then upload this letter to his/her VSLO profile.

Spots are limited, and not every elective is open to visiting international students. If you do not see an elective listed, it is not available. Applications are made through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) portal, which is a product of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). If your school does not yet belong to the VSLO program, please visit the VSLO program website to learn more about joining, and ask the Vanderbilt clinical faculty member who is sponsoring you to email for directions on making the nomination.

(Please note: contacting Vanderbilt faculty in hopes of securing a nomination is not appropriate.)

In addition, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has a reciprocal relationship with five institutions and accepts Letters of Recommendations from the following medical school Deans:

  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Students at these institutions who are nominated by their faculty may submit applications for up to three (3) months of elective rotations at Vanderbilt.

Program Highlights

  • International students may only rotate November through April.
  • Each student may take up to three (3) rotations.
  • There must be a signed affiliation agreement between the visiting student’s institution and Vanderbilt.
  • Rotations must adhere to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s academic calendar.
  • Cost is $250 for registration plus $750 per elective.
  • International visiting students must be full-time students in their final year of medical school.
  • Students must attend an orientation on the first morning of their rotation.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate international medical students who neither a) attend one of the 5 institutions above nor b) have an established relationship with one of Vanderbilt’s clinical faculty members. Please remember┬ácontacting Vanderbilt faculty in hopes of securing a nomination is not appropriate. No phone calls, please.

If you have more questions on the program, email


A complete application in VSLO will include:

  • Letter of Good Standing from your home institution
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Vanderbilt clinical faculty member OR your medical school Dean if you are a student at one of the reciprocal schools listed above
  • Official Transcript, translated into English
  • CV, translated in English
  • Proof of immunizations / immunization record
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of Malpractice Coverage
    (Suggested resources, if your school does not provide malpractice coverage, are Academic Medical Professionals Risk Retention Group or Proliability Lliability Insurance. No specific amount is required, although $1,000,000 per incident or $3,000,000 aggregate are standard amounts.)
  • Current Criminal Background Check
    (One resource, if your school does not provide a criminal background check, is Certiphi.)
  • Copy of passport
  • Photo

TOEFL Exam Scores: Vanderbilt requires a minimum score of 570 PBT or 100 IBT. TOEFL Exam may be waived if student has been taught in English.

In addition, your VISA must be in order for you to enter the United States, and you must go online and complete your Business Visitor Questionnaire. This questionnaire will begin your process in obtaining the paperwork for your VISA. Please complete this form even if you do not require assistance in obtaining a VISA.