About VSLO

The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program merged two existing visiting student programs: the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®) program that focused exclusively on U.S. domestic away electives and the Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®) program that facilitated international mobility into the United States, from the United States to electives abroad, and from one non-U.S. location to another.

The VSLO program aspires to build a community of institutions that employ unified policies and practices that do not burden students or institutions with redundant requirements. As such, the program is continually balancing and streamlining the application process while supporting institution-specific processes.

Program Scope

Many participating institutions, both in the United States and across the globe, are seeking engagement in a collaborative network that encompasses more than visiting student mobility. The three-pillar framework below reflects varied institutional aspirations and represents areas for programmatic growth and development, particularly given that internationalization is a goal of many organizations.

VSAS Application Service Institutional Networking International Partnerships
  • Searchable elective offerings
  • Web-based application
  • Institutional training
  • Cross-cultural and language tools
  • Health and safety resources
  • Housing assistance
  • Professionalism and ethics guidance
  • Curriculum sharing
  • Best practices
  • New benchmarks
  • Conference presentations
  • Joint research
  • Publications
  • Working groups
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Association linkages
  • Scholarships and funding
  • Nongovernmental organization (NGO) engagement
  • International education providers
  • Alumni support

Our Networks

Only institutions that join the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program may post opportunities in the application service, and only students who attend participating institutions may apply for opportunities through the application service.

The U.S. Network comprises institutions located in the United States that either send their students to other U.S. medical schools or receive students from other U.S. medical schools.

The Global Network comprises institutions located in the United States or another country that either send their students to international locations or receive students from international locations.

Note: All U.S. institutions that send or receive students to or from other U.S. institutions are part of the U.S. Network. In addition, if a U.S. institution sends its students abroad or receives international students, it is also part of the Global Network.

All institutions located outside the United States are part of the Global Network.

VSAS Application Service

The VSLO program’s centerpiece is the VSAS application service.

Host institutions publish and manage elective offerings, select students, and, upon completion of the elective, submit an evaluation to the student’s home institution.

Home institutions review and release student applications, track progress, and, ultimately, determine whether to grant elective credit. The VSAS application service streamlines the application process for students and for home and host institutions.

How to Join a VSLO Network

Institutions, whether located in the U.S or internationally must apply to join the VSLO program. There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In order to apply to the VSLO program, the following steps must be completed:

  1. Request the VSLO application by emailing visitingstudents@aamc.org.
  2. Complete the application either online or in paper form.
  3. After you have submitted your application, please allow up to one month for application processing.
  4. When a final decision on your application has been made, it will be communicated to you by email or phone.

If you are interested in learning more about how to join our VSLO program and receive a price quote regarding participation, please email visitingstudents@aamc.org.

Search for Electives

Browse our catalog of away electives at participating host institutions by location, keywords, specialty, and more.

Find Participating Host Institutions

Find a complete listing of participating host institutions. 

Find Participating Home Institutions

Find a complete listing of all participating home institutions. 

Q&A: New VSLO Features

We’ve heard your feedback and have developed new features, which are now available in the VSLO/VSAS Application Service! Thank you for your contributions as we work to further enhance the visiting student experience.

VSLO® Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about VSLO? Check out these frequently asked about topics. 

Research and Training Opportunities

Looking for ways to enrich your medical school experience? Check out our directories of clinical, research, and public health opportunities.

Extramural Electives Compendium

The Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) is a searchable database containing information about the scheduling of elective opportunities at AAMC-member medical schools in the United States.

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