Apply to be a VSAS® Host Institution

The Visiting Student Application Service® (VSAS®) is the AAMC's online application that streamlines the application process for senior "away" electives at U.S. medical institutions. With VSAS, medical students submit just one online application for all institutions, reducing paperwork and miscommunication.

Each fall, U.S. AAMC-member medical schools and members of the AAMC's Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) have the opportunity to join VSAS for the following academic year. Details for joining in 2018 will be shared during Fall 2017.

How Does My Institution Join?

Institutions need to submit a VSAS® Participation Agreement. Information regarding the Participation Agreement and pricing will be available Fall 2017. Your institution is eligible to be a VSAS host if it is a:

Not a COTH member? Review the Benefits of COTH Membership, Benefits of AAMC Membership, and COTH website for more details.

Why VSAS? What are the Benefits?

VSAS helps host institutions manage and process senior away elective applications from applicants eligible* to apply through VSAS. Hosts also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Reduced paperwork
  • Centralized online application materials, including electronic documentation
  • Flexible and customizable work flows
  • Tracking elective enrollments
  • Online, searchable electives
  • Reporting tools

*Applicants from U.S. LCME-accredited medical schools and U.S. COCA-accredited AACOM member colleges are currently eligible to apply through VSAS.

How Does VSAS Work?

Briefly, the following application processing steps are available through VSAS:

  • Publish and manage your available electives by academic year
  • Determine if applicants meet your institutional requirements
  • Schedule or deny elective requests
  • Notify applicants of decisions
  • Track applicant responses to elective offers

More details are included in the VSAS Resources for Staff section of this website.

VSAS Feedback

Student Feedback

"VSAS gave me the ability to search for and read about many programs of interest and even discover ones I had not previously considered!"

"Everything is electronic—I felt more involved. There is less paperwork and no more faxes or mail"

Host Institution Feedback
"Without a doubt, VSAS has been an absolute blessing for those of us on the host school side of the visiting student elective application process. I have found it far easier to track an applicant's status throughout the application process, and the clinical coordinators with whom I work have expressed that they find the system to be user-friendly and a substantial improvement over our former applicant tracking system. Overall, the move to VSAS has been of great benefit to our medical school. Thank you!"

To view more feedback please visit our feedback page.


Have Questions? Want to Learn More?


The VSAS Information for Prospective Host Institutions document contains detailed information about the VSAS application.

Speak with VSAS

If you would like to speak one-on-one with a VSAS representative please contact:


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