Tips for Medical Students While Abroad

As a medical student participating in an elective at a host institution abroad, it is important to be prepared and organized. Once you arrive in your host country, be sure to check with your host institution to determine whether there are additional requirements and steps that may be required.

When You Arrive 

  • Report directly to your host institution.
  • Provide any additional documentation and complete any requirements needed by your host institution.
  • Let your host institution know your local mailing address.
  • Register with your local embassy or consulate in case of emergency.
  • Keep a journal for reflection.

Health and Safety

To prevent health-related and safety issues, you must before and during your time abroad.

Learning Tools

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  •  social learning app for med students

Logistical Tools

VSLO Student Essentials

Use the VSLO Student Essentials guide to help you access the application service, complete your profile, search for and save electives, and begin the application process.

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.

VSLO Participating Home Institutions

Find a complete listing of all participating home institutions. 

VSLO Frequently Asked Questions

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

How to Use the VSAS Application Service

The VSAS application service makes it easier for medical students to apply for clinical or research opportunities.

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