Applying for Away Electives with VSAS®

Clinical “away” electives can provide exposure to new educational experiences and a chance to explore residency opportunities. The Visiting Student Application Service® (VSAS®) streamlines the application process for fourth year away electives at U.S. medical institutions.
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About VSAS®

The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®) is an AAMC application designed to streamline the application process for senior "away" electives. VSAS enables medical students to submit just one...

How to Use VSAS®

Visiting Student Application Service® (VSAS®) makes it easier for medical students to apply to senior away electives.

VSAS® Guides and Tutorials

Information to help you navigate the VSAS® application process.


Get answers to common questions about the Visiting Student Application Service® (VSAS®).
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VSAS® Resources for Staff

Staff can use these resources to help them understand how to become a Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®) home school or host institution.
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Find Electives at VSAS Host Institutions

Search senior away electives at VSAS-participating host institutions by location, keywords, specialty, and more.

Find VSAS® Home Schools

All U.S. LCME accredited AAMC member schools and all COCA accredited AACOM member colleges with rising fourth year classes are VSAS home schools.

Find VSAS®-Participating Host Institutions

Review VSAS host institution application requirements, processing dates and deadlines, fee information, and more by clicking on an institution.