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The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) program streamlines the application process for medical and public health students.

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It is important to support your medical education by engaging in diverse opportunities.

Is My Institution Part of the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Program?

Only students from participating institutions can apply for electives in the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities VSLO Program. Check participating home institutions.

How to Use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS)

Students who are from participating institutions in the VSLO program are able to search and apply for opportunities through the application service. Learn more about how to use VSAS

What Are the Requirements?

Institutions vary in their requirements for visiting students. A complete list of an institution’s requirements can be reviewed in the elective details in the application service.

Once a student completes requirements and submits an application, the application is received by the student’s home institution for verification. Any requirements that are the responsibility of the home institution are fulfilled at that time. Then, the home institution releases the application, along with all requirements, to the host institution..

Sample requirements that are the responsibility of the student include, but are not limited to:

  • CV
  • Immunization Form

Sample requirements to be completed by the student’s home institution include, but are not limited to:

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation

Other types of requirements that may be required after a student submits their application include, but are not limited to:

  • Visa documents
  • Copy of a passport
  • Host institutions may also request that a requirement be resubmitted

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.

Students in the U.S. Pursuing Electives in the U.S.

For students enrolled in a U.S. medical school and interested in away rotations.

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Explore URiM Opportunities for Visiting Students

The VSLO program is excited to highlight opportunities for students underrepresented in medicine (URiM) in an easily accessible, centralized location. Explore our regularly updated list of programs for your consideration.

Students in the U.S. Pursuing Electives Abroad

If you are enrolled in a U.S. medical school and interested in clinical, research, or public health opportunities abroad.

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Students Outside the U.S. Pursuing Electives

Students enrolled in medical schools outside the U.S. that are interested in going abroad.

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For VSLO® Help or Inquiries

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202-478-9878
Find Participating Host Institutions

Find a complete listing of participating host institutions. 

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Find Participating Home Institutions

Find a complete listing of all participating home institutions. 

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Explore URiM Opportunities for Visiting Students

Explore our regularly updated list of URiM student opportunities from institutions in various specialties and geographical regions.

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VSLO Program Coronavirus FAQs

Please visit the VSLO Program Coronavirus FAQs to learn about program changes that may affect you.

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VSLO® Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Research and Training Opportunities

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

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