Students in the U.S. Pursuing Electives Abroad

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

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International opportunities allow medical students to work with different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care in other nations. The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program saves you time searching for, and applying to, electives, and gives you a better chance of being accepted. 

Why pursue an elective abroad?

You will:

  • Work with different patient populations
  • Learn about global health systems
  • Increase your intercultural understanding
  • Possibly receive academic credit

Medical or public health students enrolled at VSLO participating Home institutions Global Network are able to search and apply for opportunities in the VSLO program. Check with your own medical school to see if they have other requirements about when you can participate in international opportunities through VSLO.

Before You Leave

Preparing to apply for opportunities abroad can be daunting. We've compiled resources to help you get organized. 

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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. 

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Recommended Reading for Participating in Global Experiences

Consult these resources for answers to questions that may arise before or during your international experience. 

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