Registrar’s Office

International Visiting Medical Students

Only applications from international medicine school partners will be accepted.

All students attending an international medical school, regardless of citizenship status, are considered international medical students. International medical students will only be accepted from the following medical schools:

  • Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
  • Cattolica Medical School in Rome (Universitá del Sacro Cuore) (Italy)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Humanitas University (Milan)
  • KLE University India (India)
  • Technion Medical College (Israel)
  • Tel Aviv University  (Israel)
  • The University of Bologna (Italy)
  • The University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Universidad CES  (Colombia - Medellín)

International visiting clerkships are not available in all the clinical departments. The application deadline is six months prior to the start of the clinical elective block. Students interested in research or observerships must communicate directly with the clinical department of interest.

How to Apply

Students from international medical schools cannot apply through VSLO. Complete the International Clerkship Application. Questions can be directed to

Required Application Materials

Below is a list of required application materials to be uploaded with your International Student application:

  1. A brief personal statement
  2. CV (curriculum vitae)
  3. A letter from your medical school’s Dean’s office (or its equivalent) supporting your clerkship request and stating that you meet all the academic requirements 
  4. Official medical school transcript (in English)
  5. Passing USMLE Step 1 or IFOM exam score documentation

    • Information on passing scores for USMLE is available on the USMLE website

  6. Evidence of completion of OSHA training to include blood-borne pathogens 
  7. Evidence of completion of HIPAA training

At least 30 days prior to the start of the rotation, provide: evidence of personal health insurance, including medical repatriation and evacuation insurance, evidence of malpractice insurance providing cover in the United States ($1,000,000 per incident/$3,000,000 aggregate) or a completed Malpractice Insurance application, and evidence of financial support for living expenses (this may include a letter from a parent or guardian stating that they will be responsible). You must have a minimum of $3,000 (USD) available for housing expenses.

Prior to beginning a clinical rotation at Thomas Jefferson University, the Human Resources Department will work with Visiting Students to complete the following:

  1. Criminal Background Check
  2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance (for some departments)
  3. Immunization History (PDF)
  4. Drug Screening (must be completed within 60 days of start date)
  5. Proof of COVID-19 Immunization