International Visiting Medical Students

2022-2023: 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)
  • KLE University India (India)
  • St. George's University of London (U.K.)
  • Technion Medical College (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 (PDF) and return it via email to VisitingStudent@jefferson.edu.

Required Application Materials

Below is a list of required application materials to be submitted with your International Student application (PDF):

  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 site

  6. Evidence of completion of OSHA training to include blood-borne pathogens 
  7. Evidence of completion of HIPAA training
  8. A completed Malpractice Insurance Form (final page of application)

Prior to starting rotation, at least 30 days, provide: evidence of personal health insurance, including medical repatriation and evacuation insurance 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 US $3,000 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