Visiting Students from International Institutions

Qualified students currently attending American or foreign medical schools are welcome to take electives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our affiliates. The participating affiliates are:

  • Elmhurst
  • Bronx VA

Applications must be submitted to the Students Affairs office approximately 8-9 months before the requested Elective start date.

Pre-Requisite for Visiting and International Visiting Students

If you do not meet the above mentioned prerequisite you will be withdrawn from the elective without replacement and will forfeit of all fees.

  • Must be fluent in the English language to ensure proper communication with patients.
  • Must be able to use medical terminology, and report in attending rounds in oral presentations and record in writing patient information.

Every applicant will be required to take the TOEFL test. All applications received will require test results to be shown which meet the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai minimum score requirements. Score in each category must be in the range of 22-30.

Positive titer serology for Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B are required from foreign students.

Attention Visiting Students: New Policies Effective Immediately

As part of the New York State Department of Health requirement, effective immediately all students, physicians, and staff are required to be vaccinated for seasonal flu as well as H1N1 when supplies are available. Please open and review the following pdf for complete details on the influenze vaccination.

Flu Shot Information [PDF]

Foreign/Visiting students are not allowed to contact the divisions directly. They must submit the completed Foreign/Visiting student Elective application to the Visiting Student Coordinator for processing. Students are required to apply to the New York State Department of Education for an Eligibility Letter after you have been accepted by Icahn School of Medicine. Please see application with instructions at the bottom of this page.

Please note the following electives are not being offered to foreign students at Icahn School of Medicine. If available at our affiliates you may apply: Anesthesiology, Sub-Internship in Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary, Palliative Care Consultation, Introduction to Internship and the Critical Ill, Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound, Clinical Experience in Oriental Medicine, Palliative Care Consultation, Pediatric Cardiology, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Urology.

Sub-Internship in Pediatric, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary, Pediatric-Out-Patient, and Pediatric Rheumatology.

Calendars are not posted online as most electives run throughout the year. You may request an elective to begin any Monday of the month. Electives run for a 4-week period, Monday-Friday.

International Visiting Student Elective Application Instructions

Please begin the application process 8-9 months in advance. Only students who are in good standing and have not yet received their MD or DO degree are eligible to apply. All students attending foreign medical schools must complete the Foreign/Visiting Student Application. If you are interested in observerships or research opportunities, you must contact the department you're interested in directly. Observerships and research opportunities are not handled in this office.

Please submit all foreign visiting student elective applications to one of the following addresses:

Courier Service
The Icahn School of Medicine
Student Affairs Office
Attn: Jeanneth Persaud
Annenberg 13-30, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-6691

Postal Service
The Icahn School of Medicine
Student Affairs Office
Attn: Jeanneth Persaud
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1257
New York, NY 10029

If you have questions related to the foreign visiting student elective program, please contact:

Jeanneth Persaud
Tel: 212-241-6691
Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm or
E-mail: visiting-students@mssm.edu

Upon acceptance to the foreign visiting student elective program, all foreign students must obtain a mandatory F1-Visa to participate. The Mount Sinai Health System will provide you with the required documentation to obtain the F-1 visa from a US Embassy/Consulate abroad.

In order to apply for an F-1 visa, all applicants require a Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20, from The Mount Sinai Health System. Once you have received your acceptance letter to the foreign visiting student elective program, you will be required to complete and submit an F-1 application with supporting documents to International Personnel. Once all of the required documentation is received by their office, a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility will be issued to facilitate your F-1 visa issuance.

Immigration Application Instructions

Positive titer serology for Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B are required from foreign students. We will accept MMRs and a 3-dose series for Hepatitis B from visiting students.

  1. Upon acceptance to the program, print the checklist and F-1 Application (see forms below)
  2. Complete F-1 application and submit supporting documents to one of the following addresses:

Courier Service
The Mount Sinai Health System
International Personnel/HR
Attn: Kyoko Tirado
320 E 94th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212-731-7744

Postal Service
The Mount Sinai Health System
International Personnel
Attn: Kyoko Tirado
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1514
New York, NY 10029

Upon arrival to U.S., you must schedule an appointment to register your F-1 student record to ensure you are in compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). If you do not report for registration, your SEVIS record will be automatically terminated within 30 days of your program start date and you will require to pay a fee of $198 to the Department of State to reinstate your record. If you need to defer your start of your program, you must notify International Personnel immediately.

Housing at Mount Sinai is extremely limited. For housing opportunities, please contact:

Angela Moura
Real Estate Office
212-310-0307
E-mail: angela.moura@mountsinai.org

If you have questions related to the F-1 student program, please contact:

Mrs. Kyoko Tirado
Tel: 212-731-7744
E-mail: kyoko.tirado@mssm.edu

We hope to see you soon at Icahn School of Medicine!