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:

  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn
  • Bronx V.A. Medical Center
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • Institute for Family Health
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Queens
  • New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Queens Hospital Center
  • Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital
  • Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital

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

If you do not meet the prerequisite requirements you will be withdrawn from the elective and will forfeit of all fees.

Pre-Requisite for Visiting and International Visiting Students:

  • Must be fluent in the English language to ensure proper communication with patients. Every applicant will be required to take the TOEFL test achieving a minimum score of 25. All applications should include the official TOEFL test results.
  • Must be able to use medical terminology, and report in attending rounds in oral presentations and record in writing patient information.
  • Positive titer serology for Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B are required for all students visiting from foreign medical schools.
  • 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 influenza vaccination.

Flu Shot Information [PDF]

Visiting students from foreign medical schools are not allowed to contact the divisions directly. Completed applications must be sent 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 students visiting from non-LCME accredited foreign medical schools and who wish to rotate at The Mount Sinai Hospital. If rotations are available at our health system or affiliate sites, 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 4-6 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: 212-241-669
Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm or

In order to attend the Elective Program, you must obtain a valid B-1 visa if you are not eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Upon acceptance, please submit a complete Medical Elective Student Application with following documents to Kazuko Robinson at

Curriculum Vitae
Copy of biographic page of passport (passport must be valid beyond 6 months)
Proof of financial support or Affidavit of financial support
Proof of medical insurance
Letter of good standing from your home institution confirming you are in your 3rd or 4th year of medical school

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

Angela Moura
Real Estate Office

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