Visiting Students from International Institutions

Qualified students currently attending other American (LCME approved) or International Medical Schools are welcome to take electives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and within the Mount Sinai Health System. The participating hospitals are:

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

US, Puerto Rico, and Canadian Students

Students attending medical schools from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, please navigate to Visiting Students page.

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If you do not meet the prerequisite requirements you will be withdrawn from the elective and will forfeit of all fees.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-Requisites 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 22-30. 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 international 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. Accepted students will receive details on the influenza vaccination.

Flu Shot Information [PDF]

Visiting students from international 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 international medical schools and who wish to rotate at The Mount Sinai Hospital. These electives may be available at the other Mount Sinai Health System member hospitals and students can apply for a spot by noting their interest on their applications.

Anesthesiology Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound Radiation Oncology
Sub-Internship in Medicine Clinical Experience in Oriental Medicine Urology
Emergency Medicine Palliative Care Consultation Sub-Internship in Pediatric
Pulmonary Pediatric Cardiology Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Palliative Care Consultation Psychiatry Pediatric Pulmonary
Introduction to Internship and the Critical Ill   Pediatric-Out-Patient

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 international medical schools must complete the International Visiting Student Application. If you are interested in observerships or research opportunities, you must contact the department you're interested in directly. Observerships, research opportunities and any other non-credit experiences are not handled by the Office of the Registrar.

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

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

If you have questions related to the international 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 email:

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 the following documents to Joshua Fieser at A list of these documents will also be included in your acceptance letter.

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 Icahn School of Medicine 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!