Visiting Students from Schools Abroad

International medical students must be officially registered as a student at their home institution and be in their final year of medical school to be eligible to apply for participation in an Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai elective. Qualified students currently attending International Medical Schools (non-LCME-Approved Institutions) are welcome to take electives at Icahn Mount Sinai and within the Mount Sinai Health System.

Please first read all information carefully. Contact visiting-students@mssm.edu if there are any questions about the application process.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is currently offering a maximum of two (2) 4-week elective rotations to approved IVS Program participants. All electives are scheduled by the Office of Curricular Affairs. Since Sinai medical students have priority to take electives that are open to visitors, visiting international students are only scheduled during a specified time each quarter. 

All applications are reviewed on the strength of English proficiency, academic standing, and the availability of the requested elective. There are a limited number of participants that are accepted into each elective. Availability is subject to change each period based on a variety of factors, for example, the total number of available spots in the elective, number of Sinai students enrolling, number of domestic visiting students participating, and number of international student requests. In your application you should be explaining why you are interested in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the electives in which you are applying. This is a large determining factor of acceptance. Once your elective has been confirmed, please be advised that no change/date adjustment will be made. 

The application cycle for the 2023-2024 Academic year is closed. 

The application timeline for the 2024-2025 Academic Year is below. The application link will be posted during the dates when the application is available below. 

Quarter 1 Dates

Application Available  

Application Deadline  

Student Notification  

7/29/24-8/23/24  

3/4/2024-4/1/2024  

4/1/2024  

5/20/2024  

8/26/24-9/20/24  

9/23/24-10/18/24  

 

Quarter 2  Dates

Application Available  

Application Deadline  

Student Notification  

10/21/24-11/15/24  

6/3/2024-7/1/2024  

7/1/2024  

8/12/2024  

11/18/24-12/13/24  

  

Quarter 3  Dates

Application Available  

Application Deadline  

Student Notification  

1/6/25-1/31/25  

8/26/24-9/23/24  

9/23/2024  

11/4/2024  

2/3/25-2/28/25  

3/3/25-3/28/25  

  

Quarter 4 Dates* 

Application Available  

Application Deadline  

Student Notification  

3/31/25-4/25/25  

11/11/24-12/9/24  

12/9/24  

1/21/2025  

4/28/25-5/23/25  

5/26/25-6/20/25 

* Quarter 4 dates are tentative and subject to change.  

  1. To participate in an Icahn Mount Sinai elective you must be officially registered as a student at your home school.
  2. Eligible visiting students are in their MD programs’ final year. Most international medical schools' MD degree programs range from four to six years. By comparison, in the U.S., 4th year students are considered to be in their final year of medical school. IVS applicants are encouraged to consult their Academic Advisors to determine when their final years' are. 
  3. If you already have an MD degree or equivalent, you are not eligible to apply.
  4. All submitted documents MUST be in English or accompanied by an English translation that is a literal and complete version of the original document

Before applying, refer to the Elective Availability Section below for electives that are open to international students. To find the descriptions of each elective you can search for the elective in the elective catalog. The catalog for each academic year is updated by March of the previous academic year. Electives run for a four-week period, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Friday. Icahn students have priority in elective scheduling. The next priority is domestic visiting students, followed by international visiting students. You should not reach out to elective directors or coordinators before applying. 

Please note:

  • Applying does not guarantee that you will participate in the elective program
  • Approval to participate in an elective does not guarantee there will be rotation spots available during your preferred timeframe
  • Incomplete online applications will not be reviewed and you will not be notified of missing items
  • Application fees are non-refundable

  • The list of electives available to international students can be found below. To find the descriptions of each elective you can search for the elective in the elective catalog. Select "Spring 2024" as the term. 
    • The elective catalog is updated yearly by March of the previous academic year. Students searching for electives for the 2024-2025 academic year should look at the Spring 2024 catalog for now until it has been updated. 
    • Electives run for a four-week period, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Friday. 
    • Students accepted for an elective are expected to complete all four weeks. 
  • Your submitted application will serve as pre-clearance for the elective. Please do not contact the elective coordinator or faculty members for pre-clearance.
  • Most of the electives list prerequisites, which normally apply to Mount Sinai students. As part of your International Visiting Student Application, reviewers will use your submitted transcript information to determine if you have satisfied similar prerequisites at your home school.
  • Please be aware that if you are applying for MED electives these are the most requested departments by domestic and international visiting students and there is limited availability per block. 
  • Students cannot complete an elective during the month of July. 

Electives Available to ALL International Students:

Elective Course Code Elective Course Title
ANE 0006 Basic Course In Anesthesia
ANE 0385 Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside
DER 0021 Dermatopathology
DER 0072 Pediatric Dermatology
DER 0073 Clinical Dermatology at Mount Sinai Health System
EMR 0026 Introduction to Pre-Hospital Medicine
MED 0023 Clinical Cardiology
MED 0035 Clinical Renal Disease
MED 2556 Cardiac Critical Care
OPH 0120 Clinical Ophthalmology at Bronx Care Health System
ORT 0007 Introduction to General Orthopaedics
PAT 0095 Introduction to Gastrointestinal Surgical Pathology
PAT 0100 Introduction to Surgical Pathology
PAT 0137 Tranfusion and Cellular Medicine
PED 0017 Neonatology
PED 0052 Infectious Diseases in Pediatrics (MSMC)
PED 0055 Pediatric Nephrology
PED 0087 Child Abuse Identification and Treatment
PED 0236 Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes
PED 0344 Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Subinternship at Mount Sinai West
PED 0457 Pediatric Cardiology 
PSY 0192 An Introduction to Electroconvulsive Therapy
PSY 0274 Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
PSY 0280 Personality Disorders/Ambulatory Advanced Clerkship at Mount Sinai West
PSY 0306 Mount Sinai West Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Subinternship
RAD 0208 Musculoskeletal Radiology
SUR 0005 Cardiac Surgery
SUR 0022 General Thoracic Surgery
SUR 0030 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
SUR 0041 Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
SUR 0054 Liver Transplantation
SUR 0311 Clinical Wound Care
SUR 0316 Liver Surgery
SUR 0332 General Thoracic Surgery/Robotics at MS West
SUR 0378 Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Sub-Internship at Mount Sinai Hospital and MS West
SUR 0537 Clinical Neurosurgical Care Subinternship

Elective Open to Only Students from Exchange Programs

Elective Course Code Elective Course Title
MED 2044 Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System
MED 2288 Urgent Care
MED 2436 Clinical Gastroenterology
NEU 0189 Neurology Inpatient at Mount Sinai Hospital
PAT 0144 Clinical Microbiology
PED 0029 Pediatric Neurology
RAI 0012 Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital
REH 0002 Musculoskeletal Rehab at Mount Sinai Hospital
REH 0005 Rehab of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury and Cerebrovascular Disorders
REH 0007 Rehabilitation of Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
SUR 0007 Care of Critically Ill Patient 

Below is a list of all requirements.

An acceptance or rejection letter will be sent to the student via email about 10 to 12 weeks before the requested start date, provided that your application arrives by the due dates at the top of the page. If you do not submit your application by the deadline you may not receive an acceptance or rejection letter and your application will not be reviewed. Note: The original dates requested may change if the department has a specific elective block or if the date originally requested is not available. If the student is accepted, they will be asked to confirm acceptance via within 1 week of receiving notification. Failure to do so will result in rejection.  

    1. Official Transcript: Must be an official school transcript listing all courses you have completed so far in medical school. If the original document is not in English, it must be officially translated to English
    2. Letter of Good Standing: Must be on the school’s letterhead with a signature of a school official. The letter must state that you are in good standing and must include your expected graduation date.
    3. Letter of Recommendation: At least one required, only two will be accepted. These recommendations should be from faculty members who have directly observed your clinical skills and abilities from an inpatient setting. Letter of Recommendation must be on official letterhead.
    4. Curriculum Vitae: A summary of your qualifications and experience. This must be translated to English if not already. 
    5. Copy of Biographical Passport Page
    6. TOEFL IBT Score: The minimum test result to meet the Icahn Mount Sinai requirements is 22-30 in each category. A TOEFL score is required if you are from a non-English-speaking country and if your institution does not teach in English. We only accept TOEFL scores; we do not accept any other English languate exam scores. If you are from an English speaking country and/or go to a medical school that teaches in English, an official letter from the Dean of your school confirming your English Language Proficiency should be submitted instead.
    7. Payment: An application fee of $500 will be required. This fee is non-refundable. If this is not paid, your application will not be processed. We accept the below payment methods. We will only review your application once payment is received. 
      • Credit/Debit Card
      • Bank draft
      • Money Order
      • Cashier’s Check
      • Traveler’s Check

Your payment can be sent to the below address if not paying by card:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1255
New York, NY 10029
Re: International Visiting Student

  1. Personal Statement of Intent: Detail your motivations and goal objectives succinctly
  2. USMLE Step 1: Submit a copy of your Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) score if you have taken the exam.

Upon accepted into an elective, participants will need to confirm their acceptance and provide additional documents prior to starting their elective. Students who confirm their acceptance are confirming that they will complete all four (or eight) weeks of the elective(s) they've been accepted for. If a student cannot make this commitment they should decline the offer.

Students accepted will receive an acceptance email with the post acceptance form and requirements. Below is also a list of what will be required. 

  1. Upload a copy of your medical insurance you will have while completing your elective(s)
  2. Upload a copy of your valid Visa
  3. Infection Control Course: MyMedCerts | New York State Infection Control
  4. HIPAA Training: HIPAA Training Online $10 | Become HIPAA Compliant (blxtraining.com)
  5. New York State Department of Education Letter of Eligibility Application: This document must be completed and mailed with a letter of good standing, your acceptance letter from Icahn Mount Sinai, the Infection Control Certificate and a check for $30 (USD). Once your letter is received this must be submitted. 
  6. Health Clearance
    • Physical Exam (within one year before rotation start date)
    • Tuberculosis screening (within one year before rotation start date)
      • PPD or IGRA test
      • If history of positive TB test: provide chest X-ray results
    • Required immunizations
      • Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
      • Varicella (Chickenpox)
      • Hepatitis B
      • COVID-19 - fully vaccinated and booster (if eligible)
      • Tdap
    • Strongly recommended immunization
      • Polio
  7. Acceptance Fee: For the 2024-2025 academic year, the tuition fee for one elective is $3150. The tuition fee for two electives is $6150. 

Accepted students must go to I94 - Official Website (dhs.gov) once they have arrived to the United States to obtain an I-94. This is an International Personnel requirement and must be emailed to visiting-students@mssm.edu by the first day of the elective. 

How to I take an elective at the Icahn Mount Sinai as an international visiting student?

Interested students whose medical school is outside of the United States can apply for participation in the International Visiting Student Program. Students apply by reviewing resource information first then completing an online application form. Please refer to the Admission Qualifications section above to get started.

Students may not apply by contacting Icahn Mount Sinai doctors, faculty, or program coordinators. Any documents sent outside the application process will not be processed.

Do all international student applicants get into their desired elective?

There are a limited number of students who are accepted into each elective. Availability is subject to change for each block based on multiple factors, such as the number of available spots, number of Icahn students enrolled, number of domestic visiting students enrolled. Each elective has a different number of available spots which can change frequently and an available spot does not guarantee acceptance. 

Can I take a core clerkship at Icahn Mount Sinai?

No, core clerkships must be completed at your home school before coming to Icahn Mount Sinai as a visiting student. International students can only participate in specific electives.

I'm a U.S. citizen. What’s the criteria for being considered an international vs domestic visiting student?

The elective program is based on your home school’s location, not your citizenship. If your home medical school is located outside of the United States, you are considered an international visiting student.

What type of visa do I need?

Visa requirements are determined by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.  You may be qualified for the Visa Waiver Program (state.gov). It is the student's sole responsibility to understand their individual travel requirements when considering applying for participation in an elective.

I want to observe/shadow rather than take an elective, is that possible?

Observers fall under volunteer services and students can email observers@mountsinai.org with any questions. If you are interested in the observer program or research opportunities, please contact the department you're interested in directly. Learn more about our Departments and Divisions here

What happens to my application after I’ve submitted all the required documents?

After required documents are submitted, the applications are reviewed for completion and departments are sent applications for review. Acceptances are communicated with the Electives Manager and Coordinator and available electives are scheduled after Icahn students and domestic visiting students.

Is housing offered to international visiting students?

Housing at the Icahn School of Medicine is extremely limited. Accepted students will receive information about housing options, but housing is not guaranteed.