International Visiting Student Program

**PLEASE NOTE that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year, which includes periods 9, 10, 11 and 12.    These elective periods are full.    You are welcome to complete the application for the upcoming 2014-2015 year at any time. However, the first review of applicants applying for Fall 2014 (Periods 2-6) will not be conducted or approved until late Spring 2014. Accepted students will be confirmed in an elective course in June 2014 or later. Applicants applying for Spring 2015 (Periods 7-12) will not be reviewed or approved until late Fall 2014. Accepted students will be confirmed in an elective course in October 2014 or later.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accepts a limited number of foreign medical students into clinical electives during each academic year for what we hope is an educational, engaging, challenging, and positive segment of your medical education.  You must be in your final year of medical school when you arrive at UNC for an elective. Electives are each approximately four-weeks in duration, and students may take more than one if they choose and if they perform satisfactorily in their initial elective, up to a maximum of four electives.  Most students complete electives at UNC Chapel Hill, but we also have electives available at affiliated hospitals throughout North Carolina in cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. Click here to download our brochure.

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Our office is dedicated to guiding you through the application process, assisting you with the logistics involved in completing an international elective, and serving as a helpful resource during your stay in Chapel Hill.  We understand that your final year of medical school is a very busy year, and we want to make planning your elective at UNC as easy as possible.

Countries Represented in the International Visiting Student Program

We've included a lot of information on our website for your convenience.  Please take a moment and look over the following sections before contacting the OIA Office directly: 
Program Overview Key information, requirements, Academic Year Calendar, and access to the application 
FAQs Questions and answers to our most frequently asked questions
Preparation for Accepted Students Read over what you need to do to be ready for your first day
Useful Links Information about UNC, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding area