International Visiting Student Program

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. Each elective is approximately four weeks in duration. Students may take more than one elective 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 electives are also 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