All the information is conveniently located on our website. If after you read through our published information, you still have questions, please contact the Office of International Activities at email@example.com.
Can I contact the department directly to inquire about an elective?
Students may NOT contact hospitals, departments, clerkship directors, program directors, or program coordinators directly regarding interest in a clinical elective placement. All scheduling must be done through the UNC Office of International Activities.
The availability of electives varies constantly throughout the year, as well as from year to year. Many electives are not requested and go unfilled. Other electives are completely filled by our own UNC medical students. Visiting students are not eligible to participate in courses labeled APSM, AHEC, and SURS. Additionally, visiting students are not eligible to participate in Internal Medicine (MEDI), Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGN), or Family Medicine (FMME) courses located in Charlotte, NC or Wilmington, NC. These are electives which are only available to UNC students. Please do not list these on your application.
To view the electives that are available to international visiting students, you may view the link here: Fourth Year Curriculum Visiting Student Electives.
To help guide your selection process, we have provided historical data detailing availability in previous years. You can find this data here: Historical Data of IVS Scheduled Electives.
We welcome students to begin their application prior to taking the USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK test. However, your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for a decision until a score is provided or a waiver is granted.
An evaluation from a clinical rotation at another U.S. institution may be accepted as a substitute for a USMLE test score in some cases. Having an evaluation from a U.S. institution is no guarantee of a waiver. We also accept the German Physikum and IFOM in lieu of a USMLE score.
An evaluation or a Letter of Recommendation from a clinical rotation at another US institution may be considered as a substitute for a USMLE test score in some cases. Having an evaluation or LOR from a U.S. institution is no guarantee of a waiver. In lieu of a USMLE score, we also accept the German Physikumn or the IFOM. We will not accept an official letter from your Medical School Dean stating that your school approves a waiver.
If you meet the above criteria, you may send an email to OIA at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a USMLE waiver. Your email should include your request, full name, and attachments of your resume/curriculum vitae, medical school transcripts, and evaluation from your U.S. clinical rotation or LOR from your U.S. clinical rotation. USMLE waivers are very limited and will not be available for the majority of applicants.
We welcome students to begin their application prior to taking the TOEFL test. However, the Admissions Committee will not make a decision on the application before a TOEFL score is uploaded.Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 590 for the Paper-based Test and 100 for the Internet-based Test. If you are attending medical school in an English-speaking country, you may submit evidence to that effect. Acceptable countries are predominantly English-speaking and include regions such as Canada, Ireland, UK,Off shore Caribbean, and South Africa, for instance. Additionally, you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver if you have attended secondary school or university in the US, Canada, or another predominantly English-speaking country and must submit your school transcript and include this information on your CV. Alternatively, we accept a Letter of Recommendation from a former U.S. clinical elective addressing your English proficiency. If your medical school is not located in a predominant English-speaking country, we will not accept an official letter from your Dean stating that your school is conducted in English. Please do not request a waiver without meeting the above criteria. However, TOEFL scores may also be required by UNC for any applicant at the OIA's discretion.
- Minimum acceptable TOEFL score for ANY medicine and surgery electives is 107 for the Internet-based Test (preferably with a minimum speaking score of 25).
- A waiver request is no guarantee unless specifically approved by the OIA.
Email is the official mode of communication for the International Visiting Medical Student Program. Notification of application acceptance and/or denial will be provided via email. Official acceptance letter and supporting documentation will be provided via email notification to all approved and scheduled students. Please do not call the office.
The $100 non-refundable application fee should be submitted after the application process has begun. The application fee can be paid online using a credit card. Only MasterCard or Visa are accepted at this time. If you would like to pay online using MasterCard or Visa, please follow this link. *Please note: you must enter your four-digit application ID in the field marked "PID"- therefore you must begin an online application in order to have an application ID. You must save this 4-digit ID for your records in order to make any changes or add documents to your application. Enter your name on the main page of the international visiting student fee page to ensure the online payment is attributed to your application- otherwise, we will now know who the application fee is for and will not check your application for completion.
Alternatively, you may also pay the $100 non-refundable application fee by check or money order. All checks must be valid for deposit in a US bank and be made payable to the ‘UNC School of Medicine.’ Check or money order fee payments should be mailed to the address located here. Include your name in the mailing document to guarantee your payment is attributed to your application.
The application will not be checked for completion until the $100 application fee is received.
After your application fee is received and your application is verified as complete, you will receive a "completion" email from the OIA within 4 weeks time. Applicants are usually notified of an admission's decision within 6-9 weeks of the date of that email.
The completed application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee at the next meeting. The Committee attempts to meet on a monthly basis, but there is no guarantee that a Committee Meeting will occur every month.
The decision regarding your application will then be sent to you in an official email confirmation. Acceptance means you are approved for electives at UNC, but you have not been scheduled or confirmed in a specific course and you should not assume you have a spot.
If your home medical school has a partnership with GHLO, then we encourage you to apply through that system. Please DO NOT apply through both the UNC Application AND through GHLO. Choose only ONE application system.
To do so, log in to your GHLO account and search for University of North Carolina School of Medicine. There you will be able to view our electives, application requirements and submit an application to our elective program.
What do the Statuses in GHLO mean?
“Ready for HOST review.”
When your home medical school has approved your application for our electives, your status will read “Ready for HOST review.” Once your application payment has been received, we will review your application for completion, but your status in GHLO will not yet change. Instead, if your application is deemed complete, you will receive an email notifying you that we have successfully received your completed application. Your name will then be added to our list of applications to review at the Monthly Review Meeting.
It is not until AFTER the UNC Office of International Activities Monthly Review Meeting, that your status will change in GHLO.
“Application Denied by HOST.”
This status indicates the UNC OIA review committee has rejected your application for admission to our program.
“HOST Review in progress.”
This status indicated the UNC OIA Committee has pre-accepted you into the program. What this means is that you have been accepted into the program, but that an elective has not yet been scheduled for you. Your name has been added to our scheduling list, and scheduling will occur in an effort to secure an elective for you throughout the following months. This status is no guarantee that you will receive an elective, but we try to accommodate as many applicants as possible depending on elective availability at that time.
Your status will read “Conditionally Accepted only when a UNC elective course for you has been approved and confirmed. From here, you must either accept or deny the elective being offered to you.
If you accept, you will then need to complete the post-decision items in your to-do list, and your status will be changed to “Elective Offer Accepted by Student.” This will be your elective confirmation and you will be contacted via email with the necessary follow-up documents and information you will need to prepare for your elective.