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 your 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. Applications are accepted year round. 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.
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.
For more information, please click the link below to our online application. To download a brochure, click Please refer to the .Frequently Asked Questions page for common questions and answers. If you have further questions, please contact us:
Office of International Activities Phone: 919-962-6195
UNC-CH School of Medicine Skype: unc_med_international
CB# 9535, 1066 Bondurant Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9535
Countries Represented in the International Visiting Student Program (as of September 2012, not including Caribbean Schools)
To apply to participate in the International Visiting Students program, please visit our online application.
Coming To UNC
If you have already been accepted into our program, check out our list of useful sites for visiting students and review the page regarding preparation for accepted international visiting students.