Preparation for Accepted International Visiting Students

Initial Meeting

If you are unable to arrange a time to meet earlier, please arrive at 1066 Bondurant Hall at 8:00 am on the first day of your elective. You will need to fill out some paperwork, get your ID badge and complete any needed immunizations at that time, as well as learn some of the specifics of our program. Please also write down your Personal Identification Number (PID) which will be in the acceptance letter from Leanne Shook. This will be an important number to know during your time at UNC. Refer to the IVS Student Guide for helpful information and answers to common questions students have when beginning an elective at UNC. After the initial requirements are completed, you will then go to the location listed for your individual elective.  This interactive map may help you locate your elective within the hospital.

Here is a link to a full-sized campus map (Slow to load. Bondurant Hall is in section G16):

Below is a map showing the location of Bondurant Hall and the visitor parking deck. Click to see full map.


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If you are coming by car, the best place to park is in the Dogwood Parking Deck on Manning Avenue (section F18 on the map). The cost is $1.25 per hour. It is possible to get a parking pass for the University, and we can help you set this up upon your arrival. Chapel hill also has a free bus and park-and-ride system that you can use.


The payment for each elective is $2,000 per four-week elective as of January 1, 2010. To pay the elective fee online, click here. Payment needs to made no later than the first day of the elective. Failure to submit payment on the first day will result in your course director being contacted and you not being able to attend your elective until full payment is received by the OIA. Money orders and checks are also accepted.

Effective January, 2016, (block 7 and beyond) the tuition payment for a UNC four-week clinical elective costs $2,500 in addition to the non-refundable $100 application fee. The tuition cost for two subsequent clinical electives after January, 2016 is $5,000. 

Health Insurance

If you are a US citizen, you will need to provide a copy of your health insurance card and fill out the Health Insurance Verification Form. If you are not a US citizen, UNC requires you to purchase Health Insurance through the university, and the cost is approximately $40 a month.


If you need an immunization we will set up an appointment with UNC Campus Health. Students will typically go for an appointment on the first day of their elective after our meeting. A PPD skin test costs about $10. Students are responsible for any fees assessed for immunizations completed at Campus Health.  A bill will be sent to our office a few days after the immunization, and students will be notified that they need to make the payment.

OSHA and HIPAA training

You are required to complete OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training and Tuberculosis training. You are also required to complete HIPAA training. These trainings will be completed through an online system called LMS.  You will receive an email with log-in information.

NOTE: Completion of these training modules are necessary even if you have undergone similar training at another institution.

EPIC access

EPIC is the name of a program that will give you access to patient information.  Each elective determines if they require students to have "Read Only" or "Full" EPIC access. Before you arrive you have to complete required online training (for read-only access) or sign up for two afternoons of in-person training (for full access).   If you are required to have full access, you will attend training from 1:30-5:30 pm on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of your elective (8 hours total of training).  There is only one training a week, and classes often fill up, so attendance during your first week is important.  Additionally, you will not have access to patient information, notes, etc. until you complete this training.  To generate access and have it available to you in advance of your elective, it is imperative that you complete the following EPIC Access Request Form as quickly as possible following receiving confirmation of your elective.

Consent, Confidentiality, and Emergency Contact Forms

Please be sure that you have completed the Consent form, Confidentiality form, and Emergency Contact Form and emailed them to the OIA prior to arrival.


Housing is the responsibility of the student and you are expected to find your own housing for the duration of your elective. Students can look for accommodation from either the housing list we send to you or through friends, relatives, or other means.

Medical students can find rooms through external websites like

Additionally, UNC offers guest apartments through: , however the rates can be expensive.

Other websites used in the U.S. to find housing include Craigslist or Airbnb.  It is important to be extremely careful if using these websites, as anyone can post (not just students) and there is no guarantee of quality or safety.