Visiting Medical Students

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson accepts visiting students from other accredited medical schools. Applications are made through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). The College of Medicine – Tucson Electives Catalog opens for applications in April. Applications are processed and offers extended no more than eight weeks prior to the start date for each elective.


To be a visiting student at the University of Arizona, you must:

  • be in your fourth year of medical school at an LCME- or COCA-accredited program
  • attend a university that has an affiliation agreement with the College of Medicine – Tucson
  • have either BLS or ACLS training that has not expired
  • Some electives require a letter of recommendation. We highly recommend you upload a letter of recommendation when you are submitting your application to VSAS.

Application Components

An application is considered complete when it includes uploads of a student’s: 

  • CV
  • transcript
  • photo
  • USMLE Step 1 score report
  • completed immunization form

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be reconsidered. For complete applications, the individual department reviews the VSAS applications specific to that specialty. Once an offer is made, the visiting student has one (1) week to accept or deny the offer. Students are responsible for finding housing during the time that they are in Tucson. In addition, students may not take more than two (2) electives.

Accepted Students

All students who have accepted rotations with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson must complete My Clinical Exchange (MCE) for credentialing. There is a $39 registration fee to sign up for My Clinical Exchange.

My Clinical Exchange Enrollment Instructions

My Clinical Exchange Dual Enrollment Instructions

There is a $125 processing fee that is due once the student accepts the University of Arizona’s offer.


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson does not provide housing for visiting medical students. We recommend you visit Rotating Room to search for accommodations. Other options can also be found on our Off-Campus Housing page.

International Students 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson does not allow international students to enroll in our courses. However, if a student has an established relationship with one of our faculty members and that faculty wishes to directly supervise the student in an education activity here, then the faculty member may apply to the Dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson for permission to sponsor the student. If an international student does not have such a relationship with one of our faculty members, we will not consider their request.


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson offers scholarships to support visiting student opportunities for underrepresented in medicine learners.

Diversity in Medicine Scholarship application