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.
Please note: Students may NOT contact individual course directors. In addition, due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we cannot take phone calls related to VSAS applications.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson will be following the AAMC guidelines for away rotations. To apply, you must meet 1 of the 2 following criteria:
-Your home school does not offer a clinical rotation in the specialty you are pursing
-You attend a DO school that requires an away rotation for graduation
*Please note we offer one virtual elective, MEDI 896I Integrative Medicine, and that does not require the above criteria to be met.
In order to be a visiting student at the University of Arizona, you must:
- be in your 4th 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.
An application is considered complete when it includes uploads of a student's:
- 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.
All students that have accepted rotations with the University of Arizona COM-Tucson must complete My Clinical Exchange (MCE) for credentialing. There is a $39 registration fee to sign up for My Clinical Exchange.
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.
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. Please visit the link below for more information on the application process.