Student Affairs

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.

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.


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.
  • have completed a criminal background check within twelve (12) months prior to your rotation. Please note that the University of Arizona neither requires nor recommends any specific background check company.

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
  • Criminal background check (must have been completed within 12 months of date of desired elective) 
  • 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.

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.

HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule establishes the conditions under which protected health information may be used or disclosed by covered entities, and defines the means by which individuals will be informed of uses and disclosures of their medical information (as well as their rights to access information about them).

  1. HIPAA compliance training materials for review by visiting students to the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
  2. Post-test to be completed by visiting students after reviewing HIPAA compliance training materials.
  3. Establishes policy and procedures for student occupational exposure to potentially infectious agents and/or hazardous materials. Also known as the "needle stick" policy.
  4. To provide students with guidelines for examining patients in a sensitive physical exam.