Become a Visitor

University of Michigan Medical School Visiting Student Process

How to request a visit

Note:  Due to the number of requests from other countries, the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) primarily accepts students from institutions that have an institutional agreement (PDF) with our Medical School to participate in electives.  We accept two students per institution each year for a one or two month elective from December through April. If you are from one of these institutions and would like to pursue an elective from UMMS, then you should:

  • Initiate your request four months before desired date of visit
  • Send an e-mail to our Global Visitors Coordinator
  • Identify the reason for your request
  • List areas of interest and time frame you wish to visit
  • Identify your funding source
  • Provide your mailing address for official letter of acceptance, if approved

Approvals are based on collaborative relationships currently established and availability of electives.

International students may apply starting September 1st for electives December - through April only. Available dates are shown with the specific medical elective in the application.

Criteria to Apply

  • Students must come from a school with which we have an agreement.
  • Students from international schools are expected to be fluent in English, with TOEFL efficiency.
  • Visiting students are expected to have a competency level that will allow them to function as M4s in elective rotations.
  • Students must be in their final year and in good standing at their own institutions.
  • The following required clinical clerkships must have been completed and passed:
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • General Surgery
  • Students must have completed 48 weeks of required clerkships in the same Medical School at which they completed their basic science coursework. These requirements must be documented through submission of an official transcript.

Send all completed forms to the  Global Visitors Coordinator or fax to +1 734-615-6300.

Visa Process

You may be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). To check your eligibility, click here.

Once you have received an invitation letter from UMMS, apply for:

B-1 Visa for students participating in medical electives that are less than 6 months.  You can apply at your consulate for your visa.

Applying for a J-1 visa:

A J-1 visa requires completion of a DS-2019 form that is processed at the International Center at the University of Michigan.

The Global Visitors Coordinator (or the department you are visiting) will provide the Medical School’s Immigration Compliance Unit (ICU) with information regarding your visit. The ICU will contact you to complete the necessary forms and will collect the information required to complete the DS2019 application.  They will then submit your application to the International Center. 

Once the International Center receives your DS-2019, it will take approximately 2-8 weeks to be processed depending on the volume of visas being processed at the time.

Starting September 1, 2013 you are required to show that you have $2,250 per month in financial support. A copy of a bank statement in US currency or a letter from your source of funding stating that you are covered for that amount is acceptable. Send this along with a copy of your passport to the Global Visitors Coordinator or by fax to 734-615-6300. You will be required to purchase health insurance upon arrival.  This will cost $112 per month.  Any J2 dependents will incur additional insurance costs.


Contact: Global Visitors Coordinator or call 734-615-4549.

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Traveling to Michigan

  • The closest airport is Detroit-Wayne Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Please wait until you have been accepted in an elective before purchasing tickets.
  • Please arrive during the week prior to your elective start date and during the day if possible.

It is important to note that the entire process for a visiting scholar must be closely followed. A period of four months (minimum) is required to ensure that all processing requirements are correct and complete.


Carrie Ashton, Global Visitors Coordinator
Phone: 734-615-4549
Fax: 734-615-6300