Admissions - International Clinical Electives

Eligibility Requirements

GW and the international institutions will determine eligibility and placement based upon students' credentials. The Office of International Medicine (IMP) will forward all eligible GW student applications to the administrative office of the host institution for review. Students will receive notice from GW as to their acceptance into the program.

Each university/institution will be responsible for selecting their respective candidates. Medical students must have completed the following basic clinical rotations: two months in internal medicine; two months in family practice; two months in pediatrics; two months in OB/GYN; two months in surgery; and two months in psychiatry. Students must be in excellent academic standing at GW. Students will be selected based on a range of factors, including but not limited to: career goals, previous experience, relevant skills (such as language skills) and academic qualifications.

Admissions Process*

Each student must contact the IMP office to request the online application link for their desired program. Students are advised to start the application process at least three months before their expected departure date.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A 1-page Personal Statement outlining student's goals and objectives
  • (1) Letter of Good Standing (Request from SMHS Deans Office)
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Not required for those students in the GHT, unless requested by the rotation site
    • All LOR’s should be on letterhead, signed and dated, unless it’s uploaded directly to the online application by the letter writer/s
    • Accepted LOR’s can be one letter related to Residency and one letter should be specifically written about your doing an International Clinical Electives
  • Transcripts
  • Completed and Signed “Paper” Application for the following partner sites: Hallym University; Hue Medical College; Kelaniya University; Khon Kaen University; University of Malta; Max Kade Fellowship; MICEFA; Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; Sackler University; Seoul National University; Universidad Latina de Costa Rica; University of Ghana; United Arab Emirates University; University de Francisco Marroquin; and University San Francisco de Quito.

All students will complete an “online” application via the GW Passport Application Portal. Once you have selected the site of interest, IMP will provide you with the link to apply. Once you have completed the online application with all required credentials, the Office of International Medicine Programs will review and contact you with a decision, usually within two to four weeks. 

Students must obtain comprehensive health insurance coverage and must show evidence of proper immunization before beginning international electives. Students are responsible for meeting all costs, deadlines, and other requirements associated with obtaining a visa to the host country. Each student must obtain his or her own visa.

*Medical residents interested in International Clinical Electives will also apply online and only need to submit a CV, Personal Statement, and the GME International Elective Application. 

NOTE: Students interested in doing a core rotation for credit are responsible for acquiring the approval of the GW course director prior to departure. This includes: Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery