Clinical Electives Program (ICEP) for International Students

International Clinical Elective Students


The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) collaborates with medical schools globally to provide clinical elective rotations at GW for international medical students, as well as GW students abroad. These long-term exchanges have allowed hundreds of medical students to enrich and broaden their medical education in a healthcare system different from their own since 2005. 

International ICEP students at GW are registered in a four-week clinical elective alongside GW SMHS medical students within a GW SMHS clinical department. Due to the limited number of clinical placements at GW, IMP can only process applications from international students that are current students at one of the ICEP affiliated sites and have been selected by their home university to participate in an elective at GW.

Current Affiliated Elective Sites for GW SMHS Students


  • University of Ghana Medical School (Accra, Ghana)

Asia and the South Pacific

  • Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) (Jaipur, India)
  • Nippon Medical School (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Hallym University (Chuncheon, South Korea)
  • Khon Kaen University (Khon Kaen, Thailand)
  • Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand)

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Quito, Ecuador)
  • Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) (Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)


  • University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy)
  • Medical University of Graz (Graz, Austria)
  • Max Kade Fellowship - American Austrian Foundation (Vienna, Austria)
  • Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
  • Catholic University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
  • Mission Interuniversitaire de Cooperation Des Eschanges Franco-Americans (Paris, France)

The Middle East

  • University of Balamand (Al-Koura, Lebanon)
  • American University of Beirut (AUB) (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Lebanese American University (LAU) (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (Ar-Rayyan, Qatar)
  • Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) (Busaiteen, Bahrain)
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel)
  • Sackler School of Medicine (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Al-Quds University (Jerusalem)

International students are only accepted into ICEP after IMP receives approval from the requested clinical department. Final acceptance into the program depends on many factors, including the student’s credentials, whether or not they are applying for residency in the US, and capacity at the clinical department level. All international applicants must be processed through IMP. Any students contacting GW clinical departments or faculty directly will not be considered.