Visiting Students

This application is for students from U.S. and Canadian medical schools, which have been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or by the American Osteopathic Association. Students from international medical schools can find eligibility and application information on the Center for Global Health website. 

How to Apply
A student in good standing is eligible to apply for up to four weeks of electives after completing the majority of the clerkships. Minimum requirements are medicine, surgery, and the core clerkship in the area of interest. The documents must be submitted at least five weeks before the rotation start date. Any application submitted after this deadline will not be processed. There are two parts to the application process. One portion must be completed on-line via OASIS.  Once received, you will receive a link to complete the online document submission portion.

Applications are considered to be complete when the on-line sections have been submitted and required documentation has been received. The “completion date” is used to process the application since the majority of electives are offered on a first-complete, first served basis. Please use our Visiting Student Checklist as a guide through the application process. Please note that all students will be contacted once applications are reviewed.

Review dates to be sure that UPenn’s elective schedule fits with the schedule at your institution. You must abide by our standard, 4 week rotation dates—shortened or altered dates are not available. This policy is non-negotiable.

  • Review courses in the catalogue, and find those of interest. We strongly encourage you to select as many courses as possible and as many dates as available in order to improve your chances of being placed.
  • We use OASIS, for the on-line registration/course selection part of the process. Note: if an option does not appear to add a course for a particular month, the course is currently full. Please use the link to complete the following sections:
    • Register for Visiting Student Account
    • Complete Steps 1 through 4 (click-in to each Step at top of page)
      • Step One: Personal Information—save after you complete this page and go to Step Two
      • Step Two: Select Schedule—select the department of interest and then click search. A list of all available electives will appear. Click “Add” and then choose the date of your choice. It is recommended that you add as many dates as possible for each elective in order to maximize your chances of securing an elective. After you have listed all possible electives in order of preference, proceed to Step Three
      • Step Three: Save Application (as PDF)-please keep in mind that there are two pages to this form. Once you have printed out Page 1 of 2, please click the “then go to Page 2” section. Please print this page also. This page must be handed in to your school to fill out, sign and seal as indicated.
      • Step Four: Wait for link to online document submission. The following must be submitted in order to complete your application and receive approval:
        • Print-out online OASIS application. This includes both Page 1 (to be filled out by you), and Page 2 (to be filled out by your school).
        • Submit the Immunization Record (review form and update) to be completed in full by a health care provider 
        • Provide documentation of personal health insurance (a photocopy of your insurance card is sufficient).
        • Statement from your school confirming that a successful criminal background check was performed.
        • If your selected courses have pediatric patient contact (site location will be listed as CHOP or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) the State of Pennsylvania requires the following —
          • ___ A Child Abuse Clearance Child Welfare Portal
          • ___ A Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Check (PATCH) here
          • ___ A FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Clearance and enter your 6-character service code 1KG738. See attached instructions here

COVID-19 Requirements

  • COVID-19 Patient Encounter Readiness Checklist Prep Course: this required Canvas course will help you become ready for encounters with patients who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 (link provided post-application).

Acceptance Fee & Costs
If your selected course is available, an acceptance e-mail will be sent to you. To confirm your enrollment you are required to submit a NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee of $175 per elective within 10 days of receiving the acceptance notification. Please do not send a check with your initial application materials. Please be aware that this is a registration fee and cannot be refunded if you later choose to drop the course. Checks should be made payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.”

Housing, Meals and Parking
You are responsible for locating and paying for your own transportation, housing, meals and parking. Since parking is scarce and expensive, you may want to contact Penn Transportation and Parking.

Also, final housing arrangements should be deferred until enrollment has been confirmed in case we are unable to accommodate your course request.

Short-term HOUSING opportunities:


Performance Evaluation
Upon the completion of your elective you will be evaluated via OASIS (on-line evaluation system). Once your performance evaluation is available, you can log into the system (using your OASIS user name and password) to view and print a copy for your school.

Please note: Our faculty are not required to complete non-UPenn evaluation forms.

Elective Dates

  • Offers for the summer months of May - August are sent in April
  • Offers for the fall months of September - December are sent in July
  • Offers for spring months of January - April are sent in December

Please note that all students will be contacted either way (offer or no offer). If you have not heard from us, it means we are still in the progress of placing students.


Month Start Date Friday End Date
August August 2, 2021 August 27, 2021
September August 30, 2021 September 24, 2021
October September 27, 2021 October 22, 2021
November October 25, 2021 November 19, 2021
December November 22, 2021 December 17, 2021