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VSAS Help Desk
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Telephone: 202-478-9878



Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®)

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VSAS® is designed to streamline the application process for senior "away" electives at U.S. medical schools and independent academic medical centers. With VSAS, you only need one application for all participating institutions, reducing paperwork, miscommunication, and time.

Become a VSAS Host Institution

VSAS provides a centralized location for managing offers and tracking decisions. Each fall, host institutions are invited to join VSAS and begin receiving and processing visiting student applications for the upcoming academic year. The deadline to join for 2015-2016 was January 15, 2015.

Canadian and International Students

VSAS is not available for Canadian for international students. Please use the Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) to find visiting student information for the individual schools.

Students from participating institutions worldwide can pursuing clinical, research, and public health electives outside their home country through Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO).

What's New with VSAS


"The electronic Visiting Students Application Service (VSAS) program thus far has been an enlightening experience.  We have received more US medical students applying for our electives than ever before. ....Can't wait to see what this service will bring to our hospital in years to come, as we get a better understanding and more advanced with this application service."      
--Tina Marshall, UME-Institutional Student Education Coordinator, Maimonides Medical Center