International Medical Student Education

[Effective 6/18/24] The University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville is currently not accepting applications for the 2024 -2025 academic year as we transition our program to VSLO. Please check back for future program updates.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the International Medical Student Education program at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Gainesville. Our faculty, residents and fellows are proud to participate in the education of future physicians. We provide an excellent broad-based clinical experience at our major teaching hospital, UF Health Gainesville, as well as at other affiliated sites.

Clinical rotations in nearly all the major disciplines are available to international medical students attending non-LCME accredited schools.


1. Can I participate in rotations at UF College of Medicine?

The UF College of Medicine International Medical Student Education program is only available to final-year medical student from non LCME accredited institutions. Since many international programs do not participate in VSLO, UF College of Medicine does not use VSLO for interested students. All requests and applications are handled internally through UF.

2. Does my school have a current affiliation agreement with UF?

UF College of Medicine requires an approved affiliation agreement to be in place first before moving forward with rotation requests. Students will not be able to participate in clinical electives unless an approved affiliation agreement exists. Please use the Affiliated University & College Map to verify if your home institution has an existing affiliation agreement.

3. What if my school does not have a current executed agreement?

Please email to request the affiliation template.

4. How long does it take to get an agreement executed?

New affiliation agreements typically take 6-8 weeks for execution; however, sometimes may take longer if the international school requests several changes to the template.

Please note. There are no financial obligations associated with executing an affiliation agreement.

5. Are there any additional requirements?


  • Students must have completed all of the following core clerkships: Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery.
  • Students must have been instructed in safety measures and infection control precautions. See application.
  • The USMLE Step 1 passing score or “PASS” result is a mandatory requirement. Requests to waive this will not be considered.

6. Which Gainesville departments do not accept visiting international students?

The UF College of Medicine Gainesville Divisions/Departments of Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology and Surgery do not accept students from non-LCME accredited medical schools.

7. Which Gainesville departments do accept visiting international students?

The UF College of Medicine Gainesville offers specialty rotations, only with the Divisions/Departments of Anesthesiology, Cardiology [no placements available before April, 2025], Neurological Surgery (Observership only), Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology (Observership only), Pathology (Observership only), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Radiation Oncology (Observership only), and Urology.

Please note. Sub-Internships; the required Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, and Internship 101 are not available to visiting international students.

8. What is an Observership?

Observership is a temporary, unpaid clinical shadowing experience for persons not formally associated with UF/UF Health, who wish to shadow a UF Health clinician rendering patient care for purposes of enhancing the observer’s knowledge about the provision of care. Observership opportunities are not active in patient care. Observers must be accompanied and/or supervised by a UF representative at all times. 

9. What is the elective schedule?

UF College of Medicine Gainesville offers two-week or four-week elective rotation options. Please review the Elective Schedule:

2024-2025 Elective Rotation Dates

A visiting student may not displace a University of Florida student from any elective. For this reason, no visiting student will be accepted for an elective at the University of Florida until all UF students have confirmed their senior schedules. This process should be completed by mid-May.

Upcoming academic year scheduling will likely not begin until the end of May.

UF College of Medicine fills the available seats in the following sequence: UF College of Medicine students, followed by Domestic medical students (within the U.S. Non-UF) and International medical students. While the elective schedule begins with Period 1C (May – June), Periods 1C & 2C are not guaranteed to international students.

10. How many rotations can I request?

You may request up to 4 rotations. Please include preferred dates along with each rotation. After reviewing the 4th Year Course Catalogue you may send your rotations request to LaNya Lee at

11. How do I apply?

Prospective international applicants will apply using the How To Apply link below. Additionally, students must complete and return the Application Packet within the How To Apply web page.

UF College of Medicine Departments and Divisions determine number of available seats and Period availability. Seats are offered in the order requests are received.

12. How much does it cost?

Please review the information and details below to get a broader understanding of the International Medical Student Education Program: Cost of Attendance

Application Fee

Rotation Fee ($1000/wk)

Book & Supplies



Miscellaneous Personal Expenses

Living Expenses

Total Estimates Cost







$529 – $686

$5,666 – $5,823


There will be a nonrefundable application processing fee of $50.00. Cost for visiting students is based on University of Florida tuition/fees structure for students enrolled in professional programs in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and certain MBA programs. The $1000/week fee is similar to the cost to UF College of Medicine students for comparable credit.

Books & Supplies

Costs are determined by using the Education Data average cost of textbooks survey for the total cost of books and supplies in addition to estimates for materials, supplies, equipment, and technology.


Food costs are based on the average cost of food per month for a college student.


While utilizing the bus system is free when using the Gator1 ID, on-and off-campus transportation costs are estimated by using per-trip rideshare average cost for Gainesville, FL.

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses

The personal budget is based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s established personal and clothing costs for one person. This includes laundry, toiletries, and minor miscellaneous expenses.

Living Expenses

Costs are based on UF Graduate and Family Housing rental rates per month.

13. Is there a dress code?

Yes. Students participating in clinical rotations will be expected to adhere to the UF College of Medicine Dress Code policy. In short, students should wear proper business attire, home institution white laboratory coat and Gator1 ID badge at all times during rotation hours.

14. Does the College of Medicine offer housing?

UF College of Medicine does not offer student housing. Students remain responsible for all housing arrangements and living expenses for the duration of their rotation. The UF Department of Housing and Residence Life helps students find housing both on and off campus.

Graduate and Family Housing offers attractive housing options specifically reserved for graduate and professional students, as well as student with families of their own.

UF Off Campus Life assists students with off-campus housing and their transition to the Gainesville community.

15. How can I get to and around campus?

UF’s custom-made, mobile-friendly Campus Map makes getting to campus easy, whether you’re walking, cycling, or driving.

Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) is the local area transit corporation that serves the University of Florida and Greater Gainesville area. Students can ride for free with a Gator1 ID.

The City of Gainesville and University of Florida are bicycle-friendly communities, as many employees and students opt to ride their bikes to campus.

Students who drive to campus and park during decal-restricted hours must display a valid UF parking decal or permit, or park in a metered space or paid parking facility and pay the appropriate fee. All vehicles parked on campus must obey UF’s parking rules and regulations.

16. Does UF College of Medicine offer any other opportunities?

Yes. UF College of Medicine offers the following programs, each with its own application process and requirements. Please click on the links below for more information:

Global Health Education Program