COVID-19 update about UIC Clinical Electives

As of now, the UIC clinical elective program will begin accepting applications for the 2021/2022 academic year. Carefully review all the information below, including the FAQ, before submitting your application, Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

International Visiting Students

Applying for a Clinical Elective

Eligibility requirements

  1.   Full-time medical students in their final year of study outside the United States, in good academic standing.
  2.  Completion of core clerkships prior to start date of approved UIC elective: Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Family Medicine. If these clerkships are not listed on your transcript at the time you submit your application, the completion dates must be listed by your dean in their letter of good standing.
  3. Toefl scores are required if your courses are not taught in English. If your courses are taught in English, your dean must verify this in their letter of good standing. See below for “Toefl Score Requirements”.
  4.  Must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to elective start date.

Application Notes

Although we give priority to applicants from our International Affiliates (see link to the left), all eligible students may apply. Please do not contact course directors, department coordinators or faculty for any reason during the application process. Doing so may result in your ineligibility for current or future elective rotations. The International Education staff members are happy to answer your questions, but please review the Application Checklist (below) and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (quick links) before submitting your application. The elective fee is currently $2,500.00 USD.

Rotation Dates for Academic Year 2021-2022

Note the following start and end dates for rotations during the academic year. Students must adhere to these dates, no applications will be accepted after the deadline, and no dates or electives can be changed once the elective is approved.

Fall 2021 (Dates may change due to Covid-19)
 Rotation Start Date Rotation End Date Application Deadlines Orientation Date*
August 16th September 11th June 1st August 6th
September 13th October 9th July 1st September 3rd
October 25th November 20th August 10th October 15th
November 22nd December 18th September 5th November 12th
Spring 2022 (Dates may change due to Covid-19)
January 3rd January 29th October 15th December 23rd
January 31st February 26th November 15th January 21st
February 28th March 26th December 10th February 18th
March 28th April 22nd January 10th March 18th
April 25th May 21st February 10th April 15th

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be 2 mandatory orientation days: #1 will be held approximately 10 days prior to the rotation start day to allow for an on-campus (free) covid test, and #2, on the first morning of your elective. Details upon acceptance.

Click here to view the electives catalog

  1. Application Form
    Please complete the application form linked above and submit in the order listed here. Do not include any documents not on this list or your application may not be reviewed. Refer to the List of Electives and above dates; please select three (3) electives and three (3) dates according to priority, and, as stated on the application, list the NAMES of your preferred electives, NOT the course number, or your application will be returned.
    2.  Letter of Good Standing signed and dated by school authority with previous 4 months
    3.  Prerequisite Core Clerkships
    You must be enrolled in your final year of medical school and have already completed your clerkships in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and Family Medicine prior to the start date of the electives for which you are applying. Your Letter of Good standing may list your completed core clerkships, or an explanation of when they will be completed.
    4.  Copy of passport

Please scan and email items 1-4 as a single PDF file to [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be notified via email if one of the electives you requested is available, but we are unable to give application updates. Please be advised that our program has limited availability. If you are accepted, you must complete and submit the additional requirements outlined below. If we are not able to place you in one of our electives you will be notified by email.

Requirements to be Completed ONLY upon Acceptance

Required after acceptance checklist

  1. UIC Immunization Form
  2. Heath Insurance
  3. Valid Visa Status
  4. HIPAA Certification
  5. CPR Training
  6. TOEFL (Please note the TOEFL Score Requirements. No exceptions will be made.)
  7. Malpractice Insurance Companies
  8. Copy of Covid-19 Vaccination card

*Additional requirements due to Covid-19:

1) 10-day quarantine requirement: students approved for an elective must arrive on the UIC campus for a preliminary orientation with the Office of International Education (OIE) staff at least 10 days prior to their elective start date. Date to be determined.

2) Students must show their Covid-19 vaccine authorization card upon arrival on campus (an electronic copy must already be on file with OIE).

3) Students must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old.

4) Students will take a Covid-19 test upon arrival at UIC, at no extra charge.

At the orientation held on the first official day of your elective rotation, you will complete a Mandatory Drug Screening and Respirator Fit Testing. The elective fee is due at this orientation.