Undergraduate International Observership Program

I. Observership Program Description

  1. An international observership program, which provides qualified (see eligibility) international medical students an opportunity to visit the University of Illinois for the purpose of observing certain activities at the University on a temporary, restricted basis.

II. Requirements:

  1. Eligibility: In keeping with its commitment to global exchange, the University of Illinois establishes an International Observership Program. Such program shall be open to qualified international medical students who wish to visit the University for a short period of time to observe the activities of a particular department, division, center or institute at the University (hereinafter generically referred to as a “Department”). Students must be currently enrolled in medical school prior to the final year (completion of core clerkships optional). No credits are issued at the end of the observership.
  2. Observation only: An observership shall be strictly an observational tutorial program. Accordingly, each Participant shall only be permitted to observe the activities of a Department at the University and to discuss his/her observations with applicable University employees. A Participant shall not have access to hands-on patient care or contact, examination, research or other work during his/her observership. A Participant shall at all times be treated by the University as a visitor and any Department that allows a Participant to do more than observe may be denied the privilege of having observership Participants in the future.
  3. Confidentiality: Each Department shall ensure that a Participant maintains the confidentiality of records and files of the University during a Participant’s observership.
  4. Length of Observership: The length of time for a Participant’s observership shall depend upon the particular activities the Participant shall be observing at the University, but an observership shall not last longer than 1 month. Upon the expiration of a Participant’s observership, he/she will no longer be permitted access to University facilities.
  5. B-1/B-2 Visa or Visa Waiver Program Status: A international medical student wishing to participate in the International Observership Program (hereinafter referred to as “Participant”) shall be responsible for obtaining a B-1 (Visitor for Business) or B-2 (Visitor for Tourism) non-immigrant visa from the appropriate authorities. A Participant must be in the possession of an unexpired, valid passport and maintain the validity of such passport for the entire duration of the Participant’s observership. Any and all costs incurred in obtaining or maintaining a Participant’s visa status shall be borne by the Participant. A Participant may use the invitation letter or other materials regarding the International Observership Program given to the Participant by the Department in support of the Participant’s application for a B-1/B-2 visa, but the University shall not be required to sponsor or otherwise support the application of a Participant for such visa or status.
  6. Personal Health Insurance: A Participant shall be required to show proof, upon arrival at the University, of personal health insurance adequate to cover the Participant’s expenses in the event the Participant becomes ill or is injured in the United States during his or her observership, including expenses of repatriation should it become necessary.
  7. Observership application process: All participants must obtain departmental approval and complete the observership application through Office of International Education

III. Documents for Observership Program

  1. Checklist
  2. Application