• Students in good academic standing in their senior year at US schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and students at schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) may apply for clinical clerkships at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for a maximum of eight weeks. The Keck School of Medicine accepts visiting student applications through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Program

    2024-2025 Rotations Timeline

    • February 12th: VSLO catalog will be open to view.
    • March 4th: Applications will start being accepted.

    Rotation Criteria

    In order for a student to be placed in a rotation, the following criteria must be met:

    • The applicant must be in the final year of their medical education program (4th year medical student) at the time of the rotation and in good standing.
    • The applicant’s file must be complete.
    • Keck School of Medicine and individual department requirements must be met.
    • The rotation must be available during the requested time period.


    Please note that the Keck School of Medicine is unable to provide or arrange housing, board or travel expenses. No stipend is provided during this clerkship. Although we do not offer formal housing placement, some information regarding housing and transportation is provided here

  • For academic year 2023-2024, we will accept students for one 4-week rotation in April 2024.

    Eligible Institutions

    The Keck School of Medicine of USC provides clinical rotation opportunities for a limited number of visiting international students from our affiliated institutions and from LCME accredited Canadian medical schools. International medical students from the following institutions only may be accepted to participate in clinical rotations at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

    • National Taiwan University, Taiwan
    • Nippon Medical School, Japan
    • Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
    • Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
    • University of Panama
    • University of Pécs Medical School, Hungary
    • Szeged University Medical School, Hungary
    • LCME accredited Canadian medical schools

    International Visiting Student Requirements

    In order for a medical student to be placed in a rotation, the following criteria must be met:

    • The applicant must be in their final year of medical school.
    • The applicant must be a student at one of the institutions listed above.
    • The applicant must qualify for the appropriate visa.
    • Keck School of Medicine and individual department requirements must be met.

    Tuition & Fees

    • If accepted, the student must pay $500 tuition.
    • If accepted, the student must pay a $35 malpractice fee.

    Application Process

    If your home institution is an Affiliate of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, please contact your school’s international exchange advisor about the application process. If you are from an, LCME Accredited Canadian Institution, please email medstuaf@usc.edu for application instructions.

    Application Documents for International Visiting Students

    • Official medical school transcript.
    • Letter of Good Standing from your medical school. It must include the following:
      • A statement that you are a final-year student in good academic standing, eligible for the elective.
      • Verification of health insurance.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Upon conditional acceptance, additional documentation and trainings will be required to be completed by the student prior to the start of their clerkship.


  • Discover the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Award at Keck School of Medicine of USC, supporting fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds. This program fosters inclusion in healthcare, aiming to increase awareness of opportunities in academic medicine for underrepresented student groups.

    For more information visit our Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • The Department of Surgery at the University of Southern California, in collaboration with Keck Medicine of USC Community Benefit and Outreach Program, proudly presents the Diversity Sub-Internship Scholarship Award, aimed at attracting underrepresented minority medical students to our institution. This comprehensive award offers a stipend for housing, dedicated mentorship from residents and faculty, immersive community volunteering experiences, and direct surgical mentorship from program directors. Join us in shaping the future of surgery through inclusivity and excellence.

    Learn more about this transformative opportunity here.