How to Apply

Clinical electives are four weeks long and are available, space permitting, to full-time students in good academic standing who are enrolled in their final year at approved medical schools. Variations on the rotation dates are not possible. Elective dates are NOT flexible and may be found on the clinical elective calendar. VIMS may not apply for core clerkships or sub-internships. 

Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in clinical electives at Alpert Medical School.

Students must be in their FINAL year of medical school in order to be eligible for the program and must be fluent in English. For those who have taken the TOEFL exam, your score must be a total of 100 or higher.

Students may take clinical electives at Alpert Medical School for a maximum of six (6) months (24 weeks) at their own expense. However, they may not participate in any one elective for more than four (4) weeks.

Payment and Fees

As of January 2016, the only payment method we will accept for both the Application Fee and the Tuition Fee is a wire transfer. For wiring instructions, please contact


The student will submit a non-refundable application fee for each elective they wish to participate in. As of January 1, 2016 the application fee is  $200.00 USD for the first elective and $175.00 USD for each additional elective.


For each 4-week elective during the academic year of  May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016 the international student wishes to participate in, he/she will pay tuition fees of $4,000 USD.

For electives during the Academic Year of May 1, 2016-April 30, 2017 the tuition is $4,200 USD per elective.

Tutition is due within 14 days of your acceptance notice.

Acceptance for an elective is made on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware that Brown students have priority in scheduling and, in rare instances, this could result in a visiting student being moved from their previously scheduled elective.  We will make every effort to reassign the Visiting International Medical Student to another elective of his/her choice, and no refund will be given in these circumstances.  Elective spots may be very limited, so please provide several alternate choices on your application.

Applications for the next academic year will be accepted after mid-March. Please adhere to our schedule of dates (see calendar). 

*Note: Changing the dates of your elective is permissible within reason and at Brown's discretion.  However, refunds will not be issued once a change is made no matter what the timing. No more than two elective changes will be accommodated.