Los Angeles cityscape

See Yourself Here

Visiting Students

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Learning Experience

Visit sunny Southern California in your fourth year.

Sunny UCLA campus

UCLA has an expansive clinical footprint spanning the greater Los Angeles area, giving you a wide spectrum of patient care learning opportunities. You’ll meet Angelenos, and folks from around the globe, from all walks of life, and experience the diversity of the city while you are at it.

U.S. Visiting Student Requirements

UCLA, Nationally Ranked Public University, 2021
UCLA Health, Nationally Ranked Health System, 2021
Most diverse medical school, U.S. News & World Report, 2022
On average, there are 284 sunny days per year in Los Angeles

Your Virtual Tour Guides

UCLA in a Word

We asked current students to describe their experience at UCLA in one word.

Your Peers 

Caring deeply about the people around them is a mantra for our community.

What's it Like?

Want to know what living in LA is actually like? Hear it from those who are already here.

Visiting Student FAQ

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is now using VSLO, the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program, to receive visiting student applications. To apply to our institution, please complete a VSLO application for your preferred electives and dates. 

VSLO Application

Students in their fourth year at a U.S. medical school. Applicants must be in good academic standing and actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine degree at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution, or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at an affiliated COCA-accredited AACOM Member Institution. Learn more on the US Students page.

U.S. Student Information 

Due to limited course availability, our international student elective program is now only open to pre-selected students from schools with which we have established reciprocal exchange agreements. Thank you for your understanding. 

Training Sites Situated All Over the City

Affiliated Hospitals for DGSOM visiting student electives.

As a visiting student, you’ll be able to pursue your passions, get a feel for our residency program, and experience our world-class clinical sites.