Transfer and Visiting Students

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine may have one to two openings per year for students to transfer with advanced standing into the third year.

We accept applications only from students currently enrolled and in good standing in allopathic medical schools located in the United States and accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation (LCME).

Those who have previously earned a medical degree at another institution, whether in the United States or abroad, are not eligible. Applications from students who have failed coursework or have been terminated for any reason at another medical school will not be considered.

If you are interested in transferring to the SLU School of Medicine, you must submit the following materials:

  • Transfer Application form
  • A copy of the AMCAS application that led to your admission at the medical school you currently attend.
  • A letter from your dean of students recommending you and approving your transfer.
  • Letters of recommendation from two professors in basic sciences, such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, pharmacology or microbiology.
  • An official copy of your Medical College Admission test scores.
  • Transcripts of your college record and of your first two years of work in medical school.

The transfer application deadline is April 15.

Submit materials to:

Committee on Admissions
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

The Committee on Admissions will review transfer applicants with completed files. After this preliminary review, you may be required to appear in St. Louis for a personal interview. After applicants interview, the file is again reviewed by the committee. You will receive notification of the committee's final decision.

Visiting Medical Students

Visiting Medical Student Elective Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to SLU’s Visiting Medical Student Elective Program must be in their final year of medical school at a U.S. or Canadian medical school that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Osteopathic medical school (AOA accredited).

You must have successfully completed all preclinical training, basic core clerkships (internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, or surgery), and all portions of the clinical training prerequisites required for the elective for which the application is being processed.

Acceptance is contingent upon you achieving adequate grades in basic science and core clinical courses equivalent to Saint Louis University courses. Adequacy and equivalency shall be determined by the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Visiting students are eligible for clinical Year 4 electives only.

Applications that are incomplete or have not met the eligibility requirements will not be processed.

Personal Health Insurance

Evidence of health insurance (both hospitalization and major medical coverage) during the proposed elective period is a mandatory portion of the application documentation. This coverage is not offered or provided through Saint Louis University. If you do not have health insurance, you must purchase it and provide proof of coverage before the approval of your application.

Professional Liability Coverage

Evidence of professional liability insurance ($3 million) must be provided by your home institution or purchased directly by you. This coverage is not offered or provided through Saint Louis University. If your home institution does not provide professional liability insurance, you must purchase it and provide proof of coverage before the approval of your application.

Verification of Good Academic Standing

You must have verification you are in good academic standing at your school and are authorized to take the chosen elective for the period designated on the application form.

Duration of Electives

Visiting medical students may apply for electives in three-week blocks as listed in the Phase 3 (Year 4) instructional periods but the total time may not exceed 12 weeks. Electives must be scheduled in three-week blocks (e.g. three-weeks, six-weeks, nine-weeks). Exceptions are not permitted.

Application and Fees

There is no application fee for visiting students.

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine uses the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). To apply, complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates

Applications may be submitted starting on May and approvals are issued in June.

For more information on VSAS, visit You can also contact VSAS at or 202-478-9878.

Application Procedures for Osteopathic Students

Return your completed application to:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Boulevard, LRC 101
St. Louis, MO 63104

Complete a separate application for each elective.

Each application must be complete and include student data, verification of insurance coverage (both liability and personal health) and verification of academic standing. Failure to complete the application properly will delay the processing of the form.

Application Processing

SLU’s Office of Curricular Affairs will administer the following procedures when processing  applications for visiting medical students:

  • Obtain approval from the associate dean for curriculum.
  • Receive departmental confirmation that the position and selected time frame are available.
  • Inform the student of acceptance or rejection by mail within two weeks of receipt of application. Processing of requests from visiting students begins after June 1 and before the start of the next academic year. Applications should not be submitted until May 1 for the next academic year, which runs from July to June. 

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For additional information, contact Therese A. Heidemann at 314-977-4215 or