YUMS Visiting Programs

YUMS Medical Elective (Internship) Programs

Yasuj University of Medical Sciences (YUMS) is pleased to offer a multitude of medical elective programs to students from across the world. YUMS Medical Electives represent a unique opportunity for medical students, allowing them to experience healthcare in a setting unfamiliar to that in which they are accustomed to studying, and also provides the opportunity for medical students to develop their skills by observing and participating in a healthcare delivery system overseas.

Yasuj is a vibrant and stimulating city to study and live in. We welcome elective medical students from overseas universities. To take part in the Elective program you must be a medical student. We don't accept doctors who have already been graduated; they would rather apply for graduate programs such as Specialty, Subspecialty, or Fellowship. This is a great opportunity to come and learn alongside Yasuj medical students and enjoy the academic and social opportunities that YUMS offers.

The Medical Elective Program is organized by the Vice Chancellery for Global Strategies and International Affairs (GSIA) at YUMS and placements are available in our teaching Hospitals such as Nemazee, Shahid Faghihi or Shahid Chamran Hospitals, in which we ensure that students acquire the essential knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes to become and remain competent and caring doctors. The table below supplies some significant information on the YUMS Medical Elective Programs:




 Admission Process in Fee


 Tuition Fee

625 USD for Every Four Weeks

 Program Duration

4 To 16 Weeks

 Application Period                

All Year Round*

 Language of Instruction

English / Persian

 Admission Notification 

Candidates will be notified of the results via email.

Accomodation Fee  

150 USD per Month*

*YUMS Call for application to Medical elective programs is open all year round. However, candidates are encouraged to apply at least 6 to 8 months prior to the commencement of the program in order to avoid visa issues.

Please note that YUMS might supply medical elective candidates with the dormitory provided that vacancies are available at YUMS residence halls. You will be offered accommodation after you have paid the determined fee. Accommodation rates can be found here

Why choose to do your Medical Elective abroad?

Undertaking a Medical Elective abroad will expose you to techniques and illnesses that are rarely seen in your home country. Your medical elective can be one of the most rewarding parts of your undergraduate medical education. Working in an unconventional environment will also push you to become more innovative and make you seek creative solutions to medical problems. During your elective period, due to the high number of patients and cases you will encounter a range of medical conditions seldom seen in your home country. These cases may seem more complicated to you since you might not be accustomed to them or have not experienced them before. You will get the chance to learn alongside skilled local professionals, who will share their knowledge and teach you about the healthcare issues of your host country. While abroad, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, and experience life in a whole different setting.

List of YUMS Clinical Departments

In the following you can find YUMS clinical departments in which you can undertake your Medical Elective replacements:

  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of ENT
  • Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics 
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Orthopedics
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for YUMS Medical Elective Programs, the applicant must satisfy the conditions below:

  • The candidate must be a medical student. Students of majors other than medicine are excluded.
  • The candidate should not be a graduate.
  • The candidate must be in their final or penultimate year of study of their medical degree, as students are expected to have done some clinical training before they can undertake an elective at YUMS.
  • The candidate must be enrolled at a non-Iranian University, be an international student studying in an Iranian university, or be an Iranian student studying abroad. 

Program Requirements

The online application will prompt you to upload a scanned version of the following documents. Make sure to prepare them ahead of submitting your application.

  • A photograph
  • The copy of the main pages of the passport
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Résumé
  • Transcript of the records/Marksheets
  • English proficiency certificate
  • Medical Elective Application Form (The applicant should fill in the Medical Elective Application Form and get it signed and stamped by the institution at which they are studying)

Language Requirements

The applicants must fulfill one of the following language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 69 iBT; 525 PBT
  • IELTS: minimum band score of 5.5
  • Other evidence showing that the applicant has English proficiency at least equivalent to requirements I or II above.

However, an applicant who is a native speaker of English or who has received their education in a university program in which English was the primary language of instruction is exempted from this requirement. Those candidates who know Persian are exceptions. 

Accepting an Offer

Offers of elective opportunities will be held open for 8 weeks. If the we receives no confirmation of acceptance from the applicant within that time, his/her name will be removed from the files and the place will be offered to another student. It is important therefore that applicants confirm acceptance as soon as possible through email.


Cancellation of An Elective Attachment

If at any time an applicant wishes to withdraw an application or cancel an offer of attachment, this should be done IMMEDIATELY, via email at: yums.international@gmail.com

Visa Application

Upon recipient of your admission, you are requested to submit the following items to YUMS via e-mail, so that your visa application procedure can commence:

  • Passport size photo
  • A scanned copy of the information pages of your passport
  • Completed visa application form

Visa process can take at least between 6-8 weeks to complete. Each successful application is assigned a reference number/authorization code by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will need the reference number/authorization code along with your original passport to collect your visa. Once we receive the reference number/ authorization code, we will forward it to you via email. Then, you should schedule an appointment with the Iranian embassy or consulate in your country that you have already determined on your application form. Carry the obtained visa reference number/ authorization code together with your passport to the relevant embassy or consulate to collect your visa. 


See below for the link to apply through our electronic process. All visiting students must complete the online application. Remember also to fill in the application form prior to application and submit it along with other requested documents.

Click here to apply for YUMS Medical Elective programs.