Iran's Shiraz University invites applications for international medical electives from MBBS students.

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Shiraz University of Medical Sciences is offering multitude of medical elective programs to students from across the world. SUMS 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.


Shiraz is a vibrant and stimulating city to study and live in. The university welcomes  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 shiraz medical students and enjoy the academic and social opportunities that SUMS offer.


The Medical Elective Program is organized by the Vice Chancellery for Global Strategies and International Affairs (GSIA) at SUMS 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 SUMS Medical Elective Programs:



  1. Application Fee None
  2. Tuition Fee625.00 USD Per Four Weeks
  3. Program
  4. Duration4 To 16 Weeks
  5. Application PeriodAll Year Round*
  6. Medium of InstructionEnglish / Persian
  7. Admission NotificationCandidates will be notified of the results via email.
  8. Accommodation Fee400.00 USD per Month
  9. Health Insurance 75.00 USD Per Month


SUMS 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 late visa issues.


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.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for SUMS 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 SUMS.


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.

  1. A photograph
  2. The copy of the main pages of the passport
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Résumé
  4. Transcript of the records/Marksheets


  1. 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:

  1. TOEFL: minimum score of 69 iBT; 525 PBT
  2. ELTS: 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. 

The electives programs are aimed at encouraging mutual partnerships and foster research environment between different countries and their students.

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