Program for Visiting Students at St. John’s Medical College

Over one hundred visiting elective students and observers visit St.  Johns each year from overseas, staying for 1-3 months on an average. 

Visiting Students come from all over the globe:

  • USA - University of Minnesota, Miami University, University of South Florida, SUNY Downstate, NY, New York University
  • UK - University of London, Imperial College London,  University of Birmingham, University of Sheffield, University of  Liverpool
  • Europe – Umea University, Sweden, Lille University,  France, University of Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hanover, Munich in Germany,  University of Vienna, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Asia - Ben Gurion University, Israel, University of  Malaysia, National University of Singapore, Gulf University, Ajman, UAE,  University of Sharjah, UAE

Formal Student exchange program at St John's:

  •        University of Minnesota, USA
  •        Miami University, USA
  •        Ben Gurion University, Israel
  •        Umea University, Sweden

St. John’s Medical College offers the following programs for visiting students:

  •  Elective student program or clerkship for overseas medical students
  •  Observership (for overseas public health students and pre-medical students)
  •  Fellowships and Short -term training for overseas and Indian doctors


Elective student program or clerkship for overseas medical students

Elective students may rotate in any of the  45 departments (pre-clinical/para-clinical / clinical) of their choice,  for a minimum duration of one week each. The total clerkship duration  may not exceed 4 months.

Observers may rotate only in the  department of Community Health. Pre-med students are accepted as  observers for upto one month, whereas public health students may choose  to remain for a longer duration in the department of Community Health,  if they plan to assist with research.

Opportunities for visiting elective students include:

Observe and participate in various health care services and activities at St. John’s Medical College Hospital

  •       Visit outreach health centres of St.John’s, both in the rural  and urban areas, and observe health care in resource-poor settings with  a focus on social and cultural determinants of health.
  •       Visit government hospitals and observe the functioning of the public sector in health care.
  •       Learn about the structure, functioning and challenges of various health systems in a developing country like India
  •       Participate in departmental academic programs - lectures,  seminars, journal clubs, case presentations, bed-side teaching.
  •       Mentoring in research by faculty at St. John’s or  participation in ongoing research is possible for students who visit for  a minimum of three months.


Interested students may apply for an elective / observership at St.John’s by writing to elective.students@stjohns.in  at least 6 months before their planned arrival, in order to complete  necessary paperwork and obtain government and medical council  permissions.

Student accommodation is available on campus.