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International Student Application Process


With COVID-19 related travel restrictions, we recognize that traditional interview visits are not feasible at this time. We are accepting applications and conducting interviews remotely. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Graduates of international medical schools, located outside of the United States of America and Canada, are eligible to pursue accredited postgraduate training programs in this state when they have met the prerequisites established by the Medical Board of California (MBC) and the standards required by UCSD for Fellows (PGY-5's and above), including completion of US or Canadian ACGME/RCPSC approved general psychiatry residency program.

California Medical licensure is required for a fellow. This process can take 4-6 months to complete.
International Medical School graduates are advised to contact the Medical Board of California to request licensure application material. Please contact the Medical Board by mail at the following address or by phone as noted:

Medical Board of California
1426 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825
(800) 633‒2322

Applicants to the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program who are not citizens of the United States may pursue postgraduate medical education while under the sponsorship of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) holding a J‐1 visa. (This does not apply to individuals who hold permanent resident status in this country.) The University does not offer H‐1B visas to trainees.

Clinical experience within the United States is preferred within the last 2 years.

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