International Scholars Program


The International Scholar Program (ISP) is temporarily unavailable. Please check back for availability as we hope to see you at Wills Eye Hospital.


The Wills Eye experience touches every corner of the globe. We are excited to share our world class eye curing institute  with you through our expert physicians teaching overseas, physicians from around the globe visiting the Wills Eye Hospital, and our web-based educational resources

Please note that there is a $1,500 application fee.

Become a Wills International Scholar

The Wills International Scholars program offers international medical graduates a structured opportunity to observe clinical ophthalmology and eye blindness under the guidance of Wills Eye experts. Only doctors of medicine  are currently accepted for the program (e.g., MD, MBBS, MB, BMBS or equivalent).

These observer-ships are generally one month in length during the academic year (generally unavailable in July and August). This experience does not involve direct patient care or contact. Scholars are invited to attend Wills Eye lectures and presentations as well as other educational opportunities during their stay. Please take a moment to review the International Scholars Program Application RequirementsEach applicant will also be required to submit a Volunteer/International Visitor immunization Documentation form.

As a Wills International Scholar, physicians may concentrate on one ophthalmic specialty or rotate through the following sub-specialties: Cornea, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics, and Retina.

If you wish to have a longer stay or be involved in direct patient care and/or research, you may wish to apply for a fellowship with your specialty of interest.

Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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