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June 2009

Medical School Admission Policies
Towards Non-US Citizens

Adapted From: Premedical Advisor's Reference Manual
Ninth Edition, 2008

Edited by Carol Baffi-Dugan

This resource was originally developed by Kay Singer at Duke University and most recently updated by Rob Cannon at UNC-Greensboro.

GENERAL COMMENTS

When applying to US medical schools, non-US citizen permanent residents (green card holders) are generally treated the same as U.S. citizens.  In most cases, permanent residents can qualify as legal residents of a state and are therefore afforded the same preferences that may be given to state residents at public and some private medical schools.  Those not having a green card, i.e., international students, have a more serious problem, since not all medical schools will consider international applicants.  Of those schools that will accept international applicants, some have particular requirements that must be met by international applicants who are accepted to the school.  For example, some schools require that international students provide proof that they are able to meet the cost of four years of medical school and living expenses.  As a general rule, no federal financial aid is available for non-U.S. citizens.  However, international students may be eligible for merit scholarships or other school specific funding.  Some schools with MD/PhD programs have some slots that may be awarded to international students.  However, applicants should only pursue MD/PhD programs if they have a genuine interest in research as a primary activity in their future. 

POLICIES AT SPECIFIC SCHOOLS

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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

None have been accepted in the last three years.  Canadian students are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

In the last three years, one international student has been accepted from a total of 400 international applicants.  Accepted applicants must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visas.  Evidence of ability to finance education is considered on an individual basis.    International applicants must have exceptional academic records and are eligible for institutional scholarships. 

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

No international students are accepted.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens without permanent residency cards (I-551) are not considered for admission.  The permanent residency status must be achieved at the time of acceptance.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens without permanent residency status must provide proof of the availability of sufficient funds for completion of the program.  Applicants from Canada are considered as international applicants.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Canadian students are considered international students.  Noncitizens without permanent residency are admitted only if they have been granted, or are eligible for, political asylum.

DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT UCLA

International students (including Canadians) are noncitizens without permanent residency.  International applicants are considered like everyone else; however, they must show sufficient guarantee of financial support.  Financial aid is not available to international students.  Approximately one international student has been admitted every 4-5 years.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

None are admitted.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Acceptance of non-U.S. citizens is rare.  Special evidence of ability to finance their education is required for F-1 visa applicants as no funding is available for them.

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The number of non-U.S. citizens accepted varies.  Applicants with a green care are treated like U.S. citizens.  Those without a green card must present evidence of their ability to finance the first two years of medical education and must meet the INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa.  Canadian students are treated as international students financially and as US citizens educationally.

KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Over the last three years, approximately 15 international students have been accepted.  International student applicants must have completed at least one year of study in an accredited college or university in the US.  They must also meet the INS requirements for F-1 or other non-resident visas, and there is no financial aid available if admitted.  Canadian applicants are considered international applicants.  

STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

1-5 are accepted each year (out of about 5% of all applicants).  Canadian citizens are considered international students and most international students are not URM students.  To matriculate at Stanford, students must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visas and must prepay tuition or establish an escrow account for four years of tuition and living expenses (~$250,000).  Stanford University loans are available to international students.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens may apply to the University of Colorado but if they matriculate they will be classified as non-residents for tuition purposes for their time at the institution.  Over the past three years, one student was admitted to the MSTP.  

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

There are typically 2-4 international students in the first year class. Although no deposit is required, UConn looks for assurance (such as a statement of understanding) that the student can cover a reasonable portion of his/her expenses.  The student must meet INS requirements for an F-1 or other student visa.  Financial aid is on an individual basis.

YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Approximately 8-9 international students, out of 250-300 applicants, matriculate each year. They are considered the same way as US students.  Students must meet ICE requirements once admitted.  Yale requires certification on a year-to-year basis that sufficient funds are available.

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

GW has a five-year international MD program designed specifically for international students.  International applicants must apply to this specific program and have a foreign sponsor who will pay for their medical education.  Detailed information about the international MD program is available on the admissions website.  GW enrolls approximately one international student per year from an average of six applications.  Canadian citizens are put in the same category as US citizens.  However, Canadians and international students must fill out a financial form that demonstrates their ability to pay for their education.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

An international applicant is defined as any applicant without citizenship or a green card.  Canadians are included in this definition.  International students make up less than 1% of the count of minority students.  All students are considered regardless of citizenship.  In the past three years, approximately a dozen international students have been accepted.  Accepted students must provide a notarized letter of support for the living budget for the first academic year (approximately ~$64.700).  Students must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa to matriculate.  Financial aid is not available.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

In the last three years, 10-12% of those accepted have been from this category.  Financial aid is not available.  The University requires proof of ability to finance the medical education.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

International applicants must have permanent residency to be considered.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

None are considered.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

A noncitizen without permanent residency (green card) is considered an international student and Canadian students are treated according to the same definition.  As a matter of policy, no international students are admitted to UMSOM and there are no special considerations.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

USF does not accept international students.  Canadians are considered international.

EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Canadian residents are included in the definition of international candidates.  In recent years, about 8 out of 150 international candidates have been accepted to each entering class, but there is no limit.  International candidates are given the same consideration for acceptance as citizens and permanent residents.  Emory is committed to selecting the most qualified candidates.  Accepted applicants must meet INS requirements and provide evidence that they can pay tuition for four years.  No need-based financial aid is available to international students, but international candidates are eligible for some merit awards.

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

All applicants who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas are considered.  Non-U.S. citizens on student visas may also be considered, but they will be treated as out-of-state applicants.  No international students have been accepted in the last 3 years.  No specific evidence of ability to finance medical education is required of international applicants.

MERCER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens without permanent visas are not accepted. 

MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

MSM admits only US citizens and permanent residents.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens may apply.  Because of the school’s mission, those with ties to the Pacific Rim have the best chance of acceptance.  Canadian students are treated as international students.  Three non-US citizens have been accepted in the past 3 years.  There is very limited financial aid available.  Noncitizens must meet INS requirements for student visa and must show adequate financial support.  

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRITZKER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

In the last three years, approximately ten have been accepted out of 600 applicants.  When international applicants are accepted, they are provided information outlining the requirements of the plan they must present for meeting their financial obligations.  Only limited funds are available for the financial assistance of international students.

ROSALIND FRANKIN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE/CHICAGO MEDICAL SCHOOL

Canadian students are considered international students.  Approximately 36 international students have been accepted in the last 3 years.  International students are required to provide proof of their ability to finance the first year of medical school including tuition, living expenses, and supplies.  There is neither financial aid available, nor are there any other special considerations for international students.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Students applying to UIC must be US citizens, have a green card or be asylum seeking.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Matriculation is open only to US citizens or permanent residents.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY FEINBERG SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-citizens without permanent residency are admitted to the Feinberg School.  All applicants are required to have completed at least three years of course work at an accredited US or Canadian college or university, through study at the undergraduate or graduate level or a combination of both degree levels.  Applications from international students who meet this requirement are welcome.  It may be possible for international students to take out a loan for the cost of tuition only, if the student has a US co-signer, who must sign and provide creditworthiness.

RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE OF RUSH UNIVERSITY

Noncitizens without permanent residency are not accepted.  However, permanent residents are evaluated in the same way as US citizens. 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-U.S. citizens without green cards are not accepted.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-U.S. citizens with a permanent resident visa are given the same consideration as U.S. citizens, and students without a permanent resident visa are occasionally admitted.  Approximately five students were offered admission per year. These students are not included as minority students.  Applicants must meet federal and university requirements for an F-1 or other student visa.  Most noncitizens accepted have strong ties to the state of Indiana. International students must demonstrate ability to meet the financial obligations, since no financial aid is available for them.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Non-U.S. citizens with permanent residency are not admitted unless the candidate has asylum status.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Canadians and noncitizens without permanent residency are defined as international students and not considered for admission.

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

About 12 international students have been accepted in the last 3 years from among 174 applicants.  They must provide documentation of sufficient funding to cover the first full year of their expected tuition costs plus cost of living and provide a financial plan for the other three.  There is no financial aid for international students nor do they qualify for any special consideration.  International students must meet INS requirements for an F-1 visa and have ties to Kentucky.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

ULSM normally does not admit international students.  Only two students have been accepted the past three years.  Accepted candidates must meet INS requirements and prepay tuition or establish an escrow account for one year of tuition.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN NEW ORLEANS

Permanent residents are treated like U.S. citizens.  Nonresidents are not eligible for admission.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN SHREVEPORT

Noncitizens without permanent residency are not eligible to apply. 

TULANE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Permanent residents are treated just as US citizens.  Non-US citizens are eligible for acceptance, but preference is given to US citizens and permanent residents.  Approximately 230 non-US citizens apply and2-3 may be accepted.

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens without Permanent Residency status are considered to be international students, including citizens of Canada.  None of the Hopkins international student population is included in its count of minority students.  International applicants are considered on the same basis for admission as US citizens; however, if admitted they are not eligible for financial assistance.  They must place four years of total cost (tuition and living expenses) into an escrow account prior to matriculating.  Over the past 3 years, 8-10 has been admitted.  If an international student has studied exclusively outside the US s/he is required to have an additional year of study in the US.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Only US and Canadian citizens and noncitizens with permanent residency are admitted.  No international students are accepted, and should not apply.  Canadian citizens are required to show evidence of ability to finance all four years of medical school.

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES, F. EDWARD HEBERT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

USUHS requires that applicants be US citizens.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Applications from international students are welcome.  All applicants are required to have a completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate education and receive a degree from a US or Canadian institution of higher education.  All prerequisites must have been completed in an accredited US or Canadian institution.  Only applicants and accepted students with US citizenship or permanent resident status are included in counts of minorities.  In most years, BUSM receives several hundred applications from international students and 0-3 matriculate.  Students are required to place sufficient funds in escrow to cover the course of tuition for the first year.

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

Foreign students should take the required courses at a respected U.S. institution.  Approximately 10-12 foreign students are accepted each year, almost all of who have a U. S. baccalaureate or advanced degree.  They must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa.  Proof of ability to pay is required by Federal INS and the University; the Medical School's view is more clement than most.  Financial aid is limited to institutional, not federal programs, but is comparable to the aid for domestic students. 

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SCHOOL

Non-citizens without permanent residency are not eligible for admission.

TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

International applicants are eligible to apply to TUSM, but are advised that we admit very few international applicants, and give strong preference to US citizens and permanent residents.  Accepted candidates must meet INS requirements and may be required to prepay tuition or establish an escrow account for 4 years of tuition.  No financial aid is available to non-citizens.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HUMAN MEDICINE

Noncitizens with the exception of Canadians, without permanent residency will not be accepted for admission.  MSUCHM has accepted only 5 Canadian applicants from about 290 noncitizen applications in the last three years.  Canadian citizens must provide proof of financial ability to meet expenses before a student visa is issued. 

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MEDICAL SCHOOL

No applicants are admitted without permanent residency status.  Canadian students are considered international students.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

With the exception of Canadian citizens, noncitizens are not accepted.  Canadian citizens must obtain an I-20 visa and are responsible for obtaining their own financial aid.  There were approximately 600 international applicants (including 400 Canadians) for the 2007 entering class. 

MAYO MEDICAL SCHOOL

Only applicants with permanent visas are considered. 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Only students who fit specific residency requirements can be accepted.  The only non-U.S. citizens considered are those from Manitoba.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SCHOOL-MINNEAPOLIS

In the last three years, three applicants per year without permanent residency have matriculated.  Evidence of the ability to finance a medical education is required in writing, but an escrow account is not required.  There is no financial aid available through the school, but there are lenders who will accept international student loan applications with a creditworthy citizen cosigner.  Evidence of facility on the English language is required.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-citizens without a Green Card are not accepted.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Only noncitizens that are permanent residents (Green Card holders) are considered, and they are treated just like US citizens. 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

Non-citizens, including Canadians, without the Green Card may not apply.

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens will be considered for acceptance.  International students must complete two years of science work in a North American college or university and, if accepted, must contribute to the University's escrow account for the four years of tuition prior to matriculation.  Three international students have matriculated in the past three years.  None of them are counted as minority students.  There is no financial aid available for international students.

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

WUSTL enrolls a small number of noncitizens each year.  Anyone who is not a citizen of the US is considered an international student.  Most Canadians are also considered international (depending on their visas).  Noncitizens must place an amount equal to four years’ cost of education into escrow prior to matriculation.  Noncitizen students are eligible for MSTP institutional funding and merit-based financial aid.

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

A limited numbers of applicants (three in last three years) in this classification are accepted; typically, they have attended Creighton.  Creighton has a policy of requiring students to document that they have tuition and living expenses equal to four years at Creighton in an escrow account.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

To be eligible for admission, foreign nationals must have a permanent resident visa.

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-citizens without permanent residency are not considered.

DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dartmouth considers applications without regard to citizenship or visa status and enrolls a small number of international candidates every year.  International applicants are required to show deposited funds sufficient to cover expenses for the first year.  There is limited financial aid available.

UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY--NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL

No international students, including Canadian citizens, are accepted.  No international students are included in NJMS’s count of minority students.

UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY--ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL

Foreign nationals without Green Cards are not eligible for acceptance. 

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Applications are not accepted from international students.

ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE

Applications from noncitizens are welcome, but only exceptional candidates are likely to be favorably reviewed.  International applicants should understand fully the implications of securing a US residency.  Typically 2-3 students in each entering class have been nonresident aliens, including Canadians.  International candidates must provide proof of the ability to meet tuition costs or pay one year’s tuition in advance.  Most sources of federal and state aid are unavailable to noncitizens. 

ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE OF YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

There have been 12 noncitizen/nonpermanent residents accepted in the past three years, from about 150 applications.  In 2008, 6 international applicants were accepted, only 2 of them non-Canadians.  Students who have earned baccalaureate degrees outside the US or Canada are required to complete at least one year of formal coursework in the sciences (about 30 credit hours) in an accredited American college or university prior to application to the College of Medicine.  There is very minimal financial aid available to this population and deposits are required in advance (students can inquire about specifics).  Students may obtain up to a maximum of $2500 per academic year from the Einstein College Scholarship Fund and up to a maximum of $5500 per academic year from the Einstein College Loan Fund.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS

In 2006, 394 international students applied and 4 were accepted.  These enrollment numbers are fairly typical each year.  International students must put one year’s tuition in to escrow.  They may apply for Columbia financial aid. 

JOAN AND STANFORD I. WEILL MEDICAL COLLEGE OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Weill/Cornell uses this definition of international students.  There is no international student financial aid.  Non-Canadian international students must deposit four years of tuition into escrow before they are allowed to matriculate.  When reporting minority student statistics, international students are not counted.  There is no specific policy about admitting international students.  In the past three years, about twelve international students have been accepted, though the actual numbers that have applied is unknown.

MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Applicants who are not citizens (including Canadian students) must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa.  International applicants are treated the same as other applicants.  Approximately seven non-citizens have matriculated over the last four years.  No international students are counted as minorities.  They must prepay tuition or establish an escrow account for four years of tuition.  No financial aid is available for noncitizens. 

NEW YORK MEDICAL COLLEGE

Two or three students without green cards have been accepted each of the last few years.  Students must meet INS requirements and prepay tuition for four years.  Financial aid is not available. 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

NYU does not accept international applicants.  Canadians, however, are eligible for acceptance under regular selection criteria.

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY

Only citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for admission.  Canadian citizens are international students, therefore, not eligible.  If the international applicant is a graduate of the University of Rochester undergraduate college, s/he may apply but must have two years of tuition in escrow.

SUNY DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens without green cards are treated as out-of-state applicants, and are reviewed after the applications of all US citizens and all permanent residents have been reviewed.  None have been accepted in more than ten years.  No prepayment of tuition is required, but applicants must provide documentation of financial resources to fund educational expenses for all four years, as financial aid is not available.

SUNY AT BUFFALO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Such candidates are not eligible.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Enrolled students must be citizens or permanent residents. 

SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Permanent residents are treated like US citizens.  Other non-citizens must have exceptionally strong credentials to be considered, must meet INS requirements, and must establish an escrow account for four years of tuition.  About 20 non-citizens are enrolled at Upstate.  Financial aid is not available.

THE BRODY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Noncitizens must be NC residents and be applying for a green card to be considered.  At most, 1-2 per year has been accepted.

DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Duke does not require US citizenship and about 4-5 international applicants (out of about 20) are accepted each year.  Canadian students are considered international.  Financial aid is not available.  Once accepted, an international applicant must show certified evidence of ability to finance the entire four years of medical school.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Only citizens and permanent residents are considered.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens may be accepted if their undergraduate/graduate degrees are from US or Canadian institutions.  They must have a current visa with ICE.  Canadian students without green cards are considered international applicants.  In previous years, 7% of our international students are included in the minority student count.  In the last three years, 16 of approximately 600 international students were matriculated into WFUSM.  International students must have paid in full their first year of medical school.  Some commercial loans are available to international students.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

None are considered.  Canadians must be citizens or permanent residents to be considered.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Case has matriculated six to nine international students within the past three years.  Candidates must have completed their premedical work at a US or Canadian four-year college or university.  They must meet INS requirements, prepay tuition for one year in advance, and demonstrate the ability to support their personal needs for one year.  Financial aid is not available.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

None are considered.

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

They are not eligible for acceptance.

NORTHEASTERN OHIO UNIVERSITIES COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

NEOUCOM does not accept international students.  

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

The College of Medicine does not accept applications from international students.  Applications are accepted from US citizens and those who have been granted US Permanent Resident Alien, Refugee, or Asylum status.

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

WSU does not accept international students.  Canadian students also do not qualify for admission.  In order qualify for admission; applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents or posses an I-94 for from the Department of Homeland Security showing asylum status 

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

International students without a permanent visa are not accepted.

OREGON HEALTH AND SCIENCE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

To receive consideration an applicant must have United States citizenship or resident alien status with a current green card.  Canadian students are considered international students. 

JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY

In 2008, 6 non-US citizens were accepted.  Both residents and nonresidents may apply, but nonresidents must file an I-20 form.

DREXEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

No applications are accepted from individuals without permanent residency status or US citizenship.  

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Canadian students are considered regular applicants.  International students are considered in the admissions process.  During the past three years, approximately six students per year matriculated.  10-20% of underrepresented minority students are international students.  Since there is no financial aid available for international students, they must document that they can pay for all four years of medical school before they are offered an acceptance.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Penn has taken approximately 3-4 per year who has proof of financial resources for four years.  No financial aid is available unless they qualify for one of the limited number of merit scholarships.  

THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Permanent residents with a full year of university-level schooling in the U.S. may apply for admission.  Canadian students are considered in the international student pool.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Temple will only consider applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents, or those with refugee/asylum status.  

UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DEL CARIBE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible for admission but must meet INS requirements for students with F-1 visas (prepay first semester tuition).  An affidavit must be provided as evidence that supports their ability to pay the cost of attendance.  Two international students from a pool of 10 applicants have been admitted in the last three years.

PONCE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

In the last three years, PMS has admitted only three non-residents from a small pool of applicants.  There is no policy specific to admission of foreign students.  There are no special considerations for nonresidents, and they do not have to provide evidence of ability to finance their education.

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Foreign national applicants with an established legal residence in Puerto Rico will be considered if, at the time of application, they are either US citizens or have been granted a permanent visa in the United States.

BROWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

In the last three years, twelve non-citizens without permanent residency through all routes of admission.  Such applicants must meet INS requirements and generally are expected to establish an escrow account for four years of medical school tuition.  Institutional financial aid is available to 1-2 international students in each entering class.  Funding is available to international MD/PhD students in the PhD years.

MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Noncitizens, including Canadians, without permanent residency are not accepted. 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

South Carolina only accepts applications from permanent residents or US citizens. 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

None are accepted.

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY JAMES H. QUILLEN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

QCOM will consider applications from applicants with US citizenship, permanent US residency visas, and Canadian citizenship. 

MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Canadian students are considered as international students.  Meharry uses the definition, noncitizens without permanent residency (green card), for international students.  International students are not included in the count of minority students.  In the last three years, 10 out of 200 international applicants have been accepted to Meharry Medical School.  All non-US citizens must meet INS requirements for F-1 Visa.  Financial aid is not available for non-US residents.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

The U of Tennessee COM does not accept non-US citizens without permanent residency.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Vanderbilt accepts applications from non-citizens only for application to the first year class.  Of the 156 international applicants each year, VUSM admits about 4-5 students.  These students have not been included in VUSM’s count of minority students.  International students must show that they are able to finance all four years of medical school.  There are some Vanderbilt institutional monies for which international students may apply.

BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Foreign students are considered for admission, but only 1 or 2 are generally accepted. There is no financial aid available for these students. 

TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

International students account for less than 2% (1/80) of our minority student count.  There is an institutional policy on admitting internationals students. International students must have 90 credit hours from an accredited US institution. Over the past three years, three students from among approximately 100 applicants have been admitted.  International students are required to present an I-20 immigration form and to provide evidence of the ability to finance four years of medical study.  Only institutional scholarships are available to these students.  

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Non-citizens without permanent residency status are not considered.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS

UT Southwestern has no policy on admitting international students. Students must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa.  No financial aid is available.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT GALVESTON

International students are accepted, but are considered non-Texas residents.  In addition, all required course work and at least 90 undergraduate credit hours must be taken at an accredited US or Canadian college or university.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON

Because these applicants may be seen as having a lesser commitment to the US and therefore, Texas in the future, these students may be less competitive when compared to US and Texas residents.  Obtaining US citizenship or having permanent residency with a plan for obtaining US citizenship is viewed by the committee as demonstrating a commitment to service of the people of Texas in the future.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL AT SAN ANTONIO

Noncitizens without a green card are not interviewed.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Information concerning international admissions can be obtained by visiting www.sa.utah.edu/inter or calling (801) 581-3091.

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

There is no fixed number for noncitizens.  Both permanent residents and nonresidents with student visas may apply.  The latter must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa.  There are some special restrictions such as requiring prepaid tuition for the first year.  In the past three years, a few noncitizens have been accepted.   

EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL

Foreign nationals may be considered for admission to EVMS as permitted under the immigration laws of the United States, but must have completed 100 semester hours from an accredited American or Canadian college or university.  Approximately 1-2 international students have been accepted in the last three years.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

International citizens and permanent residents of the US and Canada are eligible to be considered for admission.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Permanent residents are treated like U.S. citizens in the admissions process. Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply provided they have completed at least 90 semester hours of course work in a US or Canadian college or university.  International students must meet INS requirements and provide documentation of their ability to pay for their medical education.  There is no financial aid available for international students.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Foreign applicants must have permanent resident status.  No student who was not holding a green card has been accepted in the past six years.

JOAN C. EDWARDS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Noncitizens without a green card are not eligible for admission.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Occasionally, Canadian citizens with strong ties to West Virginia may be considered for admission.  Such applicants will be fully responsible for financing their entire medical education.

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN

International applicants, including Canadians, are held to the same eligibility standards and academic criteria that are in place for nonresident applicants.  In the past three years, MCW has admitted 12 of 550+ international applicants.  Before an international candidate is accepted, s/he must demonstrate Financial Certification showing ability to pay for their entire medical education without financial aid.  There is no financial aid available for international students.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Noncitizens are not considered.


   OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOLS

ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The major obstacle for international students to attend AZCOM is financial.  International applicants must prove their ability to pay for their medical education and no financial aid is available for these students.  All prerequisite courses completed at a foreign institution (except for Canada) must be evaluated by an international evaluation service.  In the past three years, six international students have matriculated out of about 50 applicants.

SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE IN ARIZONA OF A. T. STILL UNIVERSITY

Only US citizens and individuals with permanent resident status are considered.

WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF THE PACIFIC

Students who are noncitizens without permanent residency have been accepted.  They must provide a letter from a financial institution stating that they have the ability to pay tuition and related costs for the first year.  No federal financial aid is available; private aid may be available.  Canadian students are considered the same as other international students.

TOURO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

TUCOM only considers candidates who are US citizens or permanent residents.

ROCKY VISTA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

RVUCOM currently is not accepting international students who are not permanent residents.

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (LECOM) – BRADENTON

LECOM only considers US citizens and permanent residents for admissions to the medical program.  The current policy includes Canadian students.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY HEALTH PROFESSIONS DIVISION COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/NSU

Noncitizens must meet INS requirements for F-1 or other student visa, and there is no financial aid available.

PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE – GEORGIA CAMPUS

Since DO rights are limited outside the US, GA-PCOM does not recruit international students.  Financial aid is not available and acceptance will not be offered unless a student meets INS requirements and gives proof of ability to pay tuition for 4 years.

CHICAGO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Accepted students who are not US citizens/non-permanent residents must present documentation of an escrow account in the US to cover expenses for all four years of medical training.  There is no financial aid available, nor are other special considerations provided.

DES MOINES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Noncitizens on F-1 status are required to provide evidence of financial responsibility.  This can take the form of a letter from a sponsor agreeing to be financially responsible.  Financial aid is not available for F-1 students, and so costs can be prohibitive.  Very few such students are accepted each year from a pool of 10-15 applicants.  Permanent residents with a green card have the same status in the admissions process as US citizens.

PIKEVILLE COLLEGE SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

PCSOM normally does not admit international students.  Only two students have been accepted who were non-citizens without permanent residency within the past eight years from a pool of approximately 50 each year.  Accepted candidates must meet INS requirements and prepay tuition or establish an escrow account for one year of tuition.  No financial aid is available.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

US citizens and permanent residents are treated equally for admission.  International students are accepted provided they have documented means to finance their education.  Canadian applicants are regarded as international students.  No international students are included in UNECOM’s count of minority students.  Approximately one international student is admitted per year.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

One student without a green card has been accepted in the last three years.   The University requires two years’ tuition in advance, and no financial aid is available.

KANSAS CITY UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND BIOSCIENCES

Any student who is not a US citizen is considered an international student.  Fewer than 5% of the international students are included in the count of minority students.  International students must meet the same admissions requirements as other applicants.  Over the past three years they have accepted 9 international students out of 18 applicants.  All international students need to document ability to finance their education since there is no financial aid available for them and there are no special considerations.

KIRKSVILLE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY

Legal US residents are considered.  Students with a green card are treated like US citizens.  Those without green cards must provide financial documentation of their ability to pay tuition and related living expenses.  This documentation must be renewed.  KCOM admits approximately 1-3 non-citizen students per year.

TOURO UNIVERSITY NEVADA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Only US citizens and holders of Permanent Residency Status are considered for admission.  International students with green cards are considered by the same criteria as that of US citizens, and are not required to provide evidence of ability to finance their education.

UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Canadian citizens are considered non-residents.

NEW YORK COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NYCOM accepts only US citizens and noncitizen permanent residents (with a green card).  Canadian students are considered international students.

TOURO COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE NEW YORK

International students with I-20 visas may apply.  An affidavit of support is required evidence of the applicant’s ability to finance his/her education.

OHIO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Only citizens or permanent residents are accepted.  There is no financial aid available to noncitizens.

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE 

Noncitizens without permanent residency (green card) are non-admissible.

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

LECOM only considers permanent residents for admission to the medical program but may give special consideration to highly qualified Canadian residents who apply through affiliated programs.

PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Since practice rights are limited for DO’s outside the US, PCOM takes very few international students.  Most have been from Canadian provinces with unlimited practice rights.  Applicants with Green Cards are treated as US citizens.  For others, financial aid is not available.  Acceptance will not be offered unless a student meets INS requirements and gives proof of ability to pay tuition for 4 years.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY DEBUSK COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Non-citizens without permanent residency (including Canadian citizens) are considered international students for admission purposes.  Admitted international students are required to pay for both the first and last year’s tuition prior to the start of the first year.  The payment for the last year’s tuition is held in an interest-earning escrow until the last year.

TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

Non-citizens who graduate from a Texas high school may be considered as Texas residents in the admissions process.  Applicants who are on a temporary visa or do not meet the requirements for Texas residency are considered non-residents.  Canadian students are considered as non-resident applicants.  In 2007 two international applicants were accepted from an international pool of 10.  There are limited funding opportunities for international students through Texas Public Education Grants.  Students are encouraged to pursue loan funding from outside sources.

EDWARD VIA VIRGINIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Candidates who do not hold a green card must show proof of funding for tuition and living expenses.  On average, VCOM accepts one international student every 2 years.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Non-citizens without permanent residency will not be accepted.

WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Permanent residents are treated as US citizens.  Nonresidents are not eligible to apply.

   CANADIAN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND FACULTY OF MEDICINE

In the past three years, Memorial accepted 9 non-Canadians from about 100 applicants.  Memorial does not require evidence of ability to finance education; however, Canadian Immigration may.  No financial aid is available.  These students pay a different fee, approximately $30,000 Canadian.  Students are informed that they will go into the residency match as non-Canadian citizens.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Although there are four subgroups of applicants for admission to McGill, this report contains information only about the three in which there may be students who have taken their undergraduate training in U. S. institutions.  The category of the applicant is determined by the personal citizenship or residency status of the applicant at the deadline date of a sub-group, not according to where the studies may have been conducted.  The majority of positions available are reserved for Quebec residents.  The three subgroups are: U. S. and other foreign students, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are residents of a province other than Quebec, and Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who are residents of Quebec.  The following table contains information about the selection of applicants from these three groups.

Group

Applicants 

Places 

Interviews

Acceptances

U.S./Foreign

146

9

47

15

Can./non-Quebec

380

7

58

20

Quebec

220

80

137

91

Although the above data might suggest that geography is important, with residents of Quebec and US/foreign applicants accepted at a much higher rate than Canadians from other provinces, this could also reflect other competitive factors.

 
 
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