US Medical School That Accept International Applicants

List of U.S. Medical Schools that Accept International Applicants

The list of U.S. medical schools that accept international applicants is a small one. If you are applying to medical school as an international applicant this is one of the many challenges you will face. Most of these schools place additional restrictions on foreign applicants. The first is usually financial. Medical school in the U.S. is very expensive and  international students are not eligible for the government loans and scholarships that make up the bulk of financial aid for most students. As such some schools will require you to show your ability to pay full tuition and others may even require you to place the entire four years of tuition into an escrow account. To ensure that cultural differences will not keep you from fully integrating into their student population socially and academically some schools will require international applicants to have taken a minimum number of courses in an American University. Further confusing the matter, some medical schools will consider Canadian applicants but not applicants from other countries.

These restrictions plus the preference most schools give to U.S. permanent residents make it tough for an international applicant to gain acceptance into a U.S. medical school. However there are options for foreign applicants. One is to apply to MD-PhD programs. These programs have full scholarships and are therefore much more open to applicants from other countries. If your research experiences have been meaningful and significant then you can be an excellent candidate for MD-PhD admissions regardless of your citizenship status. Another option is to target your applications to schools that accept international applicants and make it clear that you can cut it both financially and academically. It is crucial to ensure that you meet the extra requirements these schools place on international applicants.

The following is a list of schools that accept international applicants without permanent residency (provided you meet their admissions requirements):

University of Alabama School of Medicine: Canadian students are reviewed on a case by case basis. Students from other countries will not be considered.

University of South Alabama College of Medicine: International applicants must be eligible for an F-1 or another student visa.

University of California, Davis School of Medicine: International applicants must provide proof of sufficient funds.

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA: International applicants must show sufficient funds.

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine: F-1 visa holders must show that they can finance their education.

Loma Linda University School of Medicine: International applicants must be eligible for an F-1 visa and prove ability to finance the first 2 years of medical school.

Meck University School of Medicine of The University of Southern California: International applicants must have completed at least one year of study in the U.S. to be eligible for admissions.

Stanford University School of Medicine: International applicants must prepay or place funds in an escrow account for all four years of tuition plus expenses.

University of Colorado School of Medicine: Non-residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply and will be treated as out of state students for tuition purposes.

University of Connecticut School of Medicine: International applicants must provide assurance that they can pay for medical school.

Yale School of Medicine: Certification is required on a year to year basis that sufficient funds are available for international students to finance their medical education.

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences: International applicants must apply to a special 5 year program designed specifically for them. Canadian students will be considered the same as U.S. residents but must provide proof of ability to pay for their education.

Georgetown University School of Medicine: Accepted international applicants must provide a notarized letter of support for the living budget of the first academic year.

Howard University College of Medicine: International applicants are required to prove ability to finance their medical education.

Emory University School of Medicine: International applicants must prove they can pay tuition for four years.

Medical College of Georgia: International students will be treated as out of state applicants.

University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine: International applicants with ties to the Pacific rim have a chance of admission. International students must show adequate financial support.

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: Upon acceptance international students must present a plan by which to meet their financial obligations.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School: International applicants must present proof of ability to pay for the first year of medical school.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine: All applicants are required to have completed three years of coursework at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college.

Indiana University School of Medicine: Most international students accepted have strong ties to the state of Indiana. Students demonstrate ability to meet their financial obligations.

University of Kentucky College of Medicine: International students must demonstrate ability to pay all costs associated with the first year of medical school as well as a financial plan for the remaining three years.

University of Louisville School of Medicine: International students must prepay the first year of tuition or place the money in an escrow account.

Tulane University school of Medicine: International students are allowed to apply but preference is given to U.S. residents.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: If accepted international students must place four years of total costs into an escrow account prior to matriculating. If an international student has lived exclusively outside the U.S. he will be required to have completed a year of coursework in the U.S. to be considered for admissions.

University of Maryland School of Medicine: Canadian students are allowed to apply if they can show ability to finance all four years of medical school.

Boston University School of Medicine: All applicants must have completed at least two years of study and obtained a degree from a U.S. or Canadian university. All prerequisites must be completed at a U.S. or Canadian institution. International students are required to place the first year of tuition in an escrow account.

Harvard Medical School: All students should take their prerequisite courses at a U.S. institution. Proof of ability to pay is required for international students to matriculate.

Tufts University School of Medicine: International students are allowed to apply but warned that very few are accepted as strong preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Accepted international applicants may be required to prepay for all four years in advance or place an equivalent amount of money in an escrow account.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine: Canadians are allowed to apply but other international students are not. They must provide proof of ability to meet financial obligations.

Wayne State University School of Medicine: Canadians are allowed to apply but other international students are not. Canadians must obtain an I-20 visa.

University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine: The only international students eligible to apply are those from Manitoba.

University of Minnesota Medical School- Minneapolis: International students must provide written proof of the ability to finance four years of medical education. Evidence of facility of the English language is required.

ST. Louis University School of Medicine: International students must complete two years of science coursework at a U.S. institution. If accepted, students must place the full four years of tuition in an escrow account.

Washington University School of Medicine: Accepted international students must place four years of tuition in an escrow account prior to matriculation.

Creighton University School of Medicine: International applicants are allowed but traditionally most sucessful international applicants have all ready attended Creighton University. Students that are not permanent residents must place four years of tuition and living expenses in an escrow account.

Dartmouth Medical School: International students must demonstrate sufficient funds for the first year of medical school deposited.

Albany Medical College: Exceptional international students are welcome to apply. International students must provide proof of ability to pay or prepay the first year of medical school.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University: Students must complete at least one year of coursework in the sciences at a U.S. institution.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: International students must place one year of tuition in an escrow account.

Weill Cornell Medical College: Non-Canadian international students must place four years of tuition in an escrow account before they will be allowed to matriculate.

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine: International students must either prepay or establish an escrow account with four years of tuition in it.

New York Medical College: International students must prepay or establish an escrow account worth four years of tuition.

NYU School of Medicine: Canadians are eligible to apply but other international students are not.

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry: The only international students eligible for admission are those that are graduates of the University of Rochester undergraduate and can place two years of tuition in escrow.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine: Applications from international students are only considered after all the applications of U.S. permanent residents have been evaluated. Students must document ability to pay four years of tuition.

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine: International students must place four years of tuition in an escrow account prior to matriculating.

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University: International students must be North Carolina residents applying for a green card to be considered.

Duke University School of Medicine: Once accepted an international applicant must document ability to finance all four years of medical school.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine: International applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution and have a current visa with ICE. They must pay in full their first year of medical school tuition before matriculating.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: International applicants must have completed their prerequisite courses at an accredited four year U.S. or Canadian institution. They must prepay one year of tuition in advance and demonstrate ability to meet one year of personal expenses.

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University: International students must file an I-20 form.

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine: Canadians are considered the same as U.S. applicants. International applicants must document that they can pay all four years of medical school before they will be considered for admissions.

Brown University School of Medicine: International students must establish an escrow account containing four years of tuition.

East Tennessee State University James H. Quellen School of Medicine: Canadian applicants will be considered but all other international applicants are not eligible to apply.

Meharry Medical College only considers students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or Canadian citizens.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: International students must show they can finance all four years of medical school.

Baylor College of Medicine: International students are eligible to apply.

Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine: International Students must have 90 credit hours at an accredited U.S. institution and provide evidence of the ability to finance four years of medical school.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: International students may apply.

University of Texas Medical School at Galveston: International applicants must have completed all required coursework and at least 90 credit hours at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

University of Utah School of Medicine: Information regarding international admissions will be given via phone at 801-581-3091.

University of Vermont College of Medicine: International applicants must prepay the first year of tuition.

Eastern Virginia Medical School: International students must have completed 100 semester hours from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine: International applicants are welcome to apply.

University of Virginia School of Medicine: International applicants must have completed 90 credit hours at a U.S. or Canadian institution and provide documentation of their ability to pay for medical school.

West Virginia University School of Medicine: Canadian citizens with strong ties to West Virginia will be considered.

Medical College of Wisconsin: International applicants must show financial certification of ability to pay all four years of medical school.

As an international applicant you want your application to shine. Your choice of schools will be limited so you need to make sure your AMCAS, personal statement, secondary and interview all are flawless to maximize your chances of admissions.

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