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International Applicants

International students face two major obstacles to pursuing an MD degree at a U.S. medical school: limited number of available slots and scarcity of funding. Many medical schools do not accept any international applicants (i.e., not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident); other schools may accept only a few. A table compiled by AAMC entitled, "Applicants to U.S. Medical Schools by In- or Out-of-State Matriculation Status, 2015-2016," notes that of 1,351 foreign applicants in 2015-2016, only 140 matriculated. You should refer to individual schools' websites or see Dr. Thurlow for more information. International students should consult the individual medical school entries in "Medical School Admission Requirements" (published by AAMC) to determine whether applications are accepted from international applicants.

The schools listed below do not accept applications from international applicants:
Albany Medical College
California Northstate U. College of Medicine
City University of New York School of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Creighton U. School of Medicine
Drexel U. College of Medicine
East Tennessee State U. James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Florida Atlantic U. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida International U. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State U. College of Medicine
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac U.
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra U.
Indiana U. School of Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple U.
Louisiana State U. School of Medicine in New Orleans
Louisiana State U. School of Medicine in Shreveport
Loyola U. Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Marshall U. Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta U.
Medical U. of South Carolina College of Medicine
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
Mercer U. School of Medicine
Michigan State U. College of Human Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
New York U. School of Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical U.
Oakland U. William Beaumont School of Medicine
Ohio State U. College of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science U. School of Medicine
Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Rush Medical College of Rush U. Medical Center
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas Tech U. Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech U. Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina U.
The Commonwealth Medical College
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Uniformed Services U. of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
University of Vermont College of Medicine
University of Washington (Seattle) School of Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth U. School of Medicine
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wayne State U. School of Medicine
Western Michigan U. Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Wright State U. Boonshoft School of Medicine

The schools listed below accept applications from international applicants on a case-by-case basis:
Central Michigan U. College of Medicine
Duke U. School of Medicine
George Washington U. School of Medicine and Health Sciences MD Program for International Students
Mayo Medical School
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
New York Medical College
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

The schools listed below accept applications from international applicants:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva U.
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston U. School of Medicine (also see second sentence of first paragraph under "Requirements")
Case Western Reserve U. School of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin U. of Medicine and Science (scroll down to "Are applicants from outside the U.S. eligible for admissions?")
Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons (see third paragraph under "Academics" beginning "It is rare that...")
Emory U. School of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Georgetown University School of Medicine (click on "International & DACA Applicants")
Harvard Medical School
Howard U. College of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the U. of Southern California (click on "International Applicants" under "Prerequisites of the Keck School of Medicine")
Loma Linda U. School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Northwestern U. Feinberg School of Medicine (see questions pertaining to international students)
Pennsylvania State U. College of Medicine
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the U. of Pennsylvania (scroll down to "Does Perelman accept international students?")
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Saint Louis U. School of Medicine (scroll down to sixth paragraph beginning "Admission is possible...")
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson U. (scroll down to "International Students" section)
Stanford U. School of Medicine
Stony Brook U. School of Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical U. College of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (see second paragraph under "Eligibility")
Tufts U. School of Medicine
Tulane U. School of Medicine (scroll down to page 4, "International Students" section)
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (scroll down to "International Applicants")
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine (see third sentence under "Credit Hours")
University of Connecticut School of Medicine (click on "Does the school accept foreign students?")
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (scroll down to "Does JABSOM accept nonresident or international students?")
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (scroll down to "International Applicants" section)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (scroll down to "International Students")
University of Utah School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Vanderbilt U. School of Medicine
Washington U. in St. Louis School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College (see "Residency and Citizenship" section)
West Virginia U. School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Most federally funded scholarship and loan programs are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Accordingly, international students must often assume the full financial burden of applying to and attending medical school. This can be done using personal resources or securing non-federally funded loans. An additional hurdle at some schools is a requirement to put from one to four years of costs (tuition, fees, and living expenses) in escrow before matriculation.

There are schools that have privately-funded programs for which international students may be eligible. There are also private loan services to which international students may apply. In many cases, you will need a U.S. citizen to co-sign your loan application (i.e., someone willing to pay back the loan if you are not able to).

Research-oriented international applicants may also want to explore joint MD/PhD programs in which the student might be supported by his or her research mentor's grant.

Financial Resources and Information Links for International Students:

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme
American Association of University Women International Fellowships
Applying as an International Applicant
Applying to Medical School: A Guide for Canadian Students
Applying to Medical School as an International Applicant
Canadian Applicants
Canadian Student Loan Program
Clark University Global Scholars Program
Find Financial Aid
Finding Financial Aid
Foreign Enrolled Student Loans FAQ
Funding for U.S. Study Online
Funding Info for International Students
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of International Medicine Programs Summer Research and Medical Enrichment Program
Global Student Loan Corporation
In-State Tuition and State Residency Requirements
International Applicants to U.S. Medical Schools
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
International Financial Aid Resources and Information
International Med School Applicants Face Challenges
International Medical School Applicants
International Scholarships
International Student Loan Center
International Student Loans
International Student Loans: A Lifeline for Foreign Students
International Student Loans for Studying in the U.S.
International Students and Medical Education: Options and Obstacles
International Students in United States' Medical Schools
Keys for International Students Considering U.S. Medical Schools
Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund (Student Loan Program)
Loans for International Students
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) Educational Grant Program
Medical School Admission Policies Towards Non-U.S. Citizens
Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTP)
Obstacles Facing International Premedical Students
Private Student Loans for International Students
State Residency Requirements
Student Loans for International Students
3 Tips for International Students Applying to U.S. Medical Schools
U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools Accepting International Students
U.S. Medical Schools for International Students Blog