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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, 2013," notes that of 1,088 foreign applicants in 2013, only 115 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:
U. of Alabama School of Medicine
U. of South Alabama College of Medicine
U. of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
U. of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson
U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
U. of California, Irvine School of Medicine
U. of California, Riverside School of Medicine
U. of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac U.
Florida Atlantic U. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida International U. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State U. College of Medicine
U. of Central Florida College of Medicine
U. of Florida College of Medicine
U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine
U. of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents U.
Mercer U. School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
Loyola U. Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Rush Medical College of Rush U. Medical Center
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine
Indiana U. School of Medicine
U. of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
U. of Kansas School of Medicine
Louisiana State U. Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport
Uniformed Services U. of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
U. of Massachusetts Medical School
U. of Michigan Medical School
Western Michigan U. School of Medicine
U. of Mississippi School of Medicine
U. of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Creighton U. School of Medicine
U. of Nebraska College of Medicine
U. of Nevada School of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
U. of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albany Medical College
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra U.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
U. at Buffalo State U. of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
U. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina U.
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
U. of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Northeast Ohio Medical U.
The Ohio State U. College of Medicine
U. of Cincinnati College of Medicine
The U. of Toledo College of Medicine
Wright State U. Boonshoft School of Medicine
U. of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science U. School of Medicine
The Commonwealth Medical College
Drexel U. College of Medicine
Temple U. School of Medicine
Ponce School of Medicine
U. of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Medical U. of South Carolina College of Medicine
U. of South Carolina School of Medicine
U. of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
U. of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
East Tennessee State U. James H. Quillen College of Medicine
U. of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas A&M U. System Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas Tech U. Health Sciences Center at El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech U. Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
U. of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
U. of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
U. of Vermont College of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
U. of Washington (Seattle) School of Medicine
Marshall U. Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
U. of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The schools listed below accept applications from Canadian international applicants:
Louisiana State U. School of Medicine in New Orleans
U. of Maryland School of Medicine
Central Michigan U. College of Medicine
Michigan State U. College of Human Medicine
Oakland U. William Beaumont School of Medicine
Wayne State U. School of Medicine
Mayo Medical School
New York Medical College
New York U. School of Medicine
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth U. School of Medicine
West Virginia U. School of Medicine

The schools listed below accept applications from international applicants:
Keck School of Medicine of the U. of Southern California (see second paragraph under "Prerequisites of the Keck School of Medicine")
Loma Linda U. School of Medicine
Stanford U. School of Medicine
U. of California, Davis School of Medicine
U. of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (scroll down to "Foreign Applicants" under "Admissions Information")
U. of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
U. of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
U. of Connecticut School of Medicine (click on "Does the school accept foreign students?")
Yale U. School of Medicine
The George Washington U. School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Georgetown University School of Medicine (scroll down to top of page 6, "International and Out-of-State Applicants" paragraph)
Howard U. College of Medicine
Emory U. School of Medicine
U. of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (see second paragraph under "Application Procedure")
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin U. of Medicine and Science (under "Genral Application Information," scroll down to "Are applicants from outside the U.S. eligible for admissions?")
Northwestern U. Feinberg School of Medicine
U. of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine
U. of Illinois College of Medicine
U. of Kentucky College of Medicine
U. of Louisville School of Medicine
Tulane U. School of Medicine (scroll down to page 4, "International Students" section)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Boston U. School of Medicine (see first paragraph)
Harvard Medical School
Tufts U. School of Medicine
U. of Minnesota Medical School
Saint Louis U. School of Medicine (scroll down to sixth paragraph beginning "Admission is possible...")
Washington U. in St. Louis School of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva U.
Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons (see third paragraph under "Academics" beginning "It is rare that...")
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Stony Brook U. School of Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical U.
Weill Cornell Medical College (scroll down to "Do you consider foreign students..." under "Residency and Citizenship")
Duke U. School of Medicine
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (scroll down to "International Applicants" section)
Case Western Reserve U. School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson U. (click on "International Students")
Pennsylvania State U. College of Medicine
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the U. of Pennsylvania (scroll down to "International Students")
U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (scroll down to "International Students")
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (see second paragraph under "Eligibility"
Vanderbilt U. School of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
U. of Texas Medical School at Houston
U. of Utah School of Medicine
U. of Virginia School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

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
Canadian Student Loan Program
Education USA Graduate Study Information for International Students
EStreetLoans Federal Graduate PLUS Loans (for eligible non-U.S. citizens)
Funding for US Study Online
Funding Info for International Students
Global Student Loan Corporation
Graduate and Professional Studies in the U.S. (info for international students)
Guide to State Residency
Information for Premedical Students Who Are Not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
International Applicants
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
International Financial Aid Resources and Information
International Private Student Loans
International Scholarships
International Student Loan Center
International Student Loan Links
International Student Loans
International Student Loans: A Lifeline for Foreign Students
International Students and Medical Education: Options and Obstacles
International Students Applying to U.S. Medical Schools
International Students in United States' 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)
My Student Loans Web Loans for International Students
Obstacles Facing International Premedical Students
SallieMae Loans for International Students Studying in the United States
Student Loans for International Students
The Education Resources Institute (TERI)