International students and alumni who are not U.S. permanent residents have access to apply to U.S. medical, dental, and veterinary schools, but do face additional challenges. As an international applicant, it is important to understand how these challenges may affect your application process.
To learn more about applying to medical school as an international student, please see the instructions and information provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
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Individual School Policies
Not all medical schools in the U.S. will accept international applicants. It is important to verify the school's acceptance policy prior to submitting an application.
- For a listing of allopathic medical schools that accept international students, use MSAR and select International applicants on the filters.
- Clark University also maintains a searchable list of allopathic medical schools.
- For a listing of osteopathic medical schools that accept international students visit AACOMAS.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, and may need a U.S. citizen to co-sign any private loans.
Some medical schools ask international students to put the full cost of tuition in escrow before beginning medical school.
The cost of a four year U.S. medical education may range from $150,000-$250,000. An exception to this may be applying to funded M.D./Ph.D. programs.