Information for International Students

Medical schools in the United States rarely accept individuals who are citizens of other countries. For example, in 2007, the American Association of Medical Colleges reports that of the 1,371 medical school applicants who were not US citizens, only 164 matriculated to a US medical school, for a 12% matriculation rate (compared to a 42% matriculation rate for US citizens, based on data reported here).

The only exception is granted to Canadian applicants, who are given the same consideration as any American student (though Canadians will find it difficult to gain admission to state schools). This is due in large part to the fact that foreign students are not eligible for government loans in the United States. In many cases, schools that might accept a small number of non-citizens will also require that tuition payments be made in advance, or they might stipulate that enough money for the entire duration of that student's medical education be placed in an escrow account. In some extremely rare cases a foreign student who shows exceptional promise might be accepted with some scholarship aid at some of the more prominent and well-endowed private medical schools, but this is a rare exception. Brandeis students who are not citizens of the United States but aspire to study at an American medical school should make an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor.