Thinking Of Applying to U.S. Medical Schools As An International Student?December 6, 2013
If you are an aspiring medical student and you’d like to apply to a medical school in the United States, you are likely to hear from everyone that it can be extremely difficult for international students to gain admission into any US medical school. This is in fact true with many American universities themselves advising prospective undergraduate students to think carefully about their decision. The main reason behind this is because medical school tuition in the US can be very expensive and foreign students are not entitled to avail of the financial resources that are available for American medical students.
However, while it may be difficult, it is not impossible. If you are determined that this is what you want, you have to do your homework and find a way to make it happen. Most US medical schools apply the same admissions standards for foreign students as they do for domestic applicants and would offer admission in the same manner, although foreign applications are dependent on financing.
Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind:
Start Researching Well Ahead Of Time
To avoid missed opportunities and potential disappointment, the importance of starting your research early cannot be overemphasised. There are several factors to be taken into consideration and several decisions to be made but before you get into any of that, you will have to figure out the financials and this can be complicated and time-consuming.
You will have to first check the total cost of tuition at the different medical schools, particularly each school’s financial aid policy for international students. This can vary hugely and you will find that some schools require students to deposit 4 years of tuition upfront into a third-party or escrow account. Alternatively, you will need to show proof of assets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars worth. Even if the schools do not specifically request for details about your financial information, you will still need it to apply for an F-1 student visa.
Thing About Doing Some Coursework In The U.S.
The medical schools that do accept applications from international students preferably require a Bachelor’s Degree issued by a US educational institute or at least one year of US-based coursework in the sciences.
If you have completed or are completing your undergraduate degree in Australia, it may be worth your while to plan a year of coursework at an American institution. Not only will this will help you meet the requirements but it will also open doors to applying to more schools. Equally important, it will also help you decide whether studying in the United States is the right for you.
Consider An M.D. or Ph.D. Program
International students have a better chance in gaining admission and funding for a medical education through this route in the United States mainly because slots for these positions are typically fully funded, due to the Ph.D. component. However, international students are subject to the same requirements as US students. You must have a solid research track record and should be committed to a career as a physician-scientist. Applicants’ career ambitions play a huge role into gaining admission into any of these programs, as the total cost of training students in these types of programs can be well over $350,000.