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Applying to Medical School as an International Applicant

Instructions for international applicants who want to apply to U.S. medical schools using the AMCAS® application

International students are welcome to apply. However, it is strongly recommended that international applicants successfully complete undergraduate college work leading to a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college of arts and sciences in the United States or Canada. However, all courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements for admission must be taken at or accepted as transfer credits by an accredited college in the United States or Canada, and must be acceptable to that institution toward a baccalaureate degree in arts or sciences.

Federal law mandates that only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive financial aid. (Permanent residents must provide a copy of their unconditional Green Card upon request when applying for financial aid.) College policy requires applicants who are non-US citizens or do not obtain permanent resident status by July 1st of the year entering medical school, to either

  • deposit an amount equal to four years tuition and fees (approximately $239,000 US dollars) into a bank escrow account in advance of their matriculation to NYMC; or
  • deposit an amount equal to two years tuition and fees into a bank escrow account in advance of their matriculation to NYMC and provide a signed personal guarantee from a creditworthy, U.S. citizen for additional tuition prepayments before the start of the second and third years of the program.

General Academic Requirements International Students

It is strongly recommended undergraduate coursework leading to a baccalaureate degree is completed at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.  However, international applicants must have successfully completed the following of premed requirements (or have them in progress) from an accredited college in the United States or Canada:

General Biology, 2 semesters or equivalent, with labs 
General Chemistry, 2 semesters or equivalent, with labs 
Organic Chemistry, 1st semester or equivalent with lab
Biochemistry, 1 semester or equivalent, (with or without lab)
Physics, 2 semesters or equivalent, with labs 
English, 2 semesters or equivalent (or successful completion of the English requirements of your undergraduate institution) 

Overseas Visiting Medical Students

Clinical elective requests from international medical students: New York Medical College School of Medicine has student exchange programs with four overseas medical schools. Learn more »