International Medical School Applicants

International Med School Applicants, Med School Applicants, International Medical Applicants

This was The Yale School of Medicine back in the day. We bet there weren’t many international students around the med school back then either. But Yale wasn’t — and isn’t — alone.

Are you an international medical school applicant seeking admission to a U.S.-based medical school? Students coming to us to help them earn admission to highly selective American medical schools often ask us: “Is it more difficult to get into a top American med school as an international applicant?” Our answer is an unequivocal, “Yes.” Is it fair? Not necessarily. We get it and we don’t. But it’s the case whether we get it or not. American applicants to medical schools have a distinct advantage over their peers from other nations and this has been the case for some time — although the trend has even increased in recent years.

But we want our readers to hear it from the horse’s mouth. So here’s what Yale has to say about international medical school applicants to the university: “It is extremely difficult for international applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States to gain admission to U.S. medical schools. State-supported medical schools rarely consider international applicants for admission, and those private schools that do accept applications generally require that international students place in escrow an amount ranging from one to four years’ tuition and fees (USD 40,000–200,000). There are very few scholarships available for medical schools in the U.S., and to qualify for U.S. government-sponsored loans, the applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident. International applicants who are considering a career as a medical doctor and hope to receive their education at an American medical school should think carefully before applying for admission to an undergraduate program in the United States.”

Is it more difficult to earn admission to an American medical school as an international applicant? You bet it is!

We applaud Yale for their candor. When so many universities with medical schools keep silent about the difficulty of international applicants earning admission to med schools, we’d argue that it’s rather refreshing for Yale to bring the issue to the forefront. For Yale’s candor about the American medical school admissions process for international applicants, we salute the university!

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