Harvard's Office of Career Services

Information for Premedical Students
Who Are Not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

Gaining admission to U.S. medical schools and obtaining funding to pursue that education can be difficult for individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Many medical schools will review the application of an international student without any bias, but many others, particularly state schools, admit few if any international students. International students are usually only eligible for the more selective private schools.

Financial Aid

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are not eligible for the federal government-sponsored loans that are used by most U.S. medical students to fund their medical educations. Some medical schools require that students prepay tuition or deposit money sufficient to cover one or more years of tuition and fees into escrow accounts.

A small number of medical schools have merit scholarships that are awarded without regard to U.S. residency status. Canadian students can often secure loans for medical school through the Canadian government. Some students may be able to secure loans or grants from their home countries, but this varies greatly from country to country.

MD/PhD Applicants

NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) grants for MD/PhD positions are limited to U.S. citizens. However, there are some medical schools that exclude international students from their MD programs but will accept these students into their MD/PhD programs. Funding for these students comes from institutional funds, rather than MSTP grants. An AAMC chart (pdf) provides a summary of the MD-PhD programs, policies, and funding.

Schools that Accepted Harvard Students Who Were Not U.S. Permanent Residents

Below is a list of medical schools who have accepted Harvard international students without a green card in the past.  Please keep in mind that policies towards consideration of international applicants change often and the inclusion of a school on this list should not be interpreted as indicating likeliness of acceptance and/or reflecting current policies.

Stanford University School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine              

District of Columbia
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Indiana University School of medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Tufts University School of Medicine

Mayo Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School

St. Louis University School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

New Hampshire
Dartmouth Medical School

New York
Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
New York Medical College
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

North Carolina
Duke University School of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Rhode Island
Brown Medical School

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine
University of Texas, Southwestern at Dallas

University of Vermont College of Medicine

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine