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any canadians studying in US schools

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Ray22, Jan 9, 2002.

  1. Ray22

    Ray22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Hi all,
    I was wondering if there are Canadians studying in the US. i have severals questions and hope that you will answer me.
    is it that hard to get into US medicals schools for canadians in the US.
    Are we as Canadians eligible for any loans in the US .
    How are canadians candidates seen by US commities medical schools.
    I hope you will answer me
    Good luck to all
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  3. solie

    solie Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 21, 2001
    Hi Ray22,

    I'm a Canadian, and have been accepted to a few US med schools. Actually, there are quite a few Canadians here on this board. If you do a search, some of the posts about this very topic will most likely come up.

    To answer your questions directly, however...

    Is is harder for Canadians to get accepted into US med schools?
    Some say yes, some say no. I know for a fact that not every school will even accept an application from a Canadian, let alone admit them to their program. So options are definitely more limited in that sense. Whether or not we need a higher GPA/MCAT or a better application overall, in order to be seen as competetive to the schools that do actually accept Canadians, I don't know. I do know that I've had 3 interviews and 3 acceptances and my application wasn't all that great, compared to a lot of people on this board, so I don't think being Canadian has affected my applications all that much.

    The loan situation is a different story, however. We do NOT qualify for Stafford loans (American government loans), so must seek outside assistance through private loans. I'm using Canadian students loans (which we still qualify for, even though studying in the US), as well as a program called CanHELP, through TERI.
    Their web site is <a href="" target="_blank"></a> if you want to check it out.
    I believe the interest rates are higher, and that they take off more money from the loan, compared to Staffords, but private loans are really the only option, unless you've got family members willing to help you out.

    Good luck with your application! :)
  4. Ray22

    Ray22 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Thank you solie
    Congratulations for your acceptances. Your comments are very helpfull. I was wondering , if you don`t mind what was your GPA AND MCAT score.
    Can you also tell me which schools accepted you
    Good luck ;)

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