International Students ?

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  1. xerox2ooo

    xerox2ooo Junior Member

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    I know that foreign students cannot enter state medical school

    and I guess probably there would be little disadvantage even to go to private one .....

    Is there somebody who knows about disadvantage of foreign students to get into medical school ?
     
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  3. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    When you are an intl student, you really need to be smarter and have much better grades than an average med school applicant. However, the good thing is that nothing is impossible and if you keep your grades up, you won't have problems in med school admissions. There are a few state schools that accept intl students but there are too few of them.
     
  4. galen

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    I think $$ is a problem in that some/most schools make you have the money up front since (I think) you cant get a student loan if you are not a US resident This would probably be $200,000 + At least this is what Ive read on this forum a few times...
    BTW-Im sure there are a few schools that give scholarships to international students but I think they would be very rare ( for someone with radical qualifications)
     
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    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    Yeah, there a couple schools with big pockets; however it is tough to get into them. I got a letter from one schools asking me $210G upfront. The funny thing is that I still applied and I have no idea what I am going to do if accepted...
     
  6. IlianaSedai

    IlianaSedai Senior Member

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    I am not sure that is absolutely true, and wouldn't take that as a discouragement from applying.

    Admissions is full of mysteries and myths, and while it can be informative to ask others (including other students, rankings, US News & World Report, etc), take all you hear (especially all discouragement!) with a grain of salt. In the end, statistics and odds (whatever they are for people in your situation) won't matter-- there are just three things that can happen to you from applying, and those are 1) Accepted, 2) Waitlist, 3) Rejected. Whether the odds are 99% in your favor or 99% against you, you'll await the three possibilities with just as much trepidation.

    I have known non-US citizens (international students, permanent address is outside the country) going through US med schools. I would not worry too much about whether it is possible to get accepted into a school-- the bigger issue is whether you can pay for it, since US education is primarily self-funded rather than government-funded as it is in many countries. Students pay for med school by getting loans.

    It is difficult to get a student loan from the US government if you are not a US citizen-- the money simply is not available in most cases. International students are generally not eligible for government student loans (which are more low-interest); they are eligible for private bank loans (not funded by the government). But that will cost you lots and lots of interest. There may be some cases where you could access private (non-government, i.e. non-tax-raised) money to help you out-- loans, grants, and scholarships offered by the school itself if it's private, by foundations, etc.
     

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