There are many reasons an aspiring physician may choose to pursue studies at foreign medical schools. Tuition rates at domestic institutions may be out of reach. You may want to expand the breadth and scope of your studies by gaining an international perspective. Academic or personal circumstances may limit the options which are available to you at home. Regardless of your reasons, you can rest assured that your dream of becoming a doctor is still well within reach.
In most cases, students who get their training at foreign medical schools are still eligible to sit for medical licensing examinations in the United States and Canada, as long as certain criteria are met. First, the institution at which you study must be listed with the World Health Organization (WHO) and IMED/FAIMER. Then, you will have to pass the USMLE exams and/or Canadian board examinations and finally, you must double-check with your state or province's medical licensing board to ensure that you are eligible for licensure.
If you're looking into foreign medical schools, chances are you have many questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about foreign or international medical schools:
- What are the admissions requirements? Typically, you will need to have an undergraduate academic background in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or a related subject. In non-English speaking countries, you may require TOEFL certification, and you should also take the MCAT examination so you can submit your score if and when it is requested. You will likely need to submit transcripts and letters of recommendation.
- Will I need a visa? In many cases, you will need to apply with the embassy or consulate of the country in which you plan to study to get a student visa, however this differs on a country by country basis so check with your intended school.
- What will my tuition fees and living expenses be like? It is difficult to generalize about tuition fees and living expenses, and this really depends on the country and institution you plan to attend. It's best to do this research before applying to specific foreign medical schools to ensure you'll be able to meet the financial demands of your studies.
- Is financial aid available? Scholarships and other forms of financial aid such as private loans may be available to international students through the medical school.
Trinity School of Medicine is an accredited medical school located in the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We prepare students to become licensed, practicing doctors in North America. If your goal is to become a physician, we want to help you reach it.