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Why study at a medical college in the United States?

Studying medicine in the USA is the most popular option for international students. With its reputation for excellence, career opportunities and top quality facilities, choosing to study at a medical college in the USA is something you won’t regret.
It’s important to note that it’s only possible to study medicine in the US at graduate level. If you’re an undergraduate, you will need to complete a program of pre-med study – normally in chemistry, biology, physics and English.
You will also need to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) before being accepted on a medical program in the US.

What medical programs are offered in the USA?

Medical colleges in the USA combine pre-medical education (lasting 3-4 years) with graduate level medical programs. The medical element is split between pre-clinical modules on medical sciences and a clinical study in teaching hospitals.

Students graduate with either a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) qualification or a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) title.

As  you progress and gain experience, you will be able to take further medical programs and electives to specialise in different fields.

Immigration and visas in the USA

Before starting your program at a medical college in the US, you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.

To apply for a student visa, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in the USA?

Tuition fees in medical colleges across the US vary depending on the institution and program of study. International student fees are often significantly higher than home student fees.

As a guide, you should expect to pay between $35,000 and $60,000 to study at a medical college in the USA.

Working in the USA

You will not be able to work in the USA whilst studying at a medical college on an F-1 student visa.

Furthermore, applying for permanent residence and employment in the USA post-study is also tricky: to obtain your ‘green card’ (known officially as lawful permanent residence), you would need to be sponsored by either a close relative, who is a lawful permanent resident, or an employer.

The USA is one of the world’s largest economies, and the job market remains extremely competitive. There are opportunities for international medical graduates in the US, but many return to work in their home countries.  

What to do next

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