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International Applicants

International or foreign students are defined as those students who are non-citizen and non-permanent residents. Permanent residents are generally treated the same as all U.S. citizens. As discussed earlier, most US medical, veterinary and dental schools give some preference to residents of their state which automatically makes application more difficult for an international student without permanent residency. In addition, many schools that will consider students from outside their state will not consider international students.

Additionally, internations students also face challenges with financing medical school, given that they are ineligible for federal financial aid.  In fact, some schools have policies which may require evidence of the student’s capacity to pay tuition above and beyond the INS requirements for an I20.  Some institutions have grants available for international students, but the funding is fairly limited. 

Joint Program Opportunity

DUKE-NUS Graduate Medial School Singapore

Duke-NUS Medical School is a unique collaboration between two leading universities: Duke University in the United States and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The MD curriculum spans 4 years. Graduates are awarded the degree of Doctoral Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and NUS.

CC and SEAS undergraduates and alumni are encouraged to make an appointment with our office for more information on this program.

Eligibility : Outstanding students who are completing or have completed their Bachelor’s (or Master’s or PhD) in any discipline are welcome to apply. Formal or informal training in the sciences or engineering is particularly welcome. Students with MBBS degrees are not eligible. Students with connections to Singapore and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply.

Service Commitment: In return for generous educational subsidies provided by the government of Singapore for the full tuition, all medical students are required to sign a service commitment agreement prior to entry in Duke-NUS.
For students enrolled in Duke-NUS, the service commitment period is as follows:
  • 4 years for Singapore citizens
  • 5 years for international students and Singapore permanent residents

Deadline: Online applications are now open till December 1.

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Phone: +65 6516 5550

Preprofessional Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-6378

Fax: 212-854-2562

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.