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International Student FAQs

Frequently Asked International Student Questions

February, 2018 - The University Program and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (College Program) will now accept applications from all international students (including Canadians) and students with DACA status.  

Do you have certain quotas  for International or DACA students?

No. We admit regardless of citizenship status.

Are international and DACA applicants evaluated differently?

No.  Applicants with these immigration statuses are evaluated in the same manner as US citizens and green card holders. We do not have special academic criteria or cut-offs for applicants with these statuses. All components of the application are taken into consideration, including metrics, life experiences, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.

What if I received my undergraduate degree from a university outside the US or Canada?

For the University Program: A candidate who graduates from an institution outside the United States will be considered if he/she completes one or two undergraduate or graduate years of science coursework in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada, and demonstrates the ability to perform well in the U.S. academic environment.

For the College program:One degree (bachelor, master or Ph.D.) must be earned from a school in the U.S. or Canada. The applicant must also have resided in the U.S. or Canada for one to two years.

Where can I find more information about applying to residency programs as a Foreign Medical Graduate?

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) have some helpful resources and information on their website.

Where can I find more resources for international students?

Case Western Reserve University has an office of International Student Services which can help coordinate much of the documentation necessary to enroll in our School.

Where can I find information about Student Visas, I-20s, SEVIS, etc.?

The Office of International Student Services' website for detailed information regarding these important documents.

What if I have a change in my status while in the application process?

It is your responsibility to notify the Admissions Office immediately if you have a change in your status. You should also update your new status in your AMCAS application.

What about financial aid?

For the University program: Our financial aid office is unable to provide needs-based aid for students who are not US citizens or green card holders. Federal loans are also not available. We will require proof of payment for 1 year up front. International and DACA applicants often take out private loans to cover costs, and these must be cosigned by a US citizen.

For the College Program: Although a full tuition scholarship is given to all matriculants, International and DACA matriculants will need to cover living expenses. International and DACA applicants often take out private loans to cover costs, and these must be cosigned by a US citizen.

Helpful international and immigration links can be found here.