International Student Application FAQs

Have Questions about Applying to a Degree Program at the School of Medicine?

Check out the FAQs below to learn more about the application process and how CWRU can help make your transition to Cleveland as smooth as possible

As a Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine student, your safety is our top priority. Therefore, CWRU has various resources and contacts prepared to keep you, your peers, the faculty, and the staff safe in an emergency. You'll be able to read more about these resources and procedures here.

All students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated and "boosted" before their arrival on campus. In case of an outbreak, the university will monitor conditions, decide on the best course of action to minimize infection, and provide relevant and reliable information to all members of the CWRU community. For additional, more in-depth, information, please see the International Student Services COVID-19 Updates page.

In order to apply and transition to campus, you will need to fill out a variety of forms and review several resources. Please click here to learn more about the specifics of these forms and resources.

There are a variety of housing opportunities open to you around campus. Click here to learn more about these options! 

Yes, there are a variety of housing opportunities around campus that will enable you to stay close to campus during your degree-earning years!

No, financial aid is not available from the U.S. Department of Education to international students. However, there may be exceptions to this policy. You can learn more on the Federal Student Aid website.

If you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a United States institution where English is the main method of instruction, then a TOEFL score is not required (following the appropriate degree verification).

International Student Services will process all paperwork related to your travel and stay in the U.S. You will hear from ISS after you receive your official acceptance letter (via email) from the School of Graduate Studies and Accept our offer of admission. Note that the second page of your admissions offer letter contains step-by-step information on starting your visa process in Terra Dotta. ISS will not start your visa unless you have accepted the offer from Graduate Studies in the online application system. ISS will communicate with students via Terra Dotta for processing your paperwork. 

Each program has a different method of organizing its advisor system; therefore, please refer back to your program of interest's webpage to learn more! If you are interested in setting up an appointment with advisors specific to the International Student Services department, please email Additionally, Virtual advising is available on-demand Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 11 am to 1 pm. An ISS advisor will be available to answer your question using the chatbox here. Moreover, in-person walk-in advising is available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 - 3 pm in Tomlinson Hall, Room 143.

Every program under the School of Medicine umbrella has a different application timeline; therefore, please refer to your specific program's webpage to learn more.

ISS will not start your visa unless you have accepted the offer from Graduate Studies in the online application system. For more information on the application process, please click here.