At present, it is very difficult for students without US citizenship or permanent residency to obtain funding to attend medical school in the United States. Most medical school financing comes in the form of government-backed loans unavailable to non-citizens. Private scholarships at individual medical schools are limited. For this reason, many medical schools do not accept applications from non-citizens. Finding $150,000 – $300,000 for the cost of tuition and living expenses at those private schools that do admit non-citizens – and providing that prior to matriculation as some schools demand – can be a daunting task.
The private medical schools that accept international students will be looking for much higher than average GPAs and MCAT scores. International students should speak with the Health Professions Advisor early on, perhaps even before deciding to study at Williams, to understand better the challenges they might encounter.