The Vanderbilt Biomedical Graduate Programs have a strong and lengthy history of recruiting outstanding candidates from the international community. We continue to encourage and warmly welcome applications from international students.
As with all accepted candidates, international students will receive full first year tuition coverage, health insurance, a stipend of $36,500 (effective 7/1/2023), and an additional $2,000 at the start of the graduate program to aid in moving costs. First year funding is guaranteed as long as the student is making good progress through the program. After completion of the first year and entry into one of our 11 graduate programs, the second year of funding for international students is through the BRET office. We continue to fund our international students through their second year, and after that the PI may fund their international student through a combination of institutional support, grants, and teaching assistant opportunities.
Support for International Students
All of our trainees receive strong support and have access to numerous resources through the Office of Biomedical Research Education & Training and the Graduate Program staff. Graduate student resources can be found here; of special interest to international students are the Campus Communities and International Student sections. Additionally, to address the unique requirements for international students studying in the US, the Biomedical Graduate Program staff works closely with the Vanderbilt International Student & Scholar Services in order to support a smooth transition to Vanderbilt and the States, and throughout our trainees’ graduate careers.
FAQs for International Candidates
We are excited to continue our tradition of accepting international candidates. While we don’t have a specific number in mind, and approximately 12% of the past incoming classes of IGP and QCB combined have been international students.
Recently, around a third of our applications have been contributed from international candidates to our umbrella graduate programs. That means there are several hundred international applicants each year.
No, you do not need a Masters degree to apply to our programs. You need to have completed a Bachelors degree by the start of the program.
Yes! We prepare students for any career trajectory which interests them. Please check the resources available though our Aspire Aspire Office, Career Development!
No, you do not need a faculty sponsor to apply to our program. All students rotate through 4 labs before joining what will be their research thesis lab.
Our application fee is $95. Information on application fees and fee waivers can be found here: Online Application. At this point, need-based fee waivers are only available for US citizens and permanent residents, We have a very limited number of discretionary waivers based on suitability for the program and recruitment priorities.
Neither the general GRE exam, which includes the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections, nor the subject tests are required for admission. If you have taken the GRE and would like to include it in your application, you may do so and the admissions committee will consider it in their holistic review. The GRE Institution Code is 1871. The GRE Department Code for this program is 0202 (No department code is necessary, but you may use 0202 if you are required to enter one).
TOEFL scores are required for international applicants; however, this requirement can be waived if you have received a degree where the primary language of the country is English-speaking or if you attended a University where the language of instruction is English. We are also accepting IELTS and Duo-Lingo test scores.
Unofficial scores are accepted for the application. If an applicant is accepted into the program and attends Vanderbilt, they will then have to supply official scores.
The GRE and TOEFL Institution Code is 1871. The GRE Department Code for this program is 0202 (No department code is necessary, but you may use 0202 if you are required to enter one).
No. There are no minimum GPA, GRE, or TOEFL score requirements. When reviewing applications, we consider the entire application package.
The application submission deadline is December 1. Applications that are not complete by that date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
Yes, international candidates receive the same funding as all accepted candidates: Our programs offer full financial support and covers all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. This year students will receive a stipend of $36,500 and an additional $2,000 at the start of the graduate program to aid in moving costs.
Interview offers are sent on a rolling basis via email or phone call from January through March. Currently, we are planning on in person interviews here in Nashville, TN with a possibility of a virtual option for those unable to come to Vanderbilt.
In order to address the unique requirements for international students studying in the US, the Biomedical Graduate Program staff works closely with the Vanderbilt International Student & Scholar Services in order to support a smooth transition to Vanderbilt and the States, and throughout our trainees’ graduate careers. We also have support for international students here in the BRET office.
If you have additional questions about our umbrella graduate programs, you may contact:
Stephanie Richards, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Recruitment for IGP and QCB