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International Students

Are you an international student or a domestic student with a degree from an international institution applying for admission to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine? Here are some things you’ll need to know:

Accredited Institution

The university or universities that you have attended must be fully accredited. In most cases, students who have attended universities exclusively outside the United States have chosen to supplement their studies with at least one year of course work at an accredited university in the United States. If you have taken your coursework at an international university where English is not the language of instruction, your application may benefit from taking additional science courses at an English-speaking university.

Official Transcripts

Student applicants who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete course-by-course evaluation of the native transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents. In all instances, the evaluating agency will require original, official documentation. Please note, the evaluating agency must send both the course-by-course report and copies of the native documents. If the agency does not provide copies of the documentation used to do the course-by-course evaluation, the student must submit their official documentation to Vanderbilt.

Evaluating agencies include:

Official transcripts and course-by-course evaluation reports should be sent to the following address:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Attn: Christina Twist
PMB 407712
224 Eskind Biomedical Library and Learning Center
Nashville, TN 37240-7712

For further questions regarding prior degrees, please visit our University Registrar’s website.


If you need a student visa (F-1 or J-1), you must be able to document that you have the financial resources to pay for (at a minimum) one year’s expenses each year. For more information on visas necessary for studying at Vanderbilt, see International Student & Scholar Services.

Financial Aid

If you need financial aid, you may apply for institutional need-based funding to determine eligibility. To be eligible for Federal loans, you need a permanent resident visa or an immigrant visa if you are not a U.S. citizen. Private funding sources may be available. A helpful website is Financial Aid for International Students. International students can generally obtain a private alternative loan if a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is willing to co-sign the loan.