International Candidates

­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. Our application is currently closed but will open in the fall.

Funding

As with all accepted candidates, international students will receive full first year tuition coverage, health insurance, a stipend of $29,500, and an additional $2000 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, funding for international students is 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. 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 Serves 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, we plan to increase the number of international students accepted this year and in future years.

Recently, around a third of our applications (around 350 out of around 1000) have been contributed from international candidates to our umbrella graduate programs. We continue to welcome and encourage these applications!

Yes!  We prepare students for any career trajectory they are interested in. Please check out the website of our Office of Career Development!

You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline at this link. Admission to the our umbrella graduate programs is granted for the fall semester only. No students will be admitted to start in the spring. 

Starting with Fall 2018 applications, our application fee will be $95. We intend to have a robust waiver process as a part of this in order to ensure that we continue to recruit those students coming from groups that could be disadvantaged by the fee. More information on fee waivers will be available by the time applications open, August 1st.

Yes. The general GRE exam, which includes the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections, is required for admission into or graduate programs. An official score report must be submitted. 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 also 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.

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, including previous research experience.

The admission deadline is January 15.  You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline by clicking here.  The priority deadline is December 1.  This date is when applications will begin 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. In addition, students receive a stipend.  First year compensation for 2017 will be $31,500 which includes a stipend of $29,500 and a first-day bonus of $2000 to be used for upfront costs associated with relocating to Nashville.  University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.

Interview offers are sent on a rolling basis via email from December through March. International candidates who are in the US will be asked to come to one of our interview weekends on campus while candidates currently outside of the US will be offered a Skype interview with Admissions Committee members.

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 Serves in order to support a smooth transition to Vanderbilt and the States, and throughout our trainees’ graduate careers. 

If you have additional questions about our umbrella graduate programs, you may contact:

IGP and QCB Program Coordinator- Carolyn Berry
(615) 343-1908
carolyn.m.berry@vanderbilt.edu

Assistant Director - Beth Bowman, Ph.D.
(615) 875-8632
elizabeth.a.bowman@vanderbilt.edu