A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Program

International Applicants

International applicants must complete all academic requirements for admissions in an accredited United States or Canadian college or university.

They must also follow the same application procedures, and adhere to the same timeline and deadlines as domestic applicants.

Obtaining Visa Eligibility Documentation

If you’re accepted to the College of Medicine, you will need to officially accept your offer of admission. After you have accepted your offer of admission, the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) will contact you by email to provide you with a link and a set of instructions for how to access their online system (iStart).

There, you will be directed to work through a pre-arrival checklist that helps guide newly admitted international students through the process of requesting visa eligibility documentation (I-20/DS-2019) and/or gaining clearance to register for classes, in addition to other crucial steps toward attending the Penn State College of Medicine.

Please note: All newly admitted international students need to access DISSA's iStart system and complete the Request I-20/DS-2019 OR Provide Current Visa Documentation step. It can take DISSA two to three weeks to process requests for an I-20/DS-2019. If you are outside the U.S. and must apply for a student visa, you should submit your request for an I-20/DS-2019 no later than May 15 of your year of matriculation, to allow time for you to obtain a visa and make travel arrangements. Please be guided accordingly in submitting documents to DISSA.

Accepted international applicants are sent a checklist detailing the above requirements, as well clearly indicating the deadlines for submission of these documents.

If the checklist items are not fulfilled by the indicated deadlines, candidates will be withdrawn from the entering class without the possibility of reinstatement.

Financing Your Medical Education

Accepted international applicants must verify the ability to finance their medical education. Foreign nationals are not eligible for financial support from the federal government or Penn State University. Learn about the financial aid verification procedure for Penn State University and the College of Medicine.


If you have questions about your application or about admissions, please contact the Penn State College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs at 717-531-8755 or StudentAdmissions@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

If you have questions about your proof of finances and the verification procedure, please contact Student Aid at 717-531-7052 or StudentAid@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.