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International Applicants

Michigan State University has a long tradition of welcoming international students, and since its establishment at the university in 1969, the College of Osteopathic Medicine has supported that tradition as reflected in our vision statement: 

To prepare physicians in the science of medicine, the art of caring and the power of touch, with a world view open to all people.

Applying to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Candidates who are evaluated as international applicants are individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

All international applicants use the same application service, follow the same application processes, and must demonstrate completion of all the same requirements as U.S. candidates seeking admission to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. International applicants must also complete additional verification of academic credentials, verification of financial resources and verification of English language proficiency.

Those candidates who completed coursework outside of the U.S., or Canadian candidates who completed coursework at a non-English speaking institution, must submit official course by course evaluations provided through recognized academic evaluation services. 


If an offer of admission is granted and accepted by the candidate, the candidate will be asked to prove financial resources for an F-1 student visa and to provide documentation of tuition and fees and necessary living expenses for the first year before immigration documents can be issued.

Employment Authorization for International Applicants

It is the responsibility of the international applicant to ensure that all visa and other applicable terms and conditions are maintained during his or her stay in the United States. It is the responsibility of the international applicant to understand any employment-related requirements relevant to the college medical program. The applicant must meet any requirements for receiving U.S. employment authorization. International applicants will have limited employment authorization options. 

Compliance with all Applicable Laws

Federal laws, regulations, processes and requirements relevant to international applicants are subject to change at any time. Michigan State University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine require international students to adhere to all applicable federal laws regarding their period of stay and/or ability to work in the United States. Michigan State University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine will also abide by all applicable federal laws, including future changes that may limit or restrict an individual’s ability to remain in the United States.

International applicants who have questions about their status or applicable immigration laws in the United States are encouraged to seek private legal counsel.

Additional Information

Canadian Applicants

All applicants are considered under regular admissions. The following criteria are required for applicants to be considered for the Canadian Initiative:

  1. Must be citizen of Canada
  2. Canada Landed Immigrants/permanent residents are not eligible for this program.
  3. Must be eligible for Canadian financial aid
  4. Must hold an F-1 student status in order to study
  5. Dual citizens of Canada and The United States are ineligible. 

The College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to recruit qualified Canadian students with an interest in primary care to help promote osteopathic medicine in Canada. Graduates of the college are recognized by the Canadian Resident Matching Service as an approved non-Canadian medical school. The college has taken the initiative to recruit qualified Canadian applicants and has set a special tuition rate for these students through scholarships. Interested applicants are encouraged to review our scholarship information.

MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Canadian Osteopathic Association encourage applicants to review all prerequisite requirements. The college offers admission on a rolling basis and as such it is beneficial to have application ready for submission when the application cycle begins, typically in May, for the following summer start. We invite all interested Canadian candidates to take a moment to review the Canadian Student Guide prior to application, as it articulates several of the expectations Canadian students will encounter during their undergraduate and graduate medical education experiences.


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