International Students

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International Students

 

International students (citizens of any country outside the United States and Canada) should be aware of the following additional requirements: 

  

NACES Evaluation

 

All coursework, including required pre-medical courses taken at colleges outside the United States or Canada, must be evaluated by a NACES approved credit evaluation agency to determine if the courses are comparable and equivalent to courses taken in the United States or Canada. All required documents, if originally printed in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

 

TOEFL 

International students whose principal language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum scores accepted are 600 on the paper based test, 250 on the computer based test, or 100 on the internet based test. Further information on the TOEFL exam may be found on the TOEFL website

 

 

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Immigration Information 

 

Third and fourth year clinical clerkships take place at teaching hospitals in the United States.  International students who attend UMHS will need a B-1 visa to complete their studies.  B-1 visa status only applies to the period of time of third and fourth year clinicals, and does not apply to graduate medical training (residency) which normally requires a separate visa, the J-1 visa.  International students may be eligible for a B-1 visa and entry to the United States.  Canadian students are considered "visa-exempt," but must still comply with the same documentation requirements.

 

Students must apply for a B-1 visa in advance at a US consulate. The US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, is responsible for consular matters in St. Kitts.  Conditions of the application include maintenance of residence abroad and demonstration of sufficient means of financial support during the student's stay in the United States.

 

All persons who obtain a B-1 visa or are visa-exempt must present themselves to an immigration officer upon arrival in the United States.  Upon admission to the US, the immigration officer will place a stamp in the student's passport noting the period of authorized stay.  The officer will also provide Form I-94, which is the entry record an international student must keep while in the US.

 

For further specific questions regarding the visa process, please contact UMHS VP of Admissions, Marie McGillycuddy at mmcgillycuddy@umhs-sk.net.

 

 

 

 

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