International Students

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Abbott, International Student Advisor
Location: Campus Activities Building (CAB) 203
Phone: 315 464-4604
Fax: 315 464-8822
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Applications are accepted from foreign citizens who have completed at least 90 semester hours of college course work at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada. The admissions procedures are the same as US citizens.

All else being equal, priority will be given to candidates who are US citizens or permanent residents. However, non-US residents with a strong record of academic research achievement are encouraged to apply.

International students whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours at a college or university in the United States or Canada, the TOEFL is not required.

Upon acceptance to the College of Medicine, our International Student Advisor, Ms. Jennifer Abbott, can assist international students who need to obtain or amend a visa to study at SUNY Upstate.

International Students are not eligible for US government aid programs (Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan and Federal Work Study). We do not offer scholarship support to international students in the College of Medicine.

International students are financially responsible for their tuition, fees and living expenses while enrolled at Upstate Medical University. International students should be aware that financial aid is limited and difficult to obtain. Further, it should be understood that Upstate Medical University cannot co-sign for any loans. Prior to enrollment, international students must indicate their understanding of this financial commitment which will then be confirmed via the I-20 application process. Note: Some programs of study at Upstate Medical University offer stipends and tuition waivers. These conditions will be considered throughout the process.

Students may apply for private loans through US banks, providing a US resident co-signs the loan.

Application Deadlines
AMCAS: Applications must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15
Upstate: Applications to the College of Medicine must be complete by December 1

International Festival

carribean dance

College of Medicine students Cara Grome, Blesserene Punzalan, Linda Amah and Farah Daccuiel perform the Caribbean dance "Imamou Lele" at SUNY Upstate's Third Annual International Festival. Nineteen of 26 countries that represent Upstate's student and faculty community were featured at the event, which is presented by the International Student Association, International Federation of Medical Students' Association and the Multicultural Events Planning Committee.