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International Admissions

The International Student Advisor assists accepted students in obtaining all of the required documentation to study at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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. The I-20 application and Foreign Student Financial Statement forms can be found on the Upstate International Students webpage. Note: Some programs of study at Upstate Medical University offer stipends and tuition waivers. These conditions will be considered throughout the process. 

College of Graduate Studies

  • International Admissions: College of Graduate Studies
  • An official copy of the Text of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. The institution code # is 2547.

College of Health Professions

In addition to the materials required of all applicants, international students whose first language is not English must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELT score report.

For our bachelor’s programs we recommend a minimum IELT score of 6.5. For the TOEFL, we recommend a minimum score of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based) or 79-80 (Internet based).


TOEFL’s and IELT’s are not required for applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. 

Waivers may be available for students who earn a degree in the U.S., have substantial work experience in the U.S., and/or for those who can demonstrate proficiency through an interview with an Admissions Advisor and a faculty member.

Norton College of Medicine

See Norton College of Medicine International Student information.