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

Individuals who are not United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States are evaluated as international applicants.

All international applicants use the same application service, follow the same application processes, and must demonstrate completion of all the same requirements as United States citizens and permanent residents. 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 United States or Canada, or who completed coursework at a Canada university where the language of instruction was not English, must submit official course by course evaluations through a recognized academic evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES). Individuals with questions about the acceptability of a service should contact the College of Osteopathic Medicine office of Admissions.


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

International Studies & Programs - Office for International Students and Scholars


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