International applicants must complete all academic requirements for admissions in an accredited United States or Canadian college or university, follow the same application procedures, and adhere to the same timeline as domestic applicants. If accepted to the College of Medicine, you will need to officially accept your offer of admission. After you have accepted your offer of admission, the Directorate of International Student Advising (DISA) will contact you by email to provide you with a link and a set of instructions for how to access their online system (iStart). There you will be directed to work through a Pre-Arrival Checklist that helps guide newly admitted international students through the process of requesting visa eligibility documentation (I-20/DS-2019) and/or gaining clearance to register for classes, in addition to other crucial steps towards attending the Penn State College of Medicine. (Please note: All newly admitted international students will need to access DISA's iStart system and complete the Request I-20/DS-2019 OR Provide Current Visa Documentation step. It can take DISA up to 2-3 weeks to process requests for an I-20/DS-2019. Applicants who are outside the U.S. and must apply for a student visa, should submit their request for an I-20/DS-2019 no later than May 15th of your year of matriculation, to allow time for you to obtain a visa and make travel arrangements. Please be guided accordingly in submitting documents to DISA).
Accepted international applicants are sent a checklist detailing the above requirements, as well clearly indicating the deadlines for submission of these documents. Candidates will be withdrawn from the Entering Class - without the possibility of reinstatement - should the Checklist items not be fulfilled by the indicated deadlines.
Also, accepted international applicants must verify the ability to finance their medical education. Foreign nationals are not eligible for financial support from the federal government or The Pennsylvania State University. Please refer to the Financial Aid section for the verification procedure for the College of Medicine.
Questions regarding application and admission should be directed to Penn State College Medicine's Office of Student Affairs by phone at 717-531-8755 or email at StudentAdmissions@hmc.psu.edu.
Questions regarding proof of finances and verification procedure should be directed to Penn State College Medicine's Office of Student Affairs by phone at 717-531-7052 or email StudentAid@hmc.psu.edu.