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International Students

  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is proud to say that each year our student body has approximately 15% of international students, which is above the national average for U.S. medical schools. We believe that each student has a right to obtain an education, and a student’s citizenship status should not be a reason to prevent him or her from achieving the dream.
  • We strive to nurture our international student alum network, and we do our best to connect current students with the alums. We believe there is no better way to learn about certain topics than to hear directly from students who did it.
  • Our Financial Aid Office works closely with each student in order to ensure that he/she will have the needed funds in order to matriculate into our program.
  • Please see the Scholarship List for potential scholarships outside Geisel School of Medicine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of visa do international students get?

Our international students get an F-1 visa, and they need to be full-time students in order to maintain their F-1 status.

Are there institutional loans for international students?

Yes, our Financial Aid Office works closely with each student in order to ensure that he/she will have sufficient funds for education and living expenses.

Am I pre-screened by being an international student?

No, we do not screen applicants out based on their citizenship.

Am I allowed to do a summer research project outside Dartmouth?

International students have done summer research projects in the past. Our Office of Visa and Immigration Services will work with you, if needed.

What type of visas do residency programs sponsor?

H-1B and/or J-1.

What is the main difference between J-1 and H-1B visas?

  • As a resident on a H-1B visa you have six years of eligibility for this status.
  • As a resident on a J-1 visa you are subject to a Two-Year Home Residency Requirement. However there are avenues to obtain a waiver and stay in the US.
  • There are pros and cons for both types of visas, and our students in the past were able to navigate their careers and succeed regardless of visa status.