MCAT® Exam for International Students
Eligibility & Application Process
The path to studying and practicing medicine in the United States as an international student can be difficult. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges® (AAMC®), international students make up roughly 0.6% of U.S. medical school matriculants. To help you achieve your goals, we’ll discuss how you can maximize your odds of being accepted with a top MCAT score.
MCAT Eligibility Requirements for International Students
Allopathic medical schools that specialize in conventional medical practices.
Osteopathic medical schools that specialize in holistic medical practices.
Medical schools that specialize in the treatment of the foot and lower leg.
Veterinary medical schools for the treatment of animals.
Health-related programs that accept MCAT exam results to satisfy a test score admissions requirement.
If you’re in an MBBS program, or hold an MBBS degree or equivalent, you do not need to seek special permission to take the exam. Students in need of special permission to take the MCAT must email [email protected] stating why they wish to take the exam.
MCAT Registration for International Students
To register for the MCAT as an international student, you will first need to create an account through the MCAT Registration System. Ensure that you abide by all MCAT registration rules and guidelines set by the AAMC to avoid potential penalties.
MCAT Exam Cost for International Students
Once you’ve registered for the exam, you can schedule your test date and location. Students taking the exam outside of the U.S., Canada, and U.S. territories must pay a nonrefundable $120 fee on top of the standard $330 registration fee, totaling $450 (all fees are in USD).
Rescheduling and Cancellation
MCAT rescheduling and cancellation for international students follow the same guidelines as for American and Canadian students. The only difference is that international students are subject to losing their $120 fee in the event of cancellation. Nonrefundable rescheduling fees and cancellation refunds are as follows:
|Days Out From Exam||Date and/or Test Center Rescheduling Fee||Cancellation Refund|
|60 or more days before exam||$50||$165|
|30-59 days before exam||$100||$165|
|10-29 days before exam||$200||$0|
*All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. local test-center time and you should receive an email confirmation within 24 hours.
MCAT Testing Centers & Dates for International Students
International MCAT test dates and locations vary by country, but registration deadlines and score release dates correspond to U.S. MCAT test dates. For the latest information on test dates and locations, or to register, visit the MCAT Registration System. Please note that the MCAT is always administered in English.
MCAT International Test Dates 2023
Click on your country to view your testing dates:
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Medical School Application Requirements for International Students
Most U.S. medical schools require students to apply through the American Medical School Application Service (AMCAS®). However, AMCAS does not accept foreign transcripts or verify foreign coursework unless they were accepted by an accredited U.S., Canadian, or U.S. territorial post-secondary institution.
International Student Transcripts & Coursework
Entering coursework and requesting transcripts should be completed using instructions on the AMCAS website.
- If your transcripts and courses were not accepted by a qualifying institution, then they will not be verified, and an AMCAS GPA will not be calculated. Some medical schools may ask for your transcripts through a secondary application.
- If courses taken at a foreign institution were accepted by a qualifying institution and appear on that official transcript, then that qualifying institution’s official transcript will be required. AMCAS will then verify and include those courses in your AMCAS GPA. Such a situation may be applicable for study-abroad programs.
Citizenship, Visa Status, and Language Proficiency
When completing your AMCAS and secondary applications, you must clearly and accurately indicate your citizenship status and any relevant visa information. It is also worthwhile to note which languages you are proficient in on your AMCAS application.