International Students

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Abbott, International Student Advisor
Location: Campus Activities Building (CAB) 203
Phone: 315 464-4604
Fax: 315 464-8822
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Applications are accepted from foreign citizens who have completed at least 90 semester hours of college coursework in the United States at an accredited institution. The admissions procedures are the same as US citizens. All applicants accepted to the MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University receive a stipend of $24,513 and tuition waiver, regardless of nationality.

All else being equal, priority will be given to candidates who are US citizens or permanent residents. However, non-US residents with a strong record of academic research achievement are encouraged to apply.

If you have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours at a college or university in the United States or Canada, the TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign language]is not required.

Upon acceptance to SUNY Upstate Medical University, our International Student Advisor, Ms. Jennifer Abbott, can assist international students who need to obtain or amend a visa to study at SUNY Upstate.

Students may apply for private loans through US banks, providing a US resident co-signs the loan.

Application Deadlines
AMCAS: Applications must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15
Upstate: Applications to the College of Medicine must be complete by December 1
Sam Mackenzie

Sam Mackenzie

"I like the research process, and I want to make that part of my career," said Sam Mackenzie, whose mentor is Blair Calancie, PhD, professor of neurosurgery. "I picked this lab largely because of the human subjects component to it, in that I like the element of working with patients and integrating that with more basic research." Mackenzie is working on developing a model to repair acute injuries to the cauda equina, a collection of nerve roots in the lower portion of the spine. "I would like to continue studying movement disorders in the future," he said.

Download the MD/PhD 2014-15 Brochure. PDF document