There are many reasons an aspiring physician may choose to pursue studies at foreign medical schools. Tuition rates at domestic institutions may be out of reach. You may want to expand the breadth and scope of your studies by gaining an international perspective. Academic or personal circumstances may limit the options which are available to you at home. Regardless of your reasons, you can rest assured that your dream of becoming a doctor is still well within reach.
In most cases, students who get their training at foreign medical schools are still eligible to sit for medical licensing examinations in the United States and Canada, as long as certain criteria are met. First, the institution at which you study must be listed with the World Health Organization (WHO) and IMED/FAIMER. Then, you will have to pass the USMLE exams and/or Canadian board examinations and finally, you must double-check with your state or province's medical licensing board to ensure that you are eligible for licensure.
If you're looking into foreign medical schools, chances are you have many questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about foreign or international medical schools: