Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get an interview?  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and once your applicatioin is complete, it will be reviewed. If the admissions committee wishes to interview you, you will normally hear within two weeks after your application is complete.


Do you have a cut-off for when the pre-medical coursework must be taken?  No, we do not have a cut off date for coursework.  However, we do not accept an MCAT score that is more than three years old.


How will the upcoming change in the MCAT test affect my application if I submit an MCAT score from the previous test? We will accept any MCAT score that is no more than three years old from when you submit your application.


Does Columbia University or Ben-Gurion University grant the medical degree?
The medical degree is granted by Ben-Gurion University; we have an affiliation with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.


How can I gauge my chances of being accepted to this school?
Since our admissions process is highly individualized, we do not encourage to students to "calculate the odds" when deciding whether or not to apply to the Medical School for International Health. The student profile for the class entering in 2013 had an average MCAT score of 31, and the average overall GPA wasa 3.49. However, these figures are only averages and are not meant to discourage or encourage applicants whose MCAT scores and GPA fall outside these ranges.


A demonstrated interested in international health, commitment to the community through volunteer work or other service, and experience working with diverse populations, particularly in underserved areas, are all viewed positively by our Admissions Committee. We encourage all prospective applicants to take the time to familiarize themselves with the Medical School for International Health's curriculum, objectives and current student profile before making the decision to apply.


Want more information?  Click here to view recent admissions webinar, from October 7, 2014.


Can GRE's be used in place of the MCAT test?  The only times that a GRE can replace the MCAT score are if you are living in a country where the MCAT test is not available.  In general, if you can take the MCAT test, you should.


I am a Canadian citizen and have a lot of questions about residency and how to pay for my tuition. Where can I find that information?  We have just updated our Canadian Student FAQ. (Click here to view.)  Most Canadian students pay for their tuition and cost of attendance with private bank loans. There are also several scholarships awarded each year to Canadian students through the Canadian Associates of Ben-gurion University. Click here to view information on scholarships.


I’m older than the average first-year medical student. Can I apply to the MSIH?
There is no age limit for students applying to the Medical School for International Health. In past years, the average age of students entering our school has been slightly higher than the average age of first-year students in American medical schools. Many of our students have pursued other careers or obtained graduate degrees before enrolling in the Medical School for International Health and have found their prior experiences and responsibilities have helped prepare them for the demands of a career in medicine. Men and women of all ages who have the necessary premedical requirements are encouraged to apply.

What is your policy on transfer students?
Transfer applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and can only be considered for transfer to the second year, regardless of the number of years of previous medical study.  Transfer students may be required to complete courses in Global Health or to repeat courses in order to fulfill the school's specific requirements.

What is the deadline for applications?  Is there a deadline?
There is no formal deadline for applications. Admission is done on a rolling basis beginning June 1 for admission to the class entering in the Fall of the following calendar year. Please keep in mind that the first year is preceded by a one-month orientation period, beginning at the end of July. We do encourage applicants to get all materials to us as soon as possible.

Can Biochemistry be substituted for part of Organic Chemistry?  Yes, we consider one semester of Biochemistry with labs and lectures to fulfill one semester of the two semester requirements for Organic Chemistry.


Does AP Physics from high school fulfill the Physics requirement?  Yes,  if your undergraduate institution accepted your AP Physics course, it will show up on your transcript and we will accept it.  If your undergraduate institution did NOT accept it, then you will have take one year of college-level Physics.


I am an Israeli citizen. Can I apply for admission?
Yes, if you are an Israeli national you may apply to the Medical School for International Health IF you have taken less than one-half of your high school education in Israel.  Israeli nationals who have taken MORE than one-half of their high school education in Israel may apply to Ben-Gurion University's Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School. These are the current regulations of the Israeli Council for Higher Education.


Given the current state of affairs in the Middle East, is it safe to attend medical school in Israel?

Our students have consistently reported that they feel safe in Beer-Sheva and when traveling in Israel. We do caution students to be mindful of U.S. Department of State travel advisories. On rare periods of unrest, students have been apprised of the security situation and of the measures used to protect them. Ben-Gurion University follows all directives from the Home Front to the letter, to protect its students, and as well as advice coming from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Do I need to speak Hebrew?  No, you do not need to speak Hebrew.  You will study Medical Hebrew for the first two years, in order to prepare you for your third year clinical rotations.  However, we suggest you start to study the alphabet and general terms in Hebrew before you arrive for your one-month Introduction to Global Health in July.


How do I ensure I will be granted a visa to study in Israel?

Travel to Israel is only possible for students with passports from countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel.  For a list of countries that currently have diplomatic relations, please contact the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Students who are accepted to the Medical School for International Health must submit passport information and personal data in order to receive appropriate documentation to obtain a student visa, which is granted by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior, and required for the duration of study inIsrael. Israeli nationals who have completed high school and pre-medical prerequisites must apply to the Israeli school of Ben-Gurion University's Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School and follow the regulations of the Israeli Council for Higher Education.  Click here for the Israel Embassy and Consulate Directory.

It is each student's responsibility to ensure they possess a valid passport and visa for the duration of the four years of study in Israel. The Medical School for International Health does not grant deferments to students who are unable to obtain the necessary documents to enter or study in Israel, nor can it reverse decisions taken by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Is this an American or International Degree?  The medical degree is issued by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. As a graduate, you will be considered a Foreign Medical Graduate, and your credentials are validated by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).



Is it more difficult to obtain a residency in the U.S. if you are a Foreign Medical Graduate?
Graduates of the Medical School for International Health have been very successful in securing residency placements at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S. Recent residency placement include Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard University. For a complete list of where our graduates are doing their residencies, see the
Residency Placements portion of this site.



Can graduates of this school practice medicine in Israel?
The Medical School for International Health offers a North American-style curriculum and is designed to prepare graduates to complete residency training and become licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. and Canada.  As the Israeli medical education system differs chronologically from the U.S. system, students who wish to become licensed to practice medicine in Israel are responsible for researching local licensing requirements and making their own arrangements for completing the additional year(s) of study this may entail.



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