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International Students

MCPHS has a vibrant international student community of more than 850 international students from 56 countries around the world. We’re confident that as an international MCPHS student, you’ll find a welcoming, dynamic environment in which to make your health science career goals a reality.

Submit Your I-20 Application Materials

After MCPHS receives your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with important information regarding the process for obtaining an I-20. MCPHS will ship your I-20 Form to you once it is issued and provide you with further instructions based upon your particular circumstances. If you have any questions regarding your immigration paperwork, please contact 617.732.2195 or Your Form I-20 certifies that:

  • You have met all requirements of admission to MCPHS
    You intend to matriculate in a full-time program of study at MCPHS
  • You possess adequate English proficiency to live and study in the U.S.
  • You possess adequate financial support for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the duration of your stay in the U.S.
  • You may apply for admission to the U.S. in F-1 status.

All incoming international students who are applying for a Form I-20 have to submit certain documentation. To learn more about the Form I-20 and the documents that you must submit, please thoroughly read the Form I-20 Information Packet.

For an I-20 to be issued, all students need to show proof of funds for one academic year. This is called the Total Estimated Annual Budget. To learn what your program’s Total Estimated Annual Budget is, please follow this link.

If a sponsor is funding your education, they will need to complete the Financial Sponsorship Certification form to accompany your proof of funds.

If you are currently studying in the United States as an F-1 and have an active SEVIS record, please work with your current institution’s International Office to complete this form and have your SEVIS record transferred to MCPHS.

After You Arrive in the U.S. as an F-1 Student

All incoming F-1 students are required to complete SEVIS check-in with Immigration Services. You are required to bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • F-1 Visa (not applicable to Canadian citizens)
  • I-94
  • Your local address and phone number in the U.S.
  • MCPHS I-20

Please monitor your MCPHS email closely for information regarding SEVIS check-in and other important information from Immigration and International Support Services. You can contact Immigration & International Support Services with any questions at

International Student Health Insurance Information

According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and MCPHS policy, all students (regardless of enrollment) must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program. The University makes available a general policy, provided by an independent insurance carrier, which meets these standards.

All international students must enroll in the plan with the exception of:

  1. Those international students whose sponsoring institutions have a signed agreement with MCPHS that complies with the University’s health insurance waiver requirements.
  2. International students with a plan for which their health insurance company’s primary home office is based in the United States AND the policy provides comparable coverage to the University's student health insurance plan.

International students who do not fall under conditions 1 or 2 above MUST purchase the University’s student health insurance plan and therefore are not eligible for a waiver.

A day in the life at MCPHS

Shaopeng, an international student.

Meet Shaopeng, an international student here, and see what he loves about living and learning at MCPHS.

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