Canadian and International Student Resources

As a new Warrior M.D., international students can find a list of resources below to help navigate many important topics, such as submitting documentation, tuition, health insurance, financial aid, and additional areas of support. 

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

OISS is here to support and enhance your educational, cultural, and social experiences at Wayne State University. As an international student, you will need an appropriate student visa in order to study in the USA and at Wayne State University. Most likely, it will be the F1 status. Visit the OISS website for more information about immigration and visa forms. For questions, please contact them at 313-577-3422 or email at


As an international student, the following information is required in order to begin processing your I-20 documents

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Proof of Funding for First Year of Study (Bank statement(s)/Financial affidavit)
  3. Canadian Commuter Status 

Use our bank statement form or submit a letter request from the student's sponsor bank, indicating the name of the financial institution and the account number, signed by the account holder and a bank official.

Note: You must indicate if you are full-time commuting or non-commuting (living in the U.S.) F-1 status.  

It is the student's responsibility to take care of documentation prior to orientation. Documentation can be emailed to


Cost of Attendance

View the total cost of attendance (COA) or estimated average expenses to attend Wayne State University School of Medicine for year one. Please make sure to include only the out-of-state tuition rate in the calculation.

Note: the Cost of Attendance is not the amount the university will bill you, rather the estimated expenses to attend school, including living expenses, transportation, etc. The cost of attendance used for your I-20 can be found here.

For your convenience, the Office of the Bursar has wire payment options for international students.

Please note that the exchange rates between your country of citizenship and the U.S. may require you to pay more in the cost of tuition.  Below, we are providing a link to tuition rates and an exchange rate calculator to assist you in calculating these costs.

Financial Aid

Due to citizenship/visa status, international students are not eligible for financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education or the State of Michigan. Visit IEFA for more information regarding international financial aid and college scholarships. 

Wayne State University School of Medicine code is MXNV.

Canada Student Loans

Canada Student Loans are offered by the Government of Canada to help students pay for post-secondary education at a  designated college, university or other post-secondary institution. It is offered to eligible full- and part-time post-secondary students in most provinces and territories.

Alternative/Private Loans: 

Alternative/private loans are credit-based. The maximum loan amount is the cost of attendance minus all financial aid for the school year if any. Alternative/private loans usually have higher interest rates and fewer repayment options than federal loans. Interest rates and loan terms vary. 

To compare lenders online, use the ELM Select Loan Comparison Tool


Wayne State University has several private scholarships available every year. Some of them require a separate application that is provided to all students at matriculation. International Students are eligible to apply. 

International students are not eligible for need based aid as you have signed a statement of financial support stating you have funding available for the duration of this program. You will still be considered for merit scholarships. 


There are two health insurance policies in effect:

  • University Health Insurance Policy for F-1 and J-1 Visa holders 
  • School of Medicine Health Insurance Policy   

Students are required to purchase the OISS health insurance policy, which qualifies for a School of Medicine Health Insurance policy waiver. Students do not need to purchase both policies. 

Wayne State University Health Insurance Policy for F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders 

All F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars whose I-20 or DS-2019 was issued by Wayne State University are required to enroll in the Wayne State University Student/Scholar Health Insurance (IHI) plan administered by AIG. Unless otherwise noted, payments are made directly to AIG, online, during the enrollment process. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Disability Insurance  

Disability insurance is required of all medical students and cannot be waived. Health and disability insurance payments are to be submitted through CASHnet

More information on insurance: 

Health and disability insurance (pdf)

Disability insurance plan (pdf)

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