"Regardless, you are an International, so prestige trumps all, and that eliminates liberal arts colleges."
I would strenuously disagree. Liberal arts colleges have some of the highest medical school placement rates in the country. In fact, top LACs outperform large research universities when it comes to graduate school placement.
Bates college claims an overall 80-100 percent admit rate to med. schools, with virtually every student with a GPA or 3.5 or better admitted. FAQ?s about ?Pre-Med? at Bates | Career Development Center | Bates College
UMich claims a 60-70 percent overall acceptance rate.
Large research universities generally DO have better facilities than small liberal arts colleges, but what a small LAC will get you is excellent access to professors and more individualized attention. At a small LAC all your courses will be taught by the professor. At a large university, although the course may officially be taught by a bright light in the field, someone whose reputation outstrips that of the average LAC prof, in reality your classes may largely be taught by graduate student teaching assistants.
It's a different story if you are planning to return home for graduate school. Admissions committees abroad may or may not be familiar with some of the smaller LACs. If you are expecting to return home for grad school you may be better off at a large RU. Check with med schools in your country.
The AAMC table is based on place of residence, not citizenship. When my DH was applying to grad schools he was considered a US resident although he was not a US citizen.
Some med schools do not admit international applicants. UMich, for instance, requires that applicants be US citizens or permanent residents: University of Michigan Medical School :: Admissions :: Requirements
While Harvard does not: http://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default...inAidGuide.pdf
Be aware that "best of" lists often look only at larger schools and are sometimes based on the numbers of majors or applicants rather than the percentages admitted. In other words, just because an undergraduate institution has a zillion premed majors does not make it a great premed school. You may find yourself forced into a tight funnel of applicants and it may be harder to find research opportunities.
I would do a LOT of on-line research if I were you. Some things to look at:
What's the school's overall med school placement rate?
What's the school's placement rate for students above a certain cut-off? Some schools have gatekeeping med school boards that won't support a student's application unless the student meets certain criteria, for instance, above a certain GPA. School's without such requirements will look worse in terms of placement rates because their stats will include students with low GPAs whose chances for admission are low.
Does the school require students who want to be supported by the med school admissions committee or advisors to be an official premed student?
Are non premed majors routinely frozen out of typically premed courses? In other words, if you want to major in history but still apply to med school, when you try to sign up for organic chemistry are you going to be put in line behind all the official premed or chemistry majors?
What percentage of undergraduate students are able to get summer research work? This is especially important as a potential med school applicant.
Does the school have a special relationship with a specific med school? If so, does the med school admit international students? Does it offer financial aid?
Are there distribution requirements (more common at LACs)? If you're very focussed on science courses you may not want to be forced to take courses in the humanities.
What kinds of support does the school offer international students? When my DH was an undergrad at Bates the school kept certain dorms open over breaks and made a concerted effort to help international students get jobs or paid research internships over the summer.
What would you do if premed didn't work out for you? Would you still be happy at the school? Does it have other features you like?
What does your scholarship cover? If it doesn't cover room and board you'll want to look at these costs as well and look at how the individual schools help foreign students close the gap.