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Am I international?

UKgirl23UKgirl23 Registered User Posts: 2,922 Senior Member
edited May 2012 in International Students
I have lived all my life in the UK, but my paternal grandfather was born and lived most of his life in the US, consequently my dad is a citizen, and I am able to apply for US itizenship, which I am currently doing.
Do I count as an international? I particularly want to know as I intend to study medicine and I know many med schools don't accept internationals.
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Replies to: Am I international?

  • SikorskySikorsky Registered User Posts: 5,851 Senior Member
    If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you're in the pool of domestic applicants, whether you live abroad or not.

    Now, for public universities, you still have a bit of a problem. If you live abroad, you may be a U.S. citizen, but you are not a legal resident of any one state.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,311 Senior Member
    OP's application will be read in context of UK students. But he/she will be eligible for FA at many private schools, whereas many international students are not eligible for FA at most US schools. D2 is currently going to a high school outside of US and this is how adcoms explained it to us.
  • Ana1Ana1 Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    It depends on the college. Some do it strictly by country of citizenship. These are the same schools that if you are a foreigner attending a US HS will be evaluated with your countrymates. According to MIT and other schools, a US citizen is considered a domestic student. There is a regional coordinator who is responsible for all of them and they are a separate pool all of their own, they do not compete with the citizens of the foreign country of residency.

    Just a sample, MIT: "If you are an American citizen or permanent resident, then you are considered a domestic applicant;" Lehigh: "Applications from U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens living abroad are reviewed by an experienced senior member of the admissions staff who has worked in international admissions for many years.;" BrynMaur: "We recognize that U.S. citizens who live abroad may reference this information as it applies to their academic experience;"

    Then other schools like Stanford do it by HS: "If you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident living and attending school abroad, then you will be considered an American expatriate in our admission process. This means that, while you will be considered a domestic applicant for financial aid purposes, your application will be read in the context of your high school abroad and you may need to submit the International Supplement to the Secondary School Report."
  • UKgirl23UKgirl23 Registered User Posts: 2,922 Senior Member
    So it depemds, but basically for official stuff such as FA and elegibility I would be considered domestic, but I may be reviewed as an intl by some schools.

    Thank you for the help!
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