Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

A Division of the NAPCA Foundation

Empowering students with the tools and mindsets to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

MPP Academy Goal 2035

Our big goal is to increase the diversity among doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11% to 20% by 2035. We are committed to building a pipeline of future medical students, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Students from several countries attend our interactive
summer and year-round programs

Our Programs

Our programs emphasize the importance of thinking of your potential impact not only locally but globally, a perspective enhanced by a diverse and far-flung student population. Accordingly, the NAPCA Foundation is proud to welcome and encourage students from around the world.

Visa Information

Applying for a Visitor Visa

Generally, international students will need to obtain a visitor visa to enter the United States. Students should apply for the B-2 Visitor Visa (for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment) at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of review than in the past so it is important to apply for your visa as soon as possible. Further information on the visa application process, including application steps and required documentation, can be found on the

U.S. Department of State website.

Traveling without a visa

International students from certain eligible countries may also be able to visit the U.S. without a visa through the Visa Waiver Program if they meet requirements, including having a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval. Additionally, citizens of Canada and Bermuda traveling for visitor visa purposes don’t need a visa, with some exceptions.

OFFICE OF STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

NAPCA’s Student Support team will help you through every step of the application and enrollment process.

We will assist with forms, medical insurance, airport transfers, and tourist visa information. Additionally, we will help you with anything you need while on campus.

Before You Arrive

We will ask you for your flight information so that NAPCA staff can meet you at the airport and bring you to the campus in an air-conditioned private vehicle. There is an Airport Pick Up & Drop Off service fee ($75 for Airport pick up and $75 for Airport drop off service). International students are welcome to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the program.

You will be matched with roommates that suit your personality and lifestyle so you can begin making friends immediately.

Upon Arrival at Campus

You will be warmly welcomed by NAPCA staff and “checked in” with your room key, NAPCA student ID card, and an information packet. After going to your room and meeting your roommate(s), a comprehensive orientation will be given to all new students, so you’ll understand everything you need to know to have a safe, fun time this summer!

Traveling abroad is one of the most exciting and life-enriching things you can do as a young adult. However, it is normal to feel a little nervous about being in a new country, without your friends and family. It is natural to be confused by some of the local customs, food, and traditions you will experience.

One piece of advice for traveling anywhere in the world is to be respectful of everyone you meet by being polite and keeping an open mind. Remember that when you visit another country, you are an “Ambassador” of your country and want to make a good impression.

NAPCA welcomes students from all states, countries, races, religions, beliefs, and cultures. Part of your learning experience will be to learn about people and cultures that might be very different from your own.

Here are some tips to understanding American culture and values:

  • While America is known as the “land of freedom”, we actually must follow many rules which help keep people safe. Therefore, rules regarding the drinking of alcohol, smoking, driving, littering, recycling, fire safety, shoplifting, noise, and dress codes are important to follow by everyone; by locals and visitors like you. Please respect our rules for everyone’s safety.
  • Americans value “time” and are punctual when it comes to getting to work on time, to business meetings, to classes, doctor appointments, and even to social events like dates and dinner appointments. PLEASE be on time to class, to meet your RC group, to meet the buses for excursions/field trips/tours, and for nightly sign-ins at your residence hall. If you are late, you will hold up everyone in the group, which is considered disrespectful in American culture.
  • It’s always a good idea to smile and make eye contact when you talk to people. Always say “please” and “thank you” to anyone who has helped you.

Students/parents are responsible for obtaining any required visas.

  • Due to the brief period of time of our programs, international students requiring a visa to come to the US should obtain a short stay B-2 TOURIST visa, (not a STUDENT visa), from the American Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
  • All students are responsible for making travel arrangements and obtaining all travel documents (including visas) necessary to attend our program, in a timely manner.
  • NAPCA will refund the program tuition, minus $1,000, to students denied a travel visa after June 1. Proof of visa denial is required for a refund.

All international payments must be made as follows:

  • By credit card: We accept most credit cards.
  • By e-check drawn on a US bank in US funds. Make check payment to: NAPCA Foundation
  • By wire transfer: This information will be forwarded upon full completion of your application and acceptance to our program. Bank charges and/or wire transfer fees incurred are the responsibility of the student/parent. NAPCA will credit only the actual payment in US dollars credited to NAPCA by JP Morgan Chase Bank.