FAQs: Global

The Medical School curriculum is taught in English, and all students will spend their first two years in Cyprus, where English is widely spoken and understood. Some knowledge of the Greek language will enhance your learning experience in the first two years and generally make your experience of living in Cyprus more fulfilling. For this reason, the Medical School provides optional free Greek classes from the beginning of the MBBS programme.

If you remain in Cyprus for clinical training, you should attain a working level of Greek through these free classes: specifically, a European Common Framework level of B1 in Greek by the end of the 2nd year, and B2 by the end of the 3rd year.  For any form of postgraduate clinical training in Cyprus (based on regulatory approval at the time), an upper intermediate level (B2) in Greek is a prerequisite.

The degree is awarded by St George’s, University of London. Graduates will receive a certificate that is the same one issued in London, while the transcripts will note the locations of study; e.g., Cyprus plus Chicago or Baltimore or Tel Aviv for clinical training if applicable.

You can apply online at: www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy

Or call the Admissions team:

+357 22471999

1 877 298 8189 (US/Canada toll-free)

0800 031 5421 (UK toll-free)

+61 424 184 824 (Australia)

Or email [email protected] for further details

The Medical School’s Student Services Team will provide any help you need to apply for your visa. We recommend that any students who are eligible for EU citizenship should take steps to secure dual citizenship. While EU citizenship does not affect tuition costs, it does allow for ease of movement for leisure and work within the EU – and also access to a less complicated student visa process.

€30,000 annually

Yes, you can settle your full academic year’s tuition and fees in one payment if you wish.

The cost of living in Cyprus is much lower than in most European countries. On average, staying in Nicosia for the whole year will cost at least €10,000 – €12,000.

The University recently opened two ultra-modern resident halls for students adjacent to campus and a short walk to the medical school. You can learn more about these facilities here .

We offer two types of scholarships:

Financial Need-Based Scholarships

The St George’s, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia offers financial need-based scholarships to assist students in partially funding their studies. These scholarships can cover up to 30% of tuition costs per year. An applicant must first meet our admissions requirements, successfully complete the interview, and be offered a place, before they can apply for such a scholarship.

Academic Scholarships

Five scholarships are offered each year to students entering the St George’s, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia in recognition of their academic excellence.  Students selected for these awards are granted a 30% reduction in tuition for the full four years of their medical studies regardless of financial need.

Academic scholarships are open to candidates who have 3.7 GPA, a First Class Honours degree or equivalent, as well as an overall 505 on the MCAT or an overall 60 on the GAMSAT.

Candidates who are eligible for these scholarships will be invited to apply after they receive an offer of admission by submitting a personal essay.

Please note that students who are awarded a scholarship based on academic excellence are not permitted to apply for a financial need-based award.

Once you receive an official offer letter from the St George’s, University of London’s Medical Programme delivered at the University of Nicosia and accept with the required deposit, this secures your spot in the incoming cohort.

Deferrals are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

The Medical School provides an opportunity for prospective and admitted students to visit during one of our Open Days events. You will have the chance to meet our faculty and current students as well as tour the Medical School.

There have been many mature students like you enrolling in the St George’s, University of London MBBS, both in London and Nicosia. Your work and life experience will be valuable in your studies and in building your career as a medical doctor.

If you don’t know whether you are eligible to apply, please contact the admission team at +357 2247 1999 or email [email protected].

It is important for candidates to be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine. Your experience in the medical field will be valuable in building your career as a doctor.  You will, of course, need to meet our admissions requirements.

It is possible to take a year off during the course to pursue research opportunities.  However, students will be required to discuss this possibility with the relevant academic leads to understand the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, taking into account that there is a maximum 6-year period of registration on the MBBS programme.

Yes. This, of course, is subject to any other requirements that will vary from country to country; e.g., language proficiency.  Applicants are encouraged to research the requirements in the country they wish to apply for work.  This would normally be the Medical Association/Council of that country and in some cases the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Labour (in the event that there are any conditions for EU or Non-EU members).

Please note that we are unable to comment on the impact of Brexit at this point. As and when the terms of the UK’s departure are confirmed and if there is any impact on graduates’ ability to work in Europe, the Medical School can advise candidates accordingly.

For the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, please see the separate FAQ sections on our website.

For EU nations, F1 and full registration with the GMC are required in addition to specific country requirements.

For Israel, international medical graduates must pass a compulsory government licensing exam (a multiple choice exam in Hebrew) before applying for a provisional license, in order to do a 12 month internship (“Staj”).  Provided there are more than 10 graduates wanting to take the examination in another language other than Hebrew at any one sitting, there is a provision that this exam will be translated into the language of those graduates.  Alternatively, those graduates who have passed the Step 1, and Step 2 CK, of the USMLE before applying for internship would be exempt from this government examination.

For Lebanon, a licensing exam – the Colloquium – is required before registering in the Lebanese Order of Physicians.

For Hong Kong, graduates must complete a 12-month Pre-Registration Internship, then pass the Licensing Examination before applying to the Medical Council of Hong Kong for full registration.

For other countries, please ask your admissions advisor

Israeli students are automatically placed at Sheba, up to the agreed quota of 30 students per annual cohort.  Some requirements apply, and your admissions advisor can provide more details.