FAQs: North America

We invite all students to review Global FAQs and regional FAQs, to find answers to commonly asked questions.

The MBBS program is offered under the degree-awarding powers of St George’s, University of London, and shares the same recognition in the United Kingdom and almost all of the rest of the world. St George’s was the first medical school in the United Kingdom to offer a graduate entry program in medicine and is the only university dedicated to medicine and healthcare sciences in that country.

The MBBS medical program is subject to the UK General Medical Council’s quality assurance processes for new overseas programs.

Our program is approved by the Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). US students would be eligible to participate in the Match Program for residency and take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).  For more details, please read below. Canadian students would be eligible to participate in the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is the degree given in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other commonwealth countries like India and is considered equivalent to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) granted in the US and Canada. All medical students regardless if they are granted a MBBS or MD must pass specific country exams in order to practice in a given country.

Students who are interested in pursuing a medical career in the United States have the opportunity to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 practice tests in Nicosia, free of charge. We offer two National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) practice tests in Year 1 and two tests in Year 2 to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 1.

Furthermore, the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) practice test is offered in Year 3 to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 2.

The questions in these practice tests are derived from the USMLE bank of questions, which are used to generate the official USMLE examinations. Ultimately, these practice tests will allow our students to be better prepared to pursue a medical career in the United States.

St George’s, University of London is the degree-awarding medical school, and your diploma will list that institution.

St George’s teaches using the problem-based learning approach. You can see the academic path of a MBBS student here. All classes are taught in English.

Yes, we require the MCAT with a minimum score of 500.

The minimum GPA on the US scale is a 3.3 and a 3.2 on the Canadian scale.

In order to apply for the MBBS, you must have already completed your undergraduate degree or be in your last year of studies. However, if you are currently a high school student interested in applying directly to a medical school program, we have another program, the MD-6. You can find out more information here.

No, all students must begin their first year of medical studies at our school. Transfers from medical schools can be considered in our MD-6 year medical programme.

We only accept students for one entry class each year in the fall. The next start date for orientation will begin late August 2021.

We accept applications on a rolling basis until all the spots are full. However, we encourage students to start their application during the beginning of the admissions cycle.

No, you do not have to travel to Cyprus for the application interview. All our interviews are conducted through online video platforms with an admissions advisor and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

For 2021, the tuition for the first year is approximately $35,000 USD based on published conversion rates (30,000 Euros). Living costs in Nicosia, Cyprus on average are significantly lower than most major US and Canadian cities, with a single apartment going for as little at $600 USD a month.

We provide academic and need-based scholarships to students. We also assist on securing private loans (US) and federal loans (Canada). Scholarships are first come first serve; thus, we encourage you to apply early in the admission cycle.

More than 99% of graduates from the St George’s program in Cyprus match in residencies or research positions in hospitals and centers across the globe. Most North American students choose to match for residency back in the US or Canada. Please review this link for where our graduates have matched.

US students can apply for Sallie Mae’s Smart Loan Option, which is a private loan program which may require a co-signer. The medical program is approved for Canadian provincial student loans.

The St George’s MBBS program delivered in Cyprus is identical to that delivered in London.  Students spend the first two years at the University of Nicosia Medical School, and US/Canadian students are allocated to a US hospital for 3rd/4th year clinical rotations, with the option of staying in Cyprus. Students are also able to undertake a 5-week elective.

The University recently opened three 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.

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. If you wish to arrange a tour and meetings outside of these events, please contact your Admissions Adviser to schedule a tour.

Attending the St George’s program in Cyprus is truly an international experience as the Medical School student body comes from 60 countries. Almost a third of the students are from the US and Canada. Other well-represented areas include the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Lebanon.