FAQs: North America

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 one test 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-granting medical school, and your diploma will list that institution.

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

Currently we have two US-based clinical rotation sites for US and Canadian students. All North American students are guaranteed a spot at one of the two locations: University of Maryland Baltimore Center, a hospital located between Washington, DC and Baltimore, and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago.  However, students also have the option to stay in Cyprus for clinical training if this is a better fit for their career aspirations.

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

The minimum GPA on the US scale is a 3.0 and a 2.7 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.

We only accept students for one entry class each year in the fall. The next start date will be September 2019.

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 to qualify for academic and need-blind scholarships, and have their first chose of clinical rotations.

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

For 2019, the tuition for the first year is approximately $33,000 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 $550 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 apply early in the admission cycle.

99% of graduates from the SGUL 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 SGUL 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 either of two US hospitals for 3rd/4th year clinical rotations, with the option of staying in Cyprus. Students are also able to undertake a 6-week elective at a location of their choice.

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.

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.

Attending the SGUL program in Cyprus is truly an international experience as the Medical School student body comes from 58 countries. Almost a third of the students are from the US and Canada. Other well-represented areas include the UK and other EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Lebanon.