Saba operates on a year-round schedule, with incoming classes starting in January, May and September.

We accept applications at any time throughout the year. Approximately 90 students are admitted to each class. The three-term schedule not only makes it more convenient to get started, it also allows you to complete your studies more quickly. Instead of a single summer break, you’ll have shorter breaks of two to three weeks between each semester. 

That means you will complete your five semesters of Basic Sciences in just 20 months, and then return home to do your clinical rotations at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are affiliated with Saba.

We encourage you to submit your application and all required documents six to eight months prior to your desired start date, and certainly no later than three months prior. Since the number of students in each class is limited and the application pool is competitive, early applicants will have a better chance of securing a place in the semester of their choice.

Things to consider

How to apply

Saba’s application process requires a number of documents to be completed, along with a personal statement, all done through the online application portal. For full information, please read this application help page. 

Admission requirements

Applying to medical school requires passing certain requirements to be eligible, please view our admissions page for full details.

Financial information

Saba provides full transparency on course fees and costs, along with supporting applicants with financial aid and scholarships. View full financial information.

Canadian applicant? 

We accept a large number of Canadian applicants and the application process is slightly different, please refer to this page for more information.

Events and Webinars

We hold a number of events and webinars to make the application process as easy and as smooth as possible. They help to offer insights, give the opportunity to ask questions, along with meeting the team. View events and webinars. 

What we look for in applicants

Throughout the application process, our admissions team will look for evidence of certain pre-requisites to gauge your eligibility for the process. View our guidance on key criteria to study with Saba.  

Saba a smart choice in medical schools

Saba University School of Medicine is a fully accredited medical school.


Saba University School of Medicine’s M.D. program is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the accrediting body for the Netherlands and Flanders.

Approved by New York, California and Florida

Saba University School of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools with approvals in the key states of New York, California and Florida. These states mandate institutional review and approval prior to granting access to clerkship opportunities in their respective states.

Saba University School of Medicine students who successfully complete the requisite licensing examinations are eligible to practice medicine in Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 U.S. states. Specifically, the following bodies have approved, recognized or licensed Saba University School of Medicine:

    • Approved by the New York State Education Department: In addition to clerkship opportunities, New York approval provides access to residencies in the state.
    • Recognized by the Medical Board of California: Recognition is also necessary for licensure. Additionally, other states follow California’s recognition for the purposes of licensure.
    • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education:

      Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting:

      Florida Department of Education
      Commission for Independent Education
      325 West Gaines Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
      (888) 224-6684 (toll free)

    • Approved by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Approved for U.S. Federal Loans

Saba University School of Medicine is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.

Comparability to US Medical School Requirements

The United States Department of Education, via the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), reviews the standards that countries use to accredit medical schools. The NCFMEA has determined that the accreditation standards used by the NVAO to accredit Saba’s medical program are comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body that accredits M.D.-granting medical programs in the United States.

For 30 years, Saba University School of Medicine has been turning dedicated students into Saba doctors.
Some 3,000+ Saba graduates now practice medicine across the U.S. and Canada, and their ongoing success has helped cement Saba’s reputation as a leading medical school.

For the past several years Saba students have achieved a 99% USMLE Step One first-time past rate. In 2021, this rate was a perfect 100%, placing Saba’s results in the top echelon of medical schools in the country.

Saba University School of Medicine grads are extremely successful in the U.S. residency matching program, achieving residencies on a par with U.S. medical schools, higher than U.S. osteopathic schools and significantly higher than other international medical schools.

In Canada, where access to medical school is even more competitive than in the U.S., Saba has earned an equally strong reputation through large numbers of placements in the CaRMS. (To learn more, please visit our Canadian Applicants page.)

Here are the results of recent residency matches for Saba students:

Admission's Frequently Asked Questions

Application process:
  1. Fill out your online application
  2. Upload Unofficial or Official Transcripts
  3. Upload your Letter of Intent
  4. Upload your Letters of Recommendation
  5. E-sign your application
  6. Submit your application fee of $75.00

*** Note that candidates may, with prior approval by the Admissions Office, submit their unofficial transcripts for review prior to formal application submission. This unofficial review is to determine if baseline requirements for formal committee review have been met. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information with the online application.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. In addition, it is strongly encouraged for all other applicants and specifically required from those students who meet any of the following three conditions:

  1. Students with outdated required science coursework (>5 years old)
  2. Students who completed required science coursework at a community college
  3. Students with “C” grades or lower in the required science courses

Saba’s MCAT code is SUSOM. More information about the MCAT is available at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. Applicants can send Saba University School of Medicine the MCAT exam scores through the online THx system as soon as they are available at the AAMC.

Upon submission of your online application, a preliminary review is conducted by the Admissions Committee. If the contents meet key standards, you will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule a telephone interview. Applications are reviewed within 5 days of receipt. In the event an interview is granted, candidates are notified within 7 days of application submission.
The purpose of the Telephone Interview is to be able to explore more thoroughly the applicant’s presentation of their credentials. The interview also enables the Institution to gauge more about the candidate’s personality and for the candidate to learn more about Saba. This is an opportunity for the candidate to advocate for their credentials and address any items within their application which the student would like to elaborate. The interview lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.

Upon completion of the Telephone Interview, the interviewer compiles a synopsis of the interview and forwards it to the Admissions Committee for review. During the review, the Admissions Committee may ask for clarification or follow up questions. In the event the Committee has additional questions, your interviewer will contact you. Upon final review of application, the Committee renders their decision and the candidate is contacted via email by the Institution. You will be directed to your student portal within the application module where a formal decision letter will be located. Committee decisions are communicated to candidates with 10 business days of the initial interview. All committee decisions are final.

Saba University School of Medicine Admissions Committee takes a 360 view of the candidate. Each application is reviewed on its own merit. While GPA is important, the committee also considers life experience, MCAT scores and volunteer experience.
Upon being accepted into either the MD program, you will find all information and required paperwork in your student portal. Please be sure to read all materials and note all requirements and deadlines. The first items which will be due is your signed Letter of Intent and your $500.00 non-refundable Seat Deposit. These items secure your seat in the class and serve as formal notification from the student that the offer of admission is accepted. There is no waiving of Seat Deposit fee. This seat deposit will be applied to your tuition. Please note that failure to submit your Letter of Intent and Seat Deposit on time may result in the withdrawal of your acceptance. Please also review a complete listing of all conditional and enrollment documents needed as well as tuition deadline dates. Our Admissions office will assist in directing students through the immunization, FBI Background Check and Visa process.

Saba University School of Medicine offer rolling admissions as we have class starts in September. January and May. We accept applications up to 12 months ahead of your preferred start.

Since Saba is located outside of the United States, applicants cannot submit their application materials directly through AMCAS. For preliminary review by Saba University School of Medicine, candidates may scan and upload AMCAS application directly to Saba.
Upon being accepted into either the MD program, students will be directed to contact the Saba housing coordinator. The housing coordinator will assist students in securing housing which meets the needs and budget of the individual student.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Saba University School of Medicine Admission Office at 978 862-9600 or email us at

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