We accept applications at any time throughout the year. Approximately 90 students are admitted to each class. The three-semester 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 University.
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.
More than 2,500 Saba doctors are in practice today, and all of them were once where you are now, asking themselves the key question: Why Saba? What is it about this school that can make my dream of becoming a doctor more likely?
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.
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:
Saba University School of Medicine is one of the select international medical schools approved to participate in U.S. Federal Student Aid programs.
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 the past several years Saba University students have achieved a 99% Step One first-time past rate. In 2017, this rate was a perfect 100%, placing Saba’s results in the top echelon of medical schools in the country.
Saba University 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 University students:
Since its founding more than 20 years ago, Saba has worked aggressively to maintain an affordable tuition. Thanks to those ongoing efforts, Saba is able to offer its education at a tuition that's 30% to 40% lower than that of comparable medical schools.
That means you'll graduate from Saba not only with an incomparable medical education, but with less debt than graduates of most other medical schools.
The chart below shows how Saba's tuition compares with U.S. medical schools and with other Caribbean medical schools that qualify for the U.S. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
What do I need to apply to Saba University?
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 University. 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.
Medical University of the Americas 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.
Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Saba University Admission Office at 978 862-9600 or email us at Admissions@saba.edu.