Frequently Asked Questions

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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

For most up to date information of the application process, click here.

*** 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 on 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 Students with outdated required science coursework (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 typically reviewed within 2 business 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 medical 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 $750 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 offers rolling admissions as we have classes starting in January, May and September. 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 medical 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

Medical Program

A typical incoming class at Saba is approximately 90 students. This makes it possible for Saba to maintain small classes and close student-teacher interaction. This is substantially different from other medical schools, particularly other schools located in the Caribbean, that are increasing their class sizes and subjecting their students to large, impersonal classroom experiences.

Saba University School of Medicine is committed to providing facilities that support efficient, effective learning. We offer a modern anatomy lab and a full complement of well-equipped classrooms and auditoriums with the latest multimedia technologies. The entire campus is wireless. First semester students live in comfortable dorms adjacent to campus.

Saba students complete their core clinical rotations at U.S.-based, ACGME-approved teaching hospitals (and their equivalent in Canada) affiliated with Saba University School of Medicine. 

To learn more about Saba's clinical rotations, click here.

Saba University School of Medicine makes it possible for students to earn their degree in under 4 years, spending 20 months studying Basic Sciences on the campus in Saba, completing an 8-week research module and returning to the U.S. or Canada for 72 weeks of clinical rotations. Saba has affiliations with ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. (and their equivalent in Canada)—more than enough to ensure timely placement for our students.

To learn more about our curriculum, click here.

Students at Saba dissect cadavers in Anatomy, under the supervision of faculty.

Our faculty is at the core of what makes the learning experience at Saba different than other medical schools. All faculty members at Saba hold an advanced medical degree or doctorate (MD, MBBS, PhD) in the field they teach, and are experienced teachers. 

To learn more about our faculty, click here.

Saba University School of Medicine graduates have an excellent track record. Since 1992, more than 3,000 doctors have received their start at Saba University School of Medicine. Our graduates have an extensive track record of excellent performance on the critical USMLE Step 1 exam. 98% of Saba students passed the USMLE step 1 & 2 on their first attempt (2018-2022)2 - a consistently strong performance.

2. First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step Exam on their first attempt divided by the total number of students taking the USMLE Step Exam for the first time.

Fees & Funding

Saba University School of Medicine accepts payment for tuition and fees in U.S. dollars via wire, money order or personal checks.

Yes, we have a range of academic merit-scholarships for U.S and Canadian applicants. We also have a Saba's Scholar Grant.

For more up to date information about our scholarships, click here.

Yes, our students are eligible for U.S Federal and Canadian Provincial Loans.

To learn how to apply, click here

Life on the Island

The island of Saba is convenient to get to—it is 28 miles south of St. Maarten, which is a major point of entry to the Caribbean and served by direct flights from numerous locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. From St. Maarten, Saba is a 15-minute flight or a 90-minute ferry ride.

The Saba campus is a short ride from either the airport or ferry.

Many things about Saba, the island, make Saba an extremely desirable place to attend medical school. Saba is a beautiful country—its nickname is the “Unspoiled Queen”—and it's also extremely safe. Discriminating tourists have long sought out Saba for its diving, restaurants, charming inns and stunning Caribbean vistas.

Housing and living costs on Saba are significantly lower than you will find at other schools with comparable recognition. Local grocery stores stock food items to meet the full range of dietary needs. The school enjoys good relations with the local population.

Because Saba is small and off the well-worn tourist track, it lacks many of the distractions that can interfere with studying. Still, when not studying, there is always plenty to do, from hiking to deep-sea diving. There is also an on-campus fitness center.

To learn more about life on Saba, click here.

The island of Saba has a well-developed communications infrastructure with land line, cell phone, Internet and island-wide wi-fi service. To communicate back home, many students take advantage of Internet-based services such as Vonage or Skype.

There are a wide range of housing options for students at Saba.

To ease your transition, unaccompanied first semester students live in dorms adjacent to the campus, built exclusively for our students. Dorms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

After first semester, students live off campus—and there are a wide range of options. Housing costs on Saba are significantly less than at other schools with comparable recognition.On average, fully furnished housing prices start at around $675 for a studio/one-bedroom apartment and go up to $1,200–$1,800 for a 3-4 bedroom house. All properties are privately owned, and therefore the price of rentals and utilities varies. Electricity is generally a separate cost.

Click on Housing for more information.

The Saba Housing Coordinator will assist you in finding off-campus housing:

Housing Coordinator

Telephone: 011-599-416-3456
Fax: 011-599-416-3458


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