30 years and 3,000+ successful graduates later, we’re proud to say that Saba University School of Medicine has lived up to its founding vision.

Saba University School of Medicine was founded in 1992 with a bold vision: to establish an international alternative to U.S. and Canadian medical schools that would provide an excellent medical education and expansive career opportunities.
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. More than 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 University School of Medicine students have achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on USMLE Step 1 (2021). Between 2015 and 2022, this rate was 99%.

Saba graduates have enjoyed great success in securing residencies. Saba’s success is on par with U.S. medical schools, greater than most U.S. osteopathic schools and significantly greater than most International medical schools.

In Canada, where access to medical schools and residencies thereafter is extremely competitive, Saba has earned a strong reputation through large numbers of placements in the Canadian Residency Matching System, or CaRMS. Learn more, about Canadian Applicants.

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