St. George's University

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St. Georges University
St. George's University Logo.png
Motto Think Beyond
Established 1976
Type For-profit[1]
Chancellor Charles R. Modica
Academic staff 2,300+
Students 6,300+
Postgraduates 14,000+
Location St. George's, St. George, Grenada
12°00′02″N 61°46′23″W / 12.000557°N 61.773065°W / 12.000557; -61.773065
Campus True Blue Bay
Mascot Knights

St. George’s University is an independent, for-profit, international university in Grenada, West Indies, offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, the health sciences, nursing, arts and sciences, and business.

St. George's University was established by an act of Grenada's parliament on July 23, 1976. Classes in the School of Medicine began January 17, 1977. In 1993, the University added graduate and undergraduate programs. In 1996, it was granted a charter for the School of Arts and Sciences and a Graduate Studies Program. In 1997, undergraduate courses in international business, life sciences, medical sciences, pre-medical and pre-veterinary medicine were added. The School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1999, as was the University's Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.


St. George's University was founded on July 23, 1976, by an act of Grenada's Parliament. The name is taken from the capital city of Grenada. The original founders were Charles Modica, Louis Modica, Edward McGowan, and Patrick F. Adams. Classes at St. George’s School of Medicine began on January 17, 1977. Almost all of the founding faculty members had been educated either in the United States or Europe.

A Marxist coup forcibly overturned the Gairy government of Grenada in 1979, as the school was in its infancy with a student enrollment of 630. There were nearly 1,000 Americans on the island (including students, faculty, families, etc.). The U.S. government launched Operation Urgent Fury in 1983 as a result. Students were evacuated and classes were moved to Long Island, New York; New Jersey, and Barbados temporarily until 1984.[2]

The reason given by the U.S. Administration of Ronald Reagan to justify the October 1983 invasion of Grenada was to rescue American medical students at St. George’s University from the danger posed to them by the violent coup that had overthrown Grenada’s Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.[3][4] Bishop, a number of members of his government and several dozen civilians were killed in the coup and the island had been placed under a 24-hour curfew.[5] During the days immediately after the coup, the only independent information coming out of Grenada was from a ham radio operated by a St. George’s student.[6][7] In his memoir, President Reagan recounted the return to the U.S. of the St. George’s students as an event that affected him deeply. “I was among many in our country whose eyes got a little misty when I watched their arrival in the United States on television and saw some of them lean down and kiss American soil the moment that they stepped off the airplanes that brought them home."[8]

In 1987, St. George's University obtained approval to conduct medical training in New York and New Jersey, making the University the first non-US medical school to gain approval in both states. The British Medical Council granted the School limited recognition in 1988, an act that opened doors to wide acceptance in the British Commonwealth countries. Today, more than 12,000 graduates of the University practice medicine and veterinary medicine worldwide. With master's level and undergraduate degrees in such fields as public health, business, accounting, biology, and more, over 14,000 students have graduated from SGU.

In March 2013, it was reported that SGU was seeking a partner, interested in helping the university expand.[9]

Approvals and accreditations[edit]

The School of Medicine[edit]

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at St. George’s University School of Medicine has been accredited and/or approved by multiple external bodies:[10]

St. George’s School of Medicine has been reviewed and approved by the following bodies internationally:

  • The Bahamas Medical Council[10][17]
  • The Bermuda Medical Council[10][18]
  • DIKATSA (Greek Medical Licensing Authority)[10][19]
  • The Sri Lankan Medical Council[20]
  • The Thailand Medical Council[10][21]
  • The Government of Botswana[10][22]
  • The Government of St. Vincent[10][23]
  • The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago[24]
  • Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions, Inc.[25]
  • The Medical Council of India[26]

St. George’s University graduates have also gained registration with medical licensing authorities in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Dutch Antilles, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nigeria, Mali, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent (island), Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam, Zimbabwe [10][27]

In 1996, the U.S. Department of Education reviewed the standards of medical education in 30 countries for the purpose of conferring student loans. Grenada was one of four countries approved during the initial review; the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada were the other three. Other countries have subsequently been approved.[10]

St. George's University School of Medicine is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED)[28] and in the AVICENNA Directory for medicine.[29]

Effective July 1, 2010, St. George's MPH program became accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and now produces public health practitioners and researchers for the Caribbean and rest of the world. In August 2012, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was designated as the first World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Environmental and Occupational Health in the region.

The School of Veterinary Medicine[edit]

The School of Veterinary Medicine is fully authorized by the government of Grenada to confer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree upon those candidates who successfully complete its academic requirements.[10]

The school received full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education on September 19, 2011.[30] The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recognizes graduates of AVMA accredited programs as being eligible for licensure in Canada.

Noteworthy Rankings[edit]

In 2008, Grenada was ranked #1 in USMLE Step One and Step Two/CK in the Caribbean for the highest first time pass rate among all countries with medical schools in the Caribbean over the past 15 years. In 2013, SGU first-time test takers achieved a pass rate of 98 percent overall and 98 percent among those from the US and Canada. It marked the fifth straight year that SGU students surpassed 90 percent. By contrast, the first-time taker pass rate in 2013 for students at US and Canadian schools was 97 percent.[31][32]

Programs offered[edit]

School of Medicine[edit]

Students wishing to achieve the Doctor of Medicine degree may enter during the premedical program during one of the three premedical sciences years, or the four-year medical program beginning with the first year of Basic Sciences, which is when most students from North America begin.[33]

Students who begin the medical program in the premedical sciences years must meet the program’s academic standards to be promoted into the first year of the four-year medical program. Students pursuing the Doctor of Medicine degree begin study in Grenada or in the UK as part of the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program. The latter offers medical students the option of spending the first year of the four-year MD degree program on the campus of Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. All medical students complete clinical training in one of 70+ affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States, the United Kingdom or Canada.[34]

The Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP) is a one year program that offers first year medical students the opportunity to study in Newcastle, England. The program is only offered to new matriculates and they have the option of either doing their first year of studies in the Grenada campus or in the KBTGSP program. KBTGSP combines the St. George’s University School of Medicine MD program with a one-year experience of medical education on the Northumbria University (NU) campus in Newcastle, United Kingdom. The KBTGSP program follows the same curriculum offered in Grenada and students have the experience of being immersed in UK urban culture for a year. Everything except the location is essentially the same: the curriculum, academic calendar, services, fees and access to campus student life facilities (gyms, dining halls, libraries, playing fields, etc.). The program's goal is to broaden the participants’ understanding of the different cultures of the three host countries, while giving them insight into cross-cultural medical practices.

In order to maintain their status with licensing boards around the world, the chairs of each department and the course directors oversee both the Grenada and UK programs. This assures that SGU offers the same program in both locations. The KBTGSP program is taught by professors from the UK and visiting professors from Grenada. The textbooks, exams and academic schedule are all the same as is offered in Grenada.

School of Veterinary Medicine[edit]

The program of study leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is discipline based. The program is delivered in two phases: a three-year preveterinary medical program and a four-year veterinary medical program. This enables students flexible entry points depending upon their academic backgrounds. Generally, students from the North American model of education who hold a baccalaureate degree enter directly into the four-year veterinary medical program.[33]

Three years of the four-year veterinary medical program core curriculum is in the form of lectures and labs completed in Grenada, and the fourth clinical year is completed at American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited 35+ veterinary schools in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, or Republic of Ireland. Students apply to these schools in their third year and are accepted based on academics and professionalism. url= [35]

Dual Degree Programs in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine[edit]

The School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, together with the Graduate Studies Program and Undergraduate Programs, offer professional students a variety of dual degree opportunities.


Those who enter the University in the early stage of the premedical program (the first or second year of the premedical program) may earn a bachelor’s degree upon acceptance into and completion of the first year of the four-year medical program if the qualifications for a bachelor’s degree are met.

MD/MSc and MD/MPH[edit]

Students who wish to enhance their educational experience and broaden their career opportunities may simultaneously earn a graduate degree in public health, anatomy, microbiology, and its related concentrations, or scientific research in specific disciplines. These dual graduate degrees require the student to study for at least one extra term in Grenada.

The dual degree offerings include: BSc/MD Dual Degree, BSc/DVM Dual Degree, MD/MPH, DVM/MPH, MD/MSc Public Health, MD/MSc Microbiology, MD/MSc Clinical Anatomy, MD/PhD Clinical Anatomy, DVM/Master of Science (MSc). SGU began offering an MD/MBA program in 2010.

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

St. George’s University’s School of Arts and Sciences offers several professional and degree programs. The undergraduate program is taught in conjunction with T. A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada. The degree program offerings are:[36]

  • Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Graduate Studies Program[edit]

The Graduate Studies Program at St. George’s University is offered within the School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Arts and Sciences. Students benefit from the University’s community of over 100 full-time faculty members and the opportunity to participate in research projects in conjunction with the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF),[37] an independent research institute located on the True Blue campus.[38]

Through its Graduate Studies Program, the School of Medicine offers master’s degree programs in public health, microbiology, and anatomy. The School also offers PhD programs[39] in microbiology, anatomy, and physiology and neuroscience.


Founded in 1994 with funds granted by the University, WINDREF seeks to advance health and environmental development through multidisciplinary research and education programs. Currently, the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation carries out short- and long-term studies in epidemiology, anthropology, virology, conservation ecology, marine biology and other topics relevant to tropical climates and developing nations.[40]

The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation strives for program excellence by promoting collaborative relationships between internationally recognized scholars and regional scientists, by adhering to the highest ethical and academic standards in the design and conduct of research, and by maintaining computer links to the world’s scientific community.[40]

Campus Life[edit]

St. George’s University’s True Blue campus is located on the southwest corner of Grenada overlooking the Caribbean Sea.[41] The campus city has recently been expanded with over 65 new wireless-enhanced structures including a library, anatomy labs, dormitories, lecture halls, and administrative facilities.[42] The University is home to nearly 50 student-sponsored organizations that range from science-oriented to sports to cultural interests.[43]

The students of St. George's University are represented by the Student Government Association (SGA) as well as the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA). The associations are active not only on campus but also in the local Grenadian community, donating hundreds of student work hours per term and tens of thousands of dollars per year to local causes.

Furthermore, SGU established the Medical Student Research Institute[44] in 2009. The web-based forum facilitates collaborations between qualifying medical students and faculty members to conduct research within their chosen specialties, and to share resources between SGUSOM and its multiple clinical facilities.

2014-2015 Tuition Costs[edit]

As published annually on SGU's website,[45] the tuition rates for St. George's University are:


Per Term (15 credits or more) $11,371 USD

Per Credit $759 USD

Basic Sciences/Grenada

Term 1: $25,697 USD

Term 2: $25,697 USD

Term 3 and 4 combined: $35,152 USD

Term 5: $28,381 USD

Clinical Years

Term 1: $26,297 USD

Term 2: $26,297 USD

Term 3: $26,297 USD

Term 4: $26,297 USD

Term 5: $26,297 USD

Malpractice Insurance: Terms 1-5, per term, each term: $357 USD

Oral Examination Fee: $1,251 USD

Graduation Fee: $634 USD

Books: Approximately $920 USD per term

Graduate Studies Program

Per Credit (MPH 42 Credit): $868 USD

Per Credit (MPH 48 Credits/MSc/PhD): $759 USD

Alternate Curriculum Students who change mid-semester from a full to alternate pathway at the direction of the Dean of Students receive a full-tuition refund and are recharged at $896 per credit, plus full administrative/student fees.

Basic Science students who repeat courses at the direction of the promotions and/or Appeals Committee are not charged tuition for the repeated courses; however, in all these cases, full administrative/student fees are charged.

Of the total cost to attend St. George’s University School of Medicine, 18 percent represents administrative/student fees.[45]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

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  18. ^ "The Bermuda Medical Council Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  19. ^ "Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  20. ^ "Sri Lanka Medical Council Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  21. ^ "The Thailand Medical Council Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  22. ^ "The Government of Botswana Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  23. ^ "The Government of St. Vincent Official Site". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  24. ^ "The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
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  26. ^ "The Medical Council Of India". Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
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