The College of Staten Island and St. George’s University (SGU) in Grenada, West Indies have reached an agreement to offer a seamless 4+4 program that will allow students to obtain Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees. Students who successfully complete a Bachelor of Science degree in a pre-approved, pre-medicine or pre-veterinary program at CSI will have the opportunity to pursue either an MD or DVM degree at St. George’s University.

CSI Interim President Timothy G. Lynch commented, “I am pleased with the announcement of the 4+4 program between CSI and SGU, which will provide a seamless path for our medical and veterinary students to earn their MD and DVM degrees. The College of Staten Island strives to provide our students with myriad opportunities to achieve their academic and career goals, and this is another wonderful program that will not only contribute to student success, but will also allow participants to experience studying in other countries, expanding their horizons even further.”

“We are delighted to partner with CSI to educate the next generation of doctors and veterinarians,” said Dr. Richard Liebowitz, Vice Chancellor of St. George’s University. “Both of these professions are facing shortages that pose a concerning threat to public health. Initiatives like this one will help us to close those gaps, while expanding the horizon of opportunities for students. We’re honored to work toward those goals alongside CSI.”

After students complete four years of study at CSI, they have the option of completing their first two years of medical study at SGU or their first year at Northumbria University in the UK and their second year at SGU. Qualified medical students will complete the final two years of the program in clinical rotations at SGU’s affiliated hospitals in the United States or the UK. Qualified veterinary students will complete their first three years at SGU and their final clinical year in one of SGU’s affiliated schools in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, or the UK.

Medical students who are accepted into the 4+4 program will receive a $10,000 scholarship from SGU. Subject to seating limitations, students may be eligible for a scholarship to attend the SGU Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy on the Grenada campus.

For more information on entrance requirements, please contact:

Grozdena Yilmaz, MPAS, PA-C

College of Staten Island

2800 Victory Boulevard, 6S-137

Staten Island, NY 10314


About St. George’s University

Founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, St. George’s University opened its doors to students beginning in January 1977. It has evolved into a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Caribbean island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending SGU enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically advanced facilities.

The University’s 24,000+ graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University offers medical and veterinary medical degrees in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and independent and dual graduate degrees in the sciences, public health, and business. Undergraduate degree programs are also available through its School of Arts and Sciences, and students may build on their education by pursuing a degree in the School of Graduate Studies. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities, and SGU is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland.

By Terry Mares