Medical School for International Applicants

Gain a Global Perspective At Ross University School of Medicine.

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An Accredited Caribbean Med School

At Ross Med, we give serious consideration to all international medical school candidates showing the potential to succeed in our Doctor of Medicine degree program. Join a diverse community of dedicated, caring faculty and students learning to practice medicine through a global lens.


Ross University School of Medicine's first-time residency attainment rate for 2022-2023 graduates.*




Scholarships and grants valued at over $100 million (USD) have been awarded to students since 2020.


RUSM student's five-year cumulative USMLE Step 1 first-time pass rate.**

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Join a network of more than 15,000 alumni practicing around the globe.


*First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step 1 exam on the first attempt divided by the number of students whose first attempt was 2017-2021. In order to sit for the USMLE Step 1 exam students must successfully complete the Medical Sciences curriculum and earn a satisfactory score on the NBME CBSE exam as listed in the student handbook.

**First-time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2023-24 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2022-23 who were active applicants in the 2023 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.

Where will you study?

Your Pathway to Licensure and practice medicine in the U.S.

Spend two years studying Medical Sciences on the island of Barbados, followed by access to clinical training opportunities at hospitals and health systems in the United States.

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Our Curriculum



Admitted Students

Medical Sciences

You will complete your five-semester Medical Sciences curriculum comprised of classroom learning and early hands-on clinical experiences on our Barbados campus. Modeled after U.S. curricula, the program is designed to help you understand and address health and disease holistically.

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Clinical Education

The successful completion of our Medical Sciences curriculum is followed by two years of Clinical Education at one or more of our affiliate hospitals in the U.S. During this time, you will participate with your affiliate school’s students in rotations, while remaining enrolled and graduating from Ross Med.

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Clinical Transfer

Ross Med offers opportunities for students to transfer into RUSM’s clinical curriculum. We can provide the convenience of single-location clinical tracks where you can remain in a single geographic location for the duration of your clinical clerkship rotations.

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Join a Proudly Accredited Institution

Ross is accredited by Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP,

The United States Department of Education, through its National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), has determined that the accreditation standards employed by CAAM-HP are comparable with those used to evaluate programs leading to the MD degree in the United States by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME.) This means you will have the opportunity to become eligible for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®) certification and apply for U.S. and Canadian residencies and licensure.


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Barbados Campus

Our global campus provides dynamic educational experiences and diverse learning opportunities for students from all backgrounds to develop their medical skills. Our campus facilities provide a safe, comfortable learning environment, with all of the amenities you’d find at home.

Required Prerequisite Coursework

If you have completed your undergraduate studies in a country that has an educational system different from that of the United States or Canada, you will be evaluated on your merits but a completed pre-medical curriculum comparable to that completed by U.S. and Canadian students is one of the med school prerequisites for admission. Ross Med prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of the desired semester start date. Not sure if your previous coursework meets the requirements?

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Inorganic or General Chemistry

  • Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories

Organic Chemistry

  • Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories

General Biology or Zoology

  • Two semesters of biology or zoology with laboratories


  • One semester (four semester hours) with laboratory


  • One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours), preferably calculus or statistics


  • Two semesters (six semester hours). Canadian students may satisfy the English requirements using year 13 English or Composition.

Undergraduate Degree

If you have completed your undergraduate studies in a country that has an educational system different from that of the United States or Canada, you will be evaluated on your merits but a completed pre-medical curriculum comparable to that completed by US and Canadian students is a requirement for Ross Med admission.


MCAT Score

  • US students must have an MCAT prior to matriculating to Ross Med
  • An MCAT score is not required for international students outside of the U.S.
  • While submission of a score is not required, it can strengthen your application. Your MCAT or equivalent exam score is just one of the ways we try to avoid missing an applicant with great potential and to be fairer and more inclusive when making admissions decisions.
  • If you have taken the test, we encourage you to submit your score before enrollment. Ross Med’s MCAT institutional code is 906. To learn more about the MCAT visit:


English Competency

If less than 60 upper-division credits were earned from an English language college or university, you will need to provide all official records of scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™) exam. The minimum acceptable score for TOEFL and IELTS are as follows:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • TOEFL CBT: 213
  • IELTS: 6.5

You may send your TOEFL scores to Ross University School of Medicine using code 9614.

Additional Application Requirements

Personal Statement

A personal statement (750 words or less) is required as part of your application. Your personal statement gives us an idea of your skills, achievements, and motivation, which are important factors in assessing your application. You may use your AMCAS, AACOMAS, or TMDSAS personal statement.


Letters of Recommendation

Submit at least two letters of recommendation — one from a pre-medical professor acquainted with your academic ability or a recommendation from a college pre-health advisory committee. A second may be a letter of reference from a physician acquainted with your healthcare work experience or a character reference from an employer or volunteer activity. All letters must be on letterhead with contact information included and sent directly from the referee to our Admissions Office.

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Office of Admissions
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Miramar, Florida, 33025


Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who have completed coursework in countries other than the United States and Canada must submit a foreign transcript evaluation.


Personal Interview

If your credentials are judged to be indicative of the potential for successful completion of the curriculum, you will be invited for an interview generally within two to four weeks after initial application materials have been received. Your interview helps us assess your overall personal and academic background, maturity, adaptability, character, aptitude, and most importantly, your motivation to become a physician. Interviews will be conducted virtually.

International Scholar Award

We understand that there may be financial barriers to pursuing your MD, which is why we have created scholarship opportunities* for our international students. The International Scholar Award grants $100,000 USD toward your MD program tuition, equally distributed over 10 semesters. It is automatically awarded to incoming, first-semester students who are international citizens or permanent residents.**

*Available to those who apply and qualify.

** Proof of international citizenship or international permanent resident status *U.S. dual citizenship, U.S. permanent resident status, and Canadian citizenship are ineligible.) See Scholarships page for full eligibility details.