St Matthew’s University

Located on Grand Cayman in the Caribbean, St Matthew’s University offers students an alternative to medical schools in the US and Canada. When you enrol you will receive the same high-quality education as you would in North America but for a more affordable price. Additionally, we offer a personalized learning environment with small classes to ensure that you get all the attention you need from our faculty members.

Our NAVLE and USMLE Step 1 results are a testament to St Matthew’s University’s excellent educational programs. In 2017, 92% of our veterinary students passed the NAVLE on their first attempt. Additionally between 2015 and 2019 , 95% of SMU medical students passed the USMLE Step 1 exam on their first attempt. As a result, our students have gone on to work at some of the most outstanding medical facilities in North America and achieve great things in their careers.

Medicine Course

Your first five semesters will be spent on Grand Cayman where you will cover basic and clinical science to develop your understanding of the human body in states of health and disease. You’ll not only cover the biological and chemical aspects of the human body but you’ll also think about patient-doctor relations as well as ethical issues in the medical profession.

During your third year back in the U.S., you will cover five specialties: internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology as well as psychiatry. This will help you decide which direction you would like your medical career to go in. In your fourth year, semesters 6 to 10, you will expand your clinical knowledge by choosing five clinical electives in areas of interest.

Learn more with this factsheet provided by the SMU admissions team:




Veterinary Medicine Course

The veterinary medicine program is made up seven semesters, all of which are dedicated to helping you build your knowledge of animal anatomy and the pharmacology used to treat disease. Throughout your time on Grand Cayman, you will learn about animal surgery, virology, bacteriology and much more, to prepare you for your future in veterinary medicine. You will also have the option to choose between two electives in your 7th semester (Aquatic Animal Medicine and Zoo, Wildlife Medicine) to help you steer your career in the preferred direction.

Learn more with this factsheet provided by the SMU admissions team:


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More Student Feedback About St Matthew’s

“I found that SMU, with a curriculum that has been proven true by my preceding colleges and with an outstanding first-time pass rate on the USMLE Step 1, was the school I wanted to pursue.” Geary Smith, MD

“Their curriculum appeared to be very comprehensive and I was pleased to see the graduated students’ residency matches.” Jessica Katherine Summerfield, MD

“I am thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had at St. Matthew’s to learn, lead and grow as a student and as a person.” Alexandra Spirou, M

“If I could start all over again in picking vet schools, I wouldn’t change a thing.” Samantha Davis, VD

“At St Matthew’s, there is always someone ready to give you a helping hand in classes, be it a fellow student or professor. I have found the small classes very beneficial for forming relationships with professors.” Breanna Clooney, VD

“The faculty is great and they want to see the students succeed. Another deciding factor is the accelerated curriculum. Plus, you can’t beat being on a beautiful island and the warm weather.” Jariyaporn “Pinky” Uttayaya-Andrews

Course Requirements

Considerations: Overall and science GPA’s; MCAT scores (required of citizens and permanent residents of US); references; personal statement; demonstrated service to community

Pre-med coursework:

*May substitute a semester of Biochemistry. **May substitute any course with a writing component.

*Taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

*English Proficiency – Since English is the language of instruction at St. Matthew’s, it is important that applicants be prepared academically to pursue the curriculum and also be able to communicate well.

Duration, Intake & Fees

$16,075 per semester (semesters 1-5) (excludes fees, tuition only)


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