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General Information

  • Forum: GAU Forum
  • Location: Guyana, Caribbean
  • Premedical Sciences: $2,500 / semester
  • Preclinical Sciences: $4,000 / semester
  • Clinical Sciences: $4,500 / semester
  • Email: Email GAU
  • Survey: GAU Review

A Brief History of Guyana

Flag of GuyanaOriginally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011. Read more...

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Georgetown American University (GAU)

What we do

Welcome to Georgetown American University (GAU) School of Medicine and School of Nursing. GAU main aim is to provide students with a medical education of the highest quality. We prepare students for the next level of training in ACGME accredited American teaching hospitals by implementing US standard curricula in all our programs. Our commitment is to deliver exceptional University experience in academics and clerkship which would form a foundation for profession career.


Our programs mirror the curriculum taught in USA Universities which allows students easy transition into clinical programs. We emphasize problem based learning with a student centered approach. Our faculty is chosen based on both their commitment to teaching and outstanding credentials.

Our Mission

To create and nurture a diverse student body committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease through innovative research and health care delivery.

Our Vision

The vision of the GAU School of Medicine is to:

  • Educate and retain a diverse physician workforce needed to help address the undeserved patient care needs of the people of Guyana and the world at large.
  • Develop a platform for an expanded biomedical health and clinical sciences research program to advance knowledge in the medical sciences;
  •  Recruit a diverse student body and faculty that reflect the demographics of Guyana and the world at large.
  • Contribute internationally by enhancing the clinical delivery system through relationships with community hospitals, physicians, and other providers, as well as attracting and training new physicians worldwide.

Accreditations and Association

  • Georgetown American University is approved by the National Accreditation Council of Guyana.
    Georgetown American University and National Accreditation Council
  • Listings in World Health Organization and IMED directory in the next listing cycle.


Duration of Programs

  • The School of Medicine and Dentistry has three terms a year which begins in September, January and May. School of nursing gas two terms per year.
  • Georgetown American University – National Accreditation Councisciences programs. Students finish the programs in less time than they would in the US and Europe since there is no summer break.
  • Students have 1 to 3 weeks break between trimesters. Research has show that students who spend less time away from the classroom during a program performs better in the program.
  • Students spend 16 months at GAU in Georgetown and then choose between USA, Canada, UK, India, Guyana and Caribbean for clinical clerkships.  GAU arrange clinical clerkship for students at GAU.

Affordability and Quality of Program

  • We provide quality education at an affordable cost.
  • The MD program integrates both the basic sciences and clinical beginning in the first weeks of medical school
  • Our MD program is structured based on the restructured medical curriculum now used in the best medical school in the USA. The Foundations of Medicine block emphasizes both the essential building blocks for understanding the language of medicine and their relevance in patient care.
  • This modern MD program require students to do clinical rotations at both teaching universities and also community centers. Students also have to participate in seminars, workshops and other activities which will develop their skills and keep them abreast with the changing world of medicine. It is also compulsory that students are also involved in research programs during all programs at Georgetown American University.

Quality Assurance

  • A quality assurance committee is responsible for maintaining the day to day quality standards at Georgetown American University.
  • Our board of trustees is an external governing body made up of experience educators and skilled medical professions who ensures that Georgetown American University is equipped with the professionalism and structure to ensure the success of the  institution.


Medical School Curricula Premedical Students: A 48 weeks Premedical Diploma Program is based on a curriculum that supports didactic and problem based learning. This program serves as a bridge between High School and Medical School.  It is equivalent to a first year undergraduate program, with focus on introduction to medical program. The curriculum for the first and second trimester would focus on fundamental natural sciences courses while the final trimester would place more emphasis on introducing students to medical setting. Request a Premed Program outline email.

Medical Students: A four-year M.D. degree based on a curriculum that supports didactic, problem-based learning, and clinical clerkships to provide a broad based training environment for the medical students. The curriculum in the first and second years is heavily influenced by the current two-year Pre-clinical program taught in most US based medical schools who have adopted the systemic  approach to teaching medicine as opposed to the subject based approached designed over 100 year. Clinical rotations begins in the third year of the program. The core rotations are completed in the third year while electives, seminars and research project are done in the fourth year. Request a MD Program outline email.

Admission process

GAU admission process is a two-step process. First ensure that you fit the requirements for entry into the program. Full out an online application form and submit with the required documentation. Within 2 weeks of receiving application, students would be notified whether they are preselected.

Once you are preselected for the program you would be invited for an interview.  Interviews are done in person, online via video call or via telephone in some cases.  A successful interview qualifies you for entry into the program.

Admission Requirement

All applicants are given serious consideration by the Admission Committee which consists of senior faculty members.  A variety of factors are considered during the preselect ion process:

Premedical Program

  • High Scho0l Diploma
  • Passes in at least 5 subjects at CXC or GCE O levels which must include at least 2 science subjects, Mathematics, English or equivalence
  • Personal Essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Doctor of Medicine Program

  • Undergraduate GPA with at least 2.6
  • GPA in premedical program with at least 2.6
  • Premedical Committee Evaluation
  • Medical experience and professional work history
  • Personal Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Extracurricular Activities and Achievements Students preselected will be invited for an interview. A successful interview automatically qualifies for entry into the program.

Tuition and Finance Aid Schedule Tuition fee for Academic Year 2014-2015

Tuition and fees per semester ($US)

  Premedical Sciences
(Semester 1-3)
per semester

Preclinical Sciences
(Semester 1-5)
per semester

Clinical Sciences
(Semester 6-10)
per semester
Tuition per semester 1500 2500 3000 4000 3500 4500
Registration Fee
per program
250 500 500 500 700 1000
Health Insurance Fee  1200 1200

Loans and Scholarships

Local Students

Guyanese students, who are in attendance and maintaining standards of satisfactory academic progress, may apply for student loans through GAU up to 60% of the tuition cost. Families should make every possible effort to attain the needed resources for education. Financial aid is intended to fill the gap that may exist between a family's ability to afford educational expenses and the cost of attendance.


Two scholarships 1 for premedical sciences and 1 for preclinical sciences are available every academic term for Guyanese students who have done exceptional at the CXC, CAPE or A Levels Examinations.
International Students who have Guyanese parents are considered for local fees and thus loans and scholarships offered for Guyanese students.

International Students

Partial loans may become available for international students. Please contact GAU Financial office for more information.

Request More Information

We welcomes you to request additional details and have your questions answered about by our attentive and knowledgeable staff.

For detailed information, please contact us.

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Last Modification: 06-18-2015

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