Please enter both an email address and a password.

Welcome to the RCS website. If you do not know your login details, please reset your password using the link below.

Account login

Need to reset your password?  Enter the email address which you used to register on this site (or your membership/contact number) and we'll email you a link to reset it. You must complete the process within 2hrs of receiving the link.

We've sent you an email

An email has been sent to Simply follow the link provided in the email to reset your password. If you can't find the email please check your junk or spam folder and add to your address book.

International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP)



International Surgical Training Programme

The International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) match-making scheme remains closed until further notice. This is while we deal with a backlog of applications and aim to migrate the application process onto a new online platform.

Announcements will be made on the RCS social media pages when applications re-open.

Please note that emails received requesting details regarding the programme and eligibility requirements will not be responded to during this time. All information can be found on our website.

GMC Sponsorship Scheme

The GMC Sponsorship Scheme remains open for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have already been offered posts in the UK directly by trusts and require GMC sponsorship and/or the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa. This scheme is not intended for IMGs who require the RCS to find them a post.

IMGs are requested to email to request a GMC Sponsorship Scheme application pack.

A surgeon at work

The International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) operates within the generic Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme and provides a route for high quality International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to obtain sponsorship for GMC registration and the supporting Tier 5 visa so that they can undertake training and development in UK hospitals for a maximum of 24 months.

The ISTP aims to:

  • contribute to improving the quality of healthcare internationally
  • provide overseas surgical trainees with a period of training and development in the UK before returning to their home countries where their patients and colleagues can benefit from the skills and experience they have obtained in the UK
  • foster relationships between UK hospitals and international institutions
  • support the UK’s international development objectives.

The College is committed to providing a training opportunity which benefits the overseas surgical trainee, their home country and the UK hospital/institution in which they will be working.

Please read the latest guidance on recent changes to the MTI Scheme

Please note that ISTP applications have now closed for 2018.


Further announcements regarding our next round of applications will be advertised on our website on 21st January 2019 so please check the website then.

Get in touch

The International Office is the main point of contact for all queries from international surgeons and stakeholders who wish to find out more about opportunities and ventures overseas.

For contacts in education, exams or careers or dentistry, please see those sections of the website.

Share this page: