Hey whats up everyone. I just finished my Med 1 semester here at AUA and actually made this list a few weeks ago. I was in your shoes just a few months ago, and I know there was a list like this that really helped me out. This is helpful especially the last few days when you want to make sure you don't forget anything big or small. Some of the stuff on here you may not think is relevant to you, but hopefully its helpful.
So far, i've adjusted pretty well and done well in my classes, stayed involved in school activities, all while in a cast and crutches, so if I can do it, it won't be a problem for any of you. Thank GODDD i got my cast off now! Time to party - no wait, I mean, study for genetics block with DocPluc, haha.
Note: Conversion rate is 2.67 (EC) Eastern Caribbean Dollar = $1.00
Solid colored Polo-Style Shirts
Males: A Suit or Dress Pants/Dress Shirts/Ties (Will be used for DPS, school research days, events, ceremonies, etc)
Females should bring at least a few articles of clothing to dress up for DPS and research days
Slippers (1-2 pairs, because they may get worn out quickly)
Enough socks and undergarments to last you in case you dont get time to do laundry every week
A Sweatshirt (Library and classes get cold)
Toilet Paper(in case your housing doesn't have any when you arrive)
Bath Towels / Beach Towel
Bed Sheets/Pillow Cases
Laundry Detergent (Available at supermarket here)
*NOTE: Everything is available at the supermarket, but the more you can bring with you, the more money you will end up saving, and your first few days will just be easier if you have everything you need.
Most Kitchen supplies are available at Epicurian, but anything you bring will save you a trip to Epicurian
Real spoons, forks, and knives will be provided to you, along with some pots, pans, and drinking glasses. Plastic forks, knives, spoons, and cups are available at the supermarket.
Cereal Bowls are not provided, so you may want to bring a couple of these.
Plates will be provided, but you can bring some of your own plates if you dont want to use ones that have been here.
Coffee Makers (Not provided in some housing so check with someone. Otherwise, bring it because they are about $50US for the cheapest one here)
George Foreman Grill (Very useful)
Toaster (Not provided in some housing, bring if you think its worth it)
Things to wash dishes are also available at the supermarket, but if you bring them, it will save you a trip
Notebooks (Classes are Anatomy, Histo, DPS)
Calendar (Either in a planner or to hang on the wall)
Clipboard (Very important for lab)
Headphones for laptop if you listen to music while studying
Scotch Tape (comes in handy often)
Flash Drive minimum 1 GB, this will be used heavily
Blank CD-Rs/DVD-Rs (Not too many)
1 Lab Coat
2 Pairs of scrubs
Blood Pressure Cuff
Mini Eye Exam Chart
You can open up your own account here with ABIB or you can use your account from home, and just use the ATM here to withdraw money. You might want to check first if your bank charges for withdrawals in Antigua.
Most things are available here at the supermarket (Epicurian) which is just a 5 minute walk from school, however things are a bit pricey compared to back home. This is because everything is imported from the USA, so after customs and duty, these prices add up to about double what it would be back home. Bring as much junk food as you can to snack on, cereal bars are good on the run, noodles, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, and anything you can cook quickly. You dont really get much time to prepare gourmet dinners for yourself.
Favorite Hot Sauce if you have one (Tobasco is available here)
Heinz ketchup (The ketchup here tastes too sweet, and they dont have Heinz anywhere)
8 Minute Pasta or Rice
Soup in a cup
Cell Phone (Required Unlocked, quad band phone will guaranteed work. Some Tri Band phones also work, but bringing a quad-band phone is the safest bet)
A Laptop & Its charger (Required) Both Mac & PC are compatible on campus
Multi outlet switch (6 outlets)
External hard drive if you have one, its useful to store all your AUA files for the next few years.
Signup with some VOIP Service (Skype, Vonage, Viatalk, etc )
Any favorite TV shows or DVDs, this comes in handy after a long week of studying. (If you bring an S-Video Cable, you can display the video from your laptop to your TV)
Drink only bottled water
Hooks that you can stick on the wall or behind a door (hanging clothes, keys, etc)
Electric Outlets in housing are the same as USA
Pictures/Frames of family
Webcam to communicate back home
Digital Recorder (If you like to record lectures)
Air Freshner (Febreeze, etc dont bring Glade Plug Ins, they may cause fires)
Dont carry too much cash on the flight.
Brita Water Filter
Immunization documentation that AUA requires
Immigration letter from AUA
Sending Packages: If your parents mail you a package here on the island, it will be mailed to the school address (American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Jasmine Court, Friars Hill Road, P.O. Box W 1451, St. Johns, Antigua, West Indies Tel: 1-268-481-8888). Then, when it arrives, you will go to the admin office and look for your name on a list. If your name is there, they will give you a slip. You will take this slip to the airport and retrieve your package after paying customs/duty/tax. Average would be around $75EC = $30USD plus cab fare unless you have a car. Try calling Amerijet and check their price for cargo: at 800-276-5387. Ask to speak to Louis Montella at 718-709-9560. Other air freight providers include American Air Cargo (800-CARGOAA), USF Seko World Wide (800-255-2896) and Cavalier International (800-235-4665). Ocean cargo, such as via Tropical Shipping (800-367-6200) is cheaper, but slower.
Stores that they have here:
Epicurian Supermarket, mostly everything available at Shoprite or Pathmark would also be here.
Radio Shack This is where you will purchase your internet connection card from (ACT-Online/Instantnet). The average cost is about $300 USD for 4 months, which is $75 USD/month. Its expensive, yes, we know.
Subway Just like back home
KFC Just like back home, but no Honey BBQ Wings
Office Supplies store in Woods (Forgot the name)
Digicell Cell Phone Carrier
Cable & Wireless Cell Phone Carrier
El Taco Loco Mexican Food
The Beach Nice Restaurant to Eat