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Packing for Caribbean Medical Schools

Shipping to the Island

UniversityBooksOnline.com offers a Direct Shipping service for Caribbean Medical and Veterinary students and their families that is fast, convenient and affordable. With this program, you can feel confident that your belongings will be handled with the utmost care. To receive an estimate or to place your order, please visit http://www.universitybooksonline.com/ and click on ‘Direct Shipment’ in the top right hand portion of the screen. You may also call toll-free (in the US & Canada) at 1-866-567-BOOK (2665) with any questions or to order.

There are two simple ways to ship via the Direct Ship Program:

  • Ship your items directly to UniversityBooksOnline.com using any carrier you wish (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc). Box up your belongings, follow the shipping instructions below, and send your items to:
    University Books
    40 Fairfield Place
    West Caldwell, NJ 07006
    Attn: Direct Ship Program – School Name

    -Or-
  • UniversityBooksOnline.com can send a courier to your home to pick up your package(s), which will then be shipped directly to our facility for shipment preparation. Please also follow the instructions below when packaging your items.

Shipping Instructions

Please follow these instructions carefully so that your package(s) is (are) shipped correctly:

  1. Tape a white envelope to the outside of each box you want to ship.
  2. Include a piece of paper inside that provides the following information:
    • Name and e-mail address of student
    • Complete list of contents
    • Provide a contact name and the telephone number listed above to arrange for payment of the shipment. You may also call the toll-free number when you ship the package to make payment arrangements.

Note: Within 24 – 48 hours of receiving your shipment at the warehouse, UniversityBooksOnline.com will prepare your box(es) for shipment directly to the island. There is a minimum shipment weight of 13lbs. which will be charged a flat rate of $4.50* per pound. Insurance is also available at an optional $1.25* per $100. You will receive a tracking number for your shipment, which will arrive approximately 3 Business Days after it leaves our facility. Upon arrival, you will need to clear the package(s) through customs and pay any duties and taxes that are applied to the shipment.

*Rates are subject to change without notice.

School Supplies

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  • Sturdy backpack – Something that can survive four months of hauling heavy textbooks around.
  • Notebooks, pens, paper, hi-liters, 2-inch binders, colored pens and pencils (#2 for exams), index cards.
  • Ear plugs – for studying & sleeping.
  • Day Planner
  • Personal Calculators with square root function. (Expensive calculators are unnecessary for undergraduate, graduate, veterinary or medical students.)
  • Science students will need two white lab coats. Medical and Veterinary students will need lab coats or scrubs. These may be purchased at the bookstore, however if coming from outside of the Caribbean it is recommended that you purchase these before leaving home. This may be less expensive. Scrubs are more comfortable, however, medical students will need a lab coat for microbiology.

Clothing

  • Adequate wardrobe for four months of campus life. Washing machines are available on campus. For those coming from cold climates remember to pack light clothing (summer weight shirts, shorts, jeans, bathing suits.)*
  • Sandals, flip-flops, sneakers
  • Light raincoat/poncho and umbrella
  • Sweater/sweatshirt (air-conditioned lecture halls can be cold.)
  • Medical and Veterinary Students: A jacket/tie or a sundress/light dress for the White Coat Ceremony.
  • Medical Students: Sundress/trousers to wear in clinical skills during visits to the outlying District Health Office.
  • Do not bring overly formal clothing – you will live in casual summer clothing. On a side note, some special events may require formal dress, and men may be required to wear, if not a suit coat, at least a long-sleeved dress shirt and tie.



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