Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990. Read More...
The Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba (XUSOM) is prime choice for foreign students to persue their medical studies overseas in the Caribbean.
Our Medical School offers studies in the Caribbean with Guaranteed Clinical Rotations in the United States. All US Clinical Rotations are ACGME approved and follow Greenbook standards. Best of all there are no MCATs required for admission.
Xavier University Medical School campus is conveniently located on one of the most accessible Caribbean Islands. With over 14 flights daily from the United States and all customs and immigration being processing locally, travel between Aruba and the US is extremely easy. Aruba is part of the "ABC" islands in the Dutch Caribbean.
The University was chartered in the Caribbean in December 2004 by the Ministry of Education of Aruba and our Medical School is now Directed and backed by a group of Premier Doctors from the United States - each who are experts in their specialties.
The Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba was founded to train students in the art of Medicine using a US Based Curriculum. The entire focus of our program is to ensure students receive the knowledge they need to successfully enter Residencies in the United States as competent physicians. The biggest challenge medical students face in medical school is passing their United States Medical Licensure Examinations, (USMLE Step 1 and USMLE step 2). These exams have to be successfully completed before application to residency. Our basic science curriculum is USMLE-Based. The Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba has numerous ACGME clinical clerkships sites; all of which take place in the United States.
While in the US, students are required to attend USMLE board review with KAPLAN. Students are also required to attend Grand Rounds, Didactics and other educational programs. Our USMLE based basic science curriculum, combined with our strong US based clinical programs, ensures that all our students are prepared to successfully negotiate their USMLE Step exams.
For thirty years, the United States Governing Medical Body has permitted citizens or residents from the United States and Canada, who train abroad and meet the requirements, to enter the U.S. residency training system.
Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba's well respected Board of Directors know what requirements are needed for our students to readily compete with other students for the limited and coveted residency positions that become available. There are Residency Directors that annually call some of our board members for possible residency candidates. We are confident in what we do and we are here to help you realize your dream of becoming a physician and practicing on the United States.
The very first in its category - a prototype - whereby every aspect of XUSOM at Aruba's operation is superintended by the very best in the field of U.S. based offshore medical education and residency assistance. XUSOM at Aruba's pre-clinical studies are thought by distinguished doctors, seamlessly joined with hundreds of teaching clinical sites throughout the United States, and further perfected by our professional residency placement officers.
The administrative teams of XUSOM at Aruba have been educating people to be leaders in their professional lives, their communities and in society for decades. A relatively new name, but with years of medical education infrastructure.
Get a quick overview of Xavier from the following facts:
The mission of Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba is to prepare physicians to practice compassionate clinical medicine of the highest standard and to identify and solve fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery or in the basic sciences.
The aim of the curriculum of the School of Medicine is to produce leaders in Medicine who will take the foundation of a broad education in Medicine to improve health through patient care, research, and education.
As a measure of their competence, every graduate will:
The Science and Practice of Medicine
The Social Context of Medicine
Our accreditations set us apart from other international medical schools and ensure that your degree is valuable world-wide.
A charter serves as the official governmental permission for a medical school and its faculty to teach the art and science of medicine, and operate in that designated country.
Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba (XUSOM at Aruba) is independently chartered by the Government of Aruba of the Dutch Antilles.
International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a division of the United States of America's Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). An international medical school is now required to be recognized by IMED in order for their student and graduates to apply and sit for the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE). Previous to the introduction of IMED, a medical school had to be recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for these same privileges. IMED listing is also a requirement for medical licensure in certain states, independent of WHO recognition.
Students and graduates of XUSOM at Aruba are eligible to sit for any step of the USMLE, in fulfillment of the ECFMG Certification requirements for a U.S. residency.
NOTE - the XUSOM at Aruba IMED listing is also recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for certification and eligibility for medical licensure
World Health Organization (WHO)
A medical school's recognition and enlistment in the WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools is still required by certain state medical boards for medical licensure. This enlistment is no longer required for an international medical student or graduates participation in the USMLE.
XUSOM at Aruba has been approved by the WHO, and will be listed in the next edition of updates to the WHO's World Directory of Medical Schools.
Medical residency training is required of all medical doctors in order to be eligible to apply for medical licensure to practice medicine in the United States. ECFMG Certification is required of all international medical graduates to be able to start medical residency training in the United States.
The ECFMG recognition of XUSOM at Aruba enables the graduates of XUSOM at Aruba to be eligible for ECFMG Certification, and participation in U.S. medical residency training programs.
In order to apply for Licensure of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), a graduate must have passed both Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Parts one and two (MCCQE Parts I and II). NOTE - As a pre-requisite to sitting for the MCCQE Part I, an International medical graduate must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
Graduates of XUSOM at Aruba are eligible to sit for MCCEE, QE Parts I and II, and application for the LMCC.
In order for graduates of XUSOM to practice medicine in the island country of Aruba, the graduate must meet the standard eligibility criteria for medical licensure in Aruba.
XUSOM at Aruba is chartered and recognized by the Island Government of Aruba. Graduates of at XUSOM Aruba are eligible to apply for medical licensure and practice medicine in Aruba upon meeting all standard medical licensure criteria and requirement.
Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba's accelerated program groups four academic years of medical education into slightly less than 4 years, without compromising the total number of hours credited or clinical exposure. Twenty months of pre-clinical courses in biomedical sciences are combined with Clinical Board Series utilizing patient and physician educators to maximize the experience for each student.
This is followed by 72 weeks of clinical opportunities in core and elective clerkships, as well as clinical research. The curriculum has sufficient flexibility for students to do extensive research, pursue advanced degrees, participate in special tracks or explore other avenues of professional growth.
Unique to the XUSOM at Aruba curriculum is its 5th semester program. This semester takes place on our main campus on the island of Aruba. During this semester students will cover:
This semester prepares our students for USMLE Step 1 and a smooth transition into clinical medicine in the United States. The student gains valuable knowledge during this time and a clear comprehension of the health care system and post-graduate medical training in the United States.
A rewarding program for those who have no reservations about the career path they've chosen. Four semesters of focused pre-medical studies will fully prepare you for your pre-clinical studies at Xavier University School of Medicine at Aruba . This program will allow its graduates to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.
Our typical high school graduates tend to be prepared for residency before the age of 23. As a matter of fact, most of the students in this program are thankful because of the number of years they saved by not having to secure their position as a medical student with a bachelors or a masters degree.
Your pre-med courses done at XUSOM at Aruba will allow you to remain a qualified candidate for medical licensure.
All students successfully completing the Pre-Med Program will automatically gain advancement into the Basic Science Component of our MD program.
Clinical Sciences follow the completion of the Basic Science curriculum and successful completion of USMLE Step 1. We have secured multiple geographic locations available throughout the United States.
All rotations are available in the United States.
Clinical rotations in the US allows our students to train with doctors in highly coveted research positions combined with a wide array of states to choose from gives our students the freedom to elect their rotations.
Students become directly involved in the management of patients.
Third year students rotate through the following clerkships: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Students may select from a variety of Elective rotations.
Xavier University offers a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) on the Island of Aruba in the Lesser Antilles. Xavier is the first university to offer a liberal arts degree in nursing on the island. Xavier University School of Nursing offers a rich, culturally diverse, and interprofessional experience in nursing. The BSN program of nursing complements the existing medical school offered at Xavier and will meet the local, regional, and global need for highly trained and compassionate nurses. Graduates of Xavier's BSN program will be able to perform in leadership roles in providing and improving healthcare through effective communication using emerging technologies.
The mission of Xavier University School of Nursing (XUSON) at Aruba is to prepare baccalaureate-educated registered nurses (RN) who practice compassionately and deliver safe nursing care of the highest standard to individuals, families, and communities.
Xavier University at Aruba is located in the heart of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. The campus consists of over 100,000 square feet of facilities. The campus encompasses a vibrant multicultural atmosphere. A new interprofessional center of learning is planned for the campus in 2014.
For more information on programs, please don't hesitate to contact us.
|Pre Medical Program (4 Semesters)|
|15 Weeks Per Semester :||$4,500 US per Semester|
|MD Basic Science Program (4 Semesters)|
|15 Weeks Per Semester :||$7,150 US per Semester|
|MD Basic Science 5th Semester (1 Semester)|
|15 Weeks :||$9,900 US (NON-REFUNDABLE)|
|MD Clinical Science Program (6 Semesters)|
|12 Weeks Per Semester :||$9,900 US per Semester (NON-REFUNDABLE)|
All applicable fees and tuition will be collected in advance of the upcoming semester.
Per Credit Hour Tuition
|Pre Med||US$250.00||For a maximum of 11 credit hours|
|MD Basic Science||US$350.00||For a maximum of 11 credit hours|
|Registration Fee||US$700.00||New Students (One time)|
|Malpractice Insurance||US$1,200.00||Per clinical year|
|Wire Transfer Fee||US$50.00|
|Late Tuition Fee||US$250.00||After Tuition Deadline|
|Health Insurance Fee||US$360.00 +/- Based on Age|
|Student Administration Fee||US$528.00||Per semester|
|Late Registration Fee||US$500.00||On 1st day of class or later|
|Exam Fee for MD 5||US $500.00||Per attempt|
|Exam Fee for Basic Sciences||US $350.00||Per semester|
|Exam Fee for Pre-Med||US $200.00||Per semester|
|Re-examination Fee||US $500.00||Per exam|
|Graduation Fee||US $600.00|
|Re-Admission fee (North America)||US $1000.00||Upon Re-admission|
|Re-Admission fee (Non-North America)||US $2000.00||Upon Re-admission|
|Official Transcript Fee||US $100.00||(PM1-4) Per request|
|Official Transcript Fee||US $250.00||(MD1-3) Per request|
|Official Transcript Fee||US $500.00||(MD4-CM6) Per request|
|Official Transcript Fee||US $100.00||(Alumni) Per request|
|NBME Comprehensive Exam||US $2500.00||Per Exam|
Payment plans are available to assist in your payment of tuition.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office in New York.
Average Cost of Living Per Month
Cost of living varies from student to student, but on average you will need to budget about $900.00 USD to $1300.00 USD per month for Room and Board based on single occupancy.
Obtaining roommates, conserving utilities, cooking at home, and budgeting for daily, semester, and future expenses will enable students of XUSOM at Aruba to remain fiscally responsible while attending school.
The average cost of books is $600.00 per semester.
The average cost of transportation will vary depending on the quality of what the student is willing to invest in, renting or using the public transportation. Vehicle lease/rental is available.
Immigration Fee = See Immigration Dept. for details. This is a onetime deposit for your Student Visa.
Please make sure to include your cost of travel to Xavier, estimating the number of times you expect to arrive and depart.
The best advice as to living costs will come from current students, so we advise you to contact the Student Government Association for the most current information.
Xavier University School Of Medicine maintains that academic excellence is our priority and it is worthy of recognition. Therefore we have implemented a new scholarship program that reflects this attitude while rewarding the hard work and achievements of the eligible candidates. Incoming Basic Science and Premedical candidates, applying for scholarships, must meet the following criteria. Scholarships are awarded towards the tuition fees as applicable.
Entrance scholarships are awarded as per incoming applicant academic excellence guidelines. Students qualifying for these scholarships should refer to the admissions department for more information. Entrance scholarships applies one time ONLY to the semester in which the student seeks enrollment. For recurring scholarships please refer to the On-going Scholarships section to the right.
Xavier University School of Medicine is committed to making a quality medical education affordable for every student. Scholarships, loans and payment plan options are available to students and parents to assist in meeting educational expenses.
Medical school is a wise investment in your future. Don't delay your dream of becoming a physician. Our admissions representatives are available in person and via phone or e-mail to assist you in learning more about financing your education.
For detailed information, please contact us.