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    dojadash is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    any help here?all kinds of questions-u mite know d ans to one.

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    hey am posting this here bcos my questions vary
    1)what campus do pre med students receive lectures?
    2)is there any african or nigerian dt can explain visa and immigration to me. i need to know how they applied or if they didnt need to.i emailed ny office and the info wasnt conclusive.
    3)anybody coming in from london,england sept 09?
    4)i am planning to arrive on the island 2days before registration(aug 24). does anyone know if university housing will be available by then or do i need to book a hotel for those 2 days?
    5) i av read about all the router and wat nots to bring for internet connection on the island and i must say.. i know absolutely nothing about them. can someone just give me a simple list of wat to pick up. i am coming from london, eng.
    6)does anyone know wat d exact january resumption date is? ny office said i had to leave the island after the sept semester for a week at least according to immigration laws. i want to book my ticket and i need to be sure.
    7)females only question pls-wat housing choice was d best 4 u and why?

    8)are the single rooms overrated? i just want to know cos they r so expensive
    9) finally, it was stated in the welcome package for students to get all sorts of vaccinations.i'd just like to know wat u guys had before leaving for the island. are there mosquitos on the island too?wat abt snakes?
    thanks so much guys

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    I haven't seen any snakes.
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    thank goodness for that. i have a morbid fear of snakes.dosnt help dt my younger brother is an animal planet addict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derin View Post
    hey am posting this here bcos my questions vary
    1)what campus do pre med students receive lectures?
    2)is there any african or nigerian dt can explain visa and immigration to me. i need to know how they applied or if they didnt need to.i emailed ny office and the info wasnt conclusive.
    3)anybody coming in from london,england sept 09?
    4)i am planning to arrive on the island 2days before registration(aug 24). does anyone know if university housing will be available by then or do i need to book a hotel for those 2 days?
    5) i av read about all the router and wat nots to bring for internet connection on the island and i must say.. i know absolutely nothing about them. can someone just give me a simple list of wat to pick up. i am coming from london, eng.
    6)does anyone know wat d exact january resumption date is? ny office said i had to leave the island after the sept semester for a week at least according to immigration laws. i want to book my ticket and i need to be sure.
    7)females only question pls-wat housing choice was d best 4 u and why?

    8)are the single rooms overrated? i just want to know cos they r so expensive
    9) finally, it was stated in the welcome package for students to get all sorts of vaccinations.i'd just like to know wat u guys had before leaving for the island. are there mosquitos on the island too?wat abt snakes?
    thanks so much guys
    1. Premed students have their own campus..it's near the north campus (about a 2 minute walk)
    2. Everyone who comes into Antigua has a 30 day visa stay. During the first few weeks of school, the school will collect your passport and send them to immigration. Then immigration will stamp your passport and give you a 1 year visa. (I'm not from africa, but it should be the same for everyone)
    4. The school should tell you when housing is available. (I think at least 2 days before registration housing is available..if you were coming in a week before registration, you might have a problem)
    5. Just buy a linksys wireless router (either a wireless "G" router or a wireless "N" router. Ask a store clerk, and they can give you one)
    6. Your visa will be good for a year..so with the 30 days you're granted when you first come on the island, you'll have 13 months you're allowed in antigua. As long as you're a student at AUA, you keep turning in your passport to the school and immigration will renew your visa status.
    7. not a female..so i guess i wont answer.
    8. Depends on what kind of person you are..do you want to sleep in the same room as someone? Do you have a roommate already in mind or are you going "pot-luck". There are kids who are excellent students and study all the time..and there are kids who drink, party, do drugs, and blow mommy and daddy's money on tuition over and over..which will you get?
    9. Yes there are tons of mosquitoes..it's the carib after all. The british brought in the mongoose years ago which cleared the island of all snakes. But there are plenty of rats and tarantula's to make up the difference.

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    If you are a Nigerian citizen you need to contact the Antiguan Consulate for a Visa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipton View Post
    If you are a Nigerian citizen you need to contact the Antiguan Consulate for a Visa.
    You're right..sorry..thought it was the same for everyone..
    The High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda. Passport and Visa Requirements.

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    good questions. I have some questions of my own, if someone can answer them it would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Are the dorms co-ed, can siblings live together?

    2. How safe do the students feel on the island is there enough security?

    3. Are there any hidden costs or unexpected costs that are not listed on AUA'S website?

    4. About what percentage of the students are from the US and Canada?

    5. Does Aua offer any tutoring to struggling students, besides, going to the professor during his/her office hours?

    6. Can someone describe a typical day?

    7. Is it essential to have a car on the island and if so, how much does it cost?

    8. Is AUA still accepting applications for the september class of 2009?

    9. Does AUA transfer credits from a community college?

    10. overall how do the professors treat the students are they helpful and go the extra mile with students or do they not care about the students as much?

    11. Does anyone have time to cook a meal or do most students just eat canned food and snacks?

    12. Do the loan payments to pay off the student loan start right away or after graduation?

    13. Is the money for the loan give to you all at once, or is it a per semester or class basis?

    14. Does the loan cover expenses other then tution like: room and board, food, gas, transportation etc. ?

    15. Is fresh water and elecrtricty avail. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?


    thanks, I really appreciate any responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadhwa5 View Post
    good questions. I have some questions of my own, if someone can answer them it would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Are the dorms co-ed, can siblings live together?

    2. How safe do the students feel on the island is there enough security?

    3. Are there any hidden costs or unexpected costs that are not listed on AUA'S website?

    4. About what percentage of the students are from the US and Canada?

    5. Does Aua offer any tutoring to struggling students, besides, going to the professor during his/her office hours?

    6. Can someone describe a typical day?

    7. Is it essential to have a car on the island and if so, how much does it cost?

    8. Is AUA still accepting applications for the september class of 2009?

    9. Does AUA transfer credits from a community college?

    10. overall how do the professors treat the students are they helpful and go the extra mile with students or do they not care about the students as much?

    11. Does anyone have time to cook a meal or do most students just eat canned food and snacks?

    12. Do the loan payments to pay off the student loan start right away or after graduation?

    13. Is the money for the loan give to you all at once, or is it a per semester or class basis?

    14. Does the loan cover expenses other then tution like: room and board, food, gas, transportation etc. ?

    15. Is fresh water and elecrtricty avail. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?


    thanks, I really appreciate any responses.
    1. The dorms are co-ed. Yes..there are brother/sisters who live together.
    2. Antigua is as safe as any other big city in the states. There are definitely places i don't go (Gray's Farm, etc) but you should never have a reason to go there anyway. The majority of crimes against students are caused by alcohol. (Someone gets drunk in a club..starts fights..or gets drunk at 3am downtown..gets mugged, etc) Don't put yourself in those situations and you'll be fine.
    3. Hidden costs? There are plenty. Food is extremely expensive down here..electricity is as well. Cars are insane (more on that in #7). Factor in internet and "other" expenses and you'll feel your wallet getting lighter by the second.
    4. I'd say the majority of students are from the US/canada..I don't know the exact numbers however...Tipton could answer that one better.
    5. There are no specific "tutoring" sessions the university gives. There are student-led TA sessions which you should not miss. The univ does pay the students for their time, however.
    6. A typical day depends on your semester. In first semester, you'll have an hour of anatomy lecture, followed by a 2 hour session of anatomy lab. And then a dps lecture for an hour, and maybe a histology lecture for an hour. Plan on being in actual "class" between 5-6 hours per day at least. Some semesters are greater than others.
    7. When you move out of student housing, you'll need a car or some form of transportation. I do know people who "contract" with a cab driver everyday. That gets extremely expensive after a while though. The cheapest POS car you can rent down here goes for about 300 US a month. And that will be a 1985 toyota corolla with no AC and 2 windows which don't work. Want a "new" car like an 06 Yaris? 600-650 a month (US). It's crazy. With the import/customs fees, a 13k yaris you'd buy in the states costs 22-23k new down here.
    8 and 9 Tipton will have to answer.
    10. Some professors are great..others are not. It's the same at any other school you go to.
    11. Depends on what you mean by "cook". Canned food gets old pretty quick, and taking a 30 min study break to prepare a meal and another 30 min to eat is a nice way to relax. On the other hand..i'm also the master of the PB&J sandwich.
    12. You have a 6 month grace period after you leave school full time to start repaying. You can also claim "hardship" to see if you can extend that time. But the interest starts from day 1.
    13. It's per semester, and you have to reapply for the loan either each semester or every other semester, depending on which loan company you use. There are "rumors" of another loan company making a surprise visit last week..we'll just have to wait and see..
    14. It covers some..but you do have to live frugally.
    15. It depends. Last winter, the gov't and power company were fighting with each other. So we had rolling blackouts 8 hours a day for about 2 weeks or so. Sometimes the backup generators would work at the school..other times class had to be cancelled. As for water, until recently antigua was under the 2nd worst drought of the past 25 years. May has brought a lot of rain, so the cisterns are full, and water is flowing again. (All housing in antigua has to come with cisterns that trap the water from the roof-gutters for use). But before the rains came the gov't setup mandatory "water outtages" of about 4 hours/day to conserve water.
    Last edited by Cyberia; 05-18-2009 at 08:52 AM.

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    4. Probably about 90-95% of AUA's studetns are from the US or Canada.

    8. Yes. We are still accepting application for Sept 2009. Apply online ASAP.

    9. Depends on the course work you have done, how long you have attended, grades...etc. In the past we have given credit for work done at a community college.

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    thank you so much, for the quick responses.

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