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    AllezLesBleus is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Hello,

    I am a high school student from canada, and i am just weighing up my options before applying to universities in the fall, the antigua premed program is something which has caught my eye, and i have a few questions,
    1. is the premed program, in all honesty, difficult? (i am fully aware that hard working is a MUST)
    2. after the premed program, what does my GPA need to be to move into the med program?
    3. how does this university compare to st.george?

    thank you

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    Hey,

    First of all, it is important for you to understand that the best option you have is to obtain an undergraduate degree, take your MCATs and apply to North American medical schools. There are many disadvantages of having a degree from a Caribbean medical school. That being said, there are many students like myself that come to AUA right after finishing highschool. I went through all four of the premed semesters and am currently in my first semester of basic sciences, I can confidently say that the premed program here prepares you very well.

    1. The general consensus among students is that the first 2 semesters of premed are not very difficult. The third semester isn't bad either, but there are many students who find Cell Biology very challenging. The fourth semester is by far the most difficult semester of premed. Mainly because of the number of classes, the amount of information, and lack of time.

    2. If you go through all 4 semesters, you need to have a final GPA of 3.0 to move on to basic sciences (This is what it was last semester, i'm not 100% sure if its still the same)

    3. Comparing the AUA to SGU.. there is no real comparison to do here. SGU is a much better school by far. It's is much older, California approved, has many more graduates. You should do a search, there are many topics on this forum that can answer this.

    Good luck

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    AllezLesBleus is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Thank you Dhavalp, you really helped


    Cheers

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    it depends.

    dhaval has mentioned some good pros and cons.

    im a premed graduate direct after highschool, finished basic, will be finishing clinicals and be applying for the match next year.

    i know other pre-med grads who matched into great residency programs this past year and did premed at AUA. it is all about you as a student.

    if you are a successful student you can still get into a great program and be years ahead of any of your friends who end up going to undergrad. but its on you as to what works best. some kids come to pre-med cant handle the work load or handle being independent on the island and up failing out. then you end up back to square one losing your money and time and will have to reapply to undergrad programs back home. so if you do go to the caribbean make sure you have what it takes as it is an all or nothing deal. if you got what it takes it can turn out really well for you.

    - Z
    "Opportunity Never Ends"

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