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    Can anyone offer any insight of what it is like to relocate to Antigua with your family? I have been accepted for February 2015 and plan on bringing my husband, 14 year old daughter, and Boston Terrier. How are the schools for kids? Will my husband have a difficult time finding work? How expensive is housing off campus? Also, what's the deal with loans? Do we have to apply every semester for BOLM loans? Will AUA ever get federal loans? Thanks in advance!

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    wondering if s/one PM you or responded to your question.

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    No, I didn't get any responses. Are you relocating with family also?

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    Check out the student run page for spouses and companions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/416394921785377/
    They will have more information about helping families acclimate to Antigua.

    As far as the pet goes, you are probably already aware, Antigua is a Rabies free island. Pets are required to remain in quarantine for a period of time before being allowed into the country.

    Student Financial Services should assist with the loan question. I believe it varies based on the loan available for your start.
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    Congratulations on your acceptance! So your family will be joining you and I think It will be a wonderful experience. With regards to schools, there are excellent schools on island but they tend not to be American format. They are more British based with high school graduation determined by successful CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) results. Your 14 year old would begin preparing as they normally sit these exams at 15-16.

    With regards to your husband finding work, we are a strong tourist industry country so if he can find a niche there it will be good but any type of work will require a work permit which can be a little challenging.

    Your pet will be more than welcome once he or she fulfills the requirements to enter. Yes we are a rabies free country so your pet must be vaccinated with a titer to prove it. Please find attached the government's requirements to allow his or her entry into Antigua.

    Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorAngel View Post
    No, I didn't get any responses. Are you relocating with family also?
    Mine are younger. May leave them behind for first few semesters.

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    I also might bring my wife and child. Just not sure quite yet, but are there many students with families?

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    I may be coming to AUA in July this year. Have you found out any new information? I also have a boston terrier and a 4yo daughter. Have you looked into housing and schooling?

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    sh3224:There are a few schools on the island, but I haven't done extensive research. I also found out that the dogs will have to be quarantined for a certain amount of time due to the island's strict rules and wanting to remain rabies free. I am not sure if you have a significant other, but I have heard they will not be able to work.



    axj3213: From what I have gathered, there are not a ton of students with families. I did join the AUA Spouses group on FB though.
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    Your pet will not have to be quarantined once he has the rabies approved titer report. Many students fulfill this requirement. If you do not have the report your pet will be quarantined until the requirements are fulfilled. Failing this then the law will require that he is either sent back to his country or put down .. something which we are all loath to do.

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