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American University of Antigua

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Flag of Antigua and BarbudaThe Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak Indians populated the islands when COLUMBUS landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981. Read More.

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American University of Antigua

AUA was founded in 2004 with the mission of addressing the growing physician shortage in the United States. Garnering the support of world-renowned Manipal University, AUA has developed into a hub of international education, centered in a recently built, 150,000 sq. ft., technologically advanced campus. AUA’s Basic Sciences curriculum consists of two semesters per academic year. This is based on top U.S. medical school programs and, coupled with AUA’s new campus, provides a learning experience unequalled in the Caribbean.

AUA College of Medicine graduates are eligible for residency training positions throughout the nation. AUA College of Medicine has been approved by the New York State Education Department and recognized by the Medical Board of California*, allowing students to obtain residency positions and secure clinical clerkships in those states. AUA is one of the select international medical schools whose students are eligible for over 12 weeks of clerkships in New York, and whose graduates are eligible for the 20% of residency training positions located there.

The MD program is provisionally accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

Mission Statement

American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is dedicated to providing a learner-centric medical education that meets the highest standards of academic excellence. The university is committed to providing students with the educational resources that will empower them to become compassionate physicians, life-long learners and leaders in addressing the global shortage of healthcare providers.

AUA College of Medicine is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of diverse communities in the United States and globally. The university believes that in order to create an environment of academic excellence, it must ensure a diverse student population that incorporates the skills, knowledge and varied cultural experiences of all peoples. The university is committed to breaking down barriers that have prevented underrepresented minorities from obtaining a medical education and subsequent medical licensure.



  • Two semester academic-year, US-modeled Basic Sciences medical education
  • Clinical experience integrated into the Basic Sciences semesters
  • Lecture breakout sessions, problem-based learning and classroom-integrated teaching technology, allowing for a personalized learning experience
  • Courses taught by experienced MDs, PhDs, and other notable healthcare professionals
  • Educational Enhancement Department (EED) designed to bolster study skills and facilitate learning within small groups
  • Integrated Basic Science Review Course (IBSRC) program, bridging students from the Basic Sciences to U.S. hospital settings, reinforcing basic science content and preparing students to achieve exceptional USMLE Step 1 scores
  • Multiple clinical settings providing core and elective clerkships in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the United States
  • Unique relationship with India's Manipal University, specifically Kasturba Medical College


  • AUA College of Medicine has been approved by the New York State Education Department and recognized by the Medical Board of California*, allowing students to obtain residency positions and secure clinical clerkships in those states
  • College of Medicine graduates are eligible for:
    • ECFMG Certification
    • National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Placement
    • Medical licensure in the U.S., Canada and Antigua
  • MPH, MHS and MBA programs through affiliated schools offer career advancement opportunities and Title IV funding for qualified students enrolled in those programs
  • Early hospital-integrated patient exposure at Mount St. John's Medical Centre, one of the most modern hospitals in the Caribbean


  • AUA's campus facilities feature high-speed wireless internet access, Web-based learning resources including Blackboard Learn™, interactive classrooms and lecture capture
  • One of the most extensive simulation labs in North America
  • The four hundred seat Health Sciences Library comprises extensive medical collections, small group study rooms, a computer lab and 24-hour-a-day accessibility
  • Extensive and modern recreational facilities
  • A diverse student body drawn from multicultural backgrounds


  • The tranquil environment of Antigua allows students to focus when they need to, unwind when they can
  • Modern supermarkets, a variety of restaurants, a multiplex cinema and other conveniences are located close to campus
  • Frequent flights are available to and from the U.S. and Canada
  • Recreational opportunities include sailing, hiking, riding or diving; the nearby capital city of St. John's offers museums, colonial sites, music and festivals

Becoming a Physician at AUA

AUA College of Medicine is one of the few international medical schools approved by the New York State Education Department, recognized by the Medical Board of California, and provisionally accredited by CAAM-HP. Although less than ten years old, AUA is proud to have achieved these distinctions, allowing our students the option to complete their clinical training and residencies in hospitals throughout these states.

AUA is proud to have earned recognition from the Medical Board of California and approval from the New York State Education Department. Both states conducted extensive reviews assessing the quality and rigor of AUA’s program confirming its exclusive status shared only by a select number of Caribbean medical schools. According to recent AMA statistics, New York and California rank first and second respectively in the number of actively practicing international medical school graduates (IMGs).

AUA’s curriculum is modeled after U.S. medical schools but with earlier hands-on clinical experience. AUA runs on a two-semester a year schedule. Beginning with their first semester, students are introduced to clinical settings by participating at the on-campus Simulation and Clinical Skills Labs and shadowing physicians at Mount Saint John’s Medical Centre and in the U.S. between semesters.  The Center for Simulated Learning is equipped with the latest training simulators including SimMan 3G, SimBaby, Harvey, and a birthing simulator.

AUA students can study medicine at the most modern campus in the Caribbean. AUA’s impressive 17-acre, universal-Wi-Fi facility houses over 75,000 square feet of classrooms, a multi-story library, a fully equipped learning center, study rooms, and administrative and faculty offices -- all footsteps from the beach. In 2012, AUA expanded its campus to include two, new classrooms, 20 breakout rooms, and a new dining hall. In 2013, the campus will add two new multi-use buildings.

AUA’s facilities are internationally recognized. The International Cricket Association approves the cricket pitch for practice matches and, with the assistance of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport’s Gold Cross Training Center, AUA has been named as an international training site by the American Heart Association.

The campus also houses an extensive electronic library and uses Blackboard Learn and Echo360 lecture capture to augment the overall learning environment. All classrooms contain built-in learning resources.

AUA has clinical affiliates throughout the U.S., Canada, and India. AUA offers a truly international education to its students. Though most clinical rotations are located in the U.S., AUA has elective rotations available in Canada and India.

AUA is committed to ensuring that its students succeed. By incorporating problem-based learning and small breakout sessions, AUA aims for fewer large lectures and more learner-teacher connections. AUA offers numerous ways to help its students succeed in medical school such as the Education Enhancement Department (EED) and Student Financial Services (SFS). EED provides tutoring services and activities that complement and enrich medical education, improve student performance, and the development of medical professionals. SFS provides advice and resources to students about financing their education.

AUA graduates have been highly successful in securing U.S. residencies through the National Residency Match Program.  AUA is proud of the dedication and drive of its graduates, who demonstrate their preparedness by obtaining residencies in some of the most competitive medical specialties. Alumni are now on staff at top hospitals throughout the United States and Canada, such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Brown University–Rhode Island Hospital, Case Western Reserve University at MetroHealth, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa–Urban, and University of Chicago Medical Center–Northshore. Some graduates have distinguished themselves as chief residents, fellows, and researchers. We are confident they will inspire classes to follow and that they will serve their patients with compassion.



AUA requires a minimum of 90 credit hours of college courses, but strongly recommends that applicants earn a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. The following courses are prerequisites:

  • One year (8 hours) of inorganic or general chemistry with labs
  • One year (8 hours) of organic chemistry with labs
  • One year (8 hours) of general biology or zoology with labs
  • One semester (4 hours) of physics with labs
  • One semester (3 hours) of English
  • One semester (3 hours) of calculus or statistics

It is recommended that applicants complete advanced science courses in biochemistry, anatomy & physiology, genetics, microbiology, etc.
Currently, AUA does not accept IB/AP credits for students unless those credits are part of a student's BS/BA transcript and were certified by the degree-granting institution. In rare instances, work experience may be used to satisfy some prerequisites. Contact the Admissions Department if you have any questions about your application or need a preliminary evaluation of your credentials.



Applicants who have completed their undergraduate studies in countries having an educational system different from that of the United States will be evaluated on their merits and will be expected to have completed a pre-medical curriculum comparable to that described. All required documents, if originally in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. All transcripts documenting post-secondary course work completed in institutions outside the United States must also be evaluated by an approved international credential evaluation service such as World Education Services or other National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) member.


International applicants who have completed less than sixty credits at an English language college or university must provide the official score reports from ONE of the following exams:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score is 5.5.


AUA is now accepting transfer students into the Clinical semesters. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition as of October 22, 2012

AUA Tuition Schedule College of Medicine Basic Sciences
1st – 4th Semester
College of Medicine Clinical Sciences
5th-10th Semester
Amounts are US$ per semester New Students February 2013 New Students January 2013
Tuition $15,150 $16,850
Admin Fee $250 $250
Academic Support Fee $250 -
Testing Fee $165 (Sem. 2 & 4 only) $165 (5th Semester only)
Student Service Fee $75 -
Graduation Fee N/A  $350 (Sem. 10 only)
TOTALS  (Excluding Insurance) Sem. 1 & 3 $15,725
Sem. 2 & 4 $15,890
Sem. 5 $17,265
Sem. 6 – 9 $17,100
Sem. 10 $17,450

* Tuition and fees are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee. Current Tuition and fees for returning students can be seen on the student portal.



Basic Sciences texts may be purchased through the university bookstore or from other sources.


Clinical Attire & Medical Kits

Clinical attire, consisting of lab jackets, scrubs, and patient examination kits will be required during your Basic Sciences semesters. These items can be purchased in the university bookstore.


Health Insurance

All students are required to have medical and emergency evacuation insurance while attending AUA. A copy of your insurance card plus documentation on insurance company letterhead confirming emergency coverage is required and must be presented to the bursar 30 days before the commencement of each semester. If you cannot produce proof of medical and emergency evacuation insurance, you will be required to sign up for and be billed for a student insurance policy.

Students can participate in the AUA contracted health insurance plan.



A non-refundable housing reservation fee of U.S. $750 is due 45 days prior to class registration. If your acceptance is within that 45 day window, your housing deposit is due within 10 days of the receipt of your acceptance letter.


Security Deposit

A U.S. $1,000 refundable security deposit is required for university housing.



The university provides subsidized bus transportation. Students can purchase a pass to use the campus bus service. Passes cost U.S. $450.00/semester for those on the two semester academic year system, and U.S. $300.00/semester for those on the three-semester-per-calendar-year system.

Those with a car in the two-semester program, may purchase a campus parking permit for U.S. $150 per semester.

Those with a car in the tri-semester program, may purchase a campus parking permit for U.S. $100 per semester.

Permit and pass fees are non-refundable, non-proratable and non-transferable.


Living Expenses

Food and entertainment, U.S. $1,800.00/semester


Refund Policy

All refunds will be made within thirty (30) days of the withdrawal date. Before any refund can be initiated, a withdrawal form must be completed and submitted to the Associate Registrar in Antigua for Basic Sciences. For Clinical Sciences students in semesters five through ten, the withdrawal form must be completed and submitted to the Vice President for Student Services and University Registrar in the New York office.

Tuition will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • Prior to the first day of class, 100% of tuition and all applicable fees will be refunded.
  • If any student withdraws during the first 60% of the semester, the refund will be prorated based on the withdrawal date. Only base tuition will be prorated; all other applicable fees are non-refundable.
  • If any student withdraws after 60% of the semester has passed, there are no refunds.

All students are expected to report to their clinical assignments. Please refer to the clinical guidelines handbook.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee.


Conducted on the island of Antigua, Basic Sciences comprises four semesters of didactic education integrated with hospital and patient interaction.

The courses employ a variety of teaching methods other than large group didactics, such as small group sessions, clinical case discussions, simulations and hands-on laboratory and patient contact where students are placed in hospital settings. As part of the hospital-integrated program, fourth-semester students attend teaching rounds at the newly constructed Mount St. John's Medical Centre supervised by AUA faculty. The 180-bed hospital is one of the newest and most modern in the Caribbean. Students work with patients of all age groups. 

In addition, students practice history taking and physical examinations with patients in the on-campus ICM Lab. Practice continues in the Patient Simulation Lab, which features SimMan® 3G, SimBabyTM, and Harvey® simulators.


The Clinical Sciences component of the medical education curriculum provides intensive in-hospital experience.

This component begins with the Family Practice I/Internal Medicine I section of the Fifth Semester and continues in semester 6 through 10. During these semesters, students are introduced to the current health-related priorities confronting the healthcare system in the United States. Beginning with the Fifth Semester, students learn how to apply Basic Sciences knowledge to personal, hands-on interactions with real patients. Students are also exposed to the importance of cultural sensitivity during patient communications, the significance of promoting wellness, the psychosocial determinants of health and the realities of how improving health literacy can lead to preferred health outcomes.

During the course of these studies, students sit for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills. In the tenth semester, eligible AUA students participate in the National Residency Matching Program, just like their U.S. medical school counterparts. Upon successful completion of all courses, passing both parts of Step 2 and completeling all rotations, students are eligible for graduation.


Student Financial Services (SFS) provides advice and resources to students about financing for their education. Along with assistance securing loans, SFS representatives provide personalized services, including, but not limited to:

  • Budgeting
  • Loan options
  • One-on-one credit counseling

SFS does its utmost to help students obtain funding for a quality education. AUA has arranged private lender plans specifically for its students. Students may also secure their own loans and are encouraged to pursue outside grants and scholarships. Representatives are happy to speak with both current and prospective AUA students.

Note: Scholarships are not administered by SFS. Scholarship programs are detailed in each respective college's Fees and Finances section. 


Procedures and guidelines

All applicants must submit a separate application for each scholarship, outlining their academic successes and challenges, community service, and/or professional achievements and recognitions. The Medical School Physician Diversification Initiative Grant requires an essay of no more than 500 words and must be accompanied by supporting documents such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates, awards and proof of eligibility, if necessary. 

The Scholarship Committee must receive all applications and supporting documentation at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester. Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing and by phone within two weeks of the committee's decision. The committee meets every three weeks to evaluate all applicants. 

Please note that there is no guarantee of a scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded per semester may vary. All scholarship committee decisions are final and are not open to appeal. All questions regarding the scholarship application process must be directed to the Admissions Department. Please address all scholarship applications to:

Manipal Education Americas LLC, Agent for American University of Antigua
Attn: Admissions, Regina Anderson
One Battery Park Plaza, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10004

All awards will be in the form of a credit towards tuition and fees. Scholarships are renewed automatically by the Bursar's office. Renewals are determined after the semester grades have been reviewed. Resubmission of forms and application materials is not necessary as long as SAP and other basic requirements continue to be met, and the Bursar has all required documentation.

The American University of Antigua College of Medicine and Kasturba Medical College International Center encourage students to search for outside funding and scholarships as well.


Housing & Transportation

A variety of comfortable, furnished, climate-controlled and Internet-ready University selected housing facilities are available for AUA students.

All students are required to reside in university-selected housing facilities when they begin their studies in Antigua, unless given explicit permission to live elsewhere at the university's sole discretion.

The units contain everything a student needs to be healthy, productive and comfortable. Prices vary, however, depending on amenities, location and privacy. Click below (or at the upper right) to learn more about the available units in each price group. Housing group availability is on a first-deposited, first-served basis.

All incoming non-transfer students to the AUA College of Medicine program are required to live in one of these residences for their first semester in Antigua.

Living in Antigua

AUA is located on the northern edge of the island of Antigua, the main island in the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This nation obtained full independence in 1981, and the government has remained stable and democratic since that time. The official language is English.

The nation is part of the Lesser Antilles chain of islands, which start east of the Greater Antilles (Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba) and extend south to the edge of South America. Antigua and Barbuda are approximately 325 mi (525 km) east of Puerto Rico.

Antigua has a moderate climate, with temperatures averaging between 82°F and 87°F (28°C and 31°C). Rainfall averages 42 in (106 cm) per year, though it varies widely, and is heaviest during the summer. The environment ranges from beaches to lush rainforest.

The AUA campus is located at the northern end of Antigua, four minutes from the airport. With an area 108 sq. mi (160 sq. km), the island is completely accessible by car.

The currency is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar, which is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2.68 to 1, though U.S. dollars are readily accepted throughout the island. 

Campus and Environment

Built to give students every academic advantage as they embrace their future as medical or veterinary professionals, American University of Antigua's campus sprawls across 17-plus acres abutting the ocean. It features WiFiTM throughout the academic grounds,interactive multimedia classrooms and labs, and Blackboard LearnTM. AUA allocates 12,000 sq. ft. to its clinical skills and simulation labs, creating one of the most modern and expansive lab complexes in the Caribbean. For less cerebral comforts, a gymnasium and athletic facilities are on site while the capital city of St. John's, the airport and numerous beaches and hiking trails are easily accessible.

Further Information

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