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Where is AUA located?

AUA is located on the eastern Caribbean island of Antigua.

Is AUA accredited?

AUA is one of the few Caribbean medical schools to be approved, accepted, recognized and accredited by the New York State Education Department, the Medical Board of California, the Florida Department of Education, the Medical Council of India, UK’s General Medical Council, and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Sciences.

As a result of these recognitions, AUA graduates are eligible for residency and licensure throughout the United States and Canada. These recognitions also allow students to participate in clinical rotations there as well.


Are there scholarship opportunities available at AUA?

Yes. Please visit here to learn more about the scholarships AUA offers to qualified students.

Does AUA have Federal Loans?

Yes. AUA’s MD program has been approved to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS Loan programs both of which are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. You can view more here.

How long does AUA's MD program last?

AUACOM’s educational program leading to the Medical Doctorate (MD) degree is a 4.5-year program consisting of 2.5 academic years of study on AUACOM’s campus in Antigua and 84 weeks of study in the Clinical Sciences through clerkships in teaching hospitals principally in the United States.

Does AUA require the MCAT for admission?

American University of Antigua believes there is no correlation between MCAT scores and becoming a licensed, successful, and caring physician. In accordance with our holistic approach to evaluating students, AUA will not consider MCAT scores in its admissions decisions.

Nevertheless, AUA does require that students sit the MCAT and provide us with their scores as a condition for admission. We have this requirement because the United States Department of Education regulations mandate that International schools whose students receive federal financial aid, including AUA, must collect MCAT scores for all accepted US Citizens, US Nationals or US Permanent Residents whether or not we use those scores in determining who will be admitted.

Given that there are a limited number of dates and places where students can sit the MCAT, it is a good idea to take the exam as early as possible if you are a US citizen, permanent resident or national and intend to attend AUA or any other Title IV eligible International medical school, even if you do not wish to receive federal aid. Here is the full calendar of this year’s MCAT Test Dates.

NOTE: Canadian and other international citizens who are not also US citizens, permanent residents or nationals need not sit the MCAT or provide AUA with MCAT scores as the US Department of Education does not require AUA to collect MCAT scores from these students.

What is AUA's application deadline?

AUA has a rolling admissions deadline and will continue to accept qualified applicants as long as seats remain in our class. Currently, there are seats remaining in our upcoming term. Scholarships and housing placements often require early applications for full consideration.

Applicants are welcome to apply up to one year in advance of the term they plan to start.

How long does it take receive a decision from AUA?

Decisions are typically rendered 3-4 weeks following an interview provided the application packet is complete at the time of interview.

What’s the minimum GPA needed to apply to AUA?

There is no minimum GPA required for consideration. Grades are important but the Admissions Committee evaluates candidates holistically and will review all those meeting the minimum criteria to apply.

Does AUA place more weight on certain parts of the application, such as GPA, extracurricular activities, personal statement, etc.?

AUA has a holistic admissions process, which means that we look at the whole person and not one aspect of the application package.

Does AUA offer a pre-med program?

Through an articulation agreement with the American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA), pre-medical students fulfill premedical requirements and earn an AS in Health Sciences. Qualified graduates will automatically enroll at AUA.

Does AUA have loans available for Canadian students?

AUA is approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education, allowing eligible students to receive Canadian federal loans, provincial loans, and federal grants.

I’m applying from a country where English is not the primary language. Is there anything else required outside of the AUA's application?

The AUA Admissions Committee may require a TOEFL or IELTS test scores and/or require an Admissions Faculty interview from any applicant if it appears that English language proficiency could interfere with that student’s academic success at AUA.

An international applicant who completes his/her required academic courses from an English-speaking academic institution will be exempt from this requirement.

Applicants should aim for a TOEFL score of 95 or better (Internet-based total, or its equivalent on the Computer-based or Paper-based versions) or an IELTS score of 7.0 (Overall Band Score) or better.

What is Pre-Clinical Sciences?

The Pre-Clinical Sciences component comprises two academic years (Year 1 and Year 2) of classroom curriculum and the application of pre-clinical sciences to clinical medicine. 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 work, and patient interaction. During the first period of Year 1 and the second period of Year 2, students attend teaching rounds conducted by our faculty at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. Students are not only exposed to patients of all age groups but also practice history taking and physical examinations with patients in our ICM laboratory. Further practice with simulated patients is provided in the Patient Simulation Lab. Year 2 students attend autopsies at the hospital as part of their pathology course.

How long do AUA students study in Antigua?

The Pre-Clinical Sciences program consists of two years on the island.

How closely do AUA faculty members interact with students?

AUA is committed to fostering a learner-centric education. That means faculty members are consistently available during and outside of office hours to answer student questions and address concerns.

What is Clinical Sciences?

Clinical Sciences is the final component of your medical education. It consists of approximately two years of clinical rotations conducted at some of the finest teaching hospitals throughout the United States, Canada, and India. Clinical rotations provide in-depth training introduction to medical specializations. Under the supervision of AUA hospital faculty, students learn how to apply their Pre-Clinical Sciences knowledge in a hands-on clinical setting and to patient care. Students must pass the USMLE Step 1 before moving onto clinical rotations.

What is AUA's pass rate for the USMLE Step 1?

Our USMLE pass rate is 96% in 2017.

How many hospital affiliates does AUA have?

AUA has almost 40 clinical affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, and India. Here’s a detailed list: Clinical Affiliates. AUA is continually improving and expanding this network.

Where are AUA's clinical rotations conducted?

Core and elective rotations are conducted at teaching hospitals and clinical outpatient programs throughout the United States. Some elective rotations are offered in Canada, the United Kingdom, and India.

Can all of my rotations be done at one hospital?

Qualified AUA students can complete all their core clinical rotations at Florida International University (FIU)’s affiliated hospitals through the Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program, that we have in collaboration with FIU. AUA has a variety of teaching hospitals that provide students with the best medical education available. You can also complete your clinical rotations within a short distance of each other in the Metropolitan New York area. AUA is continually expanding existing affiliations and developing new ones to provide students with a wider range of clinical sites in additional geographic locations.


How are clinical rotations assigned?

After passing the USMLE Step 1, you will be assigned a clinical coordinator, who will support you and explain your clinical placement options. A clinical coordinator will reach out to you and schedule a one-on-one welcome meeting. During this time, the two of you will map out the start of your clinical schedule and create a timeline for meeting your match year deadlines. Upon scheduling your 4th core rotation, you will have another meeting with your coordinator to discuss any changes that may have occurred since your last meeting. Our team of clinical coordinators and clinical document specialists provide continuous support to ensure a smooth transition between your rotations.

Where can AUA graduates secure residencies?

Graduates have secured residencies throughout the United States and Canada. Because of AUA’s numerous approvals and accreditations, hundreds of graduates are now in residency positions in more than 30 states, a list that keeps growing each year.

I live in Canada. What do I have to do to achieve licensure?

Students wishing to practice in Canada will need to sit for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). The MCCEE is a four-hour, computer-based examination offered in both English and French at more than 500 centers in 80 countries worldwide. International medical students in their final clinical year must take the MCCEE as a prerequisite for eligibility to the MCC Qualifying Examinations.

I live in India. Can I become a licensed physician there?

Qualified graduates are eligible to take the Medical Council of India screening test.

Is there any stigma to graduating from a Caribbean medical school?

AUA has an excellent reputation in the medical community. Graduates have won Resident of the Year awards and have distinguished themselves as chief residents, fellows, and researchers in some of the most competitive specialties at the most prestigious hospitals in the United States and Canada.