canadian applicants

Canadian Applicants


American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is the perfect choice for Canadian students with a passion for medicine. AUA students are eligible to apply for clinical rotations in Canada and the United States, where many Canadian alumni are also in residency or practice.

Canadian applicants do not need to submit MCAT scores to be considered for admission to AUA. As opposed to other international students, Canadian students do not need to submit official TOEFL or IELTS score reports.

For full application details, visit here.


• Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended

• Two letters of recommendation:

– academic source

– professional source

• Passport-sized photo

• Personal statement

• Resume/CV

• $75 non-refundable application fee

• Complete application form


AUA has an articulation agreement with American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua  (AICASA). Qualified students who complete pre-medical coursework at AICASA are guaranteed acceptance into AUA College of Medicine.

• Qualified high school graduates are able to complete pre-medical coursework in 4 semesters.

• Non-degree courses can be taken to complete missing prerequisites and/or strengthen academic skills.

• Graduates receive an A.S. in Health Sciences.

• AICASA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting body of degree-granting schools in the U.S.



Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre/Dalhousie

Dalhousie University

Divisions of Family Practice – Surrey, Langley & Delta

Faculty Of Medicine – McGill University

Grey Bruce Health Services

Homewood Health Center

Joseph Bryant Memorial Hospital

McMaster University

McMaster University Medical Center

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Queen Elizabeth Health Sciences Center

Queen’s University – Hotel Dieu Hospital

Queen’s University School of Medicine

Schulich School of Medicine

St. Joseph’s Health Center

The Hospital for Sick Children

University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba, Health Sciences Center

University of Ottawa Department of Medicine

University of Toronto

Vancouver General Hospital


Graduates are eligible to participate in residency training and receive licensure in Canada. Through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), they have secured many competitive specialties.

Canadian Residency Chart

AUA alumni have matched at these Canadian residency programs:

• Memorial University of Newfoundland

• University of Alberta

• University of British Columbia

• University of British Columbia-Vancouver Island Health

• University of Calgary

• University of Manitoba

• University of Manitoba/Northern-Remote

• University of Ottawa

• University of Ottawa-Urban

• University of Saskatchewan

• University of Toronto

• University of Western Ontario

To see a full list of residency placements, visit here.


Canadian AUA graduates have made a significant impact on the global medical community. From volunteering in war-ravaged regions throughout the world to becoming primary care physicians in underserviced areas near home, Canadian alumni have made incredible strides.

Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine faculty - Dr. Hassan Masri

Class of 2010

Dr. Masri is a member of the Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine faculty at the University of Saskatchewan School of Medicine.

Previously, he was a Critical Care Fellow at Queens University School of Medicine in Kingston, ON. He studied Critical Care at Stanford for an Echo Cardiography training course and was an Internal Medicine Resident at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

In 2013, he courageously entered Syria through the Turkish border, where he spent nearly two weeks providing medical assistance to refugees of the country’s ongoing civil war, treating patients around the clock with limited resources. Since returning to Canada, he has helped Syrian refugees transition into the country.

“No need to insert yourself in a war, but you must go to the people who can’t come to you —serve those who are less privileged. That’s what being a doctor is all about.”

 Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellow - Dr. Annie Lecavalier

Class of 2009

Dr. Lecavalier is an Adult Critical Care Medicine Fellow at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec – one of the top medical programs in Canada.

She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. She has presented at conferences and workshops in Montreal, including the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. At AUA, she earned the Highest Academic Achievement Award for Basic Sciences and was a teaching assistant for Histology, Neurology, and Anatomy.

“Studying in Antigua, the U.S., and Canada, gave me a global perspective on medicine, which in turn, made me a more empathetic physician.”

Internal Medicine Resident - Dr. Dhaval Pau

AICASA Class of 2010 / AUA Class of 2014

Dr. Pau is an Internal Medicine Resident at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, NY and is one of the youngest residents in New York State.

Originally from India, he knew from a young age that he wanted to become a doctor, so after graduating early from high school, he attended AICASA, then went directly to AUA. Dr. Pau earned his MD at the age of 20. Besides his residency, he’s currently working on developing a smart phone app for elderly patients to keep track of their medications. Once he completes his residency, he hopes to subspecialize in cardiology.

“AICASA played a huge role in my medical education and career. It provided a solid foundation that shaped my learning experience as a medical student and resident.”


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

The Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) offers loans, grants, and repayment assistance to full-time and part-time students seeking postsecondary education. Student financial assistance is provided through a partnership between the CSLP and most provinces and territories. However, Quebec and the Northwest Territories manage their own programs.

Please note that certain Provinces and Territories designate schools once they are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Education and placed on the Master Designation List (MDL). Other Provinces and Territories have additional criteria in addition to requiring a student to initiate an application for school designation. The provinces and territories that have been approved thus far are:

• Alberta

• British Columbia

• Manitoba

• New Brunswick

• New Foundland/Labrador

• Nova Scotia

• Ontario

• Prince Edward Island

• Saskatchewan

• Territory of Yukon

The approval process may take up to 12 weeks. In addition to being on the MDL, these provinces also require a student to request school designation by completing an application, which can be found on their student aid websites.


Applying for a student loan is easy!

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible for a Canada Student Loan. Find out if you are eligible for a Canada Student Loan.

Step 2: Complete the application. One form is all you need to be assessed for loans and grants. Apply online through the Provincial and Territorial Student Financial Assistance offices. You can speed up the process by submitting your application online, or allow four to six weeks by mail. Specific application procedures are determined by province/territory. Application procedures are based on where you are a permanent resident. If you are a permanent resident of OntarioBritish ColumbiaSaskatchewanNew Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador:

• Complete one application and submit it to your province of permanent residence.

• You are assessed for both federal and provincial student loans and grants.

• You may be eligible to receive one loan: a combination of federal and provincial student loans.

• You manage and repay your student loan through the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC).

If you are permanent resident of AlbertaManitobaNova Scotia or Prince Edward Island:

• Complete one application and submit it to your province of permanent residence.

• You are assessed for both federal and provincial student loans and grants.

• You may be eligible to receive two loans: one from the Government of Canada and the other from your provincial government.

• You manage and repay your loans through two loan providers: the NSLSC website for your Canada Student Loan, and your provincial government’s student financial assistance office or their service provider for your provincial loan.

If you are permanent resident of Yukon:

• You apply for a Canada Student Loan through Yukon Student Aid.

• You are assessed for both federal and territorial grants as well as a Canada Student Loan.

• You manage and repay your student loan through the NSLSC.

If you are a permanent resident of the Northwest TerritoriesNunavut:

• You apply to your province or territory of a permanent residence for student loans.

• Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants are not available. These jurisdictions operate their own student loan programs, which are partly funded by the federal government.

• You manage and repay your student loan to your province or territory of permanent residence.

If you are a permanent resident of Quebec:

• Student loans are not available to medical students attending outside of Quebec.

Need help? Contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office. Note: You must reapply for a Canada Student Loan every school year.

Step 3: Check your mail or email for your Notice of Assessment. Your Notice of Assessment will tell you if you qualified for a loan or grant. You may receive it by mail, or email. If you qualified:

• You may get a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA). You must read, sign, and return it to the NSLSC along with your banking information.

If you are not approved for funding or you are not happy with the approved amount:

• Contact the student financial assistance office in your province or territory. There is a formal reassessment process for students who disagree with the amount they have been awarded. Amounts can be reassessed according to your province’s or territory’s own criteria and those of the federal government.

Step 4: Review your loan documents and confirm enrollment with your school If you are approved, you must review your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement:

• Your MSFAA is a legally binding contract. It is important that you review it carefully and read the terms and conditions.

• Check your personal information to make sure it is correct. If it is not, contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office.

• Include your banking information and a voided cheque if you want your money to be deposited directly into your bank account.

• The MSFAA is a multiyear agreement. The next time you apply for student financial assistance, you won’t have to sign and submit a new MSFAA. Just complete and submit an application through your province of residence and wait for your Notice of Assessment to come by mail or online.

• Before you can receive your student loan and/or grant money, your school must confirm you are enrolled full-time at a designated postsecondary institution.

• A Confirmation of Enrollment may be completed electronically by your school, or a Confirmation of Enrollment form will be mailed to you or your school.

Step 5: Sign your student loan documents. Make sure you fully understand your responsibilities and commitments before signing. Your loan agreement is a legal document, and your signature means you agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. Once you’re sure that all the information is correct, and you have read and accepted the terms and conditions, sign your agreement. Step 6: Submit your loan documents. Submit your completed and signed MSFAA. Bring the following identification to a Canada Post outlet:

1.  A valid photo identification issued in Canada by the federal or a provincial or territorial government, such as a:

• valid driver’s license

• passport

• provincial health card with a photo

• permanent residency or citizenship card

• certificate of Indian status

• federal or provincial employee identification card

• Record of Landing accompanied by an expired Permanent Residence Card

2.  A document proving that the Social Insurance Number (SIN) on your loan or grant authorization document is yours. For example, you can show your SIN card or present an official Government of Canada document that has your SIN on it, such as a:

• Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment

• Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions

• Confirmation of Social Insurance Number from Service Canada

• temporary SIN card

3.  Bring your signed MSFAA. Don’t forget to attach a voided cheque or fill out your banking information. Step 7: Wait for your money to arrive! Your loan or grant money will be deposited directly to your bank account.


Canadian Citizens Grant

AUA is proud to offer a pathway for Canadian students to become licensed, practicing physicians. The Canadian Citizen Grant is offered to a limited number of incoming, first-semester students to help offset the cost of their medical education..

There are no GPA requirements for this award. AUA encourages applicants to apply early for priority consideration.

Award Amount

$20,000, awarded $4,000 per semester (1-4) plus intersession

Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of Canada
  • Must maintain a High Pass grade each semester during Basic Sciences and intersession

Students are automatically considered for this award upon submitting a completed application to AUA.


Canadian Scholars Award

The Canadian Scholars Award, offered to a limited number of incoming, first-semester students, recognizes the academic achievements of exceptional Canadian students.

AUA encourages applicants to apply early for priority consideration.

Award Amount

$36,000, awarded $4,000 per semester (1-4) plus intersession and $4,000 per semester (5-8)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above
  • Resident of Canada
  • Must maintain a High Pass grade each semester during Basic Sciences and intersession

Students are automatically considered for this award upon submitting a completed application to AUA.


TD Bank

For students from Canada who have their sights set on AUA College of Medicine, applying for loans to defray the cost of tuition just got easier. That’s because AUA has earned TD Bank’s approval allowing qualified applicants to open a line of credit for up to CAD 250,000.

To start the process just contact their credit department by calling 1-866-691-7463, choosing option 1. For more details about obtaining a loan from TD Bank please contact AUA’s Bursar Department at [email protected].

CIBC Professional Edge® Student Line of Credit

Borrow funds for school and living costs during your studies.†

A CIBC Professional Edge Student personal line of credit can help ease the financial burden. You’ll enjoy ongoing access to your funds at an interest rate of CIBC Prime (3.70%*) and interest-only payments on just the amount you use.

A Canadian resident guarantor is mandatory.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Simon Belz


[email protected]

†Approval subject to applicants meeting CIBC’s normal lending criteria. Credit limit determined by CIBC, in its sole discretion. Part-time students are eligible for reduced credit limits determined by CIBC. Qualified guarantor may be required. Ongoing access to your Professional Edge Student PLC and annual credit limit increases (if applicable) subject to proof of enrollment, a continued good payment history and credit record, and a satisfactory cash flow analysis, determined by CIBC in its sole discretion. Certain conditions and restrictions apply. Products and their features may change at anytime. Proof of enrollment is required annually.

*Prime means the variable interest rate determined by CIBC from time to time to be the CIBC prime rate for Canadian Dollar lending products. CIBC prime rate may change without notice. Your interest rate will vary whenever CIBC prime rate varies and/or whenever we change your variable interest rate in our sole discretion. For current CIBC prime rate visit CIBC prime is 2.70% per year as of July 16, 2016.