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Admissions FAQ

Will the Fall 2020 semester be on campus or remote?

AUA’s Fall 2020 class will begin on time as originally scheduled. Students can learn in a remote location or come to our campus in Antigua to participate in the remote curriculum from here.

My MCATs were cancelled. How will this affect my application?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unavailability of testing centers, any student who applies for AUA’s August 2020 Fall Academic period, will not have to submit an MCAT score. This decision was made based on guidance from the US Department of Education. Applicants will be assessed on their undergraduate and prerequisite GPAs, letters of recommendation, and other admissions requirements as listed on our website.

Applicants who have taken the MCAT and received their scores are encouraged to submit those with their application.

When should I submit my tuition deposit?

In order to reserve their seats, students should submit their deposits as soon as possible after acceptance. This allows us to start assisting you with financial aid. In addition, if you plan on coming to our Antigua campus, we can start helping you with housing, vaccinations, and other travel arrangements.

Will my admissions interviews be impacted by COVID-19?

Admissions interviews will not be impacted. AUA continues to work around the clock with all candidates virtually.

How does remote learning work from a pedagogical standpoint?

Through remote learning, AUA students will study medicine via an integrated, organ system-based curriculum that uses small-group active learning formats, interactive large group lectures, and remote laboratory/clinical simulation. All students will have access to a learning management system (LMS), which will have videos and discussions. In addition, Microsoft Teams will be used for live sessions as required.

AUA has a digital anatomy lab, which will allow students access to an online library of prerecorded demos and lectures. AUA’s Education Enhancement Department (EED) will also support students remotely as needed.

What access will I have to AUA’s library during remote learning?

All students, regardless of where they are, will have full remote access to our library’s extensive collection.

If I come to campus, what facilities will I have access to?

AUA’s gymnasium, library, food court, study areas, and small group rooms are all available to students on campus, all with social distancing norms in place.

How will exams be conducted for remote learning?

Exams will be conducted and proctored remotely. AUA’s exams are constructed using the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Computerized Assessment System (CAS). These exams are scored by the NBME and provide important feedback on how students will do on USMLE licensing examinations.

Are campus tours still open at this time?

While we understand that many students would like to tour the campus before making their decision, we are not offering campus tours at this time. We will resume the tours as soon as possible. Please continue to check our website for updates.

What travel restrictions are in place for Antigua?

The modalities for entering Antigua are guided by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda. Currently, the requirements are that all arriving passengers by air are to fill out a registration form. When you fill the registration form, you will need to identify yourself as an AUA Student. There will be screening at the airport and quarantine as necessary. AUA has been granted permission by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to use its own student housing for quarantine. However, currently, it is the discretion of the Port Health Authority of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda as to where the arriving passenger will be sent.  The form to be filled out can be found at this URL

In addition to the registration forms, an immunization form and a COVID-19 certificate will be required as well. All incoming students outside of the O.E.C.S and Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica are required to undertake a COVID-19 test that is no more than 7 days old prior to travel, and to have a certificate showing that they have tested negative.

Will there be any complications to my visa application with US Embassy?

Please contact your US consulate directly for more information about your visa application. If you are unable to obtain your visa in time, you can still begin academic study remotely.

I’ve completed some of my undergraduate coursework virtually during the pandemic. Will this impact my chances of admission to AUA?

Many students had to finish their undergraduate course work virtually this past spring. As long as credits are from an AUA-recognized and accredited institution, they will be accepted.

My external exams were cancelled or postponed. Will AUA deadlines become more flexible as a result of COVID-19 disruptions? Will this impact my application review and decision on acceptance?

AUA Admissions understands the disruptions that the pandemic has caused with external exams. We’re working very closely with the AUA Admissions Committee and will review each testing situation on a case-by-case basis. Currently, application reviews and decision acceptances are on track.

Will there be scholarship opportunities for me?

All students are encouraged to review our Scholarships page on the website. Also, please work with your Admissions ADA on finding a scholarship that you may qualify for.