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.
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.
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.
Admissions interviews will not be impacted. AUA continues to work around the clock with all candidates virtually.
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.
All students, regardless of where they are, will have full remote access to our library’s extensive collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.