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General FAQ

  • Where is AUA located?

    AUA is located in the eastern Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda.

  • Is AUA’s Doctor of Medicine program accredited?
  • Where are AUA graduates eligible to practice?

    AUA’s medical education satisfies the medical school education requirement to practice medicine in all 50 states and U.S. territories, Canada, United Kingdom and other countries.

  • Are there scholarship opportunities available at AUA?

    Yes. Please visit here to learn more about the scholarships offered by AUA.

  • Are AUA students eligible for US Federal student loans?

    Yes. AUA students are eligible 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.

  • Are government loans available for Canadian students?

    Yes, eligible students can receive Provincial loans.

  • How long does AUA’s MD program last?

    AUA’s educational program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree is a 4.5-year program consisting of 2.5 academic years of study on AUA’s campus in Antigua and 84 weeks of study in the Clinical Sciences through clerkships in teaching hospitals, primarily in the United States. In addition, clinical rotation opportunities are provided in the United Kingdom, Canada, and India.

  • Does AUA require the MCAT for admission?

    MCAT scores are required for acceptance into the College of Medicine. You can submit your application without your score and we will process your application once it is submitted. In accordance with our holistic approach to evaluating students, AUA does not consider MCAT scores when making a decision about whether to accept or deny a student.

    Although AUA does require that US citizens and permanent residents submit their MCAT scores as prerequisites for admission, AUA believes there is no correlation between MCAT scores and becoming a licensed, successful, and caring physician.

    Canadian and other international citizens who are not also US citizens, permanent residents or nationals do not need to take 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 offers rolling admissions. Applicants are welcome to apply up to one year in advance of the term they plan to start. Scholarships and housing placements often require early applications for full consideration.

  • When will I receive an admissions decision?

    After receipt of a completed application and interview, a decision is usually rendered within three or four weeks.

  • Does AUA have a minimum GPA requirement for acceptance?

    No. While grades are important, the Admissions Committee evaluates candidates holistically.

  • Does AUA offer a pre-med program?

    American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA) offers a premed program that allows students to fulfill premedical requirements and earn an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences. Qualified graduates gain preferential admissions status at AUA.

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

    AUA’s curriculum is taught in English, and all accepted students must be proficient in English. We may require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) test score and/or require an admissions faculty interview from any applicant if it appears that English language proficiency could interfere with the student’s academic success at AUA. The TOEFL Code assigned to American University of Antigua College of Medicine is B573.

  • What does the Preclinical Sciences curriculum consist of?

    AUA’s Preclinical Sciences curriculum has an innovative structure that is based on the integration of preclinical science disciplines in an organ system-based structure, preceded by a discipline-based foundations approach. Students learn via a combination of small-group active learning—with some active large-group learning—based on team- based, case-based, and modified problem-based learning, in addition to subject matter lectures.

  • How 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 does the Clinical Sciences curriculum consist of?

    Students complete the Clinical Sciences curriculum at AUA-affiliated teaching hospitals, where they treat patients as part of a hospital team and interact directly with patients. During AUA’s Clinical Sciences curriculum in academic periods 5 through 8 (years 3 and 4), students continue to develop clinical and communication skills in all areas of patient care, under the direction of the medical faculty at teaching hospitals in a patient-centered environment. View our Clinical Sciences curriculum in detail.

  • What is AUA’s pass rates for the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK?

    The first-time USMLE Step 1 pass rate* for our students is 89 percent over the last five years, while the USMLE Step 2 CK first-time pass rate* over the last five years is 95 percent.
    *based on 2018 – 2022 data reported by ECFMG

  • Where are clinical rotations conducted?

    Core and elective rotations are conducted at teaching hospitals which participate in ACGME residency programs, most of which are affiliated with US medical schools, or under the auspices of a US Medical school. In addition, students have the option of attending elective rotations in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and elsewhere. View a detailed list of clinical affiliates.

  • Do I have the option to do clinical rotations through a US medical school?

    AUA is unique in that qualified students can complete all their core clinical rotations at Florida International University (FIU)’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine affiliated hospitals through the Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program. In addition, students have opportunities to complete elective rotations at these hospitals.

    Read more about the AUA-FIU collaboration.

  • How are clinical rotations assigned?

    After passing the USMLE Step 1, students will be assigned a clinical coordinator, who will develop a clinical rotation schedule and guide students through your clinical clerkships.

  • Where do AUA graduates obtain residencies?

    Graduates have obtained residencies throughout the United States. Some graduates choose to pursue residency in their home country, including in Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • What do I have to do to achieve licensure in Canada?

    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.

  • What do I have to do to achieve licensure in the United Kingdom?

    AUA graduates will need to sit for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) exam to achieve licensure in the UK.

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