American University of Antigua
About American University of Antigua (AUA)
American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) is a fully accredited international medical school dedicated to providing a medical education of the highest quality, with an emphasis on increasing minority representation and racial diversity in medical education and in the physician workforce. AUA uses a holistic admissions approach to select students with the potential for medical school success and provides them with the resources they need to obtain highly competitive residencies and move on to successful careers in medicine.
AICASA- Through an articulation agreement with AICASA, American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) offers a program that gives students the opportunity to begin their medical education after graduating from high school. Qualified graduates of AICASA’s two-year Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences are given preferential admission status to AUA College of Medicine.
Location: Coolidge, Antigua
Admitted Applicants: 35%
AUA Total Tuition: $229,800
AICASA Total Tuition: $23,000
English Language at AUA
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 that student’s academic success at AUA. The TOEFL code assigned to American University of Antigua College of Medicine is B573. An international applicant who completes his/her required academic courses from an English-speaking academic institution will be exempt from this requirement.
At AUA students have access to dozens of opportunities to lead a well-rounded and rewarding educational journey. During down time students can enjoy a large outdoor amphitheater, courtyard, food court, nearby beach, athletic fields, fitness center, and a variety of student organizations and sports like:
- Student Government Association
- Football Club
- Doctors for Christ
- Tennis Courts
- Cricket Club
- Medical Humanities Club
- Muslim Student Assoication
- Fit Club
Living in Antigua will provide students with 365 white-sand beaches, two golf courses, several stables for horseback riding and an unlimited number of outdoor activities to choose from. Students can relax between classes by just lounging in the sand, or enjoy their weekends ziplining, surfing, sailing, kayaking, swimming with stingrays or exploring a sunken ship.
Upon passing the necessary licensure exams, AUA graduates are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and worldwide. Here are just a few accreditation and recognitions AUA can boast:
- Accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
- Recognized by the Medical Board of California
- Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department for Education
- Approved by the New York State Education Department
- Recognized by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
- Recognized by the Medical Council of India
- General Medical Council (GMC)
- Graduates are eligible to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
A minimum of 90 credit hours are required to apply at AUA, and it is strongly recommended that applicants have a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. MCAT scores are not required for the February 2021 class.
AUA requires certain admissions prerequisites and will require a transcript from each previous school attended. In addition, two letters of recommendation, a “dean’s letter, a criminal background check, and an in person or remote interview are required. For more information on the application and admission process you can submit your information to the form above and AUA will reach out to you directly.
You can also begin the AUA application process right online.
AUA’s COVID-19 Response
With the COVID-19 pandemic, travel complications, and our students’ safety in mind, American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) has decided to offer a Hybrid Curriculum for the Spring 2021 academic period. All AUA students can participate remotely either from their homes or from Antigua with access to our pre-clinical campus and in-person access to our pre-clinical faculty. Students who opt to participate from Antigua would have in-person access to AUA faculty and facilities, superior wi-fi access for learning and exams, and other educational benefits that are available only on campus.
“I chose the American University of Antigua because I felt I could trust their leadership. Going into my undergraduate studies, it was difficult to find an advisor that cared about my goal of becoming a Physician. Dr. Peter Bell and President Neal Simon took the time to sit down and personally speak to me about their program. It was clear to me from then on that the faculty cultivated at AUA truly supported their students and provided the care they need to succeed. I am truly thankful for AUA for allowing me to pursue my dream.” - Jasmin Marcelin
“I chose AUA because they saw me as more than just a test score. They cared about my passion to pursue a career in medicine and become a thoughtful and caring physician. We started very early on with patient interaction. Talking to patients, doing examinations, and interacting with them were all things books couldn’t teach me that really prepared me for success in my residency.” - Radbeh Torabi
“I chose AUA for my medical education because it was a place that gave people an opportunity to accomplish their educational goals. We had classes with great professors/doctors who were passionate about teaching us the basic information required for us to be able to to advance into clinical practice. The educators were approachable and were willing to spend extra time explaining information at time of need for further clarification. As we transitioned to clinical medicine back in the United States, there was a vast variety of clinical sites that we were able to do our clinical rotations in. The administration was helpful in scheduling the rotations and would always try to accommodate our preferences for the rotations. I am grateful to AUA for teaching me what I needed in order to be a practicing pediatrician today.” - Katherine Pelts
“I was confident going into AUA because of their leadership. It was clear to me from the beginning that the staff and administration were pioneers and leaders in medical education. They showed a great deal of commitment by investing in constructing a brand new state of the art campus while I was there. Although the new campus opened shortly after I left the island, it was encouraging to watch its construction. It let us know that AUA was committed to investing back into its students, and here to stay for years to come.” - Bilal Khan
Scholarships and Grants
AUA has more than 20 scholarships available to students who have been accepted at AUA. Academic awards, service awards, and cultural awards are the three core categories that students can explore to find a scholarship they might be eligible to receive. Not all students will receive a scholarship, but the first step in exploring this is to submit your information to learn more, or apply right online.