American University of Antigua

American University of Antigua was established in 2004. It is a private, for-profit higher-education institution that is located in Antigua’s large town of Coolidge (population range: 10,000 to 49,999). The Ministry of Education, Gender and Youth Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda officially recognizes American University of Antigua as a coeducational Antiguan and Barbudan higher-education institution. American University of Antigua (AUA), offers programs and courses leading to official higher education degrees, such as bachelor degrees in many areas of study. For more information, please see the uniRank degrees levels and areas of study matrix. AUA offers many academic and non-academic services and facilities to students, including a library and administrative services.

American University of Antigua College of Medicine is an internationally accredited medical school. It aims to provide a high-quality medical education, with a focus on minority representation and racial diversification in both medical education and the physician workforce. AUA employs a holistic admissions process to identify students who are likely to succeed in medical school. It also provides the resources necessary to help them obtain highly competitive residencies that will allow them to pursue successful careers as physicians. AUA graduates can practice medicine in all 50 states of the United States, Canada, India and the United Kingdom after passing the licensure exams.

AUA was established in 2004 to address the increasing physician shortage in America. AUA was founded in 2004 with the support of Manipal University. It is a hub for international education and is located in a newly constructed 150,000 square foot building. The campus is a technologically advanced 150,000 sq. ft. The Basic Sciences curriculum at AUA is divided into two semesters each academic year. This curriculum is based upon top U.S. medical schools and provides an unparalleled learning experience in the Caribbean.

Graduates of the AUA College of Medicine are eligible to apply for residency training positions across the country. The New York State Education Department has approved AUA College of Medicine and it is now recognized by the Medical Board of California*. This allows students to apply for residency positions in these states and also secure clinical clerkships. AUA is one the few international medical schools that allows students to take over 12 weeks of clerkships in New York and which graduates can apply for 20% of the residency training positions there.

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAM) has provisionally approved the MD program.

Mission statement

American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine is committed to providing an academically rigorous medical education that is learner-centric. The university is dedicated to providing students with educational resources that will enable them to become compassionate doctors, life-long learners, and leaders in solving the global shortage of healthcare providers.

AUA College of Medicine is committed in meeting the healthcare needs of diverse communities across the United States and around the world. In order to foster academic excellence, the university must have a diverse student body that includes all cultural backgrounds and skills. University is determined to remove barriers that prevent underrepresented minorities from obtaining medical education and licensure.


Neal S. Simon (a former president of Ross University and a lawyer) co-founded AUA. AUA started instruction in 2002. Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), a Bengaluru-based college, purchased it from Greater Caribbean Learning Resources, Inc. in New York. Manipal Education Americas, LLC was formed.

Approvals and Accreditations

The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAM-HP), has fully accredited the College of Medicine.

The World Directory of Medical Schools lists the College of Medicine.

Medical Board Of California approved the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in 2011. [8] AUA has been approved by New York State Education Department (NYSED][9] so that students can complete more than 12 weeks clinical clerkships in New York State. AUA is one eight Caribbean medical schools that have been approved by NYSED.

American students were granted access to the Federal Direct Student Loan Program in 2015 by AUA.

AUA’s 17-acre (69,000m2) campus was opened in January 2010. This $60 million facility contains more than 75,000 sq. ft. (7,000 m2) classrooms, a simulation laboratory, study rooms and study rooms. It also includes a multi-story library, study areas, an amphitheater and administrative and faculty offices.

AUA announced plans to expand Antigua’s campus by $18 million in August 2011. The campus will be expanded to 27 acres.


AUA entered into an affiliation agreement in 2013 with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which allows AUA clinical students all of their core rotations in Greater Miami.

The School

AUA requires that applicants have completed at least 90 credits hours of college courses. It strongly recommends that applicants obtain a degree from an accredited undergraduate school. Although an MCAT score is required to be admitted for US citizens or permanent residents, AUA does not consider your numerical score in its admissions decision.

We understand that some students might not be able take the MCAT exam in the Fall 2021 academic year due to the pandemic. Your application will still be accepted in such cases.

The School

AUA offers three programs in collaboration with Florida International University (FIU).

Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program

The AUA-FIU Global Health Track

(FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work MPH Programme

American International College of Arts and Sciences Antigua (AICASA), Premed Program

Degrees and Majors

AUA’s Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD)

Preclinical Sciences (Preclinical Sciences), AUA campus, Antigua – 2 Years

Preclinical Science Integrated Course – BSIC intersession at AUA Campus in Antigua – 10 weeks; followed up by USMLE Step 1 examination.

Clinical Sciences includes clinical clerkships (Core & Electives) that last 84 weeks at affiliated teaching hospital.


The faculty at AUA College of Medicine goes beyond the classroom and creates an academic environment of excellence.

Preclinical Sciences, 1-4 $23,600 tuition fees

BSIC Tuition and Fees: $20,300

Clinical Sciences 5-8 $31,100 Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Qualified students can apply for Title IV (Federal), Canadian Provincial Loans, VA Benefits, and AUA Scholarships.

WHY is AUA important?


Basic Sciences medical education is offered in two semesters, US-style.

Incorporating clinical experience into the Basic Sciences Semesters

For a personal learning experience, we offer lecture breakout sessions, problem-based learning, and classroom-integrated technology.

Experienced MDs, PhDs and other prominent healthcare professionals will teach courses

Educational Enhancement Department (EED), designed to improve study skills and foster learning in small groups

The Integrated Basic Science Review Course program (IBSRC), bridges students from the Basic Sciences and U.S. hospitals settings. It reinforces basic science content and prepares students for exceptional USMLE Step 1 scores

Multiple clinical settings offer core and elective clerkships at some of the best teaching hospitals in America

Unique relationship with India’s Manipal University, particularly Kasturba Medical College


The New York State Education Department has approved AUA College of Medicine. It is also recognized by the Medical Board of California*. This allows students to apply for residency positions or clinical clerkships in these states.

Graduates of the College of Medicine are eligible for:

ECFMG Certification

Placement in the National Resident Matching Program

Medical licensure in Antigua, Canada, and the U.S.

MPH, MHS, and MBA programs offered by affiliated schools offer career advancement opportunities for students who are qualified and Title IV funding.

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre is one of the Caribbean’s most modern hospitals.

The AUA campus facilities offer high-speed internet access, Web-based learning resources such as Blackboard Learn(tm), interactive classrooms, and lecture capture

One of the largest simulation labs in North America

The four hundred-seat Health Sciences Library includes extensive medical collections, small-group study rooms, and a computer lab. It also offers 24-hour access.

Modern and extensive recreational facilities

Multicultural student body with diverse perspectives


Antigua’s tranquil environment allows students to concentrate when they need it, and unwind when needed

Nearby are modern supermarkets, multiplex cinemas, and a variety restaurants.

There are frequent flights to and from Canada and the U.S.

You can enjoy a variety of recreational activities like riding, sailing, or diving. The nearby capital, St. John’s, offers museums, colonial sites and music, as well as festivals.

By Cary Grant

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