Direct Applications

When you apply to study in the Caribbean, you’ll make a direct application to each individual university – unless you’re based in the US, in which case you would apply through AMCAS.

This means that if you’re interested in multiple Caribbean Medical Schools, you’ll have to apply separately each time.

Direct applications usually consist of:

  • Evidence you’ve met the entry requirements
  • Transcripts from college or university
  • Admissions tests scores, if required
  • A CV outlining your education and volunteering experience

How To Apply To AUA As A Non-US Applicant

When you apply to American University of Antigua College of Medicine, the university will decide which of its three track options are the most suitable for you, depending on your academic credentials and experience. You’ll apply directly, via their website. Once your complete application has been received, you’ll be scheduled for an interview and you’ll get a decision usually around three weeks after.

Applying To AUA

If you’re interested in joining one of AUA’s upcoming classes, you can apply or submit your AMCAS application right from their website.

When applying, AUA’s standard track has three options for students. AUA will determine which option is most appropriate for the entering student based on the academic credentials and success the student brings with him/her to the university.

Applying students have the following options:

  • They can start via AUA’s 6.5 premed-to-med programme, in conjunction with American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA).
  • Qualified applicants can enrol directly into AUA’s MD programme.
  • Students accepted to the MD program can join special curriculum programmes as part of AUA’s collaboration with US-based Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, including AUA’s Global Health Track. AUA students have reported that participating in AUA-FIU programs often gives them an extra edge during the residency application process.

In addition, UK students can participate in AUA’s International Track. Students applying via this track have the following options:

  • They can start via a 6.5 or 5.5 year Premed-to-Med programme with AICASA.
  • Students can complete their education directly through AUA via the standard 4.5-year MD programme.
  • Qualifying students can transfer to Warwick Medical School at University of Warwick in the UK after completing the first portion of their studies at AUA (Preclinical Sciences) — see below for more information.
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Application Deadlines

Some Caribbean Medical Schools have rolling admissions and welcome a new intake at two or more points of the year. For example, some allow students to start their programmes in September, January and May. Others have one intake per year and usually start in August.

AUA Application Deadlines

American University of Antigua College of Medicine has rolling admissions and two start dates: February and August. This means AUA doesn’t have firm application deadlines, but instead encourages applications as early as possible to avoid the chance of getting waitlisted.

How To Build A Stronger Application

Acceptance at Caribbean Medical Schools tends to be higher than in the UK or US – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t competitive. You still need a really strong application to get shortlisted.

You need to have strong transcripts from your degree (or school grades if you’re going for the Premed pathway). You also need to craft a compelling Personal Statement that really gets across your motivation for studying Medicine. And you need a strong CV that shows your commitment to Medicine in the form of volunteering work or other placements.

Your letters of recommendation are also extremely powerful when you’re applying to a Caribbean university. You’re required to send two, which gives you the chance to include some glowing words of praise from a previous professor and something to show you have real-world, professional experience.

If you’re looking for a boost to your application, you should consider:

  • Gaining more experience, via something like a volunteering programme
  • Expanding your reading and understanding of Medicine to demonstrate your passion
  • Developing hobbies that can showcase key skills, such as teamwork or leadership
  • Learning another language, to demonstrate your academic ability
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