American University of Antigua ,Antigua

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Study Medicine Abroad at Manipal’s American University of Antigua (AUA), College of Medicine, which is dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality for the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals.

The American University of Antigua (AUA), part of the Manipal Education and Medical Group is a medical school founded in 2004 with the mission of addressing the growing shortage of physicians in the United States. With the support of Manipal University, AUA has developed into a hub of international education, spread over a modern 150,000 sq. ft. technologically advanced campus.

AUA is also one of the only US-modelled medical schools in the Caribbean, offering students hands-on training beginning in the first semester.

AUA’s Basic Sciences curriculum consists of two semesters per academic year. This is based on the top US medical school programs and coupled with AUA’s new campus which provides a learning experience unequalled in the Caribbean.

AUA's robust Clinical Sciences curriculum corresponds to real world needs and has more than 35 clinical sites. The program prepares students for a successful medical career.

AUA graduates have secured hundreds of residencies in prestigious teaching hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Alumni have distinguished themselves by becoming chief residents, earning significant awards, and obtaining competitive fellowships.

AUA is approved, recognised, accredited and licensed by:

*** Graduates of medical schools accredited by a body that is approved by this international agency would meet the ECFMG’s accreditation requirement for ECFMG certification.

The 6 year MD program (for high school graduates) starts right after high school and begins with a 2 year pre-med program at AICASA (American International College of Arts & Sciences – Antigua). 4 semesters of pre-med program at AICASA are in its campus in Antigua. Pre-med program is structured in such a way that eligible graduates of AICASA are able to start MD program at AUA (American University of Antigua).

AUA’s 4+ year MD program is broken into two segments – Basic sciences program (semesters 1 thru 4) and 5th semester or BSIC – Basic Science Integrated Course – are offered in Antigua.  Once students get past 5th semester, they have to take the first of the licensure exams – Step 1.  Post Step 1, they move on to the mainland US and continue semesters 6 thru 10 which are the clinical sciences semesters.  During clinical sciences, students will complete 84 weeks of clinical rotations in various hospitals across US.  Once students complete all core rotations (34 weeks), they are able to take the second licensure exam (Step 2 – segregated into CK – Clinical Knowledge and CS – Clinical Skills).  Eligible graduates of AUA move on to their “residency training” in the areas of their interest/specialization and thereafter become licensed to practice in US, Canada and India. 

Both AICASA & AUA offer attractive scholarship opportunities – please see attached fee structure and estimated cost of attendance for more details. The tuition and fees for the entire course – first sheet shows the fees as they exist with details of special scholarships available and the second sheet shows tuition/fees adjusted by these scholarships. Also giving the scholarship & approvals and accreditation details below for your reference.

  Scholarship for Indian Students

*50% scholarship on Tuition Fee during pre-med program (semesters 1-4 in AICASA)

*50% scholarship during Basic Sciences (semesters 1-5 in AUA)

*40% during Clinical Sciences (semester 6-10 in AUA)

 Approvals and Accreditations:

* Approved by New York State Education Department (NYSED) in 2006

*Recognized by the Medical Board of California in 2011

*Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) of Florida Department of Education (DOE) in 2014

*AUA was provisionally accredited in 2012 by CAAM-HP, which is the legally constituted body established to accredit medical programs leading to professional degrees required for practice in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is fully accredited by CAAM-HP.

*AUA is 1 of only 3 Caribbean medical schools approved by New York & Florida, recognized by California, accredited by CAAM-HP and recognised by MCI

*Recognised by Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2016

Cost of Study in AUAMED

Cost of Attendance 2019-2020
Pre-Med (AICASA) College of Medicine (AUA) Total 6 year
1           2           3           4 Total 1             2             3             4    BASIC              5             6             7             8 Total
2,500    2,500    2,500    2,500
75          75          75          75
-            -            -            -
860        860        860        860
450        450        450        450
-            -            -            -
9,475       9,475       9,475       9,475       9,475     15,435     15,435     15,435     15,435
185             120            75          325              -             20              -               -               -
450          450          450          450          450          450          450          450          450
860          860          860          860          860          860          860          860          860
450          450          450          450          450       1,000       1,000       1,000       1,000
-                   165          165          165               1,585              -               -        1,345       1,550
3,885    3,885    3,885    3,885 15,540 11,420     11,520     11,475     11,725     12,820     17,765     17,745     19,090     19,295 132,855 148,395



To be eligible for admission into the pre-med program at AICASA/AUA must

Apply online (

Submit official transcripts/marks card high school (10th & 12th)

Obtain two letters of recommendation from school

o   The letters should be on the school’s letterhead

o   The letters can be sent as attachment to my email address ( or

o   The letters should be sent from the school’s email address (not personal email address of the recommending faculty/teacher/head of institution)

 Personal statement of Student

o   Should include details about student

o   Should clearly show student interests, hobbies, etc.

o   Should articulate why student wants to pursue medical education

o   One passport size photo

Once all the above documents/information is submitted to us, one of our Associate Directors of Admissions will interview student for approximately 45 minutes via Skype/Face to Face. Final decision of student admission will be provided by the Admissions Committee of AICASA/AUA which will be communicated from my office to student.


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