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American University of Barbados

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The institution​

 

Situated amidst the azure waters and golden beaches of the Caribbean, the American University of Barbados (AUB) emerged in 2011 as a beacon of medical education. Positioned in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados, AUB stands out as a primary choice for students across the globe seeking quality medical training. AUB’s dedication to excellence is evident in its curriculum modeled after the best US medical schools. Its programs are carefully designed to ensure students receive the foundational and advanced knowledge requisite for today’s medical practitioners. Students at AUB benefit immensely from small class sizes, which fosters personalized attention, facilitating deeper understanding and fostering one-on-one mentorships with the faculty. This intimate educational environment is crucial, especially in the intricate field of medicine, as it promotes clearer communication and in-depth exploration of subjects. The university’s reputation extends beyond just stellar academics. AUB is renowned for its hands-on clinical rotations offered in affiliated hospitals in the US, UK, and Canada. This global exposure prepares its students not only academically but also culturally, an essential trait for doctors in an increasingly interconnected world. For African students eyeing a world-class medical education, coupled with the unique cultural experience of the Caribbean and global clinical exposure, the American University of Barbados emerges as a distinguished choice. Dive into a journey where rigorous medical training meets the serenity of the Caribbean at AUB.

 

Majors

 

The American University of Barbados (AUB) is a beacon of academic excellence in the Caribbean, offering a comprehensive range of majors designed to equip students with globally relevant skills. As a top choice for African students looking to study abroad, AUB boasts a rich tapestry of programs tailored to meet the demands of the modern job market. 

At the undergraduate level, AUB offers a diverse array of programs, with a strong emphasis on health sciences. This includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which prepares students for a rewarding career in healthcare. The program integrates theoretical knowledge with practical experience, ensuring students are well-equipped to meet the demands of the nursing profession.

For students with a passion for technology, AUB offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This program provides students with a solid foundation in computer systems, software development, and information management, preparing them for a variety of roles in the fast-paced tech industry. At the graduate level, AUB stands out with its renowned Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. This program is recognized by the Medical Council of Canada and the World Directory of Medical Schools, ensuring international recognition for graduates. 

The MD program at AUB is divided into two parts: the Basic Sciences Program, conducted in Barbados, and the Clinical Rotations program, which can be pursued in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or India. AUB is committed to providing a holistic education experience, which is why it also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. This program is designed to equip students with leadership and management skills, preparing them for roles in business administration, project management, and entrepreneurship. 

AUB’s commitment to academic excellence, coupled with its picturesque Barbados setting, makes it an ideal destination for African students looking to study abroad. With a curriculum designed to meet global standards and a faculty committed to student success, AUB is more than just a university – it’s a launchpad for your future.

 

Scholarships​

The American University of Barbados (AUB) offers a range of scholarships that serve as a beacon of hope for African students aspiring to study medicine.

Recognising the brilliance and potential of these students, AUB provides financial aid opportunities that are both merit-based and need-based, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder the pursuit of medical education. Undergraduate students who display exceptional academic records are automatically considered for scholarships that could cover a significant portion of their tuition fees.

The exact amount is determined by the students’ academic achievements and potential, as demonstrated in their previous studies. For graduate students, while scholarships are more limited due to the specialised nature of postgraduate medical programs, there are assistantship opportunities. These positions not only confer a reduction in tuition fees but also enable students to gain valuable hands-on experience in their field, which can be instrumental in their professional development.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early and to present the full spectrum of their academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Although the competition for these scholarships is intense, they represent AUB’s commitment to fostering a diverse and dynamic student body. In collaboration with Seed Educational Consulting, AUB extends its reach to ensure that African students have access to detailed and transparent information regarding scholarship options, allowing them to make informed decisions about their international study journey.

Location​

Nestled in the serene and picturesque setting of Barbados, the American University of Barbados offers students a truly exceptional location to pursue their dreams of a medical education. Paradise Found: Barbados, often referred to as the “Gem of the Caribbean,” is a tropical paradise with a population of friendly locals.

The island’s beauty and culture make it a remarkable destination for international students. Stunning Natural Beauty: Experience the vibrant colors and serene beaches of Barbados. Our campus is situated amidst a backdrop of white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and lush tropical landscapes. Barbados’ beauty will leave you in awe, making your study experience truly unique. Safe and Welcoming: Barbados is renowned for its safety and warm hospitality. 

The island’s residents are welcoming, and you’ll find the environment conducive to focused learning. Convenient Access: Our strategic location ensures that you’re well-connected to all essentials: Grantley Adams International Airport: A mere 20-minute drive, ensuring easy travel to and from the island. Bridgetown: The capital city is just a short distance away, providing access to commerce, culture, and recreation. 

Student-Focused Services: At the American University of Barbados, we understand the importance of easy and convenient access to essential services. We offer a free student shuttle service, ensuring you can explore the island comfortably. Our transportation services run regularly, providing you with flexibility and convenience. Endless Exploration: Explore the island at your leisure, taking in its beautiful landscapes, stunning beaches, and cultural sites. Whether you’re drawn to watersports, hiking, or simply enjoying the sun, Barbados has it all.

Campus Life

 

At the American University of Barbados, we are dedicated to providing a dynamic campus life that complements your educational journey. Despite our modest size, our campus is brimming with opportunities and outstanding facilities for students from diverse backgrounds and interests. Outstanding Facilities: We take great pride in offering exceptional facilities that cater to various aspects of your well-being and personal development. 

The Recreation and Fitness Center is the heart of our campus for those who seek an active lifestyle. It features a fully equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool, aerobics studio, as well as basketball, badminton, and volleyball courts, ensuring you can stay fit and healthy. For sports enthusiasts, we offer an Intramural Sports Program, providing opportunities for friendly competitions within the university. Major team sports such as Football/Soccer, Basketball, and Volleyball are at the forefront, and we encourage students to participate. Our sports teams, known as 

The Flyers, compete at an NCAA Division 2 Level, representing the university in various sports, including Track & Field and Tennis. Many of our former students have achieved remarkable success as Olympians and professional athletes. Vibrant Student Organizations: American University of Barbados hosts over a hundred student organizations, each catering to unique interests and passions. From sports and performing arts to cultural and inter-faith groups, you’ll find a group that aligns with your interests. 

These organizations provide a dynamic platform for students to connect, share experiences, and engage in meaningful activities. Our Black Student Association actively promotes diversity and inclusion on campus. Students at our university also have the opportunity to run the campus radio and television stations, providing hands-on experience in media and broadcasting. Outdoor and Recreational 

Activities: Beyond the classroom, our campus offers a multitude of opportunities for outdoor and recreational activities. Whether you’re into sports, hiking, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, American University of Barbados has something for you. Outdoors, you’ll find sports fields, woodland trails for running and mountain biking, tennis courts, and even a disc golf course for those who enjoy a unique twist on golf. 

International Student Association: As a student at American University of Barbados, you’re encouraged to become an active member of the International Student Association, where you can connect with fellow international students, share cultural experiences, and create lasting memories.

 

Housing

 

Finding the right place to call home while pursuing your studies at the American University of Barbados is a key part of your academic journey. We understand the importance of comfortable and convenient housing options, and we’re here to guide you through your choices. On-Campus Residences: At the American University of Barbados, we offer a variety of on-campus residence halls to choose from, providing housing for approximately 1200 students in total. Our on-campus residents enjoy numerous benefits, including free WiFi access, shared kitchen spaces for personal cooking, cable television, and convenient access to washing machines.

 For your convenience, a Campus Shuttle service is available to transport you to nearby shops, all at no additional cost. For our Freshmen students, we offer double occupancy rooms with communal bathrooms along the corridor. Each of our Freshmen Halls of Residence features a spacious communal lounge area equipped with recreational facilities like a pool table, tennis table, TV, and vending machines. As an upperclassman or graduate student, you’ll have access to a range of halls of residence, offering a choice between single or double rooms. 

Most of these residence halls also maintain communal bathrooms along the corridor, although we have three halls that offer apartment-style configurations for added comfort and privacy. For detailed information about the different on-campus residences available, please [click here](insert link). Meal Plans: At the American University of Barbados, we make dining on campus convenient with our meal plans. All on-campus students are required to choose from one of our three meal plans, ensuring that you have access to delicious and nutritious meals. 

If you decide to live off-campus, you still have the option to purchase a meal plan or choose to buy meals individually at one of the campus eateries. For more details on meal plans and the different dining options on campus. Off-Campus Living: For those who prefer off-campus living, we provide resources and support to help you find private apartments or shared housing that suits your preferences. Independent Living: If you’re seeking a more independent style of living, we offer the choice of our modern residential apartments. These apartments are located just a short walk from the main campus building, offering single and twin rooms. Some en-suite rooms are available, equipped with essential amenities such as fridge-freezers, washing machines, and other appliances to make your student life comfortable.

 Homestay Program: Our homestay program is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Barbadian culture. Carefully matched with local families, this program helps you not only learn about local life but also improve your English language skills. Your host family will provide daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner, all while assisting you in exploring Barbados and its culture. Starting with a homestay can also be an excellent way to find an affordable place in the city, considering the cost of housing. You’ll get to know the country, make friends, and explore other accommodation options before finding your own apartment or shared living space. 

For students under the age of 19 when arriving for their studies, the local regulations may require you to have a guardian who will look after and support you. Our homestay program can help you meet these requirements, ensuring that your host family also serves as your guardian. Start Your Journey: At the American University of Barbados, we understand that where you live is a crucial part of your academic experience. Whether you choose on-campus housing, off-campus living, or a homestay program, we are here to support you at every step of your housing journey.

 

What comes next?

Upon successfully graduating from your program at AUB, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT). This program allows you to work off-campus in a field related to your studies for up to 12 months (or 36 months if you’ve pursued a STEM major). 

The best part? You’ll not only gain valuable work experience but also receive compensation for your work. Flexibility in Your Choices: It’s essential to note that you have the freedom to choose OPT both after completing your Bachelor’s and after your Master’s program if you wish. This flexibility empowers you to tailor your academic and career journey to match your unique aspirations. Building a Strong Foundation: At AUB, many students join as a first step towards earning their Bachelor’s degree. Typically, you’ll complete your Freshman and Sophomore years (Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor’s program) before transferring to a 4-year university for your Junior and Senior years (Years 3 and 4). 

Additional Year of OPT: While many students are eager to transfer to a university immediately after completing their program at AUB, did you know that you can also be eligible for one year of OPT before continuing your university studies if you prefer? This extra year of OPT provides an excellent opportunity to gain work experience and additional income. And remember, if you choose OPT after AUB, you’re still eligible for another year of OPT following the completion of your Bachelor’s degree.

 
 

Seed loves this institution because...

Global Medical Excellence: AUB stands out with its world-class medical programs, preparing students for thriving careers in the healthcare industry. African students can expect a rigorous curriculum that equips them with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the medical field.

Clinical Exposure: AUB provides extensive clinical exposure and hands-on training, ensuring that African students gain real-world experience alongside their theoretical knowledge.

Residency Options: AUB's programs open doors to residency options in the United States and other countries, providing African students with a global perspective in their medical career.

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Key information:

University Location:
Bridgetown, Barbados

Type of Institution:
Medical School

Suitable for:
Students aspiring to pursue a career in Medicine

Programs:

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Pre-Medical program
Annual Tuition (in USD):

Pre-Medical: $6,500 – $8,500 per semester
Basic Sciences: $8,750 per semester
Clinical Sciences: $11,750 per semester


Certifications:

Accredited by CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions)
Recognized by Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

 
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