CHECKLIST

  1. Enrollment Deposit Form
    Due upon receipt of your acceptance letter.
       Accessible here
     
  2. Housing + Seat Deposit
    Housing is assigned on a first-deposited basis.
        Payable here
     
  3. Housing & Transportation Form
    Housing is assigned on a first-deposited basis.
        Accessible here
     
  4. Student Travel Information Form
        Accessible here
     
  5. Immunization Record Form
    Must be completely filled out. Additional records will not be accepted without a completed AUA Immunization Record Form.
        Printable here
     
  6. Criminal Background Check (CBC)
    Due no later than 30 days prior to the start of classes. The CBC can be obtained either from Integrascan.com or from your local precinct where you resided within the last six months prior to the start of your semester. Please note that you will be asked to provide an updated CBC prior to your third semester and fifth semester clinical rotation.
     
  7. Required Attire/Laptop
    Click here for laptop requirements and here to see required attire.

Immigration and Travel Information

PASSPORT

U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Antigua and re-enter the United States. Canadian citizens also need a valid passport to enter Antigua and re-enter Canada. Citizens of other countries need to have a passport from their country of origin and a U.S. green card if they reside in the United States. Passport applications can be obtained from your local passport office or U.S. post office U.S. students can find complete details at travel.state.gov. The passport must be valid for at least six months after the expected date of travel.

Antigua does not require an entry visa for U.S. or Canadian citizens. Please check with the Antiguan and Barbudan Consulate as to visa requirements if you are a citizen of another country.

IMMIGRATION LETTER

Once you have purchased your ticket, complete the Student Travel Information form.

An immigration letter will be sent to you that you must have with you, along with your passport and acceptance letter, when you arrive at the airport in Antigua. If you wish to rent a vehicle, you need to have a valid driver’s license.

Please visit www.j.mp/abvisareq if you would like more information regarding student visas and immigration requirements.

Spouse Travel

Students who plan to bring their spouses to Antigua are required to bring their notarized marriage license certificates with them. This document may need to be presented to the Immigration Department to procure their visa.

Family Employment

All nonresidents who wish to work in Antigua require work permits. AICASA does not hire spouses or family members of students to work on campus or in housing facilities.

Air Travel

To enter Antigua, it is necessary to have a round-trip ticket. The sooner you make your airline reservations, the less expensive your ticket may be. Students can book open-ended tickets for an additional charge, which will provide flexibility for your return.

There are direct flights from the U.S. to Antigua via United Airlines out of Newark, N.J., as well as via American Airlines and Delta out of JFK Airport in New York. There are also direct flights from Charlotte, Miami, Toronto, and depending on the time of year, Atlanta.

Some popular Internet travel sites are www.travelocity.com, www.expedia.com and www.orbitz.com. The carriers with the most frequent service to Antigua are American Airlines and United Airlines.

The following airlines currently serve Antigua:

Airline Destinations Reservations Phone Number
Air Canada N. America 1(888) 247-2262 (268) 462-0074
American N. America 1(800) 433-7300 (268) 462-0950
British Airways Europe 1(800) 247-9297 (268) 462-3219
Delta N. America 1(800) 221-1212 (268) 562-5951
JetBlue N. America 1(800) 538-2583 1(801) 449-2525
United N. America 1(800) 231-0856 (268) 462-5355
US Airways N. America 1(800) 428-4322 (268) 562-5901
Virgin Atlantic Europe 1(800) 744-7477 (268) 481-3801

Luggage

Make sure all your bags are labeled with your name, address and destination. Check with your airline prior to departure regarding baggage restrictions. Most international air carriers limit you to two pieces of checked luggage and one carry-on. A fee may be imposed if you exceed the size and weight limits given. In addition to carry-on luggage, you are permitted to carry a laptop.

Shipping

If your luggage exceeds the airline’s allowance, you might consider using air cargo as an alternative. You can ship extra belongings via airfreight, or mail them.

When sending any belongings or possessions to Antigua, please make certain you contact the shipping company to obtain shipping specifications. You will need a complete, written inventory of every item you are bringing to Antigua along with an original invoice of all new purchases or a document listing the estimated value of personal belongings to present to Antiguan customs officials.

To facilitate transport, ship items to the address below:

American International College of Arts and Sciences - Antigua
ATTN: [Student’s Full Name]
University Park
Jabberwock Beach Road
P.O. Box W-1451
Coolidge, Antigua

Please note that with the need to cover duties fees and Customs Brokers, it may be more affordable to buy what you need on the island.

All students are required to reside in university-selected housing facilities when they begin their studies in Antigua, unless given explicit permission to live elsewhere at the university’s sole discretion.

Housing selections are available on a first-come, first-served basis based on when your deposit is submitted.

AICASA-selected housing provides incoming students the opportunity to live comfortably on the island while making informed choices about future living arrangements. During this time, students should become familiar with the island and view the different types of apartments and houses available, so they can make an educated decision as to where they will live during the rest of their time on the island.

AICASA offers a full range of housing choices, from a limited number of single- bedroom studios to two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms. They are divided into three groups, depending on amenities provided. AICASA defines single rooms as bedrooms occupied by one person. Double rooms are bedrooms occupied by two persons.

All AICASA-selected housing comes with weekly housekeeping services. All students residing in AICASA-selected housing need to bring their own linens to Antigua. We suggest you speak to your New Student Coordinator for more information about your accommodations.

Transportation

AICASA has contracted for reduced rates with an independent bus company to transport students to and from housing locations. Only students residing in AICASA-selected housing are eligible to purchase transportation passes for $300 USD per semester in the three-semester program. Students can also purchase 10 trip passes for $20 USD. Transportation is non-refundable nor prorated. Multiple scheduled pickups from housing to campus and back are available. Free transportation is also provided to and from the general hospital for student rounds from the AICASA campus.

Group I

Group I housing has the most upscale, contemporary rooms available, all with private bathrooms. There are a limited number of one-bedroom studios in addition to two-bedroom suites. They come with full-size kitchens and the most modern amenities. All housing is fully furnished and comes supplied with kitchen appliances and utensils. All have washing machines either in the

apartment or on the premises. All have televisions and are fully air-conditioned. Many have decks directly overlooking the water. Cable TV and Internet access are available for a fee. Some housing is within walking distance from campus or only 7 to 10 minutes’ drive by car. Electrical service is 110 AC.

Group II

Group II housing includes a limited number of one-bedroom studios. There are two- and three-bedroom suites, with single- and double-occupancy rooms with living rooms, eating areas and shared bathrooms, and all are fully air- conditioned. All housing is fully furnished and is supplied with kitchen appliances and utensils. Laundry facilities are on-site. Cable TV and Internet access are available for a fee. Some units are on or near the beach. Some Group II housing is within walking distance from campus or no more than a 10-minute drive by car from the campus and shopping facilities. Electrical service is 110 AC.

Group III

Group III housing consists of modern two-bedroom suites, one small apartment complex reserved exclusively for students and hotel-style accommodations. Both single- and double-occupancy units are fully furnished with television and are air-conditioned. Cortsland has a communal kitchen with full-size refrigerators and appliances. The two other housing facilities have fully equipped in-suite kitchens. Some apartments have private decks. Laundry facilities are on-site.

Cable TV and Internet service are available for a fee. Some housing is within walking distance from campus or a 15-minute drive by car. Electrical service is 110 AC, with the exception of Cortsland. You must bring adaptors if you are planning on living in Cortsland. The voltage is 220V.

 

Please click here for current housing fees.

What to Do

  • Best Beaches: Green Island, Turners Beach, Jabberwock Beach
  • Scuba & Snorkeling: Jolly Harbour, Jolly Dive Center, Deep Bay, Galleon Bay
  • Sailing & Boat Tours: English, Harbour, Wadadli Cats
  • Sports on Campus: Soccer, Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball
  • Hear a Local Steel Band: Shirley Heights
  • Rent Your Dream Mega-Yacht: English Harbour

Good Eats

  • Best Breakfast: Garden Grill, Trade Winds
  • Best Pizza: La Bussola
  • Best Veggie Burger: Paro *
  • Best Sandwich: Subway *
  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Mama Lolly’s *
  • Best Burger, Salad, and Gelato: The Larder
  • Best Local Fish: Beachlimerz, Papa Zouk
  • Best Place for Parents to Pay for Meal: Cecilia’s, Le Bistro
  • Best Italian: La Bussola
  • Best Bar: We’re sure you’ll have fun figuring that one out
  • Best Place to Get Fast Food at 2am (falafel anytime): Casanova

Coffee/Dessert

  • Best Coffee: Olive Branch *
  • Best Ice Cream: Australian Ice Cream

        * Conveniently located on campus

Temporary Driver’s License

You can purchase a temporary driver’s license from the Car Rental Agency or Coolidge Police Station (268-462-3185) at a cost of EC$50. You will need to present a valid passport along with a valid driver’s license (overseas). The temporary license is valid for three months only.

The temporary license can also be purchased from the ABTB (Antigua/Barbuda Transport Board) at (268) 460-8300

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance - 911

Police - (268) 462-0125

Hospital - (268) 484-2700

Campus Health Clinic - (268) 484-8900 ext. 1562

Dr. Kastuk - (268) 764-0164
Campus Counselor &
Professor of Behavioral Science

Your guide to hurricane preparedness

Windows Laptop / Tablet

Minimum Specifications Laptop Tablet
Processor Speed Minimum 2.1 GHz Not Applicable
Operating System Windows 7 Open
Memory (RAM) Minimum 4 GB Open
Storage 250 GB At Least 15GB Available
Optical Drive Dual-Layer DVD+-RW Not Applicable
Video Card ≥ 128 MB Integrated Open
Network Card Gigabit Ethernet Not Applicable
Battery Primary 6-Cell Lithium Ion Open
Microsoft Office Suite Student Version Open
Wireless Connectivity WiFi Required WiFi Required
Antivirus Norton Open

Apple Laptop

Minimum Specifications Laptop
Processor Speed Minimum 1.6 GHz
Operating System Mac OS 10.6.8 or Newer
Memory (RAM) Minimum 4 GB
Storage 250 GB
Optical Drive Dual-Layer SuperDrive*
Network Card Integrated Gigabit Ethernet*
Battery Lithium-Polymer Battery
Microsoft Office Suite Student Version
Wireless Connectivity WiFi Required
Antivirus Required 
  • If using a MacBook that does not have an Ethernet port or disc drive, please note that a USB Ethernet Adapter and/or USB SuperDrive is required. They do not come with a purchase of a MacBook Air/ProRetina by default.

All semesters – Required Attire

Professional Attire for Dress Days (Twice per week)

Males:

A dress shirt, slacks, conventional shoes or loafers. A tie is required. No jeans. 

Females:

The options are more varied but should be regarded as noncontroversial. We expect female students to dress as if they were attending a professional job interview. No jeans.
 

Non-dress Days

We expect students to dress appropriately.
 

Laboratory

You will need a laboratory coat.

Electronics

Townhouse Mega Store
Electronics
All Saints & American Road, St. John’s
(268) 481-3200

ACT/Radio Shack
Computers • Electronics • Internet
Market Street & St. Mary's Street,St. John’s
(268) 480-2380
www.actantigua.com

Courts Antigua & Barbuda
Furniture • Appliances•Computers • Electronics
Corner of Vivian Richards St. & All Saints Road, St. John’s
(268) 484-1640
www.shopcourts.com/antigua/


Internet, Cable, Cellular

Lime
Cable • Wireless Internet
P.O. Box 65 St. John’s
(268) 480-4000
https://discoverflow.co/antigua/


Digicel
Cellular Services
PO Box W32, St. John's

(268) 736-1000
www.digicelgroup.com/ag/en/mobile.html

 


CTV Entertainment Systems
Cable Services
High Street between Temple Street & Corn Alley
P.O. Box 1536 St. John’s
(268) 462-4224
customerserv-ice@ctv.ag
www.ctv.ag


Karib Cable
Cable Services
Long Street
Box W1624 St. John’s
(268) 481-1280
www.karibcable.com


Shopping Centers

Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy
Grocery
Epicurean Drive
& Friar’s Hill Road St. John’s
(268) 484-5400

First Choice Foods
Grocery
Anchorage Road, St. John’s

(268) 463-3663
info@firstchoicefoods.com

 

Students should arrive on the island with enough funding to cover living and personal expenses. These include books and other expenses such as food, cabs, etc. We recommend a budget of about US$2,000-US$5,000 per student.

The safest way to get money into a bank account is with traveler’s checks, ATM cards or credit/debit cards. A debit card that functions as a VISA card or a MasterCard is an excellent way to transfer money from an account in the U.S. to your account in Antigua. A bank account with a debit card is recommended for family members at home to use to deposit money for quick student access.

Wired money takes a few days and the fees are usually high. Personal checks can be deposited into your account but will not be available until the checks have cleared. This takes about three weeks.

Students must present a passport and a matriculation letter from the school in order to open a bank account.

Popular Banks in Antigua

FirstCaribbean Int’l
Old Parham Rd Cassada Gardens
(268) 480-5000
www.cibcfcib.com

Bank of Nova Scotia
High Street
P.O. Box 342 St. John’s
(268) 480-1500
antigua.scotiabank.com

Royal Bank of Canada
High Street St. John’s
(268) 480-1150
www.rbcroyalbank.com

Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank
1000 Airport Blvd. Coolidge
P.O. Box 315 St. John’s
(268) 480-5300
www.ecabank.com

Exchange Rate (as of October 2017)

The official currency used in Antigua is the EC (East Caribbean Dollar), though most merchants accept USD$.

US$1 = EC$2.70 EC$1= US$0.37
EUR€1 = EC$3.16 EC$1= EUR€0.32
CAD$1 = EC$2.15 EC$1= CAD$0.47
INR₹1 = EC$0.04 EC$1= INR₹24.05

All American University of Antigua students are required to have medical and emergency evacuation insurance while in Antigua. Students will be automatically enrolled and charged for this coverage at the beginning of each semester.

Please read the insurance packet available on the student portal that describes the coverage underwritten by United Healthcare Insurance Company. You can compare it to your current policy and decide what is best for you.

DECLINING COVERAGE

If you wish to waive the United Healthcare insurance coverage, your policy MUST include an emergency evacuation provision in the event of a medical emergency. Acceptable proof can be either a scanned front/back of student’s insurance ID card, or a letter from student’s insurance carrier. A letter from your insurance company that states that the emergency evacuation option is part of your insurance coverage during the registration process is also required. If you cannot produce proof of medical coverage, including emergency evacuation insurance, you will be billed for the contracted monthly third-party healthcare provider’s plan.

DEPENDENT COVERAGE

If you plan to have dependents with you in Antigua, you can enroll them in the health insurance program. You can pick up an enrollment form at the time of registration and send it directly to United Healthcare with your payment. We strongly encourage that all dependents have formal medical and emergency evacuation insurance while in Antigua.

If you have any questions about the coverage, please email them to bursar@ auamed.org or call 1-212-661-8899, Ext. 773.

Please note: Medical insurance coverage is not available for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.

Health Clinic

AUA has an on-campus clinic available to students. The clinic demonstrates the institution’s commitment to the welfare of the AUA community by providing convenient access to quality medical care. Available services include:

  • Counseling services • Vaccinations • Routine medical care and screenings
  • Electrocardiograms • Blood tests