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Welcome to the AUC Parents Guide!

Thank you for visiting the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine’s (AUC) Guide for Parents.

Questions or comments about this guide?


We’re excited that your son or daughter is considering joining our medical school community. We have created this resource for you: we know how influential parents are in their student’s lives and are also keenly aware that the idea of attending an international medical school brings with it a whole new set of things to think about, consider, and compare.

98% Residency Rate

1st-time residency attainment rate for 2023-2024 grads1

84% USMLE Pass Rate

USMLE 1st-time Pass Rate for Step 1 2019-20232

7,500+ Alumni

AUC graduates have gone on to practice in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond.

1First time residency attainment rate is the percent of students attaining a 2024-25 residency position out of all graduates or expected graduates in 2023-24 who were active applicants in the 2024 NRMP match or who attained a residency position outside the NRMP match.

2First-time pass rate is the number of students passing the USMLE Step 1 exam on the first attempt divided by the number of students whose first attempt was in 2019-2023. In order to sit for the USMLE Step 1 exam students must successfully complete the Medical Sciences curriculum.

Two Locations, Same Education

As a student at AUC, you will begin your journey to become a physician on one of our technologically advanced campuses in either St. Maarten or Preston, United Kingdom.  Both locations provide collegial academic environments that emphasize collaboration, wellness, and community.

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How parents can help

Sign Up for an Admissions Event Near You

We host a variety of enrollment events. AUC offers webinars as well as in person events in cities around the US and Canada. At these events, you will have the opportunity to hear from the admissions team, current students and alumni and learn about all AUC has to offer.

Start the Financial Aid Process Now

Regardless of where your son or daughter wants to attend medical school, it is good to get the paperwork started. Fill out a FAFSA form to allow our Office of Financial Aid to assess your son or daughter’s options for financial support.

Assess Your Son or Daughter's Chances of Admission

AUC's online admissions assessment tool*, which only takes about a minute, can give you quick feedback on where they stand in comparison to students typically admitted to our school.

*Your son or daughter will need his/her MCAT and GPA handy before using the candidate assessment tool.


Below are frequently asked questions from parents interested in learning more about AUC. They cover topics like accreditation, physician licensure in the United States, what types of students we're ultimately looking for, and campus safety.

Is AUC Accredited?

AUC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM). You might hear that AUC is not an accredited med school in the United States—but being a foreign operating school, AUC is not eligible to seek accreditation from traditional US accreditors. In addition, the fact is that the US Department of Education has not appointed a US accreditor to foreign schools. Instead, the Department of Education has appointed the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) as a special review board that focuses on monitoring and evaluating foreign medical education accreditors on their standards. The NCFMEA’s review of ACCM’s standards confirms their recognition with the US Department of Education and has determined that they are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the US. This is an important distinction for AUC, for two reasons:

  • It attests to the quality of education AUC provides.
  • It qualifies eligible AUC students to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Only a few Caribbean med schools currently have this distinction. 

Most recently, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has been granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) for a renewed period of six years through 2027. The notification follows the most recent ACCM inspection site visit in November 2021. 

After Graduating, Where Can AUC Graduates Practice?

AUC graduates can become licensed in all 50 states and in Canada.

How Selective Is AUC's Admissions Committee?

This is a very important consideration to consider when helping your son or daughter select a medical school. Admissions requirements and standards vary from one medical school to the next, and among the Caribbean medical schools, there are important differences. 

For example, not all Caribbean medical schools require applicants to take the MCAT, and some that don’t figure the MCAT score into their evaluation of a candidate. This approach might be enticing for students looking for an easier entry into medical school, but at AUC our hope is that students want to come into an environment where they will be held to high standards and be highly motivated to succeed. 
At AUC, we have rigorous standards when considering applicants. Yes, we look at the whole person–we want to know about one’s life experience, maturity, and commitment–but we also look closely at how a candidate performed academically as an undergraduate and their MCAT score. 
Our admissions committee is very serious about not only selecting students who have immense potential to succeed and become great doctors, but also about creating a learning environment at AUC populated by bright, talented, and driven students. 

What Is AUC's Culture, and Why Is It Important?

You may have heard that medical school can be an extremely competitive place to be, depending on where you ultimately go. And for many schools, that could be correct. But that’s not what AUC is all about, and that isn’t the sort of philosophy we instill in our students. We don’t compete—we collaborate.

Our alumni say it best though:

"At AUC, you’ll find people who are rooting for each other. If someone in your group of friends did well on an exam, you’d be happy for them, and at the same time, they’d be willing to lend a hand if you were struggling. It’s so important to have these kinds of people around you.”

-Yanet Camarena, MD '21
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

"You hear about medical school being overly competitive, but I had the complete opposite experience at AUC. All the students came together to help each other succeed. I think that’s very important, especially in the field of medicine."

-Carol Monis, MD '20
Riverside Community Hospital

Curriculum Basics

Students learn the basic sciences (termed Medical Sciences in AUC’s curriculum) in St. Maarten—the on-island portion of medical training lasts for roughly half of your son or daughter’s AUC education (80 weeks (about 1 and a half years), less than two years). Dedicated faculty—many of whom were recruited from United States institutions—teach a US-modeled basic sciences curriculum to AUC students in highly advanced lecture halls and facilities in our high-tech, high-touch campus environment. 

Where Are Clinicals Located?

When your son or daughter successfully completes AUC’s Medical Sciences curriculum in St. Maarten, he/she would then proceed to clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. Learn more about our Clinical Sciences curriculum here or read about our clinical affiliates here.

Sint Maarten Medical Sciences Campus

Completed in 1998, AUC’s Medical Sciences campus provides a unique setting for teaching and learning. From the moment they step foot on our campus, students can experience the powerful academic and technological resources in place to help them make the most of their medical school experience. In recent years, we’ve implemented innovative teaching programs, modern laboratories, supplemental electronic curriculum delivery, and other technological advances geared toward enhancing your son or daughter’s AUC experience even more.

We want you son or daughter to feel at home in Sint Maarten.  We offer on-campus housing, a fitness center, cafeteria and chef, ample study spaces and 24/7 on-campus security.

UCLan Preston Campus

In Preston, founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, is now is one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programs and nearly 250 postgraduate courses. The University has an established research reputation with world-leading or internationally excellent work taking place within the areas of Business, Health, Humanities and Science. As a truly global institution, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities and its partnership network extends to 125 countries.

The UCLan Preston Campus is right at the heart of the city, just minutes away from its vibrant shopping centre, attractions and nightlife. It’s home to a thriving international community of over 38,000 students and staff. Everything you need on campus is within easy reach - from the Library (open 24/7 during term time) to lecture theatres, cafes and Students’ Union. And all University accommodation is located within a short walk of the campus - so you’ll never have to worry about being late for lectures.

Where is AUC Located?

AUC's main campus is located on the island of St. Maarten. St. Maarten is a well-known tourist destination. AUC School of Medicine is located less than 10 minutes away from the “Princes Juliana International Airport” and within proximity of over many of the large resorts on the Island. It is also located in one of the more affluent districts on the Island.  With daily flights to the US and other parts of the world. Located about 150 miles from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten is about 37 square miles and is shared by the governments of France and the Netherlands Antilles (AUC is on the Dutch side). English is spoken everywhere, the US dollar is the accepted currency, and the island itself is dotted with beaches, winding roads, and districts. Our campus location enables AUC medical school students and their families to access diving, sailing and sports activities, movie theaters and golf courses, and countless local markets and duty-free shopping. 


UCLAN Location

Situated in the heart of the North West of England the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is located in the city of Preston a vibrant, cultural and friendly city, located a short distance from the coastline, the Lake District, and the larger cities of Manchester and Liverpool, both of which have international airports.


Does AUC Offer Clubs and Organizations?

AUC offers more than a dozen clubs and organizations that your son or daughter can join, including the American Medical Student Association, honors societies, and a number of cultural clubs.

How Does AUC Keep Their Campus Safe?

The Safety & Security Department at AUC provides outreach and education on crimes affecting campus community members and works proactively to reduce or prevent incidents on campus. Offered services include facility security, escort services, a security shuttle service from 7 am to 3 am, emergency safety information, and parking and vehicle registration.