Going to Medical School in St. Maarten
Life on St. Maarten is much like AUC's academic experience—both connect you to a vibrant, friendly and intimate community.
St. Maarten is vibrant, community-minded, exciting, friendly, and intimate. Island life provides an ideal setting for someone beginning the academic study at a Caribbean medical school.
St. Maarten Island
St. Maarten is an island in the Caribbean encompassing 37 square miles and located approximately 150 miles from Puerto Rico. The island is shared by the governments of France and the Netherlands Antilles, with the AUC medical school campus located on the Dutch side. Although English is spoken everywhere on St. Maarten and the U.S. dollar is an accepted currency, the island as a whole retains many elements of its French and Dutch culture and heritage. St. Maarten’s central mountain range is complemented by pristine beaches, winding mountain roads, and small villages.
Local Culture in St. Maarten, Caribbean
While attending medical school at AUC, you will learn about St. Maarten's exciting blend of Dutch, French, African, and American culture. With residents from more than 90 different nations, art and music from around the world, and cuisine ranging from French to Vietnamese to American fast food, daily life is as diverse and vibrant as you want it to be.
Recreation and Other Activities
The AUC medical school campus overlooks St. Maarten’s beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon and is adjacent to the 18-hole championship Mullet Bay Golf Course and Mullet Bay Beach. Our campus location enables AUC medical school students and their families to access stunning beaches, excellent diving, sailing, and sports activities, and countless local markets and duty-free shopping.
Students can also relax on one of the many beautiful beaches on the island. Some of the more popular beaches for medical school students and their families include Sunset Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, and Orient Beach, which are popular destinations for snorkeling, jet skiing, kite surfing, windsurfing, and parasailing. St. Maarten also features movie theaters, golf, and mini-golf.
Shopping is one of the most popular aspects of St. Maarten, thanks in large part to the island’s completely duty-free status. Whether you’re strolling down Front Street in Philipsburg, in a boutique in Marigot, or at a shopping center on the Dutch side of the island, you will enjoy great bargains on anything from cosmetics and jewelry to cigars and electronics. St. Maarten offers a vibrant nightlife scene featuring live entertainment venues and nightclubs.
Looking to sightsee or explore what St. Maarten has to offer? From ziplining on the Dutch side to hiking on the French side, check out a list of recommendations from 5th-semester student Christine Garabetian. Some of her favorites include nearby Maho Beach and further away spots like Pic Paradise, Grand Case, and Pinel Island. See what else made the list and where you should plan your post-exam getaway.
Enjoy Cuisine from Around the World
With a wide variety of restaurants on the island, you could eat out every day of the year and never dine at the same place twice. In fact, with cuisine offerings that include first class French fare, Italian, Tex-Mex, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, as well as local BBQ ribs and chicken, St. Maarten features the widest array of cuisine and prices of any other island in the world.
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