Higher Education in Antigua and Barbuda
The population of Antigua and Barbuda experiences a 90%-plus literacy rate. Since 1998 the government has pursued a mandate to become the leading provider in the Caribbean of medical services. The most sophisticated hospital in the Caribbean is the Mt. St. John Medical Centre, and Antigua has two medical schools, The University of Health Services Antigua and the American University of Antigua.
The Doctor of Medicine program at UHSA is a four-year program with three semesters each calendar year. Basic sciences are covered in the first four semesters at the Antigua campus. The rest of the coursework is composed of clinical clerkships at associated hospitals in the United States, the UK, China, and Puerto Rico.
Additionally, UHSA offers an MD program for current working health professionals. During the first five semesters, students spend the initial four weeks of each semester studying in Antigua, then complete the rest of the coursework using online distance learning.
American University of Antigua opened its doors in 2004 to address a growing physician shortage in the United States. In association with Manipal University in India, AUA has become an international educational hub.
The medical school’s Basic Sciences program consists of two semesters per academic year. This model is based on U.S. medical school programs. AUA College of Medicine has been approved by the New York State Education Department and recognized by the Medical Board of California. This recognition allows students to acquire residency positions and clinical clerkships in those states.
In Antigua there is a government-run state college, plus the Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Information Technology. The Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute is also located there, and the University of the West Indies operates a campus in Antigua where the local population can continue their university coursework.
Various other institutions outside the country offer study opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda. For example, Brooklyn College offers Archeology Field School there, and the SEA Semester in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, offers field programs there in Marine and Environmental Studies.