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Canadian Students

Bonaire & Student Life

The first Saint James School of Medicine Caribbean Medical School opened in Bonaire in 2001, and we’ve been helping medical students realize their dream of a career in medicine ever since.

About Bonaire

Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire, has a wonderful mix of Dutch architecture and Caribbean style

Bonaire has a wonderful mix of Dutch architecture and Carib- bean style

Bonaire is located in the southern Caribbean, about 50 miles north of Venezuela. The waters off the island’s coast are a marine park, making Bonaire one of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world.  Steady trade winds create perfect conditions for windsurfing, sea kayaking and sailing.

Other activities include cycling, nature tours through the kunuku (outback), bird watching and bungee jumping. Oceanside bars and cafes play live music and the island lifestyle is laid back and relaxed.  For more information on Bonaire visit Tourism Bonaire’s website.

Language in Bonaire

English is widely spoken in Bonaire. Dutch is the official language, and the local language is Papiamentu, which is a mixture of many languages including Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, English, Caribbean Indian and several African languages. Visitors to Bonaire say that Papiamentu bears enough similarities to Spanish that Spanish speakers also find it quite easy to communicate.

Weather in Bonaire

Bonaire has a balmy tropical climate, with a daytime temperature averaging 80 degrees. Easterly trade winds blow and you may require a light sweater in the evening. Bonaire lies outside the hurricane belt, and the weather is generally calm and pleasant.

Student life on Bonaire

Bonaire, students from Saint James School of Medicine can enjoy some of the world’s best scuba diving

In Bonaire, our students enjoy some of the world’s best scuba diving

The Saint James School of Medicine Bonaire community is warm and supportive. Most of our experienced medical school professors are from the US and Canada and they relish the small class sizes and the opportunity to give one on one support. Small group tutoring sessions and support from top student tutors to help you meet the challenges of medical school.

Saint James School of Medicine has been a valued part of the Bonaire community since 2001 and we encourage all our medical students to take advantage of our community outreach program, which provides you with excellent opportunities to connect with the local community and contribute to local healthcare, while getting valuable hands on experience.

As a student of Saint James School of Medicine Bonaire, you can join student organizations and associations. The school is proud to support these organizations.

Adventure-Bonaire Club

This club allows students to take part in many of the activities Bonaire is known for. Students can try their hand at scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, biking, marathons, windsurfing, parasailing, boating and many more.

AMSA Saint James School of Medicine

The American Medical Students Association (AMSA) is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of more than 67,000 medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health. At AMSA, activism is a way of life. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change. Become a member of the AMSA Saint James School of Medicine Chapter and transform your passion into action and meaningful change!

Doctors of Tomorrow Club

This club allows you to venture into different aspects of becoming a physician. You will engage in activities ideal for future doctors, such as helping students with their school work, excelling in different aspects of their work, USMLE Step 1 preps, reviewing, taking part in volunteer work, tutoring, networking, local community activities, event planning and many other things useful for residency placement and self-growth.

ICE – International Cultural Education

This club allows you to share and explore other cultures. The club works to promote awareness of different cultures and world issues with a common goal of bringing cultures together and making them accessible to all. You can take part in different cultural events through a variety of different activities.

Alpha Sigma Phi (Α Σ Φ)

Alpha Sigma Phi (commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. Founded at Yale in 1845, it is the 11th oldest fraternity in the United States. This social fraternity promotes networking amongst students. The point of this club is to keep all the students in a network and promote unity which will help greatly in the field of medicine.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The goal of the Student Government Association is to promote self-improvement, address student problems in collaboration with the school administration, maintain good relations with the Island community and the Government of Bonaire and organize recreational activities. Each semester, the student body elects officials and officers. The SGA sponsors student events such as the welcome party for new students and health related projects for the Island community. The officers meet regularly with the medical school administration to discuss any student concerns and issues.

Getting around Bonaire

Saint James School of Medicine Bonaire runs a regular bus service for students. This picks students up in the morning and has several drop-off times after class. We recommend that you check that your apartment is on the student bus route before you sign the lease.

Bonaire, home of St James, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean

Bonaire is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean

Bonaire is 24 miles long and about 3-5 miles wide, so it is compact and easy to navigate. The main town Kralendijk is very walkable. Many students buy bicycles or cars for the duration of their stay in Bonaire and there is a healthy trade in second hand vehicles.

There is no public bus service on Bonaire, so when you arrive you may wish to rent a car or get a taxi. Most car-rental firms are based at the airport. You can find listings for car rental, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle rentals here. Taxis from the airport to hotels in Kralendijk costs up to US$18 depending on which end of town you’re going to. A taxi to any place on the island usually costs no more than US$25.

Student Housing on Bonaire

Bonaire has excellent accommodation for parents of St James students

Bonaire has excellent accommodation for friends and family

There is a wide range of comfortable accommodation on Bonaire. Most apartments are fully furnished and have appliances, linens, towels, air conditioning and fans. You may want to bring extra bed linens and towels along with a good reading lamp. Laundry facilities are usually shared and located on the bottom floor of apartment complexes.

Living close to the school will give you an opportunity to meet classmates, form study groups and meet future roommates. A number of apartments are located within walking distance from the main building. Three and four bedroom houses are also available, and you can rent single rooms from families in Bonaire throughout the island.

Student housing accommodation lists are available from the Student Government on Bonaire when you arrive on the island. We recommend you arrive two to three weeks before classes start to arrange accommodation and get settled, and we suggest that you do not sign any lease until you have viewed the apartment.

Cell phones, internet & Cable TV on Bonaire

The area code for Bonaire is 599.

Long distance rates are expensive so you may want to apply for a U.S. call back number or arrange for a local cell phone on arrival. There are two cellular service provides on Bonaire: Digicel and Chippie. Global roaming is possible with some carriers, including Cingular and T-Mobile. Telbo provides broadband and fixed line telephone. Cable TV is available for approximately $30 a month and includes HBO and CINEMAX.

Mains electricity is U.S. Standard, 110 volts AC, so US standard appliances can be used, however we do recommend that you use a surge protector if you are planning to bring any electronic equipment.

Banking in Bonaire

The official currency in Bonaire is the U.S. dollar. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted, and there are ATMS around the island. Banking hours on weekdays are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Mail to and from Bonaire

It takes approximately a week to ten days either way for mail delivery when marked Airmail. The United States Postal Service guidelines for mailing to Bonaire are here. Federal Express is also available.

Time in St. Bonaire

The time in Bonaire is Atlantic standard (Eastern Standard Time plus one hour). Click here for the current time in Bonaire.

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Choose from our Three island campuses
  • Anguilla Campus
  • Bonaire Campus
  • St. Vincent Campus

Three chances to enroll for our MD Program each year

Saint James School of Medicine accepts students into our MD program in January, May and September.

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Registration and Reception: January 06, 2016

Limited seats still available, call your admission advisor today. 800-542-1553

Enrollments close*: Wednesday, November 25
Registration and Reception: January 06, 2016

Enrollments close*: Thursday, March 31
Registration and Reception: May 03, 2016

*If you have missed the enrollment cut-off date for your preferred semester, please contact us directly. A few places may remain. However please note that places are limited.


Student Life on our Bonaire School

Bonaire island life. Affordable living, fun recreational activities, and world class diving.

For more videos of Saint James School of Medicine students and faculty visit our YouTube Channel.


Student Credit Lines for Canadian Students

Student credit lines are available for qualified students at Saint James School of Medicine who are Canadian citizens, offering up to $150,000 CAD. These credit lines have easy application processes, and attractive repayment options.

Royal Bank of Canada: To talk to a credit specialist, call 1-800-ROYAL-11 or visit the Royal Bank of Canada to talk to a credit specialist.

Bank of Montreal: Call 780 408 0007

For more information about financial assistance for Canadian students please contact our Finance department by calling 800 542 1553 or emailing