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St. Vincent & Student Life

Saint James School of Medicine opened our newest school on St. Vincent in 2014. The school is accredited by St. Vincent’s National Accreditation Board.

About St. Vincent

St. Vincent is the largest island in the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and part of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.

The island’s scenery is dominated by La Soufriere, a 4,000ft tall active volcano. Steep tree clad hills fall to dramatic black sand beaches and the mountainous island terrain is carved by rivers, rapids and waterfalls. St. Vincent has protected the waters off its coast since 1979, and as a result boasts some the finest snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. You can experience reef diving, wall diving, drift diving, wreck diving and even cave diving.

With its tranquil lifestyle, welcoming community and natural beauty, St. Vincent is the quintessential island paradise. The new Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent school is surrounded by beaches, scenic hiking trails and tropical gardens, so when you take a break from your medical school studies you can find adventures on your doorstep. To find out more about the island visit the St. Vincent and the Grenadines tourism authority website.

Language in St. Vincent

English is the official language in St. Vincent. Most Vincentians also speak Vincentian Creole, which combines elements of French, Antillean Creole, Spanish and Portuguese.

Weather in St. Vincent

St. Vincent enjoys a pleasant tropical climate. Temperatures are fairly constant year round with a daily high temperature of around 85°F while the nightly low is around 76°F. Steady trade winds create great conditions for windsurfing and sailing. The dry season runs from January to May.

Student life on St. Vincent

Saint James School of Medicine student Camille Renee horse trekking.

Saint James School of Medicine student Camille Renee horse trekking.

The Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent School is a brand new purpose built medical school with state of the art equipment. Faculty is made up of experienced medical school professors from the US and Canada, who have moved to St. Vincent to combine their love of teaching with a laid back island lifestyle.

The Saint James School of Medicine community is close knit and supportive, offering tutoring, one-on-one guidance, and peer support networks in order to help you meet the challenges of medical school.

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

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent SGA promotes self-improvement, addresses student issues in collaboration with the medical school administration, maintains good relations with the island community and organizes recreational activities like the welcome party for new students. Each semester, the student body elects a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Class SGA representatives are also elected. Officers meet regularly with the medical school administration to discuss student concerns.

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.

 Make your mark and establish a student club

St. Vincent is a new school, with a growing student community. It’s great place to take charge and start a new club or establish student activities.

Getting around St. Vincent

St. Vincent is only 18 km long, so everything is in close proximity, and it’s easy to get around. Saint James School of Medicine runs a bus for students. We can pick you up near your accommodation in the morning and drop you back near your home at night. We recommend that you check that your apartment is on the student bus route before you sign the lease. The mountainous terrain means that the bus isn’t able to run everywhere. The bus also makes monthly runs to grocery store and to the bank on Saturdays.

Beach on Bequia island in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Beach on Bequia island in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

 

If you would like to go further afield, there are car-rental agencies on St. Vincent and rentals cost approximately US$50 a day. Taxis are plentiful and fares are reasonable for short trips. We recommend you negotiate your fare before you set off. The local bus service is regular, but it’s also busy, so it can be a bit overcrowded. If you’re up for a work out on the hilly roads, you can rent a bike, or buy one for the duration of your stay.

If you would like to explore the surrounding islands, boats run from St. Vincent to the nearby islands of Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau and Union Island.

Student Housing on St. Vincent

Comfortable accommodation is readily available on St. Vincent, and our Saint James School of Medicine Admissions team can give you support and advice on finding a place to live. We have an extensive housing list checked out by our School Manager, and you have the option of living with a roommate or by yourself. We always recommend that you wait until you arrive to sign any leases or make any permanent arrangements.

Cell Phones, internet and TV on St. Vincent

The area code for St. Vincent is 784.

St. Vincent has three major mobile service providers, LIME from Cable and Wireless, Digicel SVD Ltd, and Karib Cable offering cellular telephone and internet service.

The island has one television broadcast station ZBG-TV and one cable television provider.

Electricity is 220 volts. US standard appliances (110 V) work with a transformer.

Banking in St. Vincent

The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The exchange rate is approximately EC $2.67 to US $1. The US Dollar is widely accepted. There are ATMs and banks throughout the island and major credit cards are accepted.

St. Vincent is an international finance center so you’re spoilt for choice for banking. There are currently six domestic banks and five international banks operating on the island. For more information visit the Financial Services Authority for St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Mail to and from St. Vincent

The United States Postal Service guidelines for mailing to St. Vincent are here. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Postal Corporation website is here. Local postcodes for St. Vincent are here.

Time in St. Vincent

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



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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.

next enrollment - July 31, 2015

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    Months
  • 81
    Days
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    Hours
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Registration and Reception: January 06, 2016

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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.

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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 finance@mail.sjsm.org.