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 campus 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
The Saint James School of Medicine St. Vincent campus is a brand new purpose built medical campus 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.
STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS AT ST. VINCENT
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.
AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (AMSA)
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 campus, with a growing student community. It’s great place to take charge and start a new club or establish student activities.
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 Campus 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.
TRAVEL TO ST. VINCENT
St. Vincent’s airport is the ET Joshua Airport (SVD), located a few miles southeast of Kingstown in Amos Vale.
You can fly to St. Vincent from the US via connecting ﬂights through St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada and the Dominican Republic. Flights leave regularly from New York, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, and North Carolina to these destinations.
A brand new airport is being built on St. Vincent, expected to open in 2015. Argyle International Airport will accept direct ﬂights from the US and Canada.
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.
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.
CELL PHONES, INTERNET AND TV ON ST. VINCENT
The area code for St. Vincent is 784.
The island has one television broadcast station SVG-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.
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.