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A Brief History of Aruba

Flag of ArubaDiscovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990. Read More.

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About Us

Aureus University School of Medicine's medical program prepares medical students to become efficient, exemplary and ethical doctors. Aureus University's mission is to provide students with the solid foundation in medicine necessary to ensure that its graduates are able to overcome any challenges during their medical careers. Aureus strives to establish a reputable institution of learning where each student's success contributes to and reflects upon its own success as a university.

Aureus University School of Medicine surfaced in 2004 as the brainchild of eminent doctoral professors possessing more than fifteen years of experience in the international and Central American/Caribbean medical education system backed by expertise from administrators of global repute.

Aureus University School of Medicine is chartered by the Government of the Island Republic of Aruba. Aureus provides highly qualified, compassionate and efficient medical doctors with strong ethical backgrounds.

As a first step, Aureus will endeavor to increase the range of programs available. Plans are in place to expand the campus to include research and fitness facilities. The campus will be fully equipped with state of the art equipment, laboratories and research facilities to provide a conductive learning experience for our students. Student accommodations are currently provided by affiliated student housing complexes until our provision of a future dorm on campus is completed. We conduct fully accredited degree programs with competent faculty and innovative facilities, to provide a solid medical foundation and to enable students to obtain license to practice medicine in US, Canada, UK or any other member country of the United Nations.

Accreditation & Affiliations

Aureus University School of Medicine is chartered and recognized by the government of Aruba. The university is authorized to confer the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree upon its successful graduates.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Aureus University School of Medicine is recognized and approved by University of Copenhagen's Avicenna Directories to be enlisted in the World Health Organization's (WHO) database of medical schools.

International Medical Education Directory (IMED)
Aureus University School of Medicine is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), a division of the United States of America's Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Aureus University School of Medicine, Aruba is recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and students and graduates are eligible to apply and sit for any step of the USMLE, in fulfillment of the ECFMG Certification requirements for a U.S. residency position.

Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
Aureus University School of Medicine is listed with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the Canadian licensing exams. A graduate must have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), and both Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Qualifying Examination Parts I and II (MCCQE) in order to apply for licensure by the Medical Council of Canada. Aureus graduates are eligible to sit for MCCEE, MCCQE Parts I and II, and apply for licensure.

United States
ECFMG Certification is required of all international medical graduates to be able to start medical residency training in the United States. Aureus University's ECFMG recognition enables its graduates to be eligible for ECFMG Certification.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
At the competition of the basic sciences curriculum in Aruba, Aureus students are eligible and required to take the USMLE Step 1 exam. USMLE Step 2 and Step 3 exams are administered during clinical rotations in the United States.

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
Upon competition of clinical sciences and passing of USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams, Aureus students are qualified to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) of the United States. Please contact the individual state boards for information regarding the practice of medicine in the United States.

Scholarships & Finances

Five individually sponsored scholarships are available and are awarded to outstanding and deserving students upon the recommendation of the scholarship committee. Please submit a paragraph in support of your request along with your application.

Tuition Scholarship:
A 25-50% tuition scholarship is available to exceptional students who meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelors degree in science
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • MCAT Score of 27 of higher
  • Family-income less than $100,000 USD
  • Maintain a final-average of 89% at ASUM

Financial Aid:
Although Aureus is a very young organization, the management board and its experienced faculty are working hard to assist you in the financial matters. Federally subsidized loans are not yet available but the loans from various private lending institutions and banks are available supported by a co-signer. Upon your acceptance to Aureus University, you will be advised and directed to the appropriate institution. Experienced staff is there to help you at our US Admissions Office and will provide you with the necessary information and documentation.


Document Required For Application:
There are rolling admissions three times a year for sessions in January, May and September. The admission committee’s decision will be communicated within 2 to 3 working weeks from the day of receipt of the completed application. The following submittals are required:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Personal Essay (at least one page) outlining why you would like to become a doctor
  • Official transcripts from high school and college or university
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three passport sized colour photographs (2"x2")
  • MCAT score, if available
  • TOEFL score, if applicable
  • USD $50 application fee

Following final acceptance, to reserve your seat for a given semester, you will be advised to deposit USD $1000. Tution Fees are due one month prior to commencement of the program.

Fee Schedule

At the beginning of their course of study, all Aureus students are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable enrollment/administrative fee of USD $795.00 (in addition to the USD $49.00 application fee).

Fees are due two months prior to com- mencement of the enrolled program. If fees are not paid on time, cancellation may occur and a USD $250 late fee will be applied upon reinstatement. Citizens of Aruba are awarded a 50% tuition scholarship by the Aruban government.

Fees should be paid to the university’s United States admissions office by certified check, bank draft, or money order. Checks can be made payable to AUREUS, LLC in US dollars.

Additional General Costs – Food and Lodging
Food and lodging can range from $900 to $1200 per month depending on individual habits and preferences. Housing expenses usually vary depending on the type of apartment preferred and whether or not you are sharing with roommates. When sharing apartments with roommates rental rates can be brought down to as low as $500 per month. Food expenses vary, once again, depending on individual taste and habit.

Tuition fee is due on first of the month prior to the month of commencement of the semester before a $250 late fee. (December 1st, April 1st and August 1st)

The breakdown of fees for the 4 Year MD Degree program is outlined below. Please note that all fees are in US Dollars.


There are two programs for students to follow at the university:

4 Year MD Program
The 4 Year MD (3 years 4 months) program is for students who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or have completed the premedical requirements which normally consist of

  • Biology – 90 semester hours
  • Chemistry – 90 semester hours
  • Physics – 90 semester hours

together with Math, English, and Humanities studies. The program is conducted in Aruba. This program can be completed in 3 Years 4 Months. Candidates who have completed a Bachelor Degree or a premedical program are elgible for admission into the MD Degree Program.

The Premedical Program normally consists of 90 semester hours each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This also includes College level courses in Mathematics, English and Humanities.

The 5 Year MD Program
The five year MD program is designed to cater to high school graduates intending to obtain a MD Degree. This requires additional 4 semesters to complete the Premedical Program highlighted above. Students study for an additional 2 years to fulfill the 90 semester hour requirement in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Math (4 semesters). Once these 4 semesters are successfully completed, students move on to complete the Basic Science (pre-clinical) portion of the program which consists of the remainder 4 Years.

Transfer Students
Students from recognized medical schools may be admitted as transfer students upon evaluation of their credentials. The admissions committee of Aureus University School of Medicine will review all candidates’ applications before admission.

Non-Discriminatory Policy
Aureus University School of Medicine grants admissions from qualified students regardless of color, age, race, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or marital status.


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