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Flights

Saint Lucia has two airports:

  1. Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) located in Vieux Fort and George F. Charles Airport (SLU) located in Castries. Students should do their best to fly into Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) since it is located approximately five minutes from the campus.
  2. Students flying into Castries (SLU) will have to contact the Office of Admission to make travel arrangements from Castries to Vieux For. This is about a one-hour taxi ride, costing approximately US$100, for which the student is responsible.

Airlines serving UVF directly include American Airlines (JFK, MIA), Jet Blue (JFK), Delta (ATL), US Airways (CLT), British Airways (LGW), Virgin Atlantic (LGW), Air Canada (YYZ), Sunwing (YYZ), Air Transat (YYZ), and West Jet (YYZ), among others.

Students are advised by the Office of Admissions as to which day they should arrive on the island. Traditionally students are requested to arrive the Wednesday to Saturday before Orientation Day.

Immigration Documents

United States and Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa prior to entering Saint Lucia. All other nationals as well as Green Card holders will be required to obtain a visa before arrival in Saint Lucia. The University assists students in processing visas through the Immigration office in Saint Lucia. All visa paperwork is due to the Office of Admissions. Planning as quickly as possible in order for visas to be processed in a timely manner. Students requiring a visa are responsible for contacting the Office of Admissions to begin the visa application process immediately after acceptance into the University. For more information regarding Saint Lucia immigration and travel information please visit the Saint Lucia Government website.

Students flying through the UK or Europe may need a Transit Visa and should contact the Office of Admissions immediately. The Transit Visa application process can be rather lengthy and complicated and can take up to two months. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for this visa before traveling to Saint Lucia. For more detailed information regarding transit visas please visit the UK Government websiteNetherlands Government website, or German Government website.

Campus Visits

We highly encourage students and family members to travel to Saint Lucia for a campus tour. IAU offers a Flight Reimbursement Program for all prospective students who would like to visit the island and campus before attending. This reimbursement is offered for one flight cost (up to US$500.00) and is credited toward the second semester’s tuition. Campus visits are arranged on an individual basis through the Office of Admissions, as some dates are not available for campus visits. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissons@iau.edu.lc. Student must secure approval for campus visits and flight reimbursement before purchasing an airline ticket.

For visiting students or guests we recommend a couple hotels in the Vieux Fort area:
Cedar Palm Villa – Located within 10 minutes drive from campus, is it approximately $70 USD per night.
Coconut Bay Resort and Spa – located within 5 minute drive from campus, all-inclusive resort, all meals included, spa and pools on location, approximately $350 per night.