Congratulations on your acceptance to IAU College of Medicine! We are excited that you have chosen to pursue your dreams of becoming a physician at IAU and are confident that you have made the right decision. The Office of Enrollment Planning will be working closely with you for the next few months to help you prepare for your transition to Saint Lucia. Below you will find information about documents, textbooks, and other useful information. All students must submit the following documents to the Office of Enrollment Planning at least one month prior to the first day of class in order to be registered. All forms can be found under student forms.

Textbooks and Supplies

For an updated list of all Semester 1 textbooks and supplies please contact the New Student Coordinator at studentservices@iau.edu.lc. Books and supplies can be purchased from Amazon.com, Half.com, or other medical supply stores. **It is recommended that any shipments to St. Lucia should be given at least 1 month to arrive at the campus.**

Necessary Documents

  • Background check – available from local police station or through online service
  • Copy of passport
  • Health/Immunization Form
  • 2 passport photos
  • Housing application and deposit
  • Flight information

Students who require a Saint Lucian visa before arrival in Saint Lucia should submit the following documents as soon as possible to the Office of Enrollment Planning.

Visa Documents (for non-US or Canadian citizens)

  • Saint Lucia Visa Application Form
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of green card (if applicable)
  • Passport photo (digital is okay)

Arrival in Saint Lucia

Students and guests are greeted at the airport by an IAU representative upon arrival in Saint Lucia. Students are given a short tour of Vieux Fort to point out important locations such as the IAU Campus, grocery stores, cell phone and electronics stores, and restaurants. Students are then taken to their pre-assigned apartments to unpack and adjust to their new homes.

Island Tour

The weekend before Orientation Day, students and family members are taken on a day tour of the island.  This trip gives new students the opportunity to meet and get to know other classmates, see the island, and relax before classes begin.


Orientation Day is held on Monday of the first week of class. Students are required to attend and family members or guests are welcome as well. The Dean of Basic Sciences welcomes students and explains the policies and procedures of the University. Faculty members give course introductions and IAU Staff members assist students with course registration, health insurance applications, and other important documents. Finally students are given a tour of the campus and facilities and then served a local Saint Lucian style lunch.

White Coat Ceremony

The University holds a White Coat Ceremony for all new students on Friday of the first week of class. New students receive their white coats and stethoscopes, recite the Student Oath, and are welcomed by faculty, staff, and students. Family members and guests are more than welcome to attend this auspicious occasion.