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Last updated 25-03-2011

Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba


General information

Main address

Santa Helena Straat #23, Oranjestad, Aruba

Phone +297 588 7766
Fax +297 588 7051
E-mail info (at)

Visitor address

same as main address

Former names:

  • None

Year founded: 2004
Year instruction started: 2005

Private institution?

Main teaching language: English
Other languages of instruction: None

Title of qualifications awarded: Doctor of Medicine
Abbreviation: MD

Years required to graduate: 4 years

Foreign/overseas and national students are admitted

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Legal status and affiliations

The medical school is:

  • a private institution ?

Ethnic or religious affiliation

  • It does not have non-academic affiliations

Institutional partnership

The medical school has a partner or subordinate educational institutions affiliated to it:

  • a campus

Partner or subordinate educational institutions are located in:

  • the same country

The medical school or faculty does not offer specialised programmes in medicine in addition to the programme leading to a basic medical qualification.


Admission office


Santa Helena Straat #23, Oranjestad, Aruba

Phone +297 588 7766
Fax +297 588 7051
E-mail admissions (at)

Visitor address:

Santa Helena Straat #23, Oranjestad, Aruba

Title/position of the person responsible for administration of admission process:

Not specified

Admission requirements

The school applies only local requirements

Students are mainly admitted after completion of an undergraduate degree

The school does not use the results of a national entrance examination. It does not use its own entrance examination.

An interview is required as part of the admission process

The school:

  • admits both female and male students
  • admits foreign/overseas students and national students.
  • does not have an affirmative action programme to support the admission of underrepresented groups, or any other form of programme to support the admission of minority groups
  • offers a pre-medical course ?

Other qualifications than the standard admission requirements accepted:

  • none

Tuition fees: All students pay tuition fee

Foreign/overseas students are eligible to practise in the country after qualification.


North American Representative Office: 1400 Old Country Road, Ste C-109 Westbury, NY 11590 USA Phone: +1 516 333 2224 Fax: +1 516 333 8125

Medical programme

Title(s) of the qualification awarded on graduation

In English: Doctor of Medicine
Common abbreviation: MD


Number of years of study required in order to graduate from the programme in basic medical education: 4 years

Actual average number of years of study for students to complete the programme: 4 years

Percentage of admitted students expected to complete the programme: 91 - 95 per cent

The programme in basic medical education last revised: 2005

The programme is:

  • divided into two parts - an early pre-clinical phase with no or limited clinical experience, and a following clinical phase
  • discipline-based
  • not a community-based programme with emphasis on family medicine
  • lecture-based

Clinical training requirements

- including both theoretical instruction and practical experience

Number of years of the programme which include clinical training: 2
Number of weeks of clinical training in the programme: 72
Clinical training is 25 - 49 per cent of the full programme

Number of years of the programme which include time with real patients: 2
Number of weeks of the programme which include time with real patients: 72
Time with patients is 25 - 49 per cent of the full programme

Students must satisfy the following requirements for clinical training to be licensed to practise as a medical doctor:

  • the requirements of the medical school's programme in basic medical education
  • no national requirements apply

Total number of final student assessments/examinations in each year of the programme:

Number of assessments year 1: 9
Number of assessments year 2: 9
Number of assessments year 3: 6
Number of assessments year 4: 6

Delivery of the programme in other countries

Arrangements to deliver part of the programme by an institution or institutions in other countries

  • mandatory for a substantial component of the programme

The medical school offers its programme in any other country

  • no, the programme is not offered in any other country

Timing and the academic year

Academic year, average number of weeks: 45

Instruction in year 1 of the programme starts in: Not specified
Instruction in the following years starts in the same month

Total number of scheduled hours of instruction (contact hours) for a student in each year of the programme:

Number of hours year 1: 945
Number of hours year 2: 945
Number of hours year 3: 945
Number of hours year 4: 945

Numbers of staff and students

Teaching staff

Total number of academic staff employed by the medical school and involved in the teaching process:

Number of full-time staff: 25
Number of part-time staff: 120

(Figures does not include the hospital and community based clinicians who contribute to the medical programme by supervision of clinical training.)


Number of full-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

Foreign/overseas students74

Number of part-time students admitted to the first year of the medical programme:

None specified

Total number of students in all years of the medical programme (medical student population):

None specified

Number of graduates from the medical programme:

Foreign/overseas students41

Teaching facilities and student services

Teaching facilities available for the medical programme:

  • group rooms, typically 5 - 12 places
  • classrooms, typically 20 - 40 places
  • dissection rooms
  • teaching laboratories
  • clinical skills laboratories
  • other facilities

Access to hospitals or other clinical facilities for clinical training:

  • agreement with a hospital/hospitals

Computer system or network


100 per cent (all) of staff have access to the internet for academic use
100 per cent (all) of students have access to the internet for academic use
25 - 49 per cent of total student population can access computers concurrently

Library services


Student support and participation

Medical school/university student services and support:

  • academic counselling
  • health services
  • student housing
  • student catering
  • other services or support

Any student organisation at the medical school:


Student participate in:

  • a curriculum committee
  • carrying out course evaluations
  • carrying out programme evaluations
  • other committees, etc.

Recognition, accreditation and quality assurance

The medical school and its programme in medical education are subject to accreditation or a similar process of official recognition.

Authority, agency or agencies responsible for recognition/accredition:

Minister of Education, Social Affairs, and Infrastructure
Caya G.F. Betico Croes 38, Oranjestad, Aruba''


Last recognition/accreditation of the school took place in: 2004

Recognition/accreditation valid until: Not specified

Duration of the recognition/accreditation of the school: Not specified

External evaluation, other than as part of an accreditation process, by:

  • no

Major changes in the curriculum must be approved by: ?

  • the university

Internal quality improvement and quality assurance mechanisms applied within the medical school ?

  • course evaluation by students
  • self-study/self-evaluation of programme
  • monitoring of student progress
  • other mechanisms

Frequency of internal quality improvement/quality assurance mechanisms:

most applied every semester