The Beautiful Island of St. Lucia
The Atlantic University School of Medicine campus is located at the heart of St. Lucia. This is a small, quiet island that is located safely outside of the hurricane belt. The resources and safe environment our medical university provides to our students, as well as access to the local hospital and medical center, make our campus an ideal place to study medicine.
When time allows, St. Lucia has several of the Caribbean’s finest attractions for our students to explore and enjoy. Students are able to visit many quaint villages, mountain hiking trails, SCUBA diving locales, and well-regarded inns and world-class restaurants when they study with us. This is the perfect accompaniment for all of the medical school activities available to you.
Air Travel to & from St. Lucia
For students of our medical university, travel to and from the Island of St. Lucia can be accomplished with great ease. Air Canada has weekend, nonstop service to Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort from Toronto and weekly service from Montreal during the tourist season. Air Jamaica flies into Hewanorra from New York via Barbados or Montego Bay. American Airlines files nonstop daily between Hewanorra and Miami and three times per week between Hewanorra and New York’s JFK International Airport. American also offers connecting service from New York and other major U.S. cities through San Juan, Puerto Rico, on American Eagle to George F.L. Charles Airport in Castries.
British Airways arrives weekly between London Gatwick International Airport and Hewanorra. US Airways arrives twice per week to Hewanorra from Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina. Virgin Atlantic also files nonstop to Hewanorra from Gatwick International in London.
The Airports of St. Lucia
George F.L. Charles Airport: (758) 452-1156
Hewanorra International Airport: (758) 454-6355
Hewanorra International Airport accommodates large jet aircraft and is at the southeastern tip of the island in Vieux Fort. The George F. L. Charles Airport, which is often referred to as Vigie Airport, is at Vigie Point in Castries. The Vigie airport accommodates only prop aircraft due to its location and runway limitations.
Students are advised to provide travel arrangements at minimum ten business days in advance of planned travel. In this case transportation can be arranged for you and those who accompany you from the airport to the University campus.
Taxi service is readily available from the airport for any traveler should they wish to utilize this convenience.
Car Travel & Automobile Rental
Renting an automobile on St. Lucia requires that you are a minimum of 25 years of age, provide a valid driver’s license, and a credit card. All students interested in driving or operating a vehicle in St. Lucia must buy a temporary St. Lucian driving permit at car rental firms, the immigration office or the Gros Islet Police Station. Students are also welcome to obtain an international driver’s license prior to arrival.
St. Lucia, like many Caribbean islands, has an extensive network of privately-owned mini vans, which operate daily as bus transportation. This very inexpensive and effective method of transportation is available to all students.