Study to become a physician, surrounded by a tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, palm trees, sunshine, and warm weather all year round.

Want to be a part of the ultimate vacation experience while earning your medical degree and pursuing your dream to become a physician? Well, here at Xavier University School of Medicine we make that possible with the convenient location of our campus in the heart of downtown Aruba. In addition to our 4-Year MD Program, we also offer a 5 ½ Year Pre-Med / MD Program.
Our graduates have obtained ACGME-accredited residency appointments in just about every medical specialty and sub-specialty, at world-renowned teaching hospitals and leading medical centers across the U.S. and Canada.
The pressure of getting into Medical School can be daunting, especially for those that have struggled with the MCAT, tuition expenses, and a lower high school GPA. These numbers alone are enough to control the likelihood of your acceptance and progression and thus, can steer you away from fulfilling your dream of becoming a physician. Medical schools in the Caribbean are aware of these limitations. At the Xavier University School of Medicine, we understand everyday struggles and take every aspect into account during our decision making process. This includes your aspirations, your knowledge of medicine, your letters of recommendation and what you convey to us in your essays. Our goal is to give you a second chance as we believe in your devotion and your ability to become a successful physician one day. Attending our school in Aruba will provide you with the same academic resources that you’d get at any other Medical School in the United States plus more. Provided that we are a smaller institution, our smaller and more personable classroom sizes will grant you the attention that you deserve. Our faculty is here to help guide you every step of the way from the application process to graduation day. You’d be on a first name basis with your professors, all whom would be able to learn about you and care for your individual academic needs. Your individuality will be acknowledged so you won’t have to worry about becoming just another “fish in the sea.”


  • Low / No Debt After Graduation: Many foreign medical schools offer lower tuition than medical programs in the U.S., which can make them a popular choice for budget-conscious students. If your dream in life is to serve society as a physician, don’t let the cost of school get in the way. If money is your main concern, then consider XUSOM. 
  • No Preconceived Notions: We don’t judge you based on your numbers alone, whether it is the MCAT, or your GPA. We look at your whole application package starting with your essays. If you show evidence of being a caring person, and having a real sense of what medicine is truly about, we want to learn more about you.
  • Small & Personable: We have a lot of nontraditional students who are getting a second chance in their careers, and we strive harder so they can succeed. These students are often making large sacrifices in order to fulfill their life’s goals and we hold their hand every step of the way. You will get to know the whole admissions team, starting with our Senior Admissions Coordinator, Eloise. She will help you throughout the application process until you arrive in Aruba. Your success is our success.
  • US-Modeled Curriculum: XUSOM follows a rigorous, system-based curriculum. This means that teaching medicine is organized by the systems within the body, like the digestive or respiratory systems. This approach, which mirrors how medicine is actually practiced, gives you a big-picture look at the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical processes of an organ system all at once.  Students spend 24 months (six semesters) in Aruba. 
  • Clinical Rotation Opportunities in the United States: We provide quality medical rotations at renowned teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. AT XUSOM, the first two years of basic science are done on the Aruba campus, while clinical rotations are done in U.S. hospitals. One has the advantage of the same clinical exposure and opportunities as the US medical students. Many past students cite this as an advantage in applying to U.S. residencies.
  • Global Perspective: When you’re a physician, you’ll have to work with patients from a variety of backgrounds. By studying at XUSOM, you connect with people from many different cultures. Apart from our diverse student body, engaging with the island’s citizens will give you a more global perspective. You’ll be thoroughly prepared to interact with any patient by the time you graduate.
  • Serene Environment: Location is just as important as you think. At a Caribbean medical school, you’ll be studying in a tropical paradise and that means no worries about crazy weather fluctuations. Aruba is a very well connected island with over 150 flights / week to the United States and Canada. 
  • Small Class Size: The typical student to teacher ratio is 10:1. This makes it possible for XUSOM to maintain close student-teacher interaction. This is substantially different from other medical schools, located in the Caribbean, that are increasing their class sizes and subjecting their students to large, impersonal classroom experiences.
  • Dedicated & Approachable Faculty: Our dedicated faculty challenges our students with a preparatory curriculum, while supporting them in their individual growth.  XUSOM faculty members do more than teach classes, they push students to fulfill their dreams.
  • USMLE Pass Rate: XUSOM students have a 93% pass rate on the USMLE Step 1, which is a leading performance indicator among international medical schools located in the Caribbean.
  • Motivated classmates: You will be surrounded by challenging and stimulating classmates who share your passion for medicine. Being in the medical field is tough, so having classmates that can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel is priceless.

Student Life

Here at Xavier University School of Medicine, we understand that going to live and study abroad in a new place can be a difficult transition and quite the adjustment. We have a very supportive staff in Aruba who are the most valuable resource for assisting our students with their housing preferences & accommodations. XUSOM does not currently have on-campus dormitories, but we do offer university-sponsored apartments and houses. These accommodations are located within close proximity to the campus. Additionally, we have a good relationship with many local landlords as well, so there are plenty of excellent housing options. The following information should answer most of your housing questions:

– The average rental in Aruba is between $500 and $800 per month.

– One and two-bedroom apartments are available, as well as houses which can be shared by students.

– Transportation to and from campus will be provided, free of charge, for students who opt for XUSOM-sponsored housing.

– All other apartments and houses are relatively close to campus. Most students choose to walk, bike, or rent a vehicle for their time on the island.

– Most housing options are fully furnished and provide secure parking facilities for students who decide to rent a vehicle.

– All housing accommodations are usually finalized during the end of the prior semester as apartments become available. A housing agreement will be presented to the student and is to be signed and submitted to the housing coordinator before the start of the semester.

– The Aruba staff can also provide students with information & recommendations for non-university sponsored housing upon request.

For more information about housing & arrangements, please contact:

Daphne Werleman, Student Coordinator

While on the island, students can experience a bit of Aruban flavor by visiting local restaurants. Aruba’s melting pot of cultures contributes to an interesting menu of local dishes, with heavy influences from Holland, South America, and other Caribbean islands. Chain restaurants, both fast food and upscale, from the United States are also close to campus. These restaurants include Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Tony Roma’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House etc. Additionally, there are local supermarkets and shopping malls nearby. There is an on-campus cafeteria available for students to use at any time.

Student Organizations
XUSOM has several student organizations on campus that help to engage and educate the student community beyond the classroom. Our students are physicians-in-training and we are committed to providing the skills and experience necessary to succeed both educationally & professionally. While participating in these organizations, students have the opportunity to attend social events, activities, mentor groups, seminars, health fairs, etc. The following is a list of the on-campus organizations at XUSOM:

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The Family Medicine Interest Group teaches students to perform physical examinations. These exams include blood pressure, hearing, and vision; just to name a few. It is an excellent preparation for future clinical rotations and gives students the opportunity to apply their practical skills outside of the classroom. The FMIG hosts several different events including health fairs and seminars in various medical specialties. It is also a great way for our students to become actively involved in the community.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association helps to create and coordinate activities both inside and outside of the university for all of our students. The group works to promote a fun and exciting atmosphere for learning and welcomes all students to participate.

Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)

The Academic Enhancement Program serves as an on-campus mentor group and gives students who are performing well in their studies, the opportunity to tutor and support their classmates to improve their academic performance. XUSOM fosters a family-oriented, team environment where everyone guides one another to achieve both their educational and professional goals.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training. AMSA is a national organization, governed by students who are committed to addressing the concerns of medical students and medical professionals. Pre-medical students, medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians, make up the members of the AMSA. Their primary focus is to improve medical training and the health of our entire nation. Recently, a chapter of the association opened at XUSOM, and we couldn’t be happier.

MY XUSOM Intranet
MY XUSOM is the ultimate student resource that gives each student quick and convenient access to their profile, application, documents, and grades. All students will be prompted to create a login, once they have registered to start the online application process. In addition, all students will be able to access their student email through this portal.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing MY XUSOM, please contact:

Accreditation & Recognition

XUSOM’s dedication to upholding the highest academic standards has not gone unnoticed by many different international accrediting bodies. We have managed to obtain prestigious accreditations that were earned after comprehensive evaluations of our curriculum, faculty, administration, facilities, and student body. These recognitions allow our graduates to secure residencies and become licensed doctors throughout the United States and Canada.


Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM) and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) offer a joint program allowing a student to become a Doctor of Medicine. It includes 18 months of study in our Jordan, Irbid campus, clinical rotations in the United States / Canada, direct admission on the basis of marks obtained on the Tawjihi exam, and a USMLE Review Course.


The Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) is empowered to determine and prescribe standards and to accredit programs of medical, dental, veterinary and other health professions education on behalf of the contracting parties in CARICOM. CAAM-HP will serve as the means of providing the assurance of quality that generates confidence in the principal stakeholders, students and the public.


Founded in 1995 by Professor Conor Ward, the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) is an independent, not for profit organization based in the Republic of Ireland. ACCM is invited by Governments of Caribbean countries which do not have a national medical accreditation body, to act on their behalf in relation to the inspection and accreditation of specified medical schools in their jurisdiction.


The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) strives to achieve the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. It assesses over 11,000 medical students and graduates every year through its examinations. Its exams are offered in both official languages in sites across Canada, and in the case of the MCCEE, in over 500 locations in 80 countries. The MCC is also a leader in verifying and storing physician credentials, which the candidate can share with medical organizations across Canada. The XUSOM IMED listing is also internationally recognized by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for certification and eligibility for medical licensure.

ECFMG is a world leader in promoting quality health care—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning.

Listed in IMED – The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a public database of worldwide medical schools. The IMED is published as a joint collaboration of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). The IMED along with the AVICENNA Directory for medicine are the primary medical school databases used by medical regulators.

As of April 2014, IMED and AVICENNA have merged to create the new World Directory of Medical Schools. The World Directory will take over as the definitive list of medical schools in the world, as IMED and Avicenna will be discontinued in 2015.

Medical schools listed in the IMED have been recognized by their local governments as institutions authorized to confer a medical degree upon their graduates. Government recognition of medical schools is generally granted by a local Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, or medical board. This recognition does not imply accreditation, which is a measure of the quality of education. FAIMER publishes a separate database of accrediting organizations called the Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools.

Attending a school listed in the IMED is a requirement for eligibility for the USMLE.

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