I am applying to medical school's right now, some of them are overseas and some of them are domestic. My intrest is more in studying medicine overseas for a broader perspective on medicine though. One of the particular schools in which I am very intrested in is located in Antigua. AUA (Antigua University Of America). Antigua is one of the few Carribean islands I have yet to visit. I am primaraly looking for perspective on experince of the island, the economy, crime rates, accesability of home comforts and luxaries afforded by dealing in US currency. Today in my pre interview seminar for that school I did speak with several students of the program but I might consider living in private housing after the first two mandetory semesters living on school housing.
As far as forign schools go again, I am also looking at a school located in India. The Kasturba Medical College which is the # Med. School in all of india with a count of like 230 schools in total. It is located in a very off the beaten path town called Manipal. I doubt any on this board have experince of this particular town but I do know memebers travel to India on this board and are also from India. With that in mind I am looking for possible insight on what an American like me could expect, how much culture shock is there? What kind of creature comforts can be afforded with a bit of money or how much money would it take to create a level of comfort similar to what I might be used to living in the USA at current. Talking to students online that are from the USA currently in that program I am hearing that because of the currency value diffrences that with even smaller amounts of extra cash laying around alot of students in the program there hire private cooks. That to me sounds pretty intresting.
Thanks for insights... If my questions are not totally clear and you might have insight feel free to ask here or PM me.