Caribbean Medical University (CMU)


Caribbean Medical University is one of the top medical schools in the Caribbean, established by Caribbean Medical University Foundation and registered on the island of Curacao, supported by the Government of Curacao.

Our goal is to prepare students for the next level of medical training in ACGME-accredited American teaching hospitals by implementing U.S. standard curriculum, used in the best North American LCME/AAMC colleges of medicine stressing Higher Order Thinking Skills (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation) tested in USMLE Step I rather than simple memorization of facts. At Caribbean Medical University, we intend to create an entirely new model of medical education, one that will enhance the university's ability to act as a transformational agent in health care. Our unique approach embraces cross-disciplinary teaching modalities, breakthrough technologies, and innovative ways to advance training in both basic science and clinical skills throughout the medical school curriculum. In addition, we wish to deepen students' understanding of academic medicine to better prepare tomorrow's doctors and make a far-reaching impact on their further career


  • Official Name: Caribbean Medical University
  • Office of Admissions: Chicago, IL
  • Campus Location: Willemstad, Curacao
  • Clinical Rotations: over 300 slots throughout the United States
  • Academic Calendar: 16 week Trimester - January, May, September
  • Faculty Staff Qualifications: MD, PhD, PsyD, PharmD and MBBS
  • Financial Aid: Private Loan, Scholarship, Payment Plan, Tuition Discount
  • Accreditations & Recognitions: WHO, Avicenna, IMED, ECFMG, MCC, GMC, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health
  • Student Population: 684 (*)
  • BS Student-Teacher Ratio: 24-1 (*)
  • CS Student-Preceptor Ratio: 9-1 (*)
  • USMLE Step1 Pass Rate: 82%(*)
  • Number of Clinical Rotation Slots: 327 (*)
  • Average Class Size: 36 students
  • Cost of Living: $600-$800 per month

Cost of Attendance

  • Premedical - $3900 per semester
  • Basic Science - $5900 per semester
  • Clinical Science - $7900 per semester

Mission Statement

The Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine has been established to educate and inspire scholars and future leaders, who will advance the practice of medical science.

The mission of CMU is to educate medical students in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic sciences.

The aim of the curriculum of the medical school is to produce leaders in medicine, who will take the foundation of a broad education in medicine, to improve health through patient care, research, and education.


Caribbean Medical University has some advantages over the other medical schools, that you may consider before making the final decision. We are aware of a long way ahead of us to create a perfect medical school, to earn trust and reputation, but the management of CMU will do its best to achieve those goals as soon as possible.

Instead of making empty promises, we would like to show you the progress of development, therefore please get familiar with those advantages, we have at this point of time:

Excellent curriculum and highest teaching standards

We have created a U.S. based curriculum and appointed most qualified faculty members to prepare students for passing a series of exams known as the United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) in a first attempt. There are numerous visiting professors from U.S. medical schools coming every semester to implement highest education standards. The school also offers USMLE Review Course of Medical Science to directly assist you in preparation for this critical exam;

Large in scope Clinical Rotation Slots Database

CMU has established cooperation with over 300 preceptors in 67 hospitals and training centers throughout US to provide its students with a wide selection of clinical clerkship locations with no waiting time;

Competitive tuition fees and strong financial aid

CMU offers very reasonable cost of attendance along with easy accessible Financial Aid to every single student, which makes our university affordable to everyone seriously considering to study medicine;

Beautiful, safe and quiet study environment

Curacao is an excellent place to study. The island is located outside of the hurricane belt with low crime rate, nice climate, convenient transportation, economic and political stability. Learn more from U.S. Department of State;

Outstanding Campus

Caribbean Medical University is located in a US standard, A-class, WTC 20,000 square meter complex featuring 400-seat auditorium, 19 classrooms, university offices, computer lab, library, fitness center, student lounge, 2 restaurants, on-site bank, 300-room guest hotel and 1200-car parking lot. The safety of all students and employees is provided by 24/7 security personnel and digital monitoring. The facilities promote teaching and learning, as well as encourage an overall living experience for medical students. It's been designed to provide an outstanding teaching environment for up to 2000 students;

Student Dormitories

Our University is proud to be among only few medical schools in the Caribbean offering student dorms. Many Students spend their first few semesters at the school living in one of our three residence halls, Clarion Residences and Andress Bello and Monchi complex. First one offers 200 rooms located on-campus and the other two consist of 40 and 80 single and double occupancy units and will be expanded with another 60 units by the end of 2014;

Innovative teaching methods

We have developed and are constantly improving our educational infrastructure including online Question Banks, Teacher Evaluation Forms, Live Lecture Streaming and other innovative solutions such as EduDesk, SIS and PubMed to allow the students to utilize the best education resources. On top of that we created MYCMU service to let you effectively manage your course of study by viewing grades online, paying tuition fees, submitting forms and applications, evaluate teachers, scheduling clinical rotations and more;

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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Caribbean Medical University

Address Piscaderaweg
Willemstad, Curaçao
Phone +599 9 463 6105