Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a selection process in choosing the participants?

There are no prerequisites for the SummerLeadership Academy; however, you must be at least 15 years old for the high school session and 18 years old for the college session. The seats in the academy are available on a first come, first serve basis. Students will be required to listen to lectures, work in labs, and complete medical and veterinary case studies; therefore we are seeking serious minded, motivated future doctors and veterinarians to participate.

What are the dates for the 2016 Academy?

College Session: Monday, June 6, 2016–Friday, June 17, 2016
Please note all College students must arrive by Sunday, June 5, and must depart the campus no later than Saturday, June 19. 

High School Session: Wednesday, June 22, 2016–Friday, July 1, 2016
Please note all High School students must arrive by Tuesday, June 21 and depart the campus no later than Saturday, July 2.

Accommodations and travel arrangements will not be provided to the students before June 5 or after July 2.

Date subject to change

What is the cost of the Academy?

The cost for the 10-day Academy for high school students—including all meals, accommodations, lectures and transportation in Grenada—is US $2,200 (excluding the optional scuba diving outing). The cost for the 12-day Medical Leadership Academy for college students—including all meals, accommodations, lectures and transportation in Grenada—is US $2,300 (excluding the optional scuba diving outing). Checks or money orders are to be made payable to University Support Services, LLC. We do not accept credit cards for any portion of tuition payment. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements (we will provide the name of our travel agent), however we will meet students at the airport and provide transportation to their living accommodations on campus.

The Summer Leadership Academy offers open enrollment and seats are limited. Only complete applications submitted with the teacher recommendation and a US $500 deposit will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The deposit payment can either be a money order or a check drawn from a US BANK ACCOUNT. Please make it payable to: University Support Services, LLC. Please address the envelope to St. George's University, 3500 Sunrise Highway, Building 300, Great River, NY 11739, ATTN: Tina Christiansen.

What does the tuition cost include?

The tuition includes accommodations, transport on the island, all meals, medical instruction, field trips, and the welcome and closing dinner.

If a student wishes to enroll in a scuba class, this can be arranged at the student's expense. Certified divers will also have the opportunity to go diving. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian sign the release form and mail it back to Tina Christiansen. You will not be able to dive with out the consent form. If you are certified you need your cards with you.

Please note that tuition does not include spending money. Make sure you bring additional money for the 10 or 12 days that you will be in Grenada.  

How can I contact family or friends when I arrive in Grenada?

Students will have access to the internet in the library on campus. Family and friends will be provided with the blog address to view daily updates. Before arriving in Grenada, families will receive general contact and urgent contact information.

Is there a refund policy?

Yes. If the program is no longer accepting students, your deposit will be returned to you.  For enrolled students, a full refund will be granted up until April 1st. A 50% refund will be granted if cancelled before April 15th, 25% refund if canceled prior to May 1st. There will be no refund after May 5th.

What do I need to travel to Grenada?

A valid passport and a letter from the University (which will be provided at a later date) should be sufficient in most cases to travel to and enter Grenada, but some students may require additional paperwork based on citizenship, we can advise you accordingly.

What do I need to bring to Grenada?

The climate will be summer like when you are in Grenada, so pack appropriate dress, including swim wear. High SPF sunscreen lotion is a must. Students do not need to bring their own bed linens and bath towels they will be supplied for you. There are laundry facilities available in the living accommodations. A detailed list will be included in the orientation package.

Where will I be living while in the Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy?

The students will be housed in one of our beautiful new dorms overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the True Blue campus. The accommodations have common kitchen and bath facilities, and are within walking distance of all the campus facilities.

What if there is room damage?

All dorm rooms will be inspected at the beginning and end of each term. At the end of each term, rooms or apartments will be inspected; if there is any damage, accounts will be charged accordingly.

Will I need to bring my computer or any other electronic devices?

It is not required or recommended to bring your computer with you. Students will have full access to the computer lab. The dorm rooms are equipped with 110 outlets. However, it is recommended to bring a strip outlet with surge protection if you anticipate charging any valuable devices, e.g. digital camera or mp3 players.

Do I have to remove my piercings to attend some of the Summer Leadership Academy activities?

Yes, if you have facial piercings such as lip, eye brow, nose, cheek or stretched earlobes, you will have to remove them. There will be visits to the local hospital as well as practice clinical work with professional personnel. It would be best to remove the facial piercing so you can participate in all the Summer Leadership Academy has to offer.

Medical Insurance

All students studying in Grenada are required to carry personal medical insurance. Students are required to bring their medical insurance card and contact information with them to Grenada. Check with your provider to be sure that your coverage will be in effect while in Grenada. It is recommended that students purchase a supplemental travel plan which includes air evacuation in the event of an emergency.

Will I receive academic credit?

In addition to a certificate of completion, qualifying participants will receive college credit through the School of Arts and Sciences from participating in lectures and clinical practicals.

Learn More

More details will be provided in the Med/Vet Summer Leadership Academy Package sent in the spring to students and teachers attending the academy. If you have any questions, please contact:

Tina Christiansen
Med/Vet Summer Academy Coordinator
US/Canada: 1 (800) 899-6337 ext. 9 1206
UK Free Phone: 08001699061 ext. 9 1206
Worldwide: +1 (631) 665-8500 ext. 9 1206


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