Once you receive your acceptance letter, it’s time to prepare for an exciting educational journey and life at Avalon University School of Medicine (AUSOM). We’re excited to have you join us, and hope that you are too. From daily life logistics to what you should bring with you, we have answers to your questions. Explore following pages.
- FAQ: Preparing for Avalon University
- Information for parents
How is island life in Curacao?Curacao is a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Venezuela. Curacao is the largest and most populous of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) with a population of approximately 150,000 people. Today, Curacao enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, and an excellent infrastructure which is among the best in the Caribbean. The main industries of the island include tourism, off shore trading, financial services, and oil refining.
Exquisite beaches and spectacular diving, stunning architecture, activities and adventures for every interest, plus a multi-cultural diversity, intriguing music, art and cuisine make Curacao a popular spot for tourists. Curacao is well known for its coral reefs, which makes it an ideal spot for scuba diving. There are many beaches on the island with popular diving spots. A unique geographic feature of the island is that the sea floor drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can be easily reached without a boat. These are all activities you can experience in Curacao as an Avalon medical student!
Where Curacao is located?Located in the tropics, Curacao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius (mid 80s Fahrenheit). Cool trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, which is from October to February, is usually marked by short occasional showers, mostly at night, with continued sunny weather during the day. Total annual rainfall is only about 22 inches. With daily flights into and out of Curacao International Airport, Curacao can be reached through most major airlines.
Curacao Culture & FolkloreCuracao is a Dutch Caribbean island located just off the coast of Venezuela. It is the largest and most diverse of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Curacao is a true global melting pot, mixing together more than fifty nationalities! The majority of the island is made up of Curacaos, African-Caribbean descendants. Curacaos rich history comes alive in the stunning architecture that is seen across the island. Willemstad is the heart of the island with beautiful Dutch colonial buildings that are not found anywhere else outside the Netherlands. To accommodate the islands weather conditions the buildings added accents such as shutters. The bright, bold colors that cover the buildings throughout the island truly make it very unique and spirited.
Curacao has an incredible rhythm, which is heard through the mix of languages.
The official language on the island is Dutch but with the wide variety of culture; English and Spanish are also prominent languages.
Residents of the island speak Papiamentu, which is a beautiful blend of African, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and Arawak Indian.
What is the currency in Curacao? Does all VISA/ MasterCard and AmEx credit card accepted on island?The currency of the island is the Netherlands Antillean guilder, which is abbreviated as Nafl. US dollars circulate freely on the island, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards.