About Saint Vincent
While in St. Vincent there is no denying the hospitality of the local people, lovely beaches, excellent weather, and nice restaurants and nightlife that make the transition to this country, easy and exciting.
As an integral part of the community, American University offers students a life that few universities in the Caribbean can match. The sports clubs and teams are always looking for new members to play soccer, cricket, and beach volleyball.
Saint Vincent offers a serene, safe, and beautiful environment for students and visitors alike. The island has plenty of natural beauty for students to enjoy and explore on weekends or during breaks. Traveling to Saint Vincent is hassle-free with daily direct flights from several cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. The cost of living in Saint Vincent is generally lower than the US and much lower than the majority of other islands in the Caribbean. Saint Vincent is located in the West Indies in the southern Caribbean. The island measures 18 miles long and 11 miles wide. Saint Vincent is an independent nation and has a Prime Minister as the head of government. The island has a population of around 120,000 with most living in the capital. The capital of Saint Vincent is Kingstown. The AUS campus is also located in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, near the southern tip of the island.
The scenic campus in Kingstown on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent combines the best of many worlds. With a spectacular view of the ocean, the St. Vincent campus provides a serene setting just minutes away from the Airport. AUS blends a vibrant community with a small-town atmosphere to give you a quality of life that’s hard to match. You’ll quickly become part of the spirit and tradition of AUS.
With student organizations catering to a wide range of interests, students actively take part in creating a lively and diverse campus community. In addition, the island of St. Vincent affords students a wide array of activities and events to participate in. In one day, a student could dive the crystal clear waters or hike the Piton in the morning and return to campus for a hands-on lab on exotic wildlife species.
Students are captivated by the unique blend of African, English, and French cultures of St. Vincent. They can immerse themselves in St. Vincent’s rich history or dine at a local restaurant in the picturesque Soufrie, as native music fills the air. Though many languages are spoken, English is the national language.
The St. Vincent community has proudly embraced the University and its students. For 4 years, students and community members have lived in peace, with a mutual respect that is genuine and admired. In turn, AUS has been a vital contributor to the Island through both financial and humanitarian means. AUS is proud that its students, graduates, and faculty are dedicated to improving the lives of both old and young on the Island.
The people of Saint Vincent are friendly, welcoming, and always willing to help. Saint Vincent is relatively crime-free. Student security is of great importance to the American University of St. Vincent. There is a security booth on campus to assist with any questions or concerns.
English is the official language of Saint Vincent and is spoken by everyone. Many locals also speak a French-Creole called Patois.
Saint Vincent is on Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, except during Daylight Savings Time when the time is the same.
There are Super J’s and CK Greaves grocery stores in Kingstown which is very close to campus. All grocery stores have fresh meat, produce, bread, and dairy products as well as all other main essentials including toiletries and cleaning supplies. Restaurants are within a fifteen minute walk from the campus. There are also several other shopping areas around the island.