Admitted Students - Before You Arrive

Please use this helpful page as you work closely with your New Student Coordinator (NSC) on all of your preparations to ensure everything is taken care of before you begin medical school at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).

Barbados Island

New Student Enrollment Checklist

Seat Deposit

A non-refundable seat deposit* is required to hold your seat. Your NSC will provide you details including the amount and due date. Deposits are paid through the myRoss system. (pop-ups must be enabled) Log in credentials: User: Student ID, PIN: Birthday (MMDDYY).

Seat Deposit Deadlines:

January (spring term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by September 1st.  After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.

May (summer term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by January 1st.  After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.

September (fall term): To reserve your seat in the class, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required within two weeks of your acceptance.  A second non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by May 1.  After this date, the full deposit is due within one week of acceptance.

*All payments will be applied to tuition, are non-refundable and are required to continue to reserve a seat in class. If the deposit is not submitted, your seat may be made available to another student.

Financial Aid

In order to receive consideration for federal aid, students must complete the FAFSA application using the RUSM school code: G22460. The FAFSA application can be found here.

Book Travel

Round trip flights should be booked as soon as possible.  Your NSC will let you know the deadline for submitting flight information.  Please email a copy of your flight itinerary to your NSC so we can arrange your pick-up at the airport in Barbados.

Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport

Transportation to campus: An RUSM representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to the RUSM Housing Community.

Please note that round trip flights are required to comply with the Barbados immigration requirements.

Note: If your citizenship is outside of the United States or Canada, you may need to apply for an entry visa (please inquire with your NSC).


Students will be notified of the appropriate arrival dates.  Please arrange for a flight for these dates only, as housing will not be available beforehand.  Please book your flight as soon as possible and send a copy of the itinerary to your NSC, to assist the housing staff in the flight roster preparation.

If you have to change your travel plans at the last minute, you must let your NSC know right away.  We will need your new travel plans so we can arrange to have someone meet you at the airport. 


It is important that you let your NSC know if any guests, companions (or pets) will be travelling with you when you fly into Barbados.  We need to ensure that we are planning appropriately for all persons and pets being picked up at the airport (semester 1).


The main airlines that service flights to Barbados include American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, WestJet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.  There are also connecting flights on Copa and Liat.  

Document Verification

Please contact your Admission Coordinator to verify all final official transcripts, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation and the Technical Standards form have been received.

Class Registration

Your NSC will let you know when registration opens and will provide you instructions.

Medical/School Supplies

Your NSC will send you a supply list for your entering class. Create an account with the online bookstore to purchase supplies:


The RUSM residential campus for Medical Sciences students is located within the Villages of Coverley neighborhood in Barbados. Coverley is a residential community with on-site health clinic, grocery store, gym, playing field, gas station, bank, and restaurants, built around a town square. Housing at Coverley includes fully furnished homes configured as 4-bedroom, 3-bath and 3-bedroom, 2-bath units. The Villages at Coverley provide a positive environment for learning and living with many amenities and transportation. We believe RUSM students will feel right at home and will be in a setting to help you succeed.

Rent includes property management, exterior and interior maintenance, personal property insurance, deep cleaning between each semester, Wi-Fi, trash pickup, monthly utility allotment (water, electric, and sewer), access to parking, and gym membership.


Instructions and log in credentials will be emailed to incoming students to apply for on campus housing. Once logged in, students will be able to fill out their lifestyle preferences and community preferences. These are important steps to help with roommate matching and compatibility. 

Please Note:

  • Students should indicate if they are bringing dependents, pets, or have any other special accommodation needs. 
  • Students will also be able to form roommate groups in the housing portal. Roommate groups must be at minimum two (2) persons for same gender space assignment. 
  • Students can list their preferences for room type from the tiers listed above. Students should be aware that private bathroom spaces are limited so not all 1st preference requests can be granted.
Complete Visa Packet

Please complete the required forms and gather the required documents for your visa packet. Refer to the Barbados requirements for student visa page in the welcome packet. Please let your NSC know if you plan to bring companions and/or children with you to Barbados.

Barbados determines nationality by the country of your passport. If your citizenship is outside of the United States or Canada you may need to apply for an entry visa (in addition to the Student Visa).  Please consult with your NSC to determine if an entry visa is required.

Apply for Disability Accommodations

Office of Student Disability Services

RUSM is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. RUSM maintains a process for students to use should they wish to request an accommodation. Disabilities must be documented by a medical, health, learning disability, or mental health professional within the last five years.

Students may make requests for accommodations any time during the program. However, it is important to note this is an interactive process that takes time. Students should apply as early as possible prior to the time when the accommodation will be needed as there may be some situations where the request is too late for appropriate arrangements to practicably or reasonably be made prior to the academic event.

Students can start the process by contacting the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) at or by calling 855-229-0848.


Complete Medical Requirements

Please complete the required medical forms and gather the required documents to meet the RUSM medical requirements. Your NSC will send you instructions on how to submit the medical requirements in COMPLIO, our secure online immunization and compliance system.


Please let your NSC know right away if you plan on bringing a pet to Barbados.  Your NSC will send you a packet of information you need regarding the pet import process.  We also offer pet-friendly housing options.