The Netherlands Antilles was a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country consisted of several island territories located in the Caribbean Sea. The islands were also informally known as the Dutch Antilles. The islands of the Netherlands Antilles are all part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. Within this group, the country was spread over two smaller island groups: a northern group (part of the Leeward Islands) and a western group (part of Leeward Antilles). No part of the country was in the southern Windward Islands. This island sub-group was located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, to the east of Puerto Rico. There were three islands, collectively known as the “islands”: Sint (the southern part of the island of Saint Martin)Saba,Sint Eustatius.
The islands of the former country of the Netherlands Antilles are currently divided are two main groups for political and constitutional purposes: those islands that have the status of being constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands those islands that have the status of being special municipalities of the Netherlands alone, as distinct from the Kingdom in its entirety. The official languages are English, Dutch, and Papiamentu, a local Spanish-based creole that includes Portuguese, Dutch, and some African words.
Tourism, petroleum transhipment and oil refinement (on Curaçao), as well as offshore finance were the mainstays of this small economy, which was closely tied to the outside world. The islands enjoyed a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure as compared with other countries in the region. The Netherlands Antillean guilder is the currency of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, which until 2010 formed the Netherlands Antilles along with Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius.
Temperatures in the southern islands vary little from an annual average in the low 80s F (about 27 °C), and the heat is tempered by the easterly trade winds. The annual precipitation is greatest on Sint Eustatius and Saba, which receive averages of about 42 inches (1,000 mm) and 47 inches (1,200 mm), respectively, mainly between May and November.
Netherland Antilles Universities is a growing leader in education. Our unique approach embraces cross-disciplinary teaching modalities, breakthrough technologies, and innovative ways to advance training curriculum. The International School was started in Curaçao in September 1968.
Having accreditation permits the institution to become a more viable competitor in the global market of higher education. An increase in the presence of internationals students should blster the income of the Campus. This in turn would ensure that this establishment of higher learning can continue to make a significant contribution to the development of the region. The campus has successfully faced the challenge to bring its programmes and other resources in line with the standard established by the Barbados Accreditation council.
Applicants determined to have met or exceeded the admission criteria will be invited to University. The educational system is based on the Dutch model, with upper grades split into academic and vocational tracks. The University of the Netherlands Antilles, with law, business and technical faculties, is located on Curaçao. Many students also pursue higher education in the Netherlands or the United States.
All subjects are taught in English, the curriculum is American and the school is accredited in the U.S. There are extensive extracurricular activities available for all ages, even some for adults.
The cost of living on the Netherlands Antilles is usually rated as moderate. While not as expensive as many other Caribbean Islands, it is usually more expensive than living in the United States or the UK, usually due to the high real estate prices and the cost of goods. However for those expats that are looking to get away from city life and live on a beautiful tropical paradise, the Netherlands Antilles can help satisfy any expats desire.
Students studying at University can live in rental apartments or in hostels. However, a great alternative lodging choice that is more suitable for the international students, is to stay in private accommodation.
Traditional food customs differ between the islands, but all of them are variations of Caribbean Creole cuisine. Typical traditional foods arefunchi,a maize porridge, andpan bati,a pancake made of maize flour. Funchi and pan bati combined withcarni stoba(a goat stew) form the basis of the traditional meal.Bolo pretu(black cake) is prepared only for special occasions. Fast food and international cuisine have become more popular since the establishment of tourism.
The Netherlands Antilles chefs are cooking some of the most genuine and delicious dishes in the Caribbean Sea. Netherlands Antilles chefs are passionate about their traditional dishes and they enjoy presenting them to foreigners who has never tasted them before. Local cuisine in Curaçao is a mixture of European, West-Indian and East Asian (particularly Indonesian) flavours. Dutch influences are found in the use of cheeses, bread and seafood, which are also important in Curaçaoan food.
The business of educating aspiring U.S. medical professionals internationally, and in the Caribbean in particular, has exploded in the last decade.
Those studying in the Caribbean typically seek a route to a medical career in North America through a certification process overseen by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that involves, among other things, that students pass Step 1 and Step 2 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) within a specified period of time, upon meeting eligibility requirements for those exams. Admissions to a medical school in the Caribbean vary depending on the school. The application process for medical school may be long and intense. It really begins much earlier than when you fill out an application form. Three semester of Premedical Science are offered to accommodate students from different academic backgrounds as a foundation for Medical Science. The document required to fill the application form as academic transcripts from High/Secondary Schools, IB Programs or equivalent: request a general evaluation report and GPA. The course duration will be 4 to 6 years.