About the IslandThe location of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine shares many of the same qualities as the academic experience itself. St. Maarten is vibrant, community-minded, exciting, friendly, and intimate. Island life provides an ideal setting for students to get away from the stresses of everyday life and focus on their classes and medical preparation.St. Maarten is an island in the Caribbean encompassing 37 square miles and located approximately 150 miles from Puerto Rico. The island is shared by the governments of France and the Netherlands Antilles. Although English is spoken everywhere on St. Maarten and the U.S. dollar is an accepted currency, the island as a whole retains many elements of its French and Dutch culture and heritage. St. Maarten's central mountain range is complemented by pristine beaches, winding mountain roads, and small villages.