American International University West Africa [AIUWA], a private institution in Babjul, Gambia, received a charter from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Guinea in 2007 and a charter from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of Gambia in August 2010. AIUWA enrolled its first students on 31 January 2011.
The curricula for its five-year Doctor of Medicine [M.D.] degree program, five-year Doctor of Dental Medicine [D.M.D.] degree program, and four-year Doctor of Pharmacy [Pharm.D.] degree program were modeled after curricula in the United States, except that admission to each program requires prior completion of only secondary education. The cost for tuition, books, and room and board is US$18,000 to US$21,000 per year.
The first students came from Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal.