Most students opt to study medicine abroad for various reasons, including lower costs abroad than in their home countries, and a well-recognized accreditation. However, applying for medicine can be very challenging as there is usually a higher demand than the spaces available per institution The applicant’s high school certificate with good grades and the type of pre-medical degree required are most of the times, not enough. The percentage of prospective medical students who manage to get a medical university seat vary from 20% to 50%, depending on country and university. Here are some things you should know when planning to study medicine abroad:
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The prerequisites will vary by country and university. Getting into a medical school is often a challenging process, with ferocious competition. Even though the requirements in Europe may differ slightly, the prospective medical student must provide most if not all of the following:
- High school diploma certificate
- Good marks in Biology, Chemistry, and Math.
- Proficiency in English and/or French. Sometimes students will be required to take one year’s preparatory course in order to learn the language used to deliver course material.
- To be in good health mentally, physically, and without diseases incompatible with medical career such as contagious illnesses.
- To have enough source of funding to finance them while doing their medical studies. This can either be self-financed, through a scholarship, or by a study loan.
- University course (if applicable): letters of recommendation, motivational letter, proof of academic achievements, hobbies and personal interests relevant to health care, paid or voluntary work experience in the medical or related field, communication skills, computer literacy, and other interpersonal skills.
- Some universities organize medical English test or even entry test in Biology and Chemistry.
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- STUDENT TRANSFERS
Most medical schools accept transfer students, so long as they meet the university’s intake requirements. Note that when making a transfer from one medical university to another, the important factor is not how many years you have passed, but how many medical university credits you have.
Tuition fees and expenses of living abroad may be higher than those in local universities. However, some universities in Canada, Europe, and China offer medical degrees at lower costs. There are no fees for UK and Irish students studying in Scandinavian countries. In the state-sector universities in Australia, Germany and Switzerland, fees are below 1,500 Euros per year. In the Netherlands, fees are usually under 1,800 Euros per year. Italy fees are usually under 4,000 Euros, Romania usually range from 1,000 Euros to 1,500 Euros, and Bulgaria from 7,000 to 8,000 Euros.
Most universities also offer scholarships based on academic background results, university entrance exam results, university results, gender, etc.
Depending on the language used for teaching, students will need to provide proof of proficiency in either English, French, or the local language used for that country. It is wise to take a course in the language used for the country and university you are applying to.
- LIVING EXPERIENCE
Studying abroad is usually exciting as it brings about not only the opportunity of getting a widely-recognized degree, but also the opportunity to experience a brand new culture, a chance to tour a different place, and also try out tons of new exotic flavours. However, for some people adapting in a new environment brings about challenges such as culture shock. It is therefore wise to be mentally prepared and mature in realizing that most people, especially in a different country, will have their own way of life, and be more open to learning about them.
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