List of Free Tuition Medical Universities in the World

(1) ELAM Medical School, Cuba

Cuba is home to one of the best medicine schools in the world. With the lowest doctor patient ratio in the world, Cuba has had remarkable success with  sending well qualified medical doctors all around the world to countries that are medically underserved. Added to that,  they now provide free medical studies to students from all over the world at their largest medical school ELAM, located 22 miles (35km) west of Havana. ELAM is The Latin American Medical School which was conceived by former President Fidel Castro following Hurricanes George and Mitch, which devastated parts of Central America and the Caribbean in 1998.

Please note that students at ELAM will be required to spend up to a year learning Spanish, Cuban history and culture, and then dive into a curriculum that is focused on preventative health.

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Admission requirements

Students interested in applying must be:

–       Aged 18 – 25 years of age when they apply

–       High school graduates or hold a bachelor’s (BS or BA) degree from their country of origin

–       Without a criminal record and free from substance abuse or addiction

–       From a low-income or underserved communities

–       Willing to abide by ELAM rules and regulations

–       Able to pass admission test

*Selection preference will be given to low-income applicants. In return for receiving free medical education, students make a non-binding pledge to practice medicine in underserved communities.

Application Process

Non-governmental organizations, political parties and Cuban Friendship Societies offer information on how to apply. Visit the Cuban Embassy in your country for more insights. Alternatively, visit the website to learn about the application process. The

application process consists of filling out a completed application and submitting related paperwork (undergraduate transcripts, birth certificate and 2 letters of recommendation, one from your school principal and another from a community leader for example) and doing an interview. Depending on where you live, the process can take three months or more. The Application Deadline for 2016 is currently unavailable, but students are admitted in August. It is advisable that interested applicants start applying as early as January.

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Visa and Living Expenses

You enter Cuba on a tourist card (visa) which can be obtained through a travel agent or the Cuban Embassy. If your total stay in Cuba will not exceed four weeks (28 days) this is all you need. The tourist card costs USD 22.55 + USD 30.06 for delivery through the Embassy.

However if your total stay, including any vacation time, will exceed four weeks, when you arrive at your destination the Faculty will change your tourist card to a student visa. The conversion to a student visa costs 40 CUCs (USD 37.58) for four weeks. An extension for a longer period costs 25 CUCs (USD 24.05).

Living Costs: Students can expect to eat at an inexpensive restaurant while studying in Cuba for USD 5, have a cappuccino for just over USD 1, and purchase a monthly transportation pass for only USD 1.

For more info, visit website:

P.S Information on the website is written in Spanish, thus you will need some knowledge of spanish to navigate the website.


(2) Universität Hamburg Medical School, Germany

Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. It was founded in 1919 and has approximately 170 degree programs in eight faculties: faculty of Law, faculty of Mathematics, faculty or Informatics and Natural sciences, faculty of Psychology and Human movement, faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School).

The university prides itself in key research areas such as Infection Research/Structural System Biology, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematical Physics, and Health Economics.

Medical School of Hamburg, Germany

At the moment, all courses are offered in German. Thus, all international students with no proof of proficiency in the German Language will have to take the course upon arrival on campus.

Application Deadline:

  1. Winter Semester: applications run from 1 June to 15th
  2. Summer Semester: applications run from 1 December to 15th January


  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Applied psychology/psychology
  • Ergo therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rescue management
  • Social work
  • Transdisciplinary early intervention
  • Medical education and
  • Medical controlling


  • Health care and nursing education
  • Health psychology
  • Innovative change processes
  • Legal psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports psychology
  • Work and organisational psychology
  • Medical and health psychology

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German prospective students and those with equivalent status apply through (foundation for university admissions) if they are applying to the first semester of Universität Hamburg’s programs in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

For students of other nationalities, find the application form here.

Applicants deemed “equivalent” to German applicants are:

  • applicants with a German higher education entry qualification (“Bildungsinländer/innen”)
  • citizens of member countries in the European Union or Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • applicants who are not citizens of an EU country, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein but whose family members are and who are employed in Germany

Other Applicants

  1. Inform yourself about the subject you would like to study
  2. Have uni-assist e.v review your foreign higher education entrance eligibility in advance
  3. Attend German language courses
  4. Read the information on the online application, complete the form and submit by deadline.
  5. Send printed out online application together with all necessary documentation via post to Hamburg University by deadline.

Admission Procedure

  • The procedure admits twenty percent of applicants in accordance with a grade-point average (best Abitur or secondary leaving degree quota) as well as the number of half-years which have passed since applicants have received their Abitur or secondary school leaving degree (waiting period).
  • For the remaining sixty percent, the universities may admit applicants according to their own criteria. Currently, University of Hamburg only takes grade-point average into consideration for the pharmacy program.
  • For its program in medicine, roughly half of the places available within this quota are allocated based on a combination of grade-point average and the results of an exam in the natural sciences and the remaining places are allocated based on a combination of grade-point average, a natural sciences exam and standardized interviews.
  • For dentistry, admission is based upon a combination of grade-point average, an exam in the natural sciences and an aptitude test focusing on fine motor skills, and a mental rotation test, i.e. a spatial perception aptitude test.

Cost of Studying

Semester contribution EUR 310 per semester (1 semester = 6 months)
Health insurance for students under 30: € 75.04 plus additional contribution for students over 30: € 154.51 plus additional contribution
Accommodation approx. EUR 300 – 500 per month
Additional costs of living approx. EUR 300 – 500 per month

For more information regarding visa application and how to prepare for studying at University of Hamburg, read this document


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