Studying Medicine Abroad: A Prepartory Guide

Vincent Crane 2016-10-26 16:00:00

If you’re considering studying medicine somewhere other than your country of residence. there are some important issues you will need to consider.

Will My Foreign Degree Be Recognized?

This is, obviously, one of the most important things to consider when choosing to study abroad. First and foremost, you should check to make sure your degree will be recognized. Depending on where you want to practice, you may also have to re-do your residency and write exams.

Foreign Medical Schools

There are many medical schools around the world that offer degrees to international students. In many cases, the tuition fees for these schools are comparable, or less than, what a person would pay in his or her own country, especially if that country is the United States or Canada.

Why Study Abroad?

Students who go to other countries to study medicine have, in many cases, tried to get into a medical school in their country of origin; however, there are many more students who want to study than there are spots available. This means that even with a great application package, you might not get a spot. Students who miss out in the first round are encouraged to reapply but this might not be advisable for some. Don’t put your life on hold because of your country’s admissions system.

If you are certain you want to become a doctor and you don’t want to delay with repeated applications, there are universities abroad. You will need to be careful about which one you choose, but there are some amazing, highly reputable schools that will help you achieve your dream of becoming a doctor.

To learn more about studying abroad, visit International Student for additional information.

What Grades Do I Need?

Just like with any other medical school, you will need good grades, and even then, that might not be enough. It’s hard to follow a medical degree anywhere, let alone abroad, and you have to be academically able to handle it.

Entrance requirements will vary according to the university. Some countries will have requirements that make it unlikely you will be able to meet them unless you planned ahead and got all the courses you knew you would need.

Disadvantages to Studying Abroad

Not everything is sunshine and roses when it comes to studying in a foreign country. First off, you have to consider the cost. While tuition and fees might be substantially lower than what you would pay at home, you will have to cover the entire cost on your own, with no bursaries or scholarships. You will also need to cover the cost of living and travel to get there.

Language might also prove to be a difficulty. If you’re in a country where another language is spoken you might be able to study in English but there’s no guarantee your patients will speak your language. You will, in those cases, be expected to learn the language by the fourth year at the very latest.

Can I Transfer To a School at Home?

You will probably not be able to start medical school abroad and then transfer to a university in your home country. It can be very hard to move between universities, and even more so when those universities are in different countries. Expect to remain at the school abroad until you are fully qualified.

Foreign Medical School Options

There are two main areas where you can look into universities that take applications from international students; Central Europe and the Caribbean are well-established. In the Caribbean, All Saints University School of Medicine is one possible option for a foreign medical school. There are other emerging regions you can also look into in Europe and Australia.