Study Medicine Abroad in English: Which country suits you?
Studying medicine or dentistry in English in Europe & Worldwide. All that you need to know.
Many students were in your situation. They wanted to study Medicine, but the U.K.’s highly competitive entry requirements prevented them from following their dreams. So they opted to study Dentistry or Medicine in Europe. The course sizes around Europe usually range from around 50-200 students depending on which university you choose. Students study in small groups of 10 people for seminars, so you will get a lot of opportunities to learn and practice your skills. All our universities contain state of the art Medical and Dental Faculties.
All the university courses are recognised internationally by the GMC/GDC in the UK (you can check for yourself by visiting GMC’s site). Students will graduate with an MD or DMD degree in Medicine or Dentistry and can move back to the U.K. and begin work as FY2 doctors. In the UK, students complete the 5-year Medical Degree and then have to complete two years working in the hospital – FY1 and FY2. One of the main advantages in Europe is that you end your first training year as part of your degree at the Medical Faculties compared to U.K. Faculties.
All the courses are taught in English to accommodate you. You have so many options available; we are bound to find you a university. Get in touch if you have any preferences, or if you’d like us to guide you in choosing the most suitable university for you.
Eastern and Central Europe are the right places to look for admission to universities that accept international students. But there are other options in Europe and Australia for British students too. Ireland is another option but with high entry requirements. We do offer students opportunities in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Ukraine where many British students go mainly for financial reasons, quality education and security of accreditation post-graduation.
For the past 15 years, medical universities in Europe have developed a strong reputation for offering education in English. Even if the country is not well designed, the universities do offer high levels of education. Nearly 25 universities in central Europe provide medical qualifications in English. Georgia and Armenia are also other options, but Armenia and Georgia have some recognition issues, so students try to avoid it.
Study Medicine in Romania
Many students are flocking to study medicine in Romania due to its affordable fees, compared to other European medical universities. Many medical schools in Romania boast a fantastic reputation due to the advanced technological resources, skilled teachers and a long history of teaching medicine to foreigners in English. Schools like the Carol Davila University of Bucharest have tuition of around €6000 per year. The Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest has still a reasonable tuition fee of €7000 per year for EU students, and €9000 per year for non-EU students.
Bucharest is a vibrant city populated with professors at the top of their fields. You can study medicine at both Carol Davila University and Titu Maiorescu University. However, only the latter teaches dentistry. Students who would like to save money tend to consider outside the capital. Craiova city, home to Craiova Medical University, is a more affordable option with an annual tuition of €5000 and lower living costs. It also has a 5-year pharmacy program. Students tend to flock to these three Romanian universities more frequently.
Generally, students who decide to study medicine in Europe graduate with worldwide work opportunities.
Study Medicine in Bulgaria
Unlike the Romanian language, the Bulgarian language doesn’t contain Latin letters. It has its Cyrillic alphabet. Bulgaria is an affordable option with Medical Universities charging yearly tuition of €8000. The top medical school in Bulgaria is Varna Medical University, situated on the black sea coast. It is a continually evolving and improving faculty, which is the reason it is voted the top medical university in Bulgaria. What’s more, a lot of students who’ve decided to study medicine in Europe pick this option.
Admission into Varna is highly competitive, and students need to meet a high standard to be accepted. A robust Biology and Chemistry test is sat by candidates, which is another strong indication of the student’s qualities. Medlink Students helps students with the entrance test so students can gain the maximum marks. Compared to Varna Medical University, other universities in Bulgaria share similar standards as well. Students are usually attracted to Sofia Medical University due to its rising reputation and ideal location in the capital. Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv are the main attraction for international students who go on to study in Bulgaria.
Plovdiv Medical University is ideal for those who don’t mind a ~40-minute ride from Sofia airport. Plovdiv is a small city, but it is one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria and offers a few malls and ancient artefacts. Pleven Medical University has a February start, and Trakia University‘s small medical faculty is in a medium-sized city that is about 3 hours from Sofia airport. Click here to see a break down of the living costs!
Study Medicine in Ukraine
One of the most attractive destinations for students in Ukraine due to the very affordable tuition fees. Students pay €4,500 during their first year; after that, tuition decreases to €3,500 per year. The majority of our students go to Dnipro Medical Institute, situated in the city of Dnipro. It’s a student city as there are several universities there, and a hot spot for the international community. The city is safe, beautiful and very affordable. Medicine degrees in Ukraine are six years long, whereas
Dentistry degrees are only five years long. Students sometimes question whether Ukraine is safe due to what they heard in the news a few years ago. The conflicts that occurred in the past were in Crimea, the country on the border of Ukraine. Dnipro city is very far from any disputes; it’s a safe city packed with an international student base. Medlink Students has an office in Dnipro dedicated to our students. We make sure all our students study at universities that have a safe and secure environment.
Study Medicine in Poland
Studying medicine in English in Poland is similar to the countries above, but it’s more toward central Europe. There are some foreign universities, such as Bialystok Medical University in Poland. The course is extremely competitive due to the high number of applicants. The MD degree is six years long and contains a lot of clinical experience. Admission usually depends on your grades in only two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths in A-levels or final school certificate(s). Afterwards, universities usually will request to interview the candidate via Skype. There is no entrance exam. The term dates are from the 1st of October till the 16th of June.
Bialystok is very accessible for international students. You can get a direct flight to Warsaw Airport in the capital, then a short bus or train journey to the central train station where you can get a direct train to Bialystok. Otherwise, you can grab a coach from Warsaw Airport directly to Bialystok. Halls or dormitories cost around 85 Euros per month. Other universities also teach medicine in English, such as Warsaw Medical University. On average, tuition in Poland is about €10,000 per annum.
Study Medicine in Slovakia
Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice Faculty of Medicine, Slovakia has rapidly become popular. It’s due to the high standard of teaching and the rising reputation of Kosice Medical University as the best in Slovakia. The large faculty has been teaching medicine for 65 years and channels all its comprehensive experience into training some very skilled doctors. The big city of Kosice offers a vibrant and lively lifestyle with activities for everybody. In addition to its world-renowned teaching, the university provides scientific research to enthusiastic students.
The city offers the most extensive botanic garden and zoo, lots of sightseeing areas, restaurants, busy high streets, modern malls, engaging nightlife and many more. The university locates 12 minutes from the Kosice International Airport. Click here for a full living costs break down!
They are offshore for-profit, private medical universities. They provide undergraduate medicine to students who must leave the country for postgraduate training and also typically to practice. This industry attracts many medical students who wish to return home to practice medicine. After graduation, international medical graduates can encounter challenges in obtaining residency placements and can face other barriers related to practice.
Universities follow the American education system and students go on to do their residence in US hospitals. The five-year medicine program of universities in the Caribbean region is around $250,000+. This is not an EU degree, and once you return to the UK, you must set the registration exam to register with the GMC. Students usually decide to study medicine in Europe rather than picking this option.
The Netherlands is also a popular option for students who wish to study medicine in Europe. The University of Groningen offers a standard BSC degree in medical science. While this degree does not qualify you to become a doctor, obtaining it allows you to take their Masters in medicine. But the Masters is available in Dutch only, and they have very few places, meaning that you’ll be competing with native students for a position.
The approach to learning at Groningen is nothing like most UK medical schools, so, likely, you won’t be able to transfer to an English-speaking medical school to complete your studies. Learning Dutch is very important for the degree, but you won’t be left to learn it outside your studies on your own. Maastricht University also has a similar programme.
Study Medicine in Italy
Most public universities teach only medicine in English: Bari BEMC, Bologna (program has just started in 2017/18), Milan International Medical School, Naples – Federico II, Naples Luigi Vanvitelli (SUN), Pavia – Harvey, Rome La Sapienza and Rome Tor Vergata, Turin/Turino IMS, with the exception of the University of Siena is the only university to teach Dentistry and Dental Prosthodontics in English. Nevertheless, Italy is still a popular option for students who decide to study medicine in Europe.
All universities are means-tested tuition fees of between €800 and €4,000 per year. However, their entry requirements are very complicated, and the number of applicants is way more than the number of places available. Public universities are currently selecting students by using the IMAT exam (the international version of BMAT). The review took place in 2017 in September, just before the course itself started. Three thousand nine hundred eighteen applied in 2015 for 204 positions only, but a large number of these applicants were wholly unsuitable for the place. Use this preparation guide published by the writers of the IMAT, Cambridge Assessments to prepare for the test.
It might be easier to achieve medical admission in private universities in Italy, though their fees are higher (€6,850-€15,000 per year) but they are also means-tested and can offer financial aid in some cases. It usually costs British students around €10,000 per year. Private universities in Italy include Cattolica Univesity which has 20 EU places, 30 non-EU places and tuition ranging from 7,000€-16,000€. Humanitas Medical school has a more accessible version of the IMAT for EU and non-EU students and education of about 10,000€ – 16,000€ per year. San Raffael International MD. has the highest tuition at €20,000 per year. They hold their admission tests, like state universities in Romania and Bulgaria do.
Study Medicine in Cyprus
Near East University in North Cyprus initiated the medicine program in English in 2008 and the Dentistry program in 2007. The initial three years focus on pre-clinical education. Therefore, in the fourth and fifth years, the students are trained in clinics where group studies are carried out. The sixth year is the internship year. Near East university ranks 1st in Cyprus. Another excellent medical faculty is University of Nicosia Medical School which runs a 4-year MBBS course for a hefty tuition fee of €30,000/year. Medlink Students offers free application management to this university’s graduate medicine program with no agency fee.
Study Medicine in Spain
There is a pre-med route in Valencia that offers students access to medical degrees in public and private universities which teach both in English and Spanish. It prepares the students by helping them reach the required level of the Selectividad (national school leaving certificate). It also offers them intensive language lessons. You can find some initial information regarding this opportunity on our site and more to be available soon. Generally, tuition fees will be around €15,000/year
Australia and New Zealand
You can study medicine in Australia and New Zealand, but it is pretty expensive, and you’d have a low chance of getting it. You can study medicine mostly at postgraduate level in Australia and fees are likely to be around £40,000 a year.
Most countries in the Anglophone world lack places in their medical schools. In Australia, some universities can accept a limited number of British students. However, the cost of studying in these universities is similar to that in the Caribbean.
Graduate Entry Medicine
There are some routes for students who have studied science at the undergraduate level. They are eligible to enter a fast-track graduate medicine course in Europe towards a career as a doctor or a dentist. Furthermore, these are also very affordable and attractive for passionate students. Such programs exist and are worth studying. There are a lot of people who pursue their dream to study medicine in Europe despite commitments.
Medical University Transfers
Several medical universities allow students to transfer their credits, meaning they continue studying from the next consecutive year at a different medical university without being held back for moving.