Study medicine in Europe

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Why Study medicine in Europe?

The primary reason to study medicine in Europe is that there are plenty of good medical schools with a generous number of seats offered, all under English instruction. Pursuing an MBBS in Germany, for example, would have been a much less attractive – and a much more daunting – idea if you had to learn German first.

A peculiar series of historical developments has created this opportunity. During the 19th century, the UK used to attract brilliant students, especially medical students, from diverse parts of the British Empire. By the time Britain lost its empire in the aftermath of WWII, British medical schools had begun to reject a large number of ethnically British candidates just because even more brilliant students from Asia or Africa had applied for the same seats. This is why ethnically British students started going abroad – basically to American, Canadian or European medical schools – to study medicine. In due course, Asian and African students who have already tried and failed to secure a seat in British medical schools followed suit. By the 1980s, this trend became so strong that certain medical schools in continental Europe started offering instruction in English in order to serve better these ethnically British students as well as students from countries formerly within the British Empire. After the Soviet regime came to an end, a large number of medical schools formerly within the Soviet geography started competing with western universities for these English speaking students, amplifying the trend of offering instructions in English manifold in the process.

With a degree in medicine from even a modestly renowned European medical school, you can easily get licensed to practice medicine in any part of the world. Such is the reputation of those colleges. On top of that, Europe is a nice place to be. Especially in your student life. It is safe enough to accommodate your – or your children’s, if you are a parent – youthful escapades without much hassle. It offers a comfortable living and cultivated lifestyle. Of course a medical student doesn’t have much time for fun, but whatever may be had won’t be wasted.

Entry requirements for the courses

  • High school diploma (certificate)
  • Good marks in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Volunteering or work experience related to healthcare
  • Candidates taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) must have studied three subjects including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level, plus three subjects at Standard Level. Not all universities require an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 or more in each of the four sections

Cost of pursuing the courses

It is far cheaper to study medicine in Europe than it is in the USA. Tuition fees range from $8,000 to $10,000 per annum. Hostel charges range from $250 to $350 per month. Since the courses generally take 6 years to complete, you can get at the total by multiplication.

Top universities to study medicine in Europe

The following is random sample of the better known schools offering instruction in English, not a merit list of sorts.

University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus; Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; Humanitas University, Italy; Palacky University, Czech Republic; Masaryk University, Czech Republic; Riga Stradins University, Latvia; Debrecen University, Hungary; Lithuania University of Health Sciences, Lithuania; Universita Degli Studi Di Milano, Italy

Work while you study

Most European counties allow international students to work part-time. Some of them allow unlimited part time work while the others allow a specific number of hours per week (20 in many cases) at the most. However, medical studies rarely allow you to work more than 20 hours on some odd job.

Internship opportunities in Europe

Internships are offered generally within the same country where your school is. Sometimes, you may have to intern in a neighbouring country.

Healthcare benefits extended to International Students

By law, international students are required to avail health insurance services – either from public insurance companies or from private ones. The choice rests with the students. Private insurance is more customized and comprehensive but more expensive. Public insurance is cheaper and covers only the basic healthcare needs of a person.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Europe

European medical schools offer a host of postgraduate courses in English. They include both degree or diploma courses in General Medicine, Sports Medicine, Genomics & Precision Medicine, Stem Cell Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, Medicine Development, Tropical Medicine, Public Health, Statistics with Application in Medicine, Audiovestibular Medicine, Prenatal Genetics & Fetal Medicine, Physics & Engineering for Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry and a host of medicine specific to different part of human physiology.

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