Application Guide 2023:
Applying to Study Medicine in Europe in 2023
Admissions Expert at TheUKCATPeople
Thinking of studying medicine in Europe but unsure how to go about your application, how to register, what the entry requirements are and whether it's worth it or not. Find everything you need to know about applying to study medicine in Europe in 2023 for 2024 entry in this guide.
Why go to medical school abroad in Europe in 2023?
A growing number of candidates from the UK each year are choosing to apply to study Medicine in Europe. The continent is home to a vast array of world-class European medicine universities that bring with them some key advantages:
Accessibility: There are plenty of English-speaking European medical schools.
Cost: Not only are tuition fees often similar to those in the UK, but costs of living can be lower - as such, there are a number of cheap medical schools in Europe with classes taught in English.
Quality: Lots of European medical schools rank highly in the world, and feature in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
Future prospects: Studying at most European medical schools can lead to licensing and future medical practice in the UK.
However, this isn’t for everyone. Medicine is an intense course wherever you study it, and some students may struggle with being so far away from home during their studies. Be sure to research what studying abroad is like in more depth before deciding whether it’s right for you.
What can I expect when applying to study Medicine in Europe?
Your application to study Medicine in Europe will differ depending on which country/countries you are applying to. However, the general aspects of your application are likely to be similar to that of an application to study in the UK via UCAS.
You will have to provide your personal information and possibly a small administrative fee, as well as often a personal statement. You may also be required to sit an entrance exam specific to the local country - different from the UCAT or BMAT.
As a general rule, you will often find that the academic grade requirements are likely to be lower than they are in the UK. This can make applying in Europe an excellent option if you didn’t achieve the A-levels (or equivalent) that you were hoping for, as you can study Medicine in Europe with lower grades.
For instance, the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (Prague medical school) minimum entry requirements are just 3 Cs at A-level.
Where should I begin my research into studying Medicine in Europe?
There are a variety of factors that you may want to consider when thinking about studying Medicine in Europe, before even considering the universities themselves.
Where you may know the language: Even if the course is spoken in English, you will still want to socialise - and communicate with patients - in the local language.
Proximity to the UK: Some students may wish to visit home more often, and select a location where it is easier to do this.
Cities: You won’t just be studying in Europe, you’ll also be living there. It’s therefore worth considering which cities you would most want to live in.
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