Application Guide 2023:
How to Study Medicine Abroad in 2023
Admissions Expert at TheUKCATPeople
Everything you need to know about studying medicine abroad in 2023 for 2024 entry. Which universities to apply to and how to find out more information about them. Written by qualified experts in 2023.
Why study medicine abroad in 2023?
An increasing number of medical students each year are choosing to apply to study outside the UK at medical universities abroad. As the number of applicants to study medicine domestically is growing at a faster rate than the number of places available, it is becoming even more competitive and difficult to attain a spot year after year.
Studying medicine abroad can be a great way of pursuing a career in medicine if you are unsuccessful in your application to study in the UK. Alternatively, you may just want a change in scenery and to live somewhere else as you pursue your education!
Whatever your reasoning for considering an application outside the UK, this guide details some of the key considerations for a selection of the most popular foreign destinations for prospective medical students. Additionally, many UK medical schools have study abroad programs that will give you the opportunity to spend some time in a foreign country even if you don’t end up studying there full-time.
Studying medicine in Ireland in 2023
Due to its geographical proximity to the UK, studying in Ireland is a popular alternative for students looking to leave the UK.
Anyone looking to apply to one of Ireland’s 5 medical schools (6 if you are applying as a graduate) must submit an application through their Complete Admissions Office (CAO).
If you are looking to study in Ireland from the USA, then you should apply through the Atlantic Bridge Program, which is a streamlined process.
Once you register with the CAO and pay an application fee of €25-40 (depending on when you apply), you’ll have to enter your details and mail a copy of your exam results to them.
You can then add your selected courses to your account. The good news is that you can add up to 10 ‘level 8’ courses such as medicine - which means that you can apply to every medical school in the country if you would like to. This includes:
When applying to study medicine in Ireland, you’ll also have to complete the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT). This will be taken into consideration alongside the other aspects of your application by medical schools.
Studying medicine in Europe in 2023
Applying to study medicine in Europe brings with it some key benefits. Not only do many European medicine universities teach in English, but tuition fees are often comparable with those in the UK and the cost of living can be even lower.
Additionally, there are numerous excellent medical schools, many of which are recognised by the GMC and feature in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
These medical schools can be found in a wide range of countries such as Latvia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and more.
Applying to study is different based on which country you are considering applying in, so you should research them individually before making your decision. As a general rule, however, you’ll find that the A-level (or equivalent) requirements are likely to be lower than in the UK. You may have to sit local entrance exams besides the UCAT or BMAT.
If you are considering studying medicine in Europe, then you should contact Medical Doorway, which specialises in helping candidates in your position. Additionally, check out our full guide to studying Medicine in Europe - including a list of the top 10 European medicine universities with some key information about each of them.