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Studying Medicine Abroad

More and more students are seriously considering studying Medicine abroad. Some view it as an alternative if they don’t get an offer to study Medicine in the UK. But an increasing number now consider studying Medicine in Europe their first choice.

There is a real hunger among students, parents and teachers to learn more about the options for studying Medicine in Europe: how it works, how much it costs, how you can transition back to the UK and the options for practising overseas.

This page, brought to you in partnership with Medical Doorway, provides the headline information on studying Medicine abroad, before offering a step-by-step guide on what you need to do. Don’t forget to use all the subpages to make the most of the section.


Why Should I Consider Studying Medicine Abroad?

The number of applications for places on UK medical programmes far outstrips the number of places available. This places UK admissions teams, schools and students in a very difficult position.

Many aspiring doctors feel they are able to apply to Medical Schools in the UK. And a lot of those that do apply miss out on a place.

Studying an alternative degree, such as Biomedical Sciences, has been seen as the logical alternative, giving the student the chance to make another application to Medical School later, with a more developed academic profile.

There is, however, still no guarantee of a place, and not many students choose to spend £27,000 in tuition fees for a degree that is not their first choice.

Now, hundreds of aspiring doctors are looking to Europe to complete their medical training. And many report that the education and facilities are of an impressive standard. Plus the tuition fees and living costs are lower.

Are European Medical Courses Taught In English?

With English being the international language of education and research, more and more overseas universities are teaching their Medicine programmes in English.

This gives students from all over the world greater access to the benefits offered by what are often highly regarded and respected universities.

Which European Universities Teach Medicine In English?

This is a selection, but is not exhaustive. You can see more information about these, including entry requirements and tuition fees, in our European Medical School Comparison Table.

Can I Practice In The UK After Studying Medicine Abroad?

Many European universities have a long history of medical education and are at the forefront of research, with graduates working in medical posts around the world.

British graduates from a Medicine programme in the European Economic Area are eligible to apply for General Medical Council registration in the UK without sitting the PLAB exam.

We have a dedicated page on transitioning back to the UK after studying Medicine abroad.

Is Studying Medicine Abroad Right For Me?

Studying Medicine abroad is a good option for some, but won’t be right for everyone. It should not be considered an ‘easy’ option.

You will be signing up to studying a challenging degree in another country for six years of your life. You will also be learning the language of the country you are studying in, because, while your studies and exams are in English, you will be communicating with patients in their native language.

You will have to finance your studies and living costs with limited access to student finance, although studying Medicine in Europe does tend to be much cheaper than doing so in the UK.


What You Need To Do

  1. Look Into European Medical Schools. Read more about the English-speaking options on the list above – plus more – and see if they appeal to you.
  2. Check entry requirements and fees. You can do this at the click of a button using our European Medical School Comparison Table.
  3. See what others say. Speak with other  people who decided to study Medicine overseas and how they have found the experience.
  4. Hop on a plane! If you think studying Medicine abroad might be right for you, then visit your preferred city and the institution.

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