Katherine is a fourth year British student who chose to study Medicine at the University of Nicosia. Read more about the reasons behind her decision with our exclusive Q&A – and take our quiz to see if this option could be good for you, too.
Why did you decide to apply to study medicine overseas and why at the University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus?
Applying to study Medicine overseas wasn’t always on the agenda. It was only when I researched a variety of Medical Schools overseas that I realised the opportunities associated with studying Medicine abroad.
Having been on holiday to Cyprus each summer for over a decade, it was high on my priority list. The University of Nicosia offered a course that would enable me to practise in the States or the UK.
What is your favourite thing about studying medicine abroad and why?
Studying Medicine in Cyprus has allowed me to broaden my horizons. Not only academically, with the incorporation of the USMLE into the programme, but also socially.
I have met friends from all parts of the world, and have been able to use my holidays to travel, exploring other cultures. Although clichéd, leaving England has enabled me to open my eyes to the world, realising that other ways of life have so much to offer.
What are your tips for students applying to study medicine abroad?
Studying abroad can bring its difficulties, so creating a great support network is incredibly important. My main piece of advice would be to step out of your comfort zone. Embrace the culture in which you live, and appreciate what is around you. It is an opportunity of lifetime.
Do you think you will return to the UK to practise Medicine or will you stay overseas?
At the moment my aim is to return to the UK for the two foundation years. Depending on the score I achieve in the USMLE, I may decide to specialise in the USA. Another option would be to look at Australia or New Zealand for speciality, which is becoming increasingly popular with British junior doctors.
What five things do you think other students would love to know about studying Medicine at the University of Nicosia Medical School?
The University of Nicosia Medical School is the first and largest Medical School in Cyprus, with more than 750 students from all around the world, including large numbers from the UK.
Their popular undergraduate MD degree is a recognised European medical degree offering clinical placements in the UK during its final two years, while they also deliver the prestigious graduate–entry St George’s, University of London MBBS-4 degree.
99% of their graduates are working as doctors or in research. They have secured training positions in some of the best hospitals in the world, including John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, University College London Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and many more.
The University’s excellent student support services make students feel at home from day one, and they enjoy living in a friendly country that is rated as the world’s safest for young people by the WHO. All Medical School students have guaranteed accommodation in possibly the most stunning student accommodations ever constructed in Europe with multiple studying, leisure and entertainment options.
So – would you be suited to studying abroad? Take our quiz below to find out!
While this quiz is designed to give you a good idea of the kind of option that would suit you, remember that it is only a fun indication, so make sure to do your own research to choose the best med school for you!
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