Quiz: Would Studying Medicine Abroad Suit You?⠀⠀
Would studying medicine abroad suit you? Whether you’re thinking of studying in Australia or Cyprus, moving abroad for your medicine degree is a big decision.
On this page we speak to Katherine, a fourth year British student, about her experience of studying medicine abroad at the University of Nicosia – and at the end of the page you can take our quiz to find out if studying abroad would suit you!
TMP: Why did you decide to apply to study medicine overseas and why at the University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus?
Katherine: 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.
Since starting the programme they have announced that English students can go back to the UK, Barnsley Hospital, for the final two years of medical school, somewhat unique from other European medical schools.
TMP: What is your favourite thing about studying medicine abroad and why?
Katherine: 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.
TMP: What are your tips for students applying to study medicine abroad?
Katherine: 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.
TMP: Do you think you will return to the UK to practise medicine or will you stay overseas?
Katherine: 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.
TMP: What five things do you think other students would love to know about studying Medicine at the University of Nicosia Medical School?
- The staff and lecturers are really supportive. Each student is assigned a personal tutor who will stay with you throughout your medical school career.
- Many of the lecturers are doctors, providing firsthand clinical experience and knowledge.
- There’s early incorporation of OSCEs (clinical exams) into the programme – Year 2.
- Opportunities to shadow doctors and attend the mobile clinic, out of university hours.
- Studying at UNIC means you live in Cyprus – it is an amazing country, explore it!
More about the University of Nicosia
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.
Quiz: Would Studying Medicine Abroad Suit You?
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!