This guide to studying Medicine in Europe is supported The University of Nicosia Medical School.

Why Study Medicine In Europe?

Medicine in the UK gets more competitive every year. For 2022 entry, we’re already predicting a record number of applicants after we noticed that there was a 9% increase in people who sat the UCAT test.

Choosing to study Medicine abroad is a great way to get a place on a Medicine programme if you weren’t successful in the UK.

In particular, studying Medicine in Europe offers a number of benefits:

  • Many courses are taught in English
  • Tuition fees are comparable with the UK
  • Cost of living in some EU countries such as Cyprus, where the University of Nicosia offers its popular MD degree, is significantly lower than the cost of living in the UK
  • Graduates can usually apply for a licence to practice with the GMC
  • Some universities such as the University of Nicosia are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and are also listed in the UK GMC website

As well as more obvious benefits that come with the lifestyle of studying abroad in Europe, like the cultural experiences, meeting different people and learning about different healthcare systems.

Is Studying Medicine In Europe Right For Me?

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

Take the quiz to see if studying abroad would suit you.

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. The University of Nicosia, for example, offers free Greek classes to all Medical School students to help them learn the local language, even though English is widely spoken everywhere.

You will also have to finance your studies and living costs with limited access to student finance.

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Are European Medical Courses Taught In English?

There are many European Medical Schools that teach in English. These include:

  • University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus
  • Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria
  • Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Palacky University, Czech Republic
  • Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Riga Stradins University, Latvia
  • Debrecen University, Hungary
  • Lithuania University of Health Sciences, Lithuana

Medical Doorway provides free advice to students aiming to Study Medicine in Europe for every single one of its partner universities listed above.

Entry Requirements At European Medical Schools

If you’re considering studying Medicine in Europe, it’s important you understand the entry requirements first, as they’re different from the UK.

For example, the A-Level grade requirements may be lower in Europe: you might be able to apply if you have ABB. You probably won’t need to sit the UCAT or BMAT – but there may be an alternative admissions test.

If you’re applying to the University of Nicosia Medical School, the entry requirements for their popular six-year MD (Doctor of Medicine) programme include:

  • ABB, to include Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths, and one more subject
  • Non native English speakers have to submit an English proficiency exam such as IELTS with a 6.5 overall, or TOEFL iBT with 79 overall or iGCSE in English with grade 5
  • No admissions test is required
  • Pass an online MMI
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Fees & Funding For European Medical Schools

The cost of studying Medicine in Europe varies greatly. Many universities charge fees comparable to that of home students at UK Med Schools – but the amount is different with each one. The cost of living is often lower in Europe – particularly in Cyprus, where UNIC Medical School is based.

Their tuition fees are €18,000 (~£15,000) for each of the first three years and €22,000 (~£19,000) for each of the last three years.

For international students outside of the UK, choosing a European Med School like the University of Nicosia Medical School can slash the cost of studying by up to 60%. That’s because some UK universities charge international students more than £40,000 a year for tuition, in comparison to the figures outlined above.

At UNIC Med School you can also get a scholarship up to 20% of tuition for the duration of your studies, and are granted based on the financial needs of your sponsor(s). Speak to their admissions department for some detailed information based on your personal circumstances.

How To Find Out More About Studying Medicine In Europe

The best way to find out more is to speak to Medical Doorway, or if you’re considering the University of Nicosia then you can apply directly. It’s also a good idea to sign up for Open Days at a number of European Medical Schools. You can see all future Open Days at the University of Nicosia Medical School here.

Take a look at our case studies to hear from two UNIC Medical Students about their experiences of studying Medicine in Europe.

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