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International Applicants

International students also apply to UK universities through UCAS. But there are some key differences to the process.

This page answers the following questions about applying to Medicine in the UK as an international student:


Can International Students Apply For Funding?

EU students are eligible for tuition fee loans, but not maintenance loans or maintenance grants. Students from outside the EU cannot apply for any loans or grants.

Individual institutions charge varying amounts of tuition fees for international students, so it’s best to check the funding and fees pages of their websites.

What Else Do International Applicants Need To Consider?

If you think you can fund your degree in the UK, then here are some important things to consider.

First, check that you meet the minimum entry requirements. Have you got the right kind of qualifications, subjects and exam grades for studying Medicine at a UK university?

Be aware that some courses require students to take an English Language test as part of their application.

You’re probably still required to take the UKCAT or BMAT as an EU or international student. There are test centres around the world, so if you know you’ve got to take the test then find a centre through their websites as early as possible.

There are some foundation courses designed specifically to help overseas students transition into courses at UK Medical Schools.

Is Medicine More Competitive For International Applicants?

There is a quota stipulating the number of non-EU students who can be accepted by UK Universities. This can make the process very competitive.

What Happens After I Get My Place?  

You’ll need to arrange things like a student visa (If you’re from outside the EU) and accommodation in the UK.

Unless you are studying a short course or are under 17-years-old, you will be applying for the Tier 4 (General) student visa. You can apply for your visa up to 3 months before the start of your course.


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