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Teachers’ Guide: How To Advise On Studying Medicine Abroad

Teachers are increasingly being asked by their students to provide advice on the options for studying Medicine overseas. Many have turned to us for help.

We have collaborated with Medical Doorway to provide just that.

Below is our Teachers’ Guide to studying Medicine abroad. You may also want to direct students to our section on Studying Medicine Abroad.


First Challenge: Applying For Medicine In The UK

As a teacher or careers counsellor you can find yourself in a difficult position advising would-be applicants to Medicine.

Your students may have the academic ability, and the personal and professional aptitude to be successful in Medicine. But you may feel that they are still unlikely to secure a place at UK Medical School.

This could be due to one bad examination, a lack of opportunity to broaden their non-academic profile, or simply that the application and selection process is just so competitive.

You want to inspire your students to future success in their study and career aspirations but also need to manage their expectations and be realistic.

Second Challenge: Lack Of Information On The Alternatives

The likelihood is that, through no fault of your own, you are not fully aware of the growing number of opportunities for students to study Medicine outside of the UK — let alone how to advise on applying to them.

The lack of a central application system and reliable information makes this process even more challenging.

The Opportunity: Studying Medicine In Europe

Studying Medicine in Europe provides students with an alternative pathway into the medical profession. For the determined and hardworking student, it can lead to a successful career in clinical Medicine or medical research.

Studying Medicine in Europe is often a great option for those who don’t meet UK entry requirements, are reapplying, have a lower budget, or simply want an international experience.

Deciding To Study Medicine Abroad In Europe

Most students who apply to study Medicine in Europe submit an application after they have completed their application to UK universities. Some do so after they have heard back from UK universities — usually by 31st March.

However, it is important to advise your students to plan early, as many of the European universities have specific entrance exams and strictly defined deadline dates for the submission of applications and associated documentation.

Choosing European Medical Schools

The fact that there is no common application system means students have to make individual applications. The requirements of European universities can differ dramatically from one to the next. So choosing the right universities in advance is essential.

Use the information in our European Medical School Comparison Table to check different entry requirements and fee structures, and compare them against each other for some of the most popular Medicine courses in Europe.

Encouraging Students To Take a Trip

After looking at university webpages and literature, it is also a good idea for the student to visit their preferred options.

This is often easier and quicker that one would think, so advise them to visit the university and town that they may be committing to for the next six years of their lives.

Contacting European Medical Schools Yourself

You may also wish to contact the universities directly. In the vast majority of cases, the admissions officers are very happy to spend time talking to you so that you can advise your students appropriately.

More Information And Advice

You can also get in touch with Medical Doorway, a UK-based organisation who offer comprehensive advice and support to both you and your students.

Medical Doorway are often able to visit your school to meet with groups of students or talk more broadly about studying medicine in Europe, and have assisted around three hundred students in pursuing medical education in Europe.


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