Studying Medicine Abroad – What You Need To Know!

September 16th, 2014

If you are UK student currently intent on pursuing a rewarding career in the field of medicine, then it is worthwhile at least considering the possibility of studying for your medical degree abroad. With fees for studying medicine in the United Kingdom now at the highest level they have ever been, applying to study medicine abroad could potentially save you many tens of thousands of pounds.

Not only that, but by studying medicine abroad you can open up the option for yourself to more easily start working abroad at the very start of your career. Nowadays, doctors in many other countries start out earning far more lucrative salaries than what graduates receive here in the UK. This benefit, alongside the lower debt you’ll incur throughout your studies, not to mention the potential positively life-changing experience of studying abroad, can be a wonderful way to gain your medical degree. Let’s take a look at the key things you need to know about studying medicine abroad.

Studying Medicine In The European Union

For many prospective students of medicine, there are real and tangible benefits to applying to study medicine at another country within the European Union. If you think about the last time that either you or a family member used the services of the NHS, you will no doubt have encountered doctors working in the hospital who originate from other EU countries and study for their medical qualifications there. This is because any medical qualifications gained within the European Union are supposed to be judged of equal worth. It is, however, highly worthwhile to actually get in contact with the UK governing body for medicine, the General Medical Council, to clearly and firmly ascertain whether the EU university you are thinking of applying to, will be acceptable for working in a UK hospital upon graduation.

Lower Tuition Fees

A major benefit of going to another EU country to study medicine is the lower costs that come with the degree. For starters, there are significant savings to be had in tuition fees. Currently, in the UK, the annual cost for fees is roughly £9000. In other EU countries, you will find yourself paying between £700 and £2500 per year. Over the course of a 5 to 6 year medical degree, these annual savings multiplied can be very significant. Some universities, such as the University of Malta, don’t charge any fees whatsoever. Furthermore, most EU countries tend to have lower living costs than those you will encounter in major UK cities such as London and Edinburgh. Obviously, if you are considering studying medicine in the EU, then having a second language is helpful. However, even if you only speak English, there are over 25 universities available in Central-European EU countries which offer recognized medicine degrees through English.

Studying Outside The EU

It is possible to study a medicine degree outside the EU. However, this usually will come at a significant price in terms of tuition fees, unless you can successfully find a bursary or sponsor.