Thousands of international students consider studying medicine abroad in Europe in English for a variety of reasons every year. Here are some of the top reasons why:
- Low Tuition fees
International students who are interested in studying medicine in Europe can take advantage of enrolling in medical programs that have lower tuition fees than the United States or the U.K. The average annual tuition for attending medical school in the United States is roughly $60,000 a year. In many European countries, attending medical school is only a fraction of that cost, even for international students.
- Instruction of the medical program is in English
There are many countries in Europe where the language of instruction of the entire medical program is in English. Countries like Italy, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic have long-standing medical programs that are conducted in English. Another important consideration is that despite the growing number of English medical programs in Europe, the majority of patients might only speak the local language. To be successful in your clinical years, you should learn their language proficiently within four years to communicate with patients. Some countries like Germany and France only have their language of instruction in German and French due to their country healthcare regulations.
- High Quality Medical Programs
Many medical programs in Europe are from very well-established educational institutions that have been around for hundreds of years. More recently, certain faculties of medicine in Europe started creating a separate medical program in English to attract international medical students to study medicine in their country. There are medical programs who are state-funded or privately-funded and emphasize research programs, an innovative curriculum, and didactic teaching to support the understanding of health and their healthcare systems.
- Duration of Medical Program is 5-6 years
In Europe, students generally enroll in a faculty of medicine at age 18, and the entire medical program is 5-6 years long. There are some tailored medical programs (in Poland and Hungary) that cater to American students that are only four years in duration. Students who are enrolled in these programs typically need to complete a 4 year undergraduate degree and must take a more advanced entrance exam. Since the duration of most European medical programs are 6 years in duration and students typically enroll around age 18-19, they do not require stringent entrance exams that require extensive basic science knowledge, like the MCAT.
Also, be cautious of third party websites or consultants that charge an application processing fee to complete your application process to medical schools abroad. Some faculties of medicine only accept applications directly from international students themselves and do not allow for third party companies to represent international students.
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