Approximately 3 million students study away from their home country around the world. The UK is typically seen as a place where international students come to, not a place where local students move away from. However, there has been an increase in recent years of UK students going abroad to study, and our courses can help you to do the same.
The real benefit to studying abroad is experiencing a whole new culture that you can immerse yourself in. Living in a new country can be a life changing experience, you’ll meet new people, try new foods and live a whole new way of life. Once you start working, chances to go abroad on holiday are limited, and you wont be able to spend a long period of time experiencing a new culture like you can as a student. It’s not uncommon for international students studying in Europe to country-hop during holidays and weekends.
To cope on your own whilst studying abroad is not an easy thing to do, you have to be able to look after yourself entirely. To an employer, seeing that you have spent a number of years studying abroad is impressive. You can show that you’ve spent time standing on your own two feet, that you’re resourceful, responsible and able to deal with different situations that you haven’t faced before.
A major reason so many students are now studying abroad is because of the lack of spaces at UK universities. Every year thousands of students with good A level grades miss out on a place at their desired university, and some feel that they’d be better off studying abroad. Since the maximum tuition fees were increased to £9,000 a year in the UK, it could now be cheaper to study abroad. One of the universities we work with in Slovakia charge $9,000 (£7672) per year to study on their Medical course.
At Medipathways we work with universities in Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Jamaica and the British Cayman Islands. Just think, whilst your friends are studying at a rainy English university, you could be studying on the beach in the Caribbean islands! Graduates who have completed a medical or dental course in Europe usually don’t come across any difficulties registering as a doctor in the UK or the rest of Europe. However, graduates of medical schools outside of Europe are required to pass the PLAB examination (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) administered by the GMC, which allows students to begin training at an NHS hospital.