With UK universities being so difficult to get in to, more and more students are deciding to go abroad to pursue a degree in medicine instead. Demand for places on medicine courses has risen, with more students than ever deciding to go to university and achieving the necessary high grades to be the next generation of doctors, vets and dentists. Foreign fees used to be incredibly costly against UK fees, but since the hike in the cost of tuition it now doesn’t seem like quite such a large sum of money to study elsewhere.
Most students who go abroad to study medicine have tried to get into a UK medical school first, even those with top grades can be turned down . Of course, it’s not an easy ride to move countries to study; many find difficulties with language barriers and problems adjusting to a new culture and way of life. Many courses are taught in English, but some will include working on a placement whilst studying, which will involve talking to patients and therefore require a basic understanding of the local language. Cost can still be an issue because of the travelling involved. Having to catch a plane home for Christmas is far more expensive than a coach or train across the UK, and it’s worth having a look at the average living expenses before you go.
However, studying abroad has so many benefits too. Completing a medical degree abroad shows that you are determined, committed to your chosen career and importantly, totally able to stand on your own two feet and look after yourself. You’ll have the ability to make decisions with confidence and rationally work out what the best thing to do in a situation is; it’s far more difficult when you’re miles away from friends and family, and those around you are from a different way of life. Studying abroad gives you a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture and meet new people, you’ll learn far more than just medicine. After you’ve qualified, you’ll look great to any prospective employers and your degree will still be highly regarded in this country if you study in Europe, and there’s only a simple test to sit if you studied elsewhere to become eligible to practise in the UK.
You will still need strong A level grades to get in, it’s certainly not an easy ride even if there is less competition for places abroad. At Medipathways, we offer a 2+4 articulation route, where you’ll study a 2 year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with us before moving on to study medicine in Europe for 4 years. Upon signing up for the articulation route, you are offered a place at a medical school in Europe providing you get the right grades, meaning that you have a guaranteed place at a medical school if you can’t get into any in the UK.