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General Advice on Foreign Schools.


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  • minty1994minty1994 3 replies2 threads New Member
    hey there i am an US citizen and i will be a senior this year. I am afriad that i will not get in to UC's over herre so my other option is to go and study in India. i want to become a doctor and beoming a doctor is tough here, plus it takes a long procees like about 13 years or more, whereas in India it is only 5 or 6 years, then i can come back to America and study surgery or something else. i am afraid that if i do go and study in India, and then when i caome back to America i wont be accepted here in any medical programs. i dont want to go and waist my life studying in another country and not be able to have a future in the medical feild. What should i do? Will i still be able to come and work here after i study in India? i know there will be some test i would have to take here but i am afraid that i wont be able to becasue if i study in India.
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  • spacejet999spacejet999 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I am interested too , ther is lot of negitive talk on the net .. then why is there every doctor son or daughter they are sending to India for their medicine. if they all are able to become doctors here , why not the anyone .

    What are we missing..?

    Another thingis that I have heard that their kds are doing 1 year interships in US.. how is this possible, Are Indian institutes allowig them to do 1 yr residency in US.. then are they at advatnage in getting the residency..
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  • spacejet999spacejet999 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Hi Minty94, where are u in California ?
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  • 311710rvmt311710rvmt 87 replies10 threads Junior Member
    To clarify a point raised: When I meant non-EU candidates at Oxford of Cambridge, I meant candidates without a European baccalaureate degree who are EU residents. Being an EU citizen residing in the USA doesn't make you an EU candidate, since you lack the high school degree and the residency. How open European medical universities are to non-European candidates differs. Some may require a high level of function in the native language or make foreign candidates pay fees. The quality of European universities varies, too. I'm not sure if Bulgaria is exactly on par with Cambridge...
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  • maramamarama 313 replies14 threads Member
    Hi. Since the last post in this thread was back in December, I'm not sure whether I should continue here or start a new thread.....

    Well, now that I've gotten this far, I guess I'll continue. My daughter is a dual national (Spain/U.S.) and we have been thinking that maybe she would be better off going to med school in Spain simply because it's so much cheaper than in the States. Language would not be a barrier for her, and we realize that it's a six year degree and that Spaniards start their medical studies right after high school.

    Does anyone in this forum know exactly how a B.A. degree in Neuroscience would be treated for the purpose of Spanish med school admissions? Years ago, when I still lived in Spain, you had to have each individual subject "recognized" (convalidada) and then you could apply for acceptance as an undergraduate with partial credit toward your Spanish undergraduate degree. I believe it's still the same nowadays, but I don't know 1) whether my daughter's high school diploma might be easier to "convalidar" and 2) whether she would have to do "Selectividad" having already begun her university studies in America. I would also like to know 3) if her high school or college g.p.a. would be taken into consideration, 4) how hard it would be to get one of the spots reserved for people from foreign educational systems, and 5) whether her Spanish nationality would give her the upper hand over other foreign applicants.

    I would be extremely grateful for any insights you might be able to give me into the precise process for someone with American high school and college studies to get into med school in Spain.
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  • Rose122Rose122 33 replies5 threads Junior Member
    what about the opposite. i mean say a doctor goes to college, med school, and does thier residency in the US and then later decides they want to, idk, practice medicine in austrailia or UK for their career? would this be possible
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  • bluecollarbluecollar 62 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hey, in Brasil we have about 6 years of schooling (pre-med and med combined). Would it make sense to complete the first 5 years and then transfer to an American med school and finish your schooling there? Would it increase your chances for reputable residencies? Also, if you did transfer like I suggested, before your final year, where would you end up in Med School? Would you start in the first year? Would you have to apply to the med-school and do the MCAT?

    If anyone knows anything about anyone who started off in Brasil and ended in the US please let me know!
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  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown 8241 replies73 threads Forum Champion
    I don't know for sure but you almost certainly couldn't "transfer" to an american med school. You would have to apply like any other international applicant which means you would need a bachelor's degree from an AMCAS accredited school.
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  • ConfusedSenior21ConfusedSenior21 1 replies0 threads New Member
    I am also confused on this whole topic. I am considering a career in the medical field. My dilemma is how hard is it to be excepted into a European school? I am wanting to study in Prague, but I don't know if it would be easier to start in an American University and then attempt a transfer, or just directly apply to a University? Would it still require all the entry exams as well?
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 11025 replies236 threads Senior Member
    Generally it is easier to apply directly to the school you wish to attend since European schools directly admit high school seniors to 6 year MBBS programs.

    You cannot "transfer" from an American college into foreign medical school because the curricula are different and the educational process is structured differently. You can apply for the medical portion of the program after completing an US undergrad. In that case, most schools will require a minimum GPA and minimum MCAT for admission. Some will require you to demonstrate fluency in the local language.

    If you are planning to practice medicine in the US, please understand that you have severely, perhaps fatally damaged your chances to do so if you attend an overseas medical school. IMGs (international medical grads--US citizens who have attended a non US medical school) are at a enormous disadvantage when it comes to securing a US medical residency (a requirement to practice medicine in the US). In fact, within the next 3 years it's anticipated that US MD and DO grads will completely fill all the available US residency slots.

    If you are planning to practice medicine in the EU, then you will need to hold EU citizenship or permanent resident status in an EU country.
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