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General Advice on Foreign Schools.

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  • bruno123bruno123 1349 replies41 threads Senior Member
    FcNannyUnited: The University of Cambridge in the UK has an accelerated 4-year medical degree available for students who already hold a bachelor's degree. Unfortunately though, admission to that program is open only to UK or European Union (EU) graduates. In other words, if you come from the US, you will probably have to apply to the regular 6-year program like other local students who have just finished the European equivalent to High School. Other top medical schools in the UK like Oxford or Imperial also have similar
    accelerated 4 or 5-year programs for graduates in select scientific majors but I am not sure what their admission policies are, so you might want to check that information directly with the universities. A few useful sites are listed below.

    Cambridge: http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/medicine/index.html

    Oxford: http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/medicine/

    Imperial: http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/teaching/undergraduate/medicine/admissions/requirements/
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  • guitars_girlsguitars_girls 166 replies26 threads Junior Member
    i know there one in poland with FD univ. its only for brits and americans (mostly) and is a combined degree program too -no MCATS YAy!!
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  • GodzillaBorlandGodzillaBorland 36 replies9 threads Junior Member
    I would like some info for HS seniors studying in California regarding medical programs in India such as Ramachandra. Any advantages for a US student apart from being able to pay in US$ ?
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  • chimera63chimera63 25 replies24 threads Junior Member
    pretty much yes. the degrees obtained in the us are not recognised in india and vice versa. you will have to give a test known as pmt(pre medical test) along with 1000000 other applicants nationwide in india. it's better to study in the us. try germany. it's really good
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  • waleedk87waleedk87 835 replies53 threads Member
    are there any english medium colleges in Germany? I know the language, but i think its a bit weird studying in german if you have had english textbooks all your life.
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  • somemomsomemom 10911 replies328 threads Senior Member
    Do any of you have any experience with:

    A} Can an American attend Med School in Canada?
    B} Can a graduate of a Canadian MEd school practice in the US
    C} Can a graduate of a US med school practice in the US
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    2.) Yes, it's possible. One would have to do a residency in the United States, and it might be -- notice the uncertainty -- more difficult to apply for such a residency coming out of a non-US school.

    3.) Yes, of course. What?
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  • somemomsomemom 10911 replies328 threads Senior Member
    oops, I meant can a graduate of a US school practice in Canada? :rolleyes:
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  • cupcakecupcake 1688 replies15 threads Senior Member
    As far as medical schools in England it is very difficult to attend if you are not a citizen of the country. The reason is due to the fact that medical schools in England are relatively cheap because the state pays for most of it. As a result English medical schools will not accept an American student who will simply pick up and leave right after medical school.

    Relatively cheap for HOME students only (that is EU residents). As an 'overseas' student you pay 20x the price to subsidise the home students. that's the way it works. The 'state' of Great Britain pays nowt for you (though you do get all the general perks of being a student in the UK while studying, such as free health care and a work permit of course).

    All UK medical schools have a quota for overseas students which usually amounts to no more than 6-7 students per year per school. This is why Americans are not very likely to get in (in fact I have never ever met an American medical student here). The UK National Health Service has to have enough Drs to fill it's posts and only when these places are filled are overseas students admitted (as Lo1603 hinted above).

    Also, if you want to practise medicine in the US you will have to take lots of tests again (I'm not a medic so don't ask me which ones) whereas students from most Commonwealth countries will just be accepted as trained Drs back home no problem. So I think this is another factor which makes training in the UK more difficult for Americans. Plus you will be competing with students from countries such as Singapore which have a (High School) education system which is quite similar to the UK (in theory) and are hence probably better prepared for interviews and the application process.

    Medicine is a 6 year undergraduate course in the UK too (or 4 year intensive for Eu only, as discussed above).
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  • soakupthesunsoakupthesun 131 replies24 threads Junior Member
    I'd really like to study atleast undergrad outside the U.S. Does anyone know any colleges like in Germany, UK, or Carribean area for your undergrad and possibly grad?
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  • Ann.VandeputAnn.Vandeput 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I'm from belgium, and i'm going to med school in the fall. I don't know if anyone's interested in coming to belgium but its this or studying for finals so.

    The classes are given in dutch (although almost everyone in belgium speaks english) but the handbooks (at least at my school, UHasselt) are in english.

    You just have to pass an entrance exam (also in dutch, wich kind of sucks for you) and you can automatically go to any flemish university you want. But dutch isn't any harder than german or french.

    The tuition cost is 500 euros (about 800 dollar), but i don't know how it works for foreign applicants.
    It's 7 years, a three year bachelor where you learn how the body works and then a four year master. The first two masters are still theorethical (learning what can go wrong, diseases and all). The 6th year is 12 months internship in different rotations and the seventh year is equivalent with the american internship in a chosen specialty and some classes about that specialty.

    And for those people thinking about going to the netherlands: don't!
    Belgium is a lot more laid back, we have better food (we have the best french fries in the world), our med school is better, brussels si the most international city of the EU, antwerp is the best city if you want to shop (way better than london!) and leuven is the definition of a student city (drinking age is 16 btw and we have the best beers in the world). And we have the best social security system in the world (i still don't get how things work in america, do they really let people just die if they can't afford a surgery???)

    So if you wnat to attend med school in Europe, don't rule out belgium. It's really a lot of fun.
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  • senmashsenmash 3 replies1 threads New Member
    hi everyone i just got accepted into Weill cornell medical college in qatar (i am not an american so this was the closest i sould get to american medical education) i was wondering if anyone had any idea about my eligibility for residency in the U.S after i gradute from there... thx :D
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  • zainizaini 4 replies0 threads New Member
    hi. i wanna know dat. after A level wud it b advisable to study medical here in Pakistan??????? plzzz reply
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  • zainizaini 4 replies0 threads New Member
    if not then how can i apply in a foreign medical college?
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  • zainizaini 4 replies0 threads New Member
    and wot is the procedure of making equivalence to A level in Pakistan? is thr any draw back when u get an equivalent certificate ?
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  • zainizaini 4 replies0 threads New Member
    plllllllzzzzz kunfuzzed reply me quick. m really confused....
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 threads Senior Member
    Kunfuzed is no longer taking questions on foreign schools, as he is no longer enrolled in his medical school. He has returned to the US and will not be entering a career in medicine.
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  • Lina CCLina CC 3 replies0 threads New Member
    Considering I am still in school I couldn’t say if I agree or disagree with you, because I don’t know how colleges work. What I know is that I am a Latin American and I really want to attend to a foreign college and I would really like to be treated equally as US citizens, Canadian or any other nationality. I want to become a doctor, and honestly I would really like to be accepted into a good medical school with no prejudice or trouble. I also don’t think that foreign schools are less supportive to a student who has difficult mastering the material, I think it’s the total opposite, because colleges ware very concerned with their students specially those who don’t understand fully well. Finally I have to say that I totally agree with the idea that a foreign educated physician is able to practice with the same rights as a North American educated colleague, because this promotes the equality of rights and at the same time education.
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  • belevittbelevitt 1952 replies53 threads Senior Member
    For the most part, I am sure that the statement that where you did med school is irrelevant after residency is true. However, if your aspirations lie in research, a foreign medical training would be a major liability.
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