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European medical school right after high school?

mintleaf02mintleaf02 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I have looked into studying medicine abroad, and from what I know it is possible to go straight into medical school after high school in Europe. I am a high school student in the United States, and I was wondering if any of you have actually gone straight from a US high school to a European medical school, and what the process was like. Would you recommend it? I heard that tuition in countries like Germany and Sweden is practically free, and I was wondering if this is true? The countries I am particularly interested in are Sweden, Germany, or Switzerland. Would an American high school degree be a proficient prerequisite to go to medical school in these countries? Are there any specific universities you could recommend that are international-student friendly and with relatively low tuition?

Oh, and I also was wondering what the process is like to become a doctor in Europe besides medical school. Are the residencies similar to those in the USA?

And I do realize that going to Europe for medical school would be a very complex process that would require a lot of work. This is just for research purposes so I can make an informed decision about where I decide to go to university.


Thanks for your help!

Replies to: European medical school right after high school?

  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,846 Senior Member
    I heard that tuition in countries like Germany and Sweden is practically free, and I was wondering if this is true?
    Not for international students.
    Would an American high school degree be a proficient prerequisite to go to medical school in these countries?
    No, you'd need at minimum a full IB science/math program (or a full complement AP science & math classes). Additionally you need to prove language proficiency via standardized exams taken in the country where you plan to attend med school. Because instruction is only offer in the host country's language, you would need a very high level (near native fluency) of oral and written language skills in the native language of whatever country the school is located in.
    Are the residencies similar to those in the USA?
    Yes. And unless you hold a EU citizenship, it's unlikely you'll be able to get one since residency placement strongly favors in-country citizens, followed by EU citizens/permanent residents.

    BTW, if you ever plan to practice medicine in the US, you should not take your medical training in Europe. (Or anywhere else outside the US.) It's extremely difficult to come back to the US and practice if you've trained elsewhere. You'd need to completely re-do your residency and it's likely you'd match in any field other than one of the less competitive primary care fields.
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