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Oxford vs. Other is it possible?

trackdude410trackdude410 Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
edited December 2007 in High School Student Topics
Hi I have a pretty big question. I have been accepted at University of Oxford in England for a 4-Year Masters Program in Biochemistry. However as an international student I would have to foot the entire ~25000 pound(50kish) per year in debt. I will also be attending Medical School afterwards and so will have that to worry about too. My question is if I attend oxford, do well and get good mcat scores, and then assuming i get a full ride to a half decent med school will that about $200,000 debt be manageable when i get out of school? I have also been accepted to UofM Ann arbor where my costs would be about $25k per year. Would doing well at u of m and the same mcat scores get me as good offers from med schools, because from U fM ill only get a bachelors instead of the masters? Med schools are about 40-50k per year now, right?

I know UofM is a great school but really I have always dreamed of Oxford and now that i am accepted i am trying to find ways to fund it. Does anyone know of any funding/scholarships i could get for these studies that would at least partially cover this debt? I have heard that its very uncommon to get full rides to med school but i do know someone personally who did it and so dont tell me its impossible, anyone have some genuine feedback?
Thanks and really any advise you can give me is greatly appreciated.
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Replies to: Oxford vs. Other is it possible?

  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    1.) Oxford will not have a major effect on your medical school admissions game in and of itself. If you really like it, however, then it's a very good school and you should go there if you can. The master's won't be that big a deal, although it'll probably be nice.

    2.) $200K in undergrad debt is an awful lot of money. It'll bring you to $400K or so when you're done with medical school. Oy.

    3.) It is very uncommon. It is not impossible. Such offers are often funded by the school itself for very top-notch candidates.
  • PharmagalPharmagal Registered User Posts: 1,266 Senior Member

    Why not consider pursuing a Masters degree within US? You could apply to a top 10 school and get complete funding toward a Masters if you go either the RA or a TA route. You would still get the same recognition as completing a Masters degree at Oxford but have far less debt. In fact, you may save up some money along the way. I think most grad schools in NY state pay around 25k/yr to grad students who are either TAs or RAs.
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