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CBSE Students?

JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited November 2012 in Pre-Med Topics
Hi, sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum :D

I'm a CBSE student currently in class XII. I've wanted to study medicine since grade 6, which is a good half of my conscious life. House M.D is what initially inspired me :D

I really want to study at the best universities possible. I've looked at many US and UK universities but I've run into a few problems:

1. A couple of counsellors have told me that the US is a long shot (they don't really like medicine tbh). My marks have been pretty decent/good so far though, and I hope to do really well in my boards.

2. UK universities seem to not recognise CBSE. I've called and emailed a few of them but they've refused. This is weird because someone from my school got into UCL a couple of years ago (for engineering), and he told me that it's not impossible for CBSE students to go to UK universities, it's just much harder, but he doesn't know too much about medicine.

I'm planning to take a gap year.

Can anyone give me some more information about CBSE students with respect to UK (preferably) and US universities? I've been mostly drawing a blank so far, and the few signs aren't encouraging - in a weird way though, the difficulty just makes me want to do it more. I REALLY want to do this.

Advice from a former CBSE student would be ideal :D

Feel free to PM me with anything!
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Replies to: CBSE Students?

  • plumazulplumazul Registered User Posts: 1,743 Senior Member
    Why not study medicine where you are? Isn't there a need? After you are a physician, you may be able to move to the UK if you wish. And your advisers are correct, the US is a very long shot.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,857 Senior Member
    Medicine in the US is graduate degree program. You will first need to complete an undergrad college degree (4 years), take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and then apply to medical school.

    International applicants are at a severe disadvantage in medical school admissions for 2 reasons:

    1) Most US medical schools do not admit international applicants. Fewer than 300 international students are admitted to all US med schools combined in a given year.

    2) Except for literally 5-6 schools, no US medical school offers financial aid to international students. You and your family will have to be able to pay for the entire cost of your medical education in the US. (About $75,000/year, including living expenses and mandatory health insurance.)


    Where do you want to practice medicine?

    In your home country? The UK? The US?
  • JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Either the UK or the US.

    I'm fine without financial aid.

    I've hear about Brown PLME and BU's 7 year accelerated program, are those feasible for internationals?
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,857 Senior Member
    Brown's program will consider internationals for admission. Not sure if BU's does.
  • JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    What about the UK?
  • JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member

    Does nobody know about the UK?
  • JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    WayOutWestMom, where did you get the figure of <300 internationals from? I'm not doubting you, I'd just like to see it for myself :D
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,857 Senior Member
    AMCAS publishes data each year on the home states of matriculants and applicants.


    If you look at the very bottom of the table-- only 155 foreign students matriculated into US medical schools in 2011. That 155 includes MD/PhDs.

    The historical data for the past 10 years is on that same table. In the past 10 years only between 82 to 170 have been admitted each year.
  • somemomsomemom Registered User Posts: 10,472 Senior Member
    The UK medicine degree is usually done as an undergraduate degree, no need to do a 4 year bachelor's degree so you are done sooner. I know many Canadian kids who do an MD in the UK and plan to come back to North American to practice.

    Is CSBE India? If so, you need to find out if a UK MD will allow you to practice in India and find out if UK MD will allow you to immigrate to practice in the UK.
  • JNatashaJNatasha Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thanks for the link. An average of 175 in the last few years is scary :/

    CBSE is India. I'm getting conflicting answers as to the immigration :/
  • AnuragrAnuragr Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    I'm applying to the UK as well. Probably for a CS or Economics course.
    Most UK colleges do accept CBSE scores. Hell, they will even accept State board scores. Just make sure you get a referee who knows you well enough, academically, to precisely predict your 12th board scores.

    Although, if you are considering a gap year (so am I), you can go ahead and take the AP tests in may and the A-levels as a private candidate, just to be safe you know. Contact the British council for more info.

    Have you filled in the UCAS yet?

    Since I scraped off my plans of applying to the US, I've been looking into UK colleges like crazy. So inevitably, I know some stuff.
    Look into Newcastle or Edinburgh? They're one of the best colleges in UK for studying med.

    Oh and also, try out this link. You'll find the entry requirements for almost all the UK colleges in layman terms of CBSE.
    UK University Specialists:?SI-UK Education Council London?Tokyo?Osaka | UK University Agency and Consultants | SI-UK Education Council New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, India

    If there's anything else, PM me.
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