I apologize for the length of this post- I would appreciate any advice you may have!
I am currently in the first semester of my freshman year at a small liberal arts school in Columbus, Ohio. My major is biochemistry pre-med, and I came in with 45+ credits through College Credit Plus in high school (I have finished calc 1 & 2, general chemistry 1 & 2, and lots of gen eds) . My university would usually cost 58,000$ a year- but as I am part of their women’s lacrosse program and had good grades, I got my tuition down to <8,000$ a year and do not pay room and board since I am a commuter (due to COVID-19).
I’m happy here, I have made good friends, but I have always wanted more. My dream school was UChicago, and although I was waitlisted until late last month, I was eventually rejected. I have a few reasons for wanting to pursue school in the UK (specifically Britain, however I am open to considering Scotland as well). My primary reason for pursuing school there is that I do not support the American healthcare system. It may be that I am young and do not have a fully developed perspective on this yet, however, in short it seems that the system is corrupt and over-charges people. My mother and sister work in the pharmacy dep. at Children’s, and just hearing the price of one ibuprofen is frustrating. I understand that NHS may not be the best system in the world, but it seems much better than the US and I want to be a part of something that is making a positive change in the world. I also want to be able to travel, and I believe being in the UK would give me better access to do so.
I ranked 18 in a class of 500, and my GPA in high school was an avg 4.1 weighted. I was involved in many clubs and organizations in high school, and have been doing the same at university. My classes have been good so far- I project I will be in the 3.8-4.0 range for this year.
My parents have agreed to pay for half of my undergraduate degree, even if it’s more expensive. I have saved up 3,000$ on my own during quarantine (could probably get closer to 5-6k before the start of next school year), which might not be a lot but I am also willing to take out some loans. Right now I am working at Chipotle, and they offer 5,250$ a year for tuition reimbursement, so I haven’t had to take any loans taken out. I saw that Chipotle is in England as well so I would look into international reimbursement.
What should I expect for tuition costs as a student from the US? Is it common to be able to get scholarships? Will I have to live on campus, and if so is the cost of room and board inflated as much as it is in the US? Would it be better if I finished a pre-med undergrad in the US and applied to med school abroad? Is there a way to see what of my credits would transfer? How much harder is a pre-med degree (or just uni in general) in the UK compared to the US