Should I go to study medicine in the United States or in Europe?

Ive been recently told that it’s easier to go to college in the US and then to find a hospital that sends you to work in Europe. However, I do not want to be in the US to study. I planned on studying in Europe and staying there forever but now im not sure. If I study in Europe and stay in there how will it differ from the other suggestion someone told me to do?

Every country has its own very specific rules about medical education, medical clinical training and medical licensing.

In general you should study medicine in the country where you plan to practice for the rest of your career. It’s easier get licensed and your education is tailored to meeting that specific country’s medical licensing rules.

There are a number of European med schools that will accept students who are not EU citizens. However, be aware that any overseas medical schools that offers instruction only in or primarily in English typically do not offer a pathway to medical licensing in any EU countries. You need to enter a medical school that teaches in the native language of the country. This requires a very high level of language fluency (near native speaker level) and proof of that fluency. (Germany, for example, requires a minimum of a full year of full time intensive German language instruction before any non-citizen student can be considered for med school admission.)

Finding a residency training program in Europe will also be difficult without EU citizenship because very strong preference is given to (in order) in-country citizens, citizens of other EU countries. Non-citizens compete among themselves for remaining open positions. There are very few positions available for non-citizens. Non in-country applicants for residency must prove they have a very high level of fluency in the local language(s) to be considered. Some EU countries are hostile to med graduates who have studied outside that particular country. (Switzerland makes it all but impossible for non-citizen, non-Swiss educated doctors to practice there.)

Should at any time in the future, you decide to return to practice medicine in the US after earning your medical degree abroad, you would need to take all 4 USMLE exams, pass them all, then completely redo your residency training from the beginning at a US hospital. A EU medical license is not recognized in the US and you will not be able to practice medicine here without extensive re-training.

Completing your medical education in the US does NOT guarantee your education. specialty training and medical license will be accepted by any given European country. Most countries will require US educated physicians to take a series of high level medical knowledge exams and undergo a period of re-training in the new country in order to gain a medical license.

The timeline for medical education in the US is different from that in Europe.

In Europe, medical school begins immediately after high school. You need to take qualifying exams/admission exams during your senior year of high school and have completed multiple AP/IB classes in basic sciences & mathematics if you want to be considered for med school.

Thank you so much, this was super helpful! :slight_smile:

What classes are ypu cureently taking? Are you enrolled in the IB diploma?


There is an English language forum for students interested in attending non-North American medical schools. It has a subforum just for Czech and Slovakian medical schools

There is also a EU medical school subform on Student Doctor. net (SDN)


Although both are lightly trafficked, you may find some of the information you’re looking for there.

Whatever you decide, be sure than any medical school you consider is accredited by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Without WFME accreditation, your degree will not be recognized as legitimate and you will not be able to gain an accredited residency position anywhere.

Be aware that in many countries there is a two track system for medical residencies–an accredited official system that leads to specialty recognition and licensing; and a unofficial, unaccredited system that uses (chiefly foreign -trained) medical residents as cheap hired help and will never lead to formal licensing and recognition as a physician with full practice rights.