I’m a senior in the United States and have been accessing this website a lot as I’ve been applying to colleges. However, lately, I’ve been considering going abroad to Romania or Bulgaria to study medicine. The pros of this are the fact that the tuition is actually affordable and pretty cheap and that by 6 years, I will actually be a doctor (hopefully!). In the United States, however, if I go on to study pre-med, I’d have to take pre-med classes for the first four years and only after that would I find out whether or not I even got accepted as a medical student. And I know that a lot of people argue that you can shorten those primary four years with summer classes or the credits I should get from my high school years but ultimately, I still feel as though it’s too long of a process.
Anyway, getting back to the point (sorry, I tend to ramble at times), there are also some HUGE risks with studying abroad. First off, I know someone who studied medicine in Pakistan and then moved to the states and while he may be practicing medicine, he’s only allowed to work for a few hours and not as many as he hopes too. Additionally, I heard of a couple who studied in the Caribbean together and while the wife found a job after a few months, her husband still hasn’t found one from what I’ve heard. And then also, a friend of a friend who studied in Romania is having a tough time finding a job in Europe, not even the United States which would make more sense with the USMLE requirements and all! So with that, I am utterly confused and am hoping to get your advice on what to do and hopefully, speaking to people who have actually done this whole study abroad in Europe thing. Anyway, I guess the actual question is what advice do you guys have on this matter?