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3 Reasons to Consider International Medical School in Eastern Europe


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International medical schools in Eastern Europe are quickly becoming more popular.

According to The New York Times, the number of international students choosing to go to school in Eastern Europe is increasing.

This means students are applying to international schools in countries that include Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland.

If you’re considering going to medical school (or attaining higher education of any kind), you might be interested in learning what Eastern Europe has to offer when it comes to education.

Lower Tuition

Money is one of the main reasons that students around the world are choosing to attend medical school in Eastern Europe. More specifically, these schools have lower tuitions on average than universities in the US or Western Europe.

Medical students are looking for ways to make sure they are not paying back student loans for decades. In the US, it is not unusual to end up with more than $150,000 worth of debt after graduating. But if you choose an international medical school in Eastern Europe, the total will likely be about half of that.

Less Competitive Admission

If you are set on becoming a doctor, dentist or pharmacist, you might be intimidated by how hard it is to get into medical school in the US and many other countries. Even the best, most dedicated students have a good chance of being rejected due to the sheer amount of competition in the medical school admissions process.

Whether you’re worried about your chance of acceptance or have already been rejected from medical school, you can always consider studying in Eastern Europe. The admissions process is currently less selective, since relatively fewer students apply to these schools.

A Different Approach

Some students choose an international graduate school simply because they want a unique approach to medicine, especially if they do not think the prevailing methods in the US are the best fit for themselves.

In many schools in Eastern Europe, it’s not enough to pass exams and complete residencies. Students also have to learn proper etiquette and professionalism, such as adherence to a dress code during exams. And of course, just by nature of studying abroad in a different country, they become familiar with foreign customs that may be interesting and even helpful in the future.

In addition, students in Eastern Europe often work on human cadavers more frequently than those in other countries do, and earlier on in their studies. They might also learn some basics of other medical programs, with dental students learning some of curriculum taught to medical students and vice versa.

What To Know Before You Apply

If you are a US resident considering applying to any international medical school, you should keep in mind that you will have to pass the examination to get a medical license in the US before you can work in your home country.

Of course, it’s possible you’ll decide to stay in Europe and practice there, in which case you’ll need to find out if your country of choice requires you take an exam for a license.

Also, before you begin the application process, make sure you obtain transcript translation services for the academic documents you need to submit. After all, you’ll want your grades and test scores to come across clearly and accurately, especially to administrators who speak another language.



3 Responses to “3 Reasons to Consider International Medical School in Eastern Europe”

  1. Audrey Says:

    When you say “Eastern Europe” does that include only the countries succeeded from The Soviet Union or “geographically eastern” i ask because I was wondering if Greece was included, I always wanted to go to Greece.

  2. Kaytie at University Language Says:

    Hi Audrey,

    The NY Times article does not mention Greece, but that does not mean you cannot go there! You should do some independent research or talk to a school counselor about your options.

    Good luck!
    Kaytie at University Language

  3. Norma Fay Says:

    This is so interesting. I have been looking at the different foreign medical schools, but I am leaning towards the Caribbean. It just seems like less of a transition.

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