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Applying to European Medical Schools
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Applying outside of the UK has become increasingly popular as the number of places at UK medical schools begins to decline whilst demand remains high. The schools listed below award medical degrees that are accepted by the GMC for work in the UK.

Please note:

  • It was not possible to confirm the details on this page with the respective universities.
  • Please clarify your situation with individual universities before committing to an application.
  • This is not an exhaustive list and other european medical schools are available.
  • Inclusion of a university on this page does not constitute a recommendation.
  • Exam fees and tuition fees are listed in the currency given by the university, not in Pounds Sterling. Check the exchange rate.
  • Some unis have an additional cost of requiring legalised documents, which will cost you between £150 and £300.
  • Remember there are English speaking Medical Schools in Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc - the cost will be much higher but if you have access to that sort of money, they are worth investigating.

This page is up to date as of July 2013.


  • The UK government will not fund you to go abroad. This means you need to find the funding for tuition and living expenses for yourself. Some banks abroad will loan you the tuition money, but read the small print on these agreements very carefully.
  • UK Medical Schools do not allow transfers-in mid-degree. So not start a European degree hoping/assuming you only need to do the first year there and then you can then transfer to a home Uni. It you aren't prepared to spend the entire course overseas or know can't fund the entire enterprise yourself, don't start the course.

Getting an FY job

  • Whilst an EU degree is accepted in the UK, do not assume that this puts you on a level pegging with UK graduates for jobs. There are a limited number of places available to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), which is the required exam for consideration for FY1 jobs. The SJT also requires you to have some understanding of how hospitals work in the UK, which you may not be prepared for if you have solely studied abroad. Though the 6 year nature of most EU degrees allows you to apply directly for FY2, the number of standalone FY2 posts is very limited.

Medical Schools



  • This appears to be the most popular option in Bulgaria for UK students.
  • The course is 6 years long - 2 preclinical years, 3 clinical years, 1 internship year.
  • During the pre-clinical years, you are expected to learn Bulgarian to a suitable standard to be able to converse with patients. 6 hours of tuition a week is provided.
  • Term starts in February
  • Application cost: 150Eur admin fee
  • Fees: 7000 Euros/year
  • Living: Approx 300 Euros/month minimum
  • Entry requirements: BBB including Biology and Chemistry


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

  • Term starts in September
  • Entrance examination
  • Application cost: 350 Eur admin fee
  • Fees: 10,000 Eur/year
  • Application:direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: BBB including Biology and Chemistry


Riga Stradvins

  • Term starts in September or February
  • Applications require completed A levels and are due by July
  • Application cost: 300Eur to secure place (refundable), 1500Eur registration fee
  • Fees: 9000Eur/year for years 1, 10000Eur/year for years 2-6
  • Application:direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: BBB including Biology and Chemistry

Czech Republic

Charles University 1st Faculty of Medicine, Prague

  • Term starts in September
  • Entrance examination
  • Fees: 330000 CZK/year,
  • Living costs: 700EUR/month
  • Application:direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: university entrance exam.
  • Website: [www.lf1.cuni.cz/en/master-studies?f=for-applicants here]

Palacky University

  • Term starts in September
  • Entrance examination (fee £50)
  • Exam dates available up to June
  • Application cost: Exam fee (£50)
  • Fees: 10000Eur/year
  • Application: direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: University Entrance Exam

Masaryk University

  • Location: Brno, Czech Republic
  • Language of studies: English
  • Term starts in September
  • Exam dates available up to July
  • Application cost: Exam fee (£50)
  • Fees: 298,000 CZK/year
  • Application: direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: University Entrance Exam
  • Study duration: Medicine - 6 years, Dentistry - 5 years
  • Website: http://www.med.muni.cz/



  • Term starts in September
  • Entrance examination (fee $350)
  • Application cost: $150, plus exam fee ($350)
  • Fees: $16000/year
  • Application: direct to the university
  • Entry requirements: ABB including Biology and Chemistry

Student Experiences

Malta - Abbie Morrow

"Deciding to do your medical degree in another country is probably the biggest decision any undergraduate could make; even for graduates it's pretty huge. In the case of Malta it is made far more daunting by the fact that most people wouldn't even know it existed if they didn't give the UK points in Eurovision every year. But fear not, it is a real university!

The University of Malta offers Medicine free to all EU applicants, but application requirements are becoming increasingly harder to fulfill. They ask for little experience but require the highest grades from their applicants - this reflects the fact that the course is very fact based and there isn't much clinical application for the first few years. The Maltese kids are the smartest in the country and they won’t let you forget it. Just learn to nod and smile when they tell you how much harder their A levels were than yours. They do work like machines - they study in the corridors, in the queue to the bathrooms and between lectures (they'd probably study in the shower if it didn't mean that their beloved medical text books would get wet). You will rarely see your Maltese colleagues out in Paceville (party central) but hopefully you will have made friends with some like-minded English binge-drinkers that you can drown your sorrows over the Biochemistry exam with over 2 for 1 cocktails. If you don't drink there is still plenty to do, Malta has some beautiful landmarks and cities to enjoy, but pace yourself as it's a small island, you could probably get through it all in a week or two.

So it's free, it’s beautiful and hot, GMC accredited with no issues when applying to do foundation in UK… There must be a catch. Well, I'd say that the exams are incredibly difficult; I can't compare it to England though having not experienced both. There is negative marking and they are incredibly anal markers, but it's not impossible.

Accommodation is relatively cheap, with the option to live in University residence if you have any desire to slip in the shower on somebody else's vomit, buy food that you never get to eat or to be awoken at 8am every morning by the parents of the primary school opposite doing their morning school run. Joking aside, it is a lot of fun and a great way to mix with people outside of medicine. The other option is to get a flat near university but I would recommend viewing first, there are a lot of "double rooms" that turn out to be bunk beds.

So, what about Malta in general? The people are friendly (the old men are a little too friendly) the mosquitoes are unforgiving, and the language is hard to learn unless you already speak Arabic. Wearing shorts to university is regarded on a level with turning up to university with a burning bible in your hands. It is a very safe place to live with very little crime and not that many weirdos (but some can be found in first year engineering and medicine). It is cheap to live, eat and travel, although the driving here is some of the worst I've ever seen.

I seriously hope you will consider applying here, you won’t regret it!”
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