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I'm currently in my 3rd year of a 4yr course at Bristol and will be applying for graduate entry Vet Med 2012 entry. Ideally I would like to study in the UK, but due to most universities saying, "Oh, you already have a science degree? That's marvelous! You sound perfect for Veterinary Medicine! Now please give me £18500 a year for the next 4/5 years and spend the rest of your life living in a cardboard box eating beans from the tin whilst you pay off the astronomical debts you have acquired."

Basically, I can realistically only go for RVC and Notts (I know Cambs do normal fees, but then I have to think about their College fees on top of that). I know how fierce the competition is, especially with all these A-level students coming out with their new and shiny A* grades. I'm very well aware that by only applying to two UK unis, I'm somewhat limiting my chances of a place.

But I've been speaking to a vet who suggested looking at RCVS approved courses abroad... so that's what I have been doing! Unfortunately it's been quite difficult to get any recommendations/student opinions (apart from the HUGE thread on UVM in Kosice, which seems to have amazing responses to the course, and I must say, seems quite appealing).

But does anybody have any more information on Univet in Budapest? I've only seen one or two comments about it, but nothing from somebody actually studying there.

Anything you could tell me about the course/the uni/whether it's an enjoyable place to study would be much appreciated!!

Thanks

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Hi

I'm currently in my 3rd year of a 4yr course at Bristol and will be applying for graduate entry Vet Med 2012 entry. Ideally I would like to study in the UK, but due to most universities saying, "Oh, you already have a science degree? That's marvelous! You sound perfect for Veterinary Medicine! Now please give me £18500 a year for the next 4/5 years and spend the rest of your life living in a cardboard box eating beans from the tin whilst you pay off the astronomical debts you have acquired."

Basically, I can realistically only go for RVC and Notts (I know Cambs do normal fees, but then I have to think about their College fees on top of that). I know how fierce the competition is, especially with all these A-level students coming out with their new and shiny A* grades. I'm very well aware that by only applying to two UK unis, I'm somewhat limiting my chances of a place.

But I've been speaking to a vet who suggested looking at RCVS approved courses abroad... so that's what I have been doing! Unfortunately it's been quite difficult to get any recommendations/student opinions (apart from the HUGE thread on UVM in Kosice, which seems to have amazing responses to the course, and I must say, seems quite appealing).

But does anybody have any more information on Univet in Budapest? I've only seen one or two comments about it, but nothing from somebody actually studying there.

Anything you could tell me about the course/the uni/whether it's an enjoyable place to study would be much appreciated!!

Thanks

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Lol this made me laugh know exactly what you mean about grad fees!

Sorry to say i dont think there is anyone from Buda on this site. I know a few people here who started out in buda but didnt like it so transferred. Obviously i only speak to the people who don't like it, so im sure i have a pretty biased view.

All i've really heard about it is that they take in too many people into first year and fail people to cut their numbers down. Its a 5 year course i think, but i think very few people actually make it out in 5 years because of all the failing.

The only other thing i know is that its £10000 a year, so more than UVM which is around £6500 at the moment. Also UVM is only 4 years.

On the plus side, budapest is an AWESOME city!!!! and i wish i lived there! If we could take UVM and stick it in budapest i think it would be perfect! but i wouldnt swap this uni for anything! Sorry i cant be anymore help, its weird that there arent people from any of the other european vet schools on here. Im sure i was going to say something else, but im very hungover and appear to have forgotten, i'll come back if i remember xxx
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oh i remembered! I was gonna say that buda is more well known at home, especially amongst irish vets, and no one seems to know about here!
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Totally agree with Tigercallie about Budapest, it is a great city and it would be a nice place to live I think (based on my visits as a tourist!)

From a Vienna point of view (our course is in German so don't add it to your list!), I also only know people who have transferred here from Budapest and obviously (as Tigercallie said) have a negative view of the place. There is very little large animal work, it's all based on dogs - that's all I've heard about the course!

Good luck
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(Original post by tigercallie)
Sorry to say i dont think there is anyone from Buda on this site. I know a few people here who started out in buda but didnt like it so transferred. Obviously i only speak to the people who don't like it, so im sure i have a pretty biased view.
it's quite worrying that both you and clair0511 know multiple people that have felt the need to transfer - it makes me think there's definitely something pretty major they're doing wrong. Looking at courses abroad is a major step, I mean, even though it's RCVS approved and it's actually a vet who has recommended it, there's always that niggling feeling in the back of my head that when I come back to work in the UK my qualification will be seen as lesser. That's why it would be nice to speak to some actual students from Buda! All you lovely people on the UVM Kosice thread have calmed my niggling thoughts - nobody has a bad word to say! And it seems like people find jobs easily enough after graduating?




(Original post by clair0511)
Totally agree with Tigercallie about Budapest, it is a great city and it would be a nice place to live I think (based on my visits as a tourist!)

From a Vienna point of view (our course is in German so don't add it to your list!), I also only know people who have transferred here from Budapest and obviously (as Tigercallie said) have a negative view of the place. There is very little large animal work, it's all based on dogs - that's all I've heard about the course!

Good luck
Budapest is an amazing city and I would LOVE to live there for the next 5 years! But unfortunately what you've said about large animal work is pretty much the only thing I've heard about it so far too I would love to know if this is true/likely to change in the next couple of years. Sigh!

Thank you both for your help x
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And it seems like people find jobs easily enough after graduating?
Yeh everyone i know of from the UK, ireland and Scandinavia seems to have got jobs fine. You'll always find people who think its a lesser degree. I worked with a vet once who thought degrees from Nottingham would be no good, so i dread to think what he thinks of abroad degrees. But then thats his problem. I think im taught well (and we all have to work our arses off out here) and i think ill be a good vet, so if i ever meet him again i'll just have to prove him wrong, and i think ill be able to do that.
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It's definitely comforting to know all these things! As you say, there's bias towards different UK vet schools too (depending on who you work with) so I guess it's the same everywhere you go. All it takes is to get that very first job and then you can show you're a well-trained and damn fine vet

I hope you get the chance to prove that vet wrong!
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Hello Erin, if you're considering other european vet school , I can suggest you mine, which is in Cluj, Romania (but there's another one in Bucharest where courses are in english too) , the both are EAEVE approved
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Hello Erin, if you're considering other european vet school , I can suggest you mine, which is in Cluj, Romania (but there's another one in Bucharest where courses are in english too) , the both are EAEVE approved
Hi E-lise, thank you for reccommending other vet schools! How many years have you studied at Cluj? Are you enjoying it so far? Can I ask what the syllabus and facilites are like... do they seem to have a particular focus, or is it generally a well-rounded course? Sorry for bombarding you with questions! Any information would be welcomed

Thanks x
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I'm applying to Cluj Napoca this year, possibly Bucharest aswell but I can't find any details on their admission requirements, the website just loads up to a blank page on that section
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I'm applying to Cluj Napoca this year, possibly Bucharest aswell but I can't find any details on their admission requirements, the website just loads up to a blank page on that section
Hello Shockley,

I'm also waiting to send off my application for Cluj this year, (thanks again Elise!), but unfortunately the website is still set up for 2010 and they don't seem to answer their emails. My understanding however, is that the sole criterion for entry is the completion of school or college with qualifications permitting university entry in one's own country. The actual grades achieved will only be considered in the event that more people apply than they're willing to extend places to. Although that doesn't sound a particularly rigorous system, I suspect they offer a French style approach whereby there is a good deal of flexibility as to who is admitted on to the course, but only because they expect the weaker candidates to drop out during the first year.

Anyways, i'll look forward to maybe meeting you later in the year!

Alex
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Apologies, the above is nonsense. You meant Bucharest of course... you know your syntax could confuse a stupid person!
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Hello Shockley,

I'm also waiting to send off my application for Cluj this year, (thanks again Elise!), but unfortunately the website is still set up for 2010 and they don't seem to answer their emails. My understanding however, is that the sole criterion for entry is the completion of school or college with qualifications permitting university entry in one's own country. The actual grades achieved will only be considered in the event that more people apply than they're willing to extend places to. Although that doesn't sound a particularly rigorous system, I suspect they offer a French style approach whereby there is a good deal of flexibility as to who is admitted on to the course, but only because they expect the weaker candidates to drop out during the first year.

Anyways, i'll look forward to maybe meeting you later in the year!

Alex

Don't worry you can start applying for this year, they say they accept applications from 1st March so go right ahead. In regards to the slow email system, I had the same experience but once they eventually replied they told me to use this email instead - [email protected]

Cluj is definately my number 1 choice, hope to see you there in September!! :cool:
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Hi E-lise, thank you for reccommending other vet schools! How many years have you studied at Cluj? Are you enjoying it so far? Can I ask what the syllabus and facilites are like... do they seem to have a particular focus, or is it generally a well-rounded course? Sorry for bombarding you with questions! Any information would be welcomed

Thanks x

It's my 1st year in Cluj, I enjoy it and don't regret my choice at all!
You can find al syllabus here
The facilities are ok, depending on the departement, some are better than others.
The only thing I don't like about my univ is that we only have preserved pieces in anatomy lab, and it would be nice to have fresh pieces...
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Don't worry you can start applying for this year, they say they accept applications from 1st March so go right ahead. In regards to the slow email system, I had the same experience but once they eventually replied they told me to use this email instead - [email protected]

Cluj is definately my number 1 choice, hope to see you there in September!! :cool:

And you - roll on September! Actually, the weather's beginning to get quite summery where i am and all of a sudden September's begun to really feel not that far away now.

...just a couple of practical things though: how did you transfer the money to pay the 50 lei CNRED fee - i can't seem to find anywhere that will do it? And also, have you actually been to visit Cluj and had a look round the campus and facilities yet?
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And you - roll on September! Actually, the weather's beginning to get quite summery where i am and all of a sudden September's begun to really feel not that far away now.

...just a couple of practical things though: how did you transfer the money to pay the 50 lei CNRED fee - i can't seem to find anywhere that will do it? And also, have you actually been to visit Cluj and had a look round the campus and facilities yet?
I emailed the uni to ask about the CNRED fee, and they said you don't pay it till you get there in September.

As for visiting the campus, not yet but I am due time off work soon so will be arranging a week to visit Cluj and Bucharest. Reading lots of guidebooks atm to prepare!
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If you want to see pics of the campus, you can go here
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Hello Erin, if you're considering other european vet school , I can suggest you mine, which is in Cluj, Romania (but there's another one in Bucharest where courses are in english too) , the both are EAEVE approved
Do you know where I can find details about admission/tuition fees for the course in Bucharest? I tried the official website but their admissions section is blank.
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I went on their website but didn't find either their admission policy, I suggest you send them an email to ask.
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Hi Erin, came across the thread and thought i'd see if I can help!
I'm not at budapest, but probably going there in september, having strongly considered UVM. I have however spoken to a couple of students who have graduated from szent istvan, and both were very positive about the course. Both of them were more than happy to recomend going there, and are now working in the uk without any problems. They also stressed what a great city Budapest is to live in, and how much they enjoyed their time there.
I've also spoken to a professor from Bristol Uni, who went to a conference there and said he was very impressed with the course, but had never heard of the course at UVM.
It's difficult to know where to start, and what you'd like to know, so if you have any questions feel free to ask, and i can try and answer them, but can't promise anything!
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