Well that's just it, it may not make a difference to sitting the exam that would allow one to practice in the UK. To be honest, that would be 'graduating' for me, not the graduation in Bulgaria.
Doctors in the UK come from all corners of the world. Provided your degree isn't from somewhere on the GMC's blacklist, you're in if you can pass that exam. Tellingly and perhaps surprisingly too, Bulgaria isn't on that blacklist. Which is good enough for me, as I'm not a high enough flyer to have a realistic possibility of gaining entrance to a UK university. It probably depends a bit on how ambitious you plan to be in your career. I personally am not ambitious at all and would happy to be just a doctor able to practice in the UK. And there are many, many Bulgarian doctors working in the UK.
I have spent time today talking about these types of issues with someone in admissions at one of the universities I'm considering (can't go into specifics obviously) and yes, I think this is really how I feel.
Yes that makes a lot of sense. It does perhaps also depend on whether you're hoping to go into a competitive field. If you're not picky, I don't think getting a job as a doctor in the UK is going to be a problem in the years to come - going by what present doctors are saying. But yes, a degree from a respected university is lots more desirable than from somewhere known for corruption, regardless of the quality of the teaching.
It's interesting to know that Hungary and Czech are more highly regarded. I hadn't been aware of any medical courses in English in those countries, though.
BTW, I have lived in Hungary and the language is a. complete. nightmare. It could not be harder for an English speaker and is quite unlike the languages of the countries bordering it.
I lived in Brno. It's fab.
Thanks for the info. Just had a look through the sample entrance papers - they seem AS Level.
Hey, I'm thinking of applying to Europe as a back up, so should I apply to Sofia or Charles? Which is, for lack of a better word, better? And Is there anything I should know or look into before applying? What about language barriers?
Hey! I'm thinking of studying medicine at Sofia medical university via InterHECS.
What do you guys think of studying there so far?