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Hi! I'm an international student wishing to apply to read Medicine in Oxford. Can I get some advice on how to apply?
(Grades, EE topic, hours of work experience, cocurriculars, etc...)
I have taken the IGCSE and is sitting for the M2021 IB exams if it helps.
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Medicine in any uni is really competitive in the UK and getting into Oxford is by far the hardest among them all (applicant to offer ratio is half that of Cambridge's.) If you are international, the competition will be even harsher. You will need to have exceptional GCSEs and a decent BMAT score (depening on how good your GCSE/equivalent is) just to get a chance for interview. Saying that, you don't need A LOT of work experience and an exceptional personal statement to secure an interview as they look more heavily on the academic aspect compared to other unis. (Cambridge is similar.)
Using the 2020 cycle for 2021 entry for example, there were 346 international applicants and only 32 were interviewed and at the end only 5 got an offer ( +1 for a deferred entry in 2022.) Personally I would recommend others to apply for Cambridge if they really want to study in Oxbridge for medicine as it seems that they are more lenient to international applicants. Also keep in mind that whichever uni you end up doing medicine in UK, they all teach the same curriculum and no one will doubt your ability just because you are not an Oxbridge student, so please don't feel inferior for not applying to Oxbridge. Saying that, if you really want to read medicine in Oxford after careful consideration for whatever reason (great city, prestige, course structure, tutorial system etc) and if those stats didn't put you off, then go for it and leave no regret!! I'm sure you are a very academically able student!

P.S I am one of those international student that got rejected by Oxford medicine post interview, so I might sound a bit biased haha. Slightly regretting this decision after knowing the statistics so I don't want anyone else to make the same mistake!
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(Original post by feignintellect)
Hi! I'm an international student wishing to apply to read Medicine in Oxford. Can I get some advice on how to apply?
(Grades, EE topic, hours of work experience, cocurriculars, etc...)
I have taken the IGCSE and is sitting for the M2021 IB exams if it helps.
I have moved your thread to the Oxbridge section because your query is about things over and above "standard medicine" admissions. i.e. what extra things to do for Oxbridge.

Remember you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, so for the three other UCAS choices (you can only apply to four Medicine choices), feel free to read through or post in the general medicine admission thread for 2021.
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Geez, I am a bit put off too but come what may I will still shoot my shot at it though. May I ask what were your grades and which unis did you also applied to?
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Geez, I am a bit put off too but come what may I will still shoot my shot at it though. May I ask what were your grades and which unis did you also applied to?
GCSE: 11A* BMAT: 6.8,5.3, 2.5A Also applied to KCL, Birmingham, and UCL
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Hey!
I'm also planning to apply to Oxbridge (I'm M21 as well).
I have been dreaming of Oxford for a few years now but only recently I've found out that it's actually easier (still hard though) to get into Cambridge than Oxford, so right now I'm more leaning towards Cambridge. But I for sure will apply to Oxbridge, just to try at least.
I'm also an international applicant (from Poland). As for my IB, I have:
HL: Biology, Chemistry and English B
SL: Maths AA, Polish A, Geography
I'm doing my EE in Biology and its topic is connected with bacteria as it seems to me as one of the most interesting medicine-related ideas. I thought, we could exchange our ideas for work experience etc. and have some discussion about it if you want to?
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