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Hello everyone 😊

I'm 20 and studying Dentistry in Turkey. I saw this app and thought I can help people who want to study Dentistry in university.

The information on internet is mostly official so it's better to connect with someone who is in the course. Maybe the systems in different countries can change a lil bit but I'm sure they're mostly similar.

If there're questions in your mind, let me know. I can explain them below or I can create new topics 😊
why did u want to study dentistry ? what made you passionate about it, im planning on studying dentistry but im scared its too boring or its not the right degree for me.
Are you an international student from England?

Did you apply to a University in Turkey that offered Dentistry/equivalent via alternative route? Why and do you think it will give you a job/will you be able to practice in England, or atleast bring you to the same skill level as those that study dentistry in England?
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to: dorathexploa

actually i was planning to study medicine but my university entrance exam grade was not high enough so I chose dentistry. actually at first time I thought it will be boring too because my purpose was to save lives, not cleaning people teeth! but by time I really liked the education because dentistry education is mostly about practical lesson which makes dentistry interesting for me... like even from the first year we started to do dentures...

and at least in my country dentistry have a high chance to find job. (nowadays engineers, teachers etc can't find any job) so that's another reason why I chose dentistry. and believe me if you want a job about health, dentistry is a perfect choise
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to: AlwaysBroke.

well I'm Turkish that's why I study in Turkey. I'm not an international student but we have lots of international student here especially from neighbor countries. Universities have accreditation which shows that universities are equal or give enough/ more education. that means when you go to England your dentistry degree will be counted.

and in Turkey when you're graduated from dentistry you are called teeth doctor. here we have the same authority and same prestige with med doctors because we are doctors as well. because till the end of 1900s dentistry was a part of medical school and you were choosing the dentistry if you want to focus on that topic. even now we have the same lectures with med students our teachers are same etc.

the thing I mean is the dentistry education is very good in Turkey and it is accepted by other countries and universities abroad. not worse or less education than England or other countries.
Original post by dt.cavity
to: dorathexploa

actually i was planning to study medicine but my university entrance exam grade was not high enough so I chose dentistry. actually at first time I thought it will be boring too because my purpose was to save lives, not cleaning people teeth! but by time I really liked the education because dentistry education is mostly about practical lesson which makes dentistry interesting for me... like even from the first year we started to do dentures...

and at least in my country dentistry have a high chance to find job. (nowadays engineers, teachers etc can't find any job) so that's another reason why I chose dentistry. and believe me if you want a job about health, dentistry is a perfect choise

Thank you for replying :smile: and goodluck with your studies.
Original post by dt.cavity
Hello everyone 😊

I'm 20 and studying Dentistry in Turkey. I saw this app and thought I can help people who want to study Dentistry in university.

The information on internet is mostly official so it's better to connect with someone who is in the course. Maybe the systems in different countries can change a lil bit but I'm sure they're mostly similar.

If there're questions in your mind, let me know. I can explain them below or I can create new topics 😊


What do you think about choosing dentistry as my fallback course in the case of not getting into medicine? Is it something you can recommend? Is it similar enough to medicine? Is there a big difference in the entry requirements for each course? Thanks
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Original post by dorathexploa
Thank you for replying :smile: and goodluck with your studies.


you're welcome, i hope i helped :smile: and thank you too :smile:
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Original post by pszsd
What do you think about choosing dentistry as my fallback course in the case of not getting into medicine? Is it something you can recommend? Is it similar enough to medicine? Is there a big difference in the entry requirements for each course? Thanks


actually about entry requirements i can say that in Turkey the requirements are not different i mean we take the university entrance exam and we make choose the course that we're gonna take. but most of the people say it's better if you have a good manipulation skills (like working well on shaping etc.)...

and I can tell you "similarity to medicine" in two ways. firstly education that we're taking is nearly same. I mean we take "anatomy (full human body not only face), microbiology, histology and embryology, biophysics, biochemistry, biostatistics, medical biology and genetics etc. (except them we have lectures about dentistry). I mean we are educated about whole body not only teeth. and the other reason is being a dentist is like being a doctor who did PhD. (in Turkey we are called 'teeth doctor' that's what dentistry means in Turkish)

and finally I can say that I really really recommand dentistry. if you want to study medicine then you should but if you wanna have a B plan then you can think about dentistry 😊
Original post by dt.cavity
actually about entry requirements i can say that in Turkey the requirements are not different i mean we take the university entrance exam and we make choose the course that we're gonna take. but most of the people say it's better if you have a good manipulation skills (like working well on shaping etc.)...

and I can tell you "similarity to medicine" in two ways. firstly education that we're taking is nearly same. I mean we take "anatomy (full human body not only face), microbiology, histology and embryology, biophysics, biochemistry, biostatistics, medical biology and genetics etc. (except them we have lectures about dentistry). I mean we are educated about whole body not only teeth. and the other reason is being a dentist is like being a doctor who did PhD. (in Turkey we are called 'teeth doctor' that's what dentistry means in Turkish)

and finally I can say that I really really recommand dentistry. if you want to study medicine then you should but if you wanna have a B plan then you can think about dentistry 😊

Okay, thanks for the fruitful advice! g'day
Hello, what is the Turkish education system like? Also your English is very good, are your lessons in English or did you go extra classes to become fluent? How long must you go to university to become a fully fledged dentist? And what do you want to specialise in if you do?
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is the course studied fully in english? and if so, how would you rate the professors'/lecturers' capability to teach in english?
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Original post by ArtmisKco
Hello, what is the Turkish education system like? Also your English is very good, are your lessons in English or did you go extra classes to become fluent? How long must you go to university to become a fully fledged dentist? And what do you want to specialise in if you do?

Hello, first of all i want to apologize for writing after 4 months. Turkish education system is very hard from primary school to university. I mean i can say that if you want to have a great future you have to study a lot. So if I talk about dentistry, it is one of the high scored faculties in Turkey. That means you have to score a great score at university entrance exam. Professors know that and their education is so hard like you have to stop going out for having fun and concentrate on studying. We have theoretical and practical lectures from the first week of first year which give us great skills and i think it's procedure is same in every country. Because dentistry is a job that requires experience and skills so we do soooo much practics. The course is 5 years long but most of the students finish it in 6 or maybe 7 years. Last 2 years are called clinic years. We go to clinic of our university and see the patients and do our job without our Professors (assistants help if we need). There are limits like "you have to see 40 patients this month" etc to help you with gaining experience. And the health system in Turkey is good, you can go to a universities dentistry faculty and have a treatment without paying anything so there are always patients to look at. And about the speciality, i don't have any opinion yet. first i want to see the clinics and then decide :smile:

Plus i went to private schools from kindergarten that's why my English is good (actually because of school and studying my English got worse sooo sorry if I made mistakes :smile: )
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Original post by Fakz
is the course studied fully in english? and if so, how would you rate the professors'/lecturers' capability to teach in english?

In my university the education is not in English it's totally Turkish. There are a few universities (mostly private universities not government) have %30 and %100 English courses. But I don't know about them much.
Heyyy, I’m from the uk and im planning to do pharmacy here but was looking into other options and was thinking of going to turkey as I already know the language and have been there a few times. What are your views on the pharmacy course in turkey? And do you think it’s worth it for me to go, because I’m not sure if the degree will allow me to practise in the uk/ other countries?
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You need to study nearly for 2 years more to become a dentist in the UK after having an education in Turkey. Probably when you compare income rates Turkey might be better due to medical tourism right, you could check Smile Dental Turkey for more info
hello, i’m unsure how to post a question without replying or starting a new discussion (i’m new so i don’t know how anything works yet) but i am an aspiring dentist in year 12 hoping to go to bristol university (main choice but open to other universities) but was wondering if they or any universities as a whole would accept me with a 6 in maths GCSE as i know the requirement was 7. as bristol is my university of choice is there any alternative way to study there but for dentistry. i have emailed the university but received an automated message as a reply. thank you :smile:
Original post by rosia22055
hello, i’m unsure how to post a question without replying or starting a new discussion (i’m new so i don’t know how anything works yet) but i am an aspiring dentist in year 12 hoping to go to bristol university (main choice but open to other universities) but was wondering if they or any universities as a whole would accept me with a 6 in maths GCSE as i know the requirement was 7. as bristol is my university of choice is there any alternative way to study there but for dentistry. i have emailed the university but received an automated message as a reply. thank you :smile:

You will be rejected if you don't meet minimum GCSE requirements for dentistry, you will have to resit and get a 7. Don't try to fixate on a dental school too much as all of them will train you to become a dentist. You will also need a high UCAT score for Bristol due to their new admissions procedure starting from this year with a 100% UCAT weighing. Most dental schools want a 6 in GCSE maths and english language. Check this post for more info
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/courses/dentistry/dentistry-entry-requirements
Do you need physics A level to study dentistry in turkey? Is physics important to take beacuse I don’t want to take physics

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