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I got rejected from all 4 med schools and don’t know what to do

I am an international student from Sri Lanka and found out today that I’ve gotten rejected from all 4 med schools without an interview. Here are my stats

GCSEs - 9As (I did Sri Lankan GCSEs and this is the highest grade achievable)
A levels - 3A*s 1A (bio, chem, physics and music respectively)
UCAT - 2820
BMAT - 5.9, 5.7, 3.5 A
UCAS Tarrif - 316

Are there any universities I can apply to directly?

Thanks for all your help
I'm sorry to hear that you got rejected from all 4 med unis :frown: Med is extremely competitive, especially for international students. First off, let me ask-

1) Which unis did you apply to?
2) Did your entry requirements match the unis you applied to?
3) What is your fifth, non-med choice?

If you've got your heart set on med, it would be better to take a gap year and reapply than go with your non-med choice as GEM is way harder to get into.
Original post by sarishasen
I am an international student from Sri Lanka and found out today that I’ve gotten rejected from all 4 med schools without an interview. Here are my stats

GCSEs - 9As (I did Sri Lankan GCSEs and this is the highest grade achievable)
A levels - 3A*s 1A (bio, chem, physics and music respectively)
UCAT - 2820
BMAT - 5.9, 5.7, 3.5 A
UCAS Tarrif - 316

Are there any universities I can apply to directly?

Thanks for all your help


Hi, I am sorry to read this.

I don’t know much about international applications I am afraid but I believe that there are three unis you can apply directly to outside of UCAS. Brunel, Buckingham and UCLan. Details on their website. There are some restrictions though I think.

this thread and post #339 might help.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=97822251&postcount=339

also @Chi chi5 might be able to give a bit of insight.

good luck with your next steps.
(edited 1 year ago)
Reply 3
Original post by sleep_supremacy
I'm sorry to hear that you got rejected from all 4 med unis :frown: Med is extremely competitive, especially for international students. First off, let me ask-

1) Which unis did you apply to?
2) Did your entry requirements match the unis you applied to?
3) What is your fifth, non-med choice?

If you've got your heart set on med, it would be better to take a gap year and reapply than go with your non-med choice as GEM is way harder to get into.

1) I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, Birmingham and Queen Mary. I had the entry requirements for Birmingham and queen Mary definitely but I think they had made changes very recently where for international students the requirement is even higher than it has ever been. I honestly think I aimed too high being an international student from a country where there is an economic crisis.
2) I think I answered this question as part of the first
3) Kings for bio med - I meet the entry requirements for this.

The problem is, I am a school leaver and applied with my A2 results. I don’t think I can afford to take another gap year.
(edited 1 year ago)
Reply 4
I will Check thèse out. Thank you very much
Original post by George&Mary44!
Hi, I am sorry to read this.

I don’t know much about international applications I am afraid but I believe that there are three unis you can apply directly to outside of UCAS. Brunel, Buckingham and UCLan. Details on their website. There are some restrictions though I think.

this thread and post #339 might help.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=97822251&postcount=339

also @Chi chi5 might be able to give a bit of insight.

good luck with your next steps.
Original post by George&Mary44!
Hi, I am sorry to read this.

I don’t know much about international applications I am afraid but I believe that there are three unis you can apply directly to outside of UCAS. Brunel, Buckingham and UCLan. Details on their website. There are some restrictions though I think.

this thread and post #339 might help.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=97822251&postcount=339

also @Chi chi5 might be able to give a bit of insight.

good luck with your next steps.


So sorry to hear about your rejections. Yes those three med schools accept direct applications from international students so I’d check them out asap. Also, a gap year can do wonders, you can get a job or WEx in that time, it’s a lot costlier to take up a fifth choice offer x all the best
Original post by sarishasen
1) I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, Birmingham and Queen Mary. I had the entry requirements for Birmingham and queen Mary definitely but I think they had made changes very recently where for international students the requirement is even higher than it has ever been. I honestly think I aimed too high being an international student from a country where there is an economic crisis.
2) I think I answered this question as part of the first
3) Kings for bio med - I meet the entry requirements for this.

The problem is, I am a school leaver and applied with my A2 results. I don’t think I can afford to take another gap year.

Honestly there is no "high" vs "low" for medical schools in the UK - they are all extremely competitive, and even more so for international students due to government quotas restricting the total number of students each medical school can take on, and also how many international students they can take on.
Original post by sarishasen
1) I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, Birmingham and Queen Mary. I had the entry requirements for Birmingham and queen Mary definitely but I think they had made changes very recently where for international students the requirement is even higher than it has ever been. I honestly think I aimed too high being an international student from a country where there is an economic crisis.
2) I think I answered this question as part of the first
3) Kings for bio med - I meet the entry requirements for this.

The problem is, I am a school leaver and applied with my A2 results. I don’t think I can afford to take another gap year.

Cambridge and Imperial are notorious for being picky with offers. If it's any consolation, a lot of capable people get rejected from there every year. As for the other two unis, if they made changes that raised their requirements beyond your grades, it's not advisable to apply there. But there's no point brooding over that. You tried your best and that's what matters :smile:

As mentioned above, Brunel, Buckingham and UCLan don't require UCAS to apply, and I believe now is the best time to apply for them anyways (source: my friends), so you're in luck! :biggrin:

I applied to (and got an offer for) biomed at KCL too! :five:
Original post by sarishasen
I am an international student from Sri Lanka and found out today that I’ve gotten rejected from all 4 med schools without an interview. Here are my stats

GCSEs - 9As (I did Sri Lankan GCSEs and this is the highest grade achievable)
A levels - 3A*s 1A (bio, chem, physics and music respectively)
UCAT - 2820
BMAT - 5.9, 5.7, 3.5 A
UCAS Tarrif - 316

Are there any universities I can apply to directly?

Thanks for all your help

Hi,

I am sorry to hear that you have been rejected from your medical schools of choice. If you would like to explore your options for studying Medicine with us, you can find all of this information here: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine-mbbs

Good luck for whatever you chose to do!

Hollie :smile:
Original post by sarishasen
I am an international student from Sri Lanka and found out today that I’ve gotten rejected from all 4 med schools without an interview. Here are my stats

GCSEs - 9As (I did Sri Lankan GCSEs and this is the highest grade achievable)
A levels - 3A*s 1A (bio, chem, physics and music respectively)
UCAT - 2820
BMAT - 5.9, 5.7, 3.5 A
UCAS Tarrif - 316

Are there any universities I can apply to directly?

Thanks for all your help

Hello Sarishasen,

I'm very sorry to hear this! Medicine is extremely competitive for international students, please don't lose heart!
The University of Buckingham Medical School and UCLAN medical school in the UK don't require the UCAT or BMAT so i would definitely consider looking into those! University of Buckingham in particular has 2 application cycles per year i believe so your waiting time will hopefully be less.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask:smile:

Best of luck,

Charvi Kanodia
Edinburgh Y3 Medical Student
Medic Mind
You could try do medicine in another country if you are interested. In Italy for example, you can do either the IMAT or specific tests for some private universities.
Original post by sarishasen
I am an international student from Sri Lanka and found out today that I’ve gotten rejected from all 4 med schools without an interview. Here are my stats
GCSEs - 9As (I did Sri Lankan GCSEs and this is the highest grade achievable)
A levels - 3A*s 1A (bio, chem, physics and music respectively)
UCAT - 2820
BMAT - 5.9, 5.7, 3.5 A
UCAS Tarrif - 316
Are there any universities I can apply to directly?
Thanks for all your help
Hey, Sri Lankan International gcse student here
May I know when you wrote UCAT? during a gap year or after AS?
Also, is there a UCAT centre in Colombo or did you have to go abroad?

Thank you

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