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Study Medicine abroad

An in-depth guide to studying medicine as an international student.

Medicine degrees abroad

Studying medicine at university prepares you with the knowledge and practical skills to become a healthcare professional such as a doctor. As a vocational degree, there will be a strong focus on preparing students for a career in medicine. A medicine degree is renowned as a difficult but rewarding qualification.

Medicine degrees can be found worldwide, many being awarded by specialist universities called medical schools. The programs offered at these schools are in line with the country’s unique process for training doctors and other medical staff. This can make it difficult for international students to settle on a country to study in.

Many medical qualifications allow you to specialize in an area of medicine that interest you. This means you may spend more of your practical training time in a certain department or with a specific demographic of patients.

Medicine program structure

Medical programs’ structures vary depending on the country you are studying in. To qualify as a doctor can take between six and twelve years of training, which is a mixture of theoretical learning in a classroom setting and practical experience in hospitals and clinics.

A medical program is usually a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate study to get you to the level of a qualified professional. The level of responsibility held by medical professionals means medical training is more intensive and thorough than other vocational programs.

Why study medicine abroad

Studying medicine in a country that is renowned for their healthcare standards means you are likely to experience a high quality of teaching, along with the latest medical research techniques and equipment.

Studying abroad can give you a better understanding of healthcare in different cultures and systems. If you study medicine in the UK for example, you will experience the NHS, a publicly funded healthcare system. This may be different from your home country and gives you a new insight into the other healthcare systems.

Where to study medicine abroad

The main consideration for where to go to medical school is the country you want to work in, as you could be studying and training for as long as 12 years before being able to move country.

If you want to work as a doctor or physician in a specific country after completing your qualifications and training, then you need to know any additional requirements to work in that country. It may require working in a different health care system to the one you trained in, as well as registering with the appropriate body or organization.

For more information on choosing the best place for you to study, read our guide on choosing where to study abroad.

Best countries to study medicine

Generally speaking, the most highly regarded countries for studying medicine include Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the UK and Australia. The reputation of medicine graduates from these countries can make you exempt from additional training if you choose to work in a different country or return home.

Best universities to study medicine

In order to find the best university to study medicine, you should consider which option would be right for you. As well as rankings, think about things like:

  • Practical experience included in the program

    where will you have your practical training, what proportion of your degree is work experience?

  • What the university offers outside the classroom

    does it have student organizations for you interests, the sports you want to play in any free time, and a good proportion of international students?

  • The members of staff in the department

    what are their backgrounds or medical specializations?

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Medicine study abroad programs

Medical study abroad programs can be very competitive to gain entry to; this is particularly the case in popular countries such as the UK and US. Some applicants build up as much experience as possible, including a relevant bachelor’s, before applying for graduate entry.

They can also be some of the most expensive programs for international students due to the length of the course, the equipment the universities need to pay for, and the many students applying for relevant scholarships and financial aid.

Medicine undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in medicine

  • Altinbas University Logo

    Medicine Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 25,000 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 6 years
    • Start date February, September
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    Applied Biological Sciences (Preveterinary Medicine) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,834 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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    Medicine and Surgery University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 34,550 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 5 years
    • Start date September
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    Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,440 AUD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
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    Forensic Medicine (Intercalated) University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 17,275 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Certificate in medicine

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    Medicine Edge Hill University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,250 GBP
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 years
    • Start date September
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  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Pre-Medicine Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 7,129 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May, September
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Diploma in medicine

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Associate in medicine

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    Nuclear Medicine Technology University of Findlay, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 32,330 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Oklahoma City Community College Logo

    Medicine (Pre-Medicine) Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Medicine graduate programs

Master's in medicine

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    Translational Medicine University of Helsinki, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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    Laboratory Medicine - by coursework RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,440 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 31,070 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Laboratory Medicine University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 36,173 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Limerick Logo

    Medicine (Graduate Entry) University of Limerick, Ireland

    • Tuition fees per year 0 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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Doctorate in medicine

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    Complementary Medicine RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 30,720 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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Diploma in medicine

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    Laboratory Medicine University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 36,173 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Laboratory Medicine
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Entry requirements to study medicine abroad

To be accepted onto an international medicine program, you’ll need to meet the university’s specific program requirements, along with any government requirements for doctors. You’ll need excellent high school grades as medicine programs are competitive.

You will also have to pass a medical entry exam which can change depending on the country you are applying to study in. The MCAT, GMSAT and UCAT are some of the most commonly requested entrance exams; these test the mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviors of applicants for the position of a doctor. Check the cut off dates for these tests with the university you are applying to.

To study medicine you may also need:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of finances to support yourself through studying
  • An interview
  • A criminal record check
  • Health checks
  • English language test scores (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Some understanding or interest in medicine, for example relevant work experience or shadowing
  • You may also be asked to demonstrate country-specific suitability for example how your values align with the NHS in the UK

As some universities charge for submitting an application, always check the entry requirements carefully. Find out more on how to study abroad.

Future medicine careers

Those who graduate from medical programs go on to hold a variety of positions in the healthcare industry including:

  • Medical teacher
  • Medical researcher
  • Surgeon
  • General practitioner / family doctor
  • A specialist e.g. oncologist, ENT doctor, anesthesiologist, plastic surgeon