April 22, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The UK has always been seen as a country that international students aspire to study in, not a place where local students move away from. However, in recent years, there has been a steady increase of UK medical and dental students going abroad to study.
There are two main reasons for the increasing number of students who are looking for admission into medical schools in other countries. The first reason is the lack of places at UK medical and dental schools resulting in intense competition for few available spaces. The second reason is the recent increase in maximum annual tuition fees to £9,000. Studying abroad provides students with a much more affordable and practical route to achieving their dreams of pursuing a career in medicine or dentistry.
This is no way means that it is cheap to study medicine abroad and neither does it mean that you will sail through the admission process. While in many countries, the tuition fees may be significantly lower than the fees in most UK medical schools, you have to remember that an education in medicine will be expensive, no matter where in the world you choose to study.
When it comes to admissions, the competition in medical schools abroad may not be as tough as the competition you will face in the UK but you will still be pitted against some of the brightest and best minds so do not expect it to be an easy walk through. You will still need to study hard and obtain good grades and put in your best effort with your personal statement and letters of recommendation.
One of the main considerations when studying in another country is that you forfeit the financial assistance that you could have otherwise availed of if you chose to study in a medical school in the UK. However, there is good news on this front. While you may lose your entitlement to a student loan if you do not study in the UK, you will find that in most countries within the EU, which means most of Europe, students from the UK are eligible for the same financial assistance as any other home student from that country would receive.
There are several benefits to studying abroad in addition to the lower tuition fees and easier admission.
One of the most appealing benefits to studying in a new country is the opportunity to travel and experience a whole new culture that you can immerse yourself in. Living and studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. You actually live a whole new way of life, from the foods you eat to the way you travel and even cultural and societal expectations.
Another benefit to studying abroad is that it helps you develop your independence and self-reliance. You will have to learn to cope on your own and sort out all of your affairs by yourself. While this may seem challenging during your years at university, it will pay rich dividends when you are looking for a healthcare job either back home in the UK or anywhere else in the world. Anyone who is able to put on their CV that they studied abroad is at a great advantage in terms of future employment. To any employer, the fact that you have spent your student years abroad is remarkable. It tells them that that you are resourceful, responsible and capable and that you will rise to the challenge when placed in any environment. To most employers, you will be the candidate of choice when any vacancy arises in their organisation.