Are you an aspiring doctor who wants to study abroad? Wondering which are the best places to get a medical degree outside India? To make an informed choice about your options to earn an internationally recognized medical degree, read on...
Russia: Russia has a plethora of options in over 50 medical colleges. Prominent centers engaged in imparting medical education are the Russian State Medical University, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Yaroslavl State Medical Academy, the Kursk State Medical University, and the Volgograd State Medical University. Courses in general and sports medicine together with dentistry are taught here. The average fee of a medical college here is between $15000 and $26000 for a six-year course and generally includes hostel accommodation, tuition fee, and study material cost. According to Malathi and Vijay, software professionals and parents of medical aspirant Suresh, “The average cost of living in Moscow at $200 and other cities at $90 to $130 per month which is quite reasonable”.
Belize: This little-known country in central America is a hot destination for medical education. It offers a four-and-half year academic program recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Medicine Education Directory (IMED) of Medical Schools. The curriculum comprises 10 trimesters, each of which is four months long. The cost would be around $5,000 per trimester, add to it the cost of textbooks. The cost of living adds up to $750-$1,000 per trimester. Says Samira who opted to move here from India, “The biggest attraction for me was that medicos already pursuing their studies in Europe, China or India can transfer their credits on fulfilling the conditions laid down by the admitting college. Besides Belize is an English-speaking country with weather conditions similar to India, so fitting in was easy.”
Australia: If you’d like shorter hospital hours, more group work and interactive learning sessions pick from the following - the Flenders University, Adelaide, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and the Monash University. The stint will cost you approximately $21,000 and living costs are $5,500 per year. Says Julie, a student of Flenders University, “I wanted to study abroad and enjoy the comfort of a place in which the people and culture were both similar to the US. I’m happy I’ve got it all here”
United Kingdom: With some of the world’s best research facilities, impressive architectural designs and alumni that comprise world-renowned medical researchers, scientists and Nobel Laureates, Cambridge and Oxford are unarguably the best places to study medicine in the UK. Besides these, the universities of Edinburgh, Dundee, Leeds and Leicester; the Imperial College and University College London are some premiere institutions imparting medical education. The University of Newcastle which was originally established as the School of Medicine and Surgery is a place where students can pursue an education in contemporary settings.
Ireland: Students intending to pursue a medical degree in the Republic of Ireland can choose from among six medical schools, with average costs ranging between $60,000 and $80,000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of Limerick were pioneering institutions that began offering a four- year long course in Graduate Entry Medicine. Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork and National University of Ireland, Galway are other institutions imparting medical education that are regulated by the Irish Medical Council. Note that you need to complete a year of internship prior to full registration.
Are you a doctor who has studied abroad? Or are you a medico who is currently studying outside India? Which country or institution would you recommend to fellow aspirants? How would you compare medical education overseas to that available in India?