BREXIT WILL ONLY HAVE A SMALL IMPACT ON MEDICAL STUDENTS ABROAD
Many concerns have been raised from students and parents, with regards to the recent BREXIT decision and how this will affect the future of UK students wishing to pursue Medicine/Dentistry in the EU. First and foremost, below is a link of the official response from the GMC regarding this matter.
Thankfully, it seems that the BREXIT decision will have LITTLE IMPACT on students currently studying in EU countries, as well as students wishing to study in the near future. There are 2 reasons for this:
1) With regards to concern over GMC accreditation, under European Economic Area (EEA) regulations, Medical programmes and qualifications from within the EEA and Switzerland are recognised in the UK; regardless of whether the UK is a member of the EU or not. What is required, is of the UK to be a member of the EEA (such as countries like Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway which are not in the EU, but are part of the EEA). Therefore, it is unlikely that there will be any changes made to the accreditation of these courses! Even in the unlikely event that the UK is not part of the EU or the EEA (such as Switzerland), the agreement will still be very similar as the countries listed above and so the accreditation will still most likely remain.
2) Since last year, the GMC began planning to implement a new medical licensing exam – the UKMLA (UK Medical Licensing Assessment). This will entirely replace the PLAB (which is currently being used to assess international graduates) and will be implemented for all Medical graduates wishing to practice in the UK, including those who have graduated from the UK! It will officially commence from 2021 and will have to be taken by all Medical graduates (UK/EU/international). Therefore, in the worst case scenario, you will essentially be in the same boat as UK students, and have to sit the UKMLA exam in order to attain a license.
Of course, leaving the EU will take time; possibly around 2-3 years once once article 50 has been set into motion. Therefore, there will not be any immediate effects felt by UK students with regards to studying and travelling abroad. If the UK remains a member of the EEA, there will very likely be almost no changes (eg. you will not have to apply for a visa to travel). The worst case scenario in the unforeseeable future, is that UK students may have to apply for a student visa and resident permit in the same way that Non EU and international students currently do. In any case, this process is relatively hassle free and simple!
Our partner universities have the same tuition fees for all students on the English language courses; irrespective of whether they are EU or international and thus there will be no changes made to the tuition fees. With regards to the tuition fee loan scheme in Bulgaria, this unfortunately will not be available to UK students, once the UK has left the EU.
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