Q) Will I be able to come back and practice in the UK upon completion of my degree?
Answer: All of the courses we offer in Medicine and Dentistry are GMC/GDC approved; meaning that upon returning to the UK, you are fully qualified to apply for a job. This essentially places you in the same position as Medical and Dental graduates from the UK.
Q) If I am from the UK, will I have to sit an exam when I have completed my degree and return to the UK?
Answer: No. All of the courses we offer and universities we work with are approved by the GMC/GDC and hence you will not be required to sit extra exams that other international graduates normally sit (eg. PLAB test).
Q) How quickly will I need to learn the language of the European country?
Answer: The fact that you are doing an English course means you are not expected to know the language. All lectures and labs will be taught in English. However, you will have separate language lessons as part of your degree to learn the new language. It is normally required to have a basic understanding of Medical terms in the country's native language, by the time you reach your clinical years (3rd year onwards). This has never been a problem for international students from the UK.
Q) How does the style of teaching compare to that of Medical schools in the UK?
Answer: The first 2 years of your education will be heavily theory based (classroom teaching and lectures). The reason for this is to build a strong base and be the base of your learning in the clinical years (3rd year onwards) to be as effective as possible. In general, the clinical years are a lot more practical when compared to clinical years in the UK.
Q) Will there be other UK students on my course?
Answer: All of the universities we work with are extremely popular with international students; UK students in particular. So, you will have many other UK students studying with you as well as in the years above.
Q) Will all of the teaching be in English?
Answer: Yes. We only offer are English courses so you will be taught everything (labs, lectures, clinicals) in English!
Q) What subjects will I study in the first year?
Answer: After the application stage, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide covering everything you will need to know about your first year studies, in order to help you prepare for your transition!
Q) What are the key holiday dates for Christmas/Easter/Summer?
Answer: The holiday dates in Eastern European universities are very similar to what you will be used to in the UK. You will receive around 2 weeks for Christmas, 1 - 2 weeks for Easter and 6 weeks for Summer!
Q) What are the university rules with regards to attendance?
Answer: Eastern European universities have a strict view on attendance to labs and lectures, which is compulsory. However, you may request to be excused for missed lessons for legitimate reasons (eg. illness, emergency etc.)