Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, 2014 Admissions Newsletter
Study Medicine in Rome, Italy
We have now received full details of an exciting opportunity to study medicine entirely in English in Rome. Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is Europe’s largest private university.
The degree is a six-year fully integrated Masters in Medicine and Surgery.
One of the most distinguishing features of the Program is the complete integration of basic and clinical sciences. This will be achieved through a multidisciplinary approach and an early involvement in patient management which includes moral and ethical issues, as well as legal responsibilities
which are at the basis of the profession. In addition medical anthropology, bioethics and medical humanities will be emphasized as well as the ability to communicate with the patient and the family. It will provide a strong specific background, and theoretical and practical preparation in medical practice and methodology, as well as a high level of professional decisions and operational independence in
terms of ability to face and solve the main health problems from the preventive, diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic point of view.
The entry requirements for the medical degree are usually a minimum of BBB at A level ( 5’s and 6’s at IB HL) but the most important criteria is success on the university’s own entrance examination. This covers similar ground to the UKCAT exam and we can supply sample online tests on request.
The entrance exam takes place in London on 3rd April 2014 for entry this autumn and the deadline for registration is 14th March 2014.
Medicine and Dentistry in Spain
In the last two years we have sent a number of dentists (and one medic) to study at various universities in Valencia, Spain. All of these students are extremely happy with their quality of life there so we have every confidence in recommending these options to British students in the future.
Here is a summary of the various options that are currently available at Universidad Europea and Cardenal Herrera University.
1. Dentistry at Universidad Europea in Valencia (5 years). This course is taught in English for the first two years and then in Spanish. Fees are €14,000 per year with an optional care package of €2,500 to look after students during the first year of their studies. We expect that Valencia will be full very quickly as it has proved to be very popular every year. Cost of living in Valencia is around €500 per month. We are not able to assist students who do not choose to take the care package but in our experience, this is something that offers considerable reassurance to parents. For further details please contact us.
2. Dentistry at Universidad Europea in Madrid (5 years). This is the same programme as taught in Valencia. There is some suggestion that Madrid will be awarded permission to teach entirely in English by the Ministry of Education. This has not yet happened and our advice would certainly be to assume that this will not change. Fees in Madrid are €17,500 per year. We can offer a 10% discount on these fees but cannot offer any support or care package for students in Madrid. Cost of living in Madrid is about €1,000 per month.
3. Medicine at CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia (6 Years). After four years of trying to get approval to teach medicine in English, CEU has finally been granted permission to do so. The first course started in September 2013 and we were able to get one British student admitted at very short notice. Her experience is very positive and we are confident that British students will do very well here.
The degree is offered in English only in the first two years, after which students will have to continue their studies in Spanish. Students need to prove they have a decent level of Spanish before they can even start the course (B1); it is not sufficient to learn Spanish throughout the first two years. Fees are €20,000 per year in English and there is an entrance exam that can be taken in London.
4. Medicine at Universidad Catolica de Murcia (UCAM) and Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria (6.5years). This course allows students to study in English all the way to graduation. However, it does require a knowledge of Bulgarian. The first two years are taught in Spain. Students will learn basic Bulgarian alongside their studies. After the pre-clinical years, students will transfer to Pleven to complete the clinical phase of their studies and to complete at least the first year of their training. This course starts in November 2014, giving students a chance to prepare a little longer for their relocation. Fees are around €10,000 a year in Spain, then €7,500 a year in Bulgaria.
Study Veterinary Medicine Abroad
We are delighted to announce that there is finally an opportunity to study Veterinary Medicine in western Europe.
Cardenal Herrera University in the outskirts of Valencia, Spain, is now offering a 5 year Veterinary Medicine degree. The course is taught entirely in English for the first year. The first semester of the second year is in English before the second semester is taught in Spanish. For this semester, English-speakers will be taught in their own class before being integrated with Spanish students from the third year onwards. The university has extensive experience of offering this type of programme for French students.
The facilities at Cardenal Herrera University, including a clinic on the doorstep and a farm 20 minutes away, mean that students will have extensive real world experience from very early in their studies.
In contrast to medicine there is no requirement for students to know Spanish before they start their studies but clearly, they will have to learn the language not only for classes but also to manage relationships with pets’ owners and farmers in the local community.
We are still waiting to finalise some details of this programme but if you are interested please contact us.
We can also advise on veterinary medicine opportunities in Poland and the Czech Republic that are taught entirely in English.