Please find below details of opportunities to study some of the most competitive subjects in western European universities.
This email is being sent exactly three months earlier than the equivalent message last year. I think that is as good an indication as any that the competition for places in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine shows no sign of abating.
Going abroad to pursue careers in these professions can be the only choice available to some British students. While there are inevitable complications involved in studying abroad (most usually financial or linguistic) we only work with options that we believe offer not only excellent facilities and teaching but also high standards of pastoral care.
We are delighted to present these options to you in Italy and Spain and should they be of interest to any of your students, please feel free to contact us.
For medicine and veterinary medicine we are able to help students of any nationality. For dentistry we can only help British and Irish citizens although we can perhaps advise on alternatives.
Study Medicine in Rome, Italy
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is Europe’s largest private university and it offers a well regarded medical qualification in the heart of Rome.
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 degree is designed for students who wish to work in the European Union or the USA and includes preparation for the USMLE.
The entry requirements for the medical degree are usually a minimum of BBB at A level but the most important criteria is success on the university’s own entrance examination. This exam largely consists of verbal reasoning and logic questions but there are also some specific questions about the Catholic faith. Students do not have to be Catholic to apply and the questions are all based on set texts that we can supply.
You can access the exam simulator here. The pass mark in 35 out of 100 but we think that successful candidates will need to score at least 70. Places are awarded to students purely on the basis of their performance in this test.
The entrance exam takes place in ten cities in the UK on 28th January 2015 for entry next autumn and the deadline for registration is 16th January 2015.
Michelangelo Balicco from the university’s international relations department will be visiting the UK later this month and if you would like to arrange a meeting please contact us. He will be in London on Monday 24th November and Manchester on Tuesday 25th November.
Dentistry in Spain
In the last two years we have sent a number of dentists to study at various universities in 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 in Madrid and Valencia.
1. Dentistry at Universidad Europea in Valencia (5 years – taught in English for three years, then in Spanish). Fees are €14,000 per year (tbc in February 2015) with an optional care package of €2,500 to look after students during the first year of their studies. 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 pleasecontact us. There is already a waiting list in place for students wishing to study in Valencia so it may already be too late to apply for 2015 even though admissions do not open officially until next January. We are not directly involved in the application process for UEV but we fully endorse our local partner, GDC Spain.
2. Dentistry at Universidad Europea in Madrid (5 years – taught in English for all five years). This is the same programme as taught in Valencia. The only difference is that the course is taught fully in English . Fees in Madrid are currently €17,600 per year (tbc in February 2015). Cost of living in Madrid is about €1,000 per month. We are not able to offer a care package in Madrid.
We anticipate that both these universities will fill all available places well in advance of September 2015 so it is advisable for interested candidates to make themselves known at this stage. The minimum entry requirements are flexible although in our experience students who have, or expect to have, less than BBB at A level or 32 on the International Baccalaureate are unlikely to be successful if there is strong competition for places.
We are starting to put forward candidates for dentistry. Any students who are interested can fill out our application form and send it back to us.
There is unlikely to be any financial assistance available to students looking to go to Spain, either in the form of scholarships or loans. All students are required to sign a declaration that they can cover the cost of their education.
If you think that any of these options may be of interest to your students please contact us as soon as possible.
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.
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.
Applications for 2015 will open on Monday 17th November 2014 with the first interviews taking place next month. Students who wish to apply can find the course brochure here and the application form.
We were successful in helping three students get places in the inaugural classes in English that started this September. Their experience suggests that this could be an excellent option for some of your students.
We can also advise on veterinary medicine opportunities in Poland and the Czech Republic that are taught entirely in English.