SGU is an international university
with students from around the world
enroled. It is also the second largest
source of actively licensed physicians
in the entire US workforce
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“Cost is a huge issue... we are
seeing more US students coming to
Europe straight from high school
Essentially, offshore options for British applicants who
can’t find a place in their own country are now more limited
because of currency issues.
“Generally, British students do not opt to study medicine
overseas as opposed to studying in the UK, where they have
access to family support and student finance. So if they get
an offer, they’ll stay there,” underlines Ambrose.
The political situation has also impacted student num-bers
from the EU applying to the UK: despite the overall
number of applicants for medicine at UK universities in
2018 rising by 12 per cent rise on the 2017 figures, the
number of applicants to medical schools from the EU fell
to its lowest point in nearly a decade.
Studying medicine abroad is not only an option for the
most affluent of students, though – depending on your
country of origin, the fees can be very competitive when ex-change
rates are factored in. According to AAMC data, the
average first-year medical student in the US paid $36,755 to
attend a public medical school during the 2018-19 academic
year, while those attending a private medical school paid
even more: $59,076.
As a result, the option to study in Europe where the
courses range from €10,300 ($11,270) per year at the Czech
Republic’s Masaryk University to €13,300 ($14,550) per year
at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Pra-gue
become very attractive propositions, especially as both
of these institutions qualify for US federal loans.
“Cost is a huge issue in the States, where medicine is a
postgraduate qualification,” says Ambrose.
“We are seeing more US students coming to Europe
straight from high school because they know they can study
for a medical degree in six years, borrow from the federal loan
system and then go back and work in the States having saved
a huge amount of money and graduated at an earlier age.”
Despite the fluctuating exchange rate, it’s a trend that
more British families are starting to consider too, he says.
“Some parents are concluding that if their child doesn’t
get a seat in the UK, it no longer makes financial sense for
them to study biomedical science and then try again in three
years because by that stage they will have a level of student
debt plus living costs racked up.
“So, many are deciding to invest in their child’s education
overseas instead,” he explains.
In addition to financial benefits, students are choosing
to study medicine abroad for some strategic reasons too.
As part of the six-year MD degree offer at University of
Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus, British students have
the option of returning to the UK to gain valuable National