Med School in Europe Offers Tradeoffs to international Students
More international students are looking at European medical schools for lower tuition rates and fewer years in school. In recent years, there’s been a growing number of English-taught medical programs at European medical schools. According to Beyond the States, there are 35 of these programs – most of which are in Italy and Eastern Europe.
Experts say cost can be a luring factor for some students, especially with the higher cost associated with attending a medical school in the U.S. – even for in-state students.
The average indebtedness for students who graduated from a ranked private U.S. medical school in 2014 was $160,993 compared with $156,084 for those who graduated from ranked a U.S. public medical school, U.S. News data show. These average debt amounts don’t include student loans borrowed as an undergraduate.
Europe’s integrated bachelor’s-master’s degree program can save students both time and a tremendous amount of money, as the average tuition for these programs is just under $10,500.
Medical degrees in Europe typically combine undergraduate and postgraduate work and are usually shorter – five to six years in length.
Integrated bachelor’s-graduate medical programs in Europe carry not only a tuition benefit, but may also lessen a student’s debt load. These programs are shorter. So you’re talking about less time paying tuition and more time getting income as well.
Despite medical school in the U.K. being more expensive compared with other countries, such as Italy or Poland, to name a couple, the shorter program length is tempting to international students.
The main appeal of the course is that the program is undergraduate, so students come directly from high school rather than spending four years on a premed track.
For prospective students interested in studying medicine in Europe, here are points to consider.
1. Tuition fees vary country to country
Studying in countries like the U.S. for many is an expensive investment, and many European medical schools are comparatively cheaper, college experts say but not all European programs are on the inexpensive side of the spectrum. Medical schools in the U.K. tend to cost more than elsewhere.
Spots are also limited for international students, U.K. university recruiters say. The cheapest programs, experts say, are at public medical schools in Italy.
2. Not all European medical schools are eligible for federal student loans:
According to the most data from the Department of Education, 398 foreign universities across 37 countries are listed as “eligible” for disbursing federal student loans.
While there are some European medical schools that qualify for the program, such as the Medical University of Lublin in Poland or Charles University in Czech Republic, not all schools with an English-taught program qualify, according to the Department of Education.