6 Universities International Students who wants to Study Medicine Should Consider
Medicine is one of the most sought after career in healthcare; it is intriguing and provides a virtual insight into human evolution, the body, biology and life functions. Although the road to a medical career is a tough one characterized by intense study hours, years of professional study, college tuition fees, student consultation hours and tough university entry requirements, it is also a fulfilling career that demands full dedication, some good reasons for studying medicine are the excellent career prospects, highly prestigious, humanitarian benefits, life changing benefits, job satisfaction, challenging and dynamic work structure.
There are numerous job opportunities with over 60 areas of specialism in medicine, in recent years; the medical sector has experienced a surge in employment opportunities from hospitals, institutes, public health, research centres to global travel medicine such as Doctors Without Borders, Medical Tourism and WHO.
You must be highly skilled and properly trained in theory and practical medicine to embark on this career path, there are lots of schools where you can study medicine abroad as a Nigerian student, but you should consider these areas before applying to study
- Preliminary school certificates, i.e. WAEC, NECO, University 100 Level transcripts
- Undergraduate Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
- English language proficiency tests, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL, PEARSON CBT
- A local language proficiency for the chosen county of study, i.e. German, Italian, Spanish, etc
- Previous work experience in the country’s health sector
- A strong financial sufficiency rounding up to about $200,000
- Letters of recommendation
- University transcripts
- Application fees
- Entry exams such as MCAT, etc
Here are 6 universities for international student to consider when applying to medical school
1. Harvard University, USA
It was established in 1782, making it the third oldest in the world. The school’s main quadrangle in Boston houses 146 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in basic and social science departments as well as classrooms where students spend their first two years of medical school. The Faculty of Medicine includes more than 11,000 individuals working to advance the boundaries of knowledge in labs, classrooms and clinics. Harvard Medical School has affiliation agreements with 16 of the world’s most prestigious hospitals and research institutes.
2. John Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
This is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. It is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is its major teaching hospital, and other medical hospitals such as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
3. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
This is a research medical university in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden. The institution, which has around 50 professors, 6,000 students, is located close to the Karolinska University Hospital. Most of the programmes taught include clinical training, biosciences, nutrition, physiology, cell and molecular biology, etc within the healthcare system.
4. McGill University, Canada
McGill has been directly partnered with many teaching hospitals for decades, and also has a history of collaborating with many hospitals in Montreal. McGill has a lot of affiliated teaching hospitals which includes the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Royal Victoria Hospital which are all now part of the McGill University Health Centre.
5. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
This is a public research university in Camden, London. It is specialized in public health, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine and a constituent college of the University of London. It is excellent in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and forms informing policy and practice in these areas.
6. University of Milan, Italy
The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was established in 1924. This top ranking institute offers bachelor, master, and doctoral-level degrees, as well as medical specialization training. The faculty has an academic and research staff of about 700, and enrols mostly 1500 new students each year.