Medical Universities in Europe for International Students

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The European continent is home to 44 countries. Out of these 44, the UK has long been a popular place to pursue an MBBS degree. However, many international students find it difficult to study in UK medical colleges. There are two reasons: high tuition costs and fierce competition. Many students eventually started going to other European countries to pursue an MBBD/MD. Some of these popular countries are

Medical (MBBS/MD) Universities in Europe

Students can study medicine in Europe in English. This is contrary to the widespread misconception that these countries offer MBBS courses only in their native language. We have listed the countries that teach their MBBS/MD degrees in English only. A degree from any medical university in these countries is recognized by WHO and is accepted in any part of Europe and the world. Let us discuss in-depth medical (MBBS/MD) universities in Europe.

Medical (MBBS/MD) universities in Europe: An overview

Popular European counties for MBBS/MD studies UK, Czech Republic, Georgia Hungary, Italy, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia
Degree offered MBBS, MBChB, BMBS, MD, or MB
Type of Degree Undergraduate, integrated, single-cycle, or long-cycle degree
Duration of Degree 5 to 6 years 
Credit system  CATS (UK) and ECTS (EU) credit system 

Popular Medical universities in European countries

UK

The General Medical Council (GMC) establishes standards for medical education in the UK. Many universities in the UK require international students to do foundation courses if they do not meet admission requirements for a direct entry. One such program is offered by ONCAMPUS leading to an MBBS degree in the University of Central Lancashire and other medical universities. The table below contains some of the best medical universities in the UK. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Queen’s University Belfast MB 5 years 41,241
Anglia Ruskin University MBChB  5 years 17,979
University of Central Lancashire MBBS 5-6 years 57,837
Brunel University London MBBS 5 years 51,802

All the medical universities in the UK follow the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) credit system. Here are some admissions requirements to study MBBS/MD in the UK.

  • Higher secondary school certificate in subjects chemistry, math, biology, and physics
  • UCAT/BMAT scores
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Academic transcripts
  • Recommendation letters
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Interview
  • Valid passport

Czech Republic

There are many reasons to study an MBBS in the Czech Republic. An MBBS degree from the Czech Republic is recognized by the WHO and hence is accepted worldwide. The medical universities in Czech are recognized and ranked worldwide. Plus the tuition cost and living costs are reasonable for international students. The following table contains popular medical universities in the Czech Republic. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Charles University  MBBS 6 years 18,299 
Masaryk University MBBS 6 years 13,740 
Palacký University  MBBS 6 years 10,500

There is no common entrance exam for MBBS programs in the Czech Republic. Students just need a certificate proving high-school completion, a motivation letter, English language proficiency proof, and a university entrance exam (if any). 

Georgia

Georgian medical universities offer an MD degree of 5 years plus one year of clinical internship. All the MD degrees in Georgia are one-cycle programs. Students can go for residency or post-graduate studies after graduation. Those who wish to enter research can take up PhD courses. The following is a list of top medical universities in Georgia. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
European University MD 5 years + 1-year internship 5,000
Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU) MD 5 years + 1-year internship 8,000
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) MD 5 years + 1-year internship 7,000

The admission criteria for Georgian medical universities are as follows:

  • High school mark sheets in physics, chemistry, and biology
  • Passport copy
  • Unified National Examinations score
  • Pre-requisite courses
  • English proficiency test

Hungary

Hungarian medical universities offer one-tier master’s medical programs which require completion of 360 ECTS credits. They are called MD programs and run for 6 years. The following are some of the best medical universities in Hungary for international students. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
University of Pecs MD 6 years 16,750
University of Szeged MD 6 years 15,250
Semmelweis University  MD 6 years 18,200
University of Debrecen MD 6 years 16,900

Admission process to Hungarian medical universities is relatively smooth. Students require

  • High school certificate (chemistry, physics, and biology)
  • An entrance exam or an interview
  • A valid passport 
  • Photos in passport size
  • A completed application form

Ireland

English is a universally spoken language in Ireland. Thus, top medical colleges in Ireland offer their degrees in English making it a great study destination for foreign students. Ireland has two types of MBBS degrees:

  • Undergraduate entry medicine (UEM)
  • Graduate entry medicine (GEM)
University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Trinity College Dublin MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) 4 years (UEM)

 or 6 years (GEM)

51,500
Royal College of Surgeons MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)  4 years (UEM)

 or 6 years (GEM)

59,470
University College Dublin MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) 4 years (UEM)

 or 6 years (GEM)

56,870
University of Limerick MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) 4 years (UEM)

 or 6 years (GEM)

53,970

Not only MBBS but Ireland is quite a famous destination for medical PG studies as most of the population speaks English. This makes it easier for student doctors to communicate with patients without having to learn a foreign language. The admission requirements to study MBBS in Ireland are (undergraduate entry medicine):  

  • Secondary school degree with prerequisites of biology, chemistry, and physics or mathematics
  • Academic transcripts
  • English proficiency 
  • Copy of passport
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Reference letters
  • Personal interview

In addition to the above admission criteria, graduate entry programs demand a bachelor’s degree in science.  

Poland

There are a total of 14 medical universities in Poland that offer an MBBS degree in English. They offer their MD as a long-cycle course for a duration of 6 years. The curriculum has 12 semesters and a total of 360 ECTS credits. Some popular medical universities in Poland are listed here.

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Jagiellonian Medical University MD 6 years 15,536 
Medical University of Bialystok MD 6 years 12,900
Medical University of Gdańsk  MD 6 years 10,521
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn MD 6 years 10,740
Medical University of Warsaw MD 6 years 14,389
Medical University of Lodz MD 6 years 12,216

Many international students prefer to study medicine in Poland as it is an affordable study destination. Medicine or MBBS study in Poland requires the following:

  • A secondary school diploma in biology, or chemistry and physics
  • Academic transcripts
  • English proficiency 
  • Copy of passport
  • University entrance test

Italy

Italian medical universities offer their MD degrees as single-cycle master’s programs. The curriculum is designed in a way that students can prepare for the USMLE exam. The table below lists some of the premium medical universities in Italy. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University MD 6 years 21,198
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore MD 6 years 16,630
University of Humanitas MD 6 years 21,050
UniCamillus University MD 6 years 21,050

The admission criteria for Italian medical schools is quite simple and includes:

  • Secondary school diploma in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Copy of passport
  • University entrance test (written multiple choice test)

Lithuania

Lithuanian medical universities offer an MBBS degree as an integrated MSc degree in health science. The duration of the course is 6 years. The admission criteria are a high school diploma in biology and chemistry, English language proficiency, and an online interview. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Vilnius University  MSc Health Sciences, Doctor 6 years 12,713
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences  MSc Health Sciences, Doctor 6 years 14,503

Latvia

There are only two universities in Latvia that offer an MD degree in English. As per the QS ranking, both are ranked among the world’s 600 best universities for medicine. Here are the two best medical universities in Latvia. Both of them offer MD as long cycle programs. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Riga Stradins University MD 6 years 13,880 
University of Latvia MD 6 years 10,469

The process to study MBBS/MD in Latvia is quite simple. Students need to fulfill the following criteria for admission. 

  • Secondary school diploma and transcript of grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Motivational letter
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Copy of passport

Application procedure of MBBS/MD universities in Europe

Applying for an undergraduate degree in the UK is quite simple. For admissions to the MBBS/MD programs, students can use the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). It is a centralized service where students can apply to many universities in a single shot. October is the deadline for almost all the medical colleges in the UK. You just have to pay the application fee of 22 Pounds for a single university and 26.5 Pounds for two choices or more. The steps for a UCAS application are as follows:

  • Register with UCAS through their website
  • Fill out the online application form 
  • Write a compelling motivational letter
  • Add a reference letter from a mentor 
  • Finally submit the application

If you are accepted, you will receive an email from UCAS. You can accept the letter and start your visa application process. Gyanberry offers visa services to the UK and 22 other countries worldwide. You can take our help to make your visa application hassle-free. 

The process is a bit lengthy for other European countries like the Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, etc. There is no centralized application service like that of the UK. Hence students have to fill out separate forms for each medical university they wish to apply to. We also offer admission counseling services to help students with their application process.  

The US MD degree takes 4 years compared to 5 to 6 years in Europe. But students should know that an American MD is a secondary degree requiring an undergraduate degree. Whereas, European MBBS/MD degree is an undergraduate degree. This means a student with a high school diploma can get admitted to one. Some European universities might ask students to do pre-med courses which can range from four weeks to 2 years or more. 

*Note: All prices mentioned in the USD are for reference only. Exchange rates may vary from time to time and from country to country.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, and Latvia are some popular countries besides the UK for MBBS/MD programs.

 

The top universities in the Czech Republic for MBBS degrees are Charles University, Masaryk University, and Palacký University.

The UCAS is the centralized Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. Students can use this service to apply to many UK medical universities at a time. Unfortunately, you cannot use UCAS to apply to medical universities in the EU.