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 Medical study requirements abroad

Studying medicine abroad in Europe is a very competitive, requiring high grades particularly in science subjects as well as a high standard of English. The grade requirements can vary from one university to the other and from one country to other. The minimum requirement for admission to study medicine in UK is three full A Levels, or equivalent. Chemistry is nearly always essential and biology is often a specific requirement. In Bulgaria, the minimum requirement is two A-levels (biology, chemistry or physics).

European medical universities accept International Baccalaureate and European Baccalaureate qualifications. A few medical universities require additional tests such as the UK Clinical Aptitude (UKCAT), the Biomediacal Admissions Test (BMAT) and the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test GAMSAT. 

For the admission to study medicine in Europe, some universities requires entrance test in chemistry and biology or of scientific English. For other universities, the personal experience and achievements in the files of medicine is an advantage.

Entry requirements for medical University:  the requirements to get into university of medicine (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy etc.) vary between medical universities, countries and the course applied for. They are Admission requirements, Entry regulations, Language requirements, medical requirements, etc.

General requirements

The following general requirements must be met by all applicants:

Admission requirements: High school diploma (certificate)
Applicants presenting secondary school, Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education, the International Baccalaureate, or university/college undergraduate credentials will be assessed individually and will be considered for appropriate entry into the medical program. The high school leaving diploma is a mandatory to apply to medical university.  This means that you must have completed 12th Grade in the US/Canada and elsewhere.  
UK:  A-level or Advanced Level;  England - General Certificate of Secondary Education ; Ireland -  Leaving Certificate   (School Leaving Certificates ); Scotland -  Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher ; France : Baccalauréat (lycée); American or Canadian - General Education Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma, or Graduate Equivalency Degree; Germany : Abitur; Spain: Baccalaureate (Bachillerato)

Language requirements: To speak English, French, or Romanian or Bulgarian
Medical study guide work only with prospective students who have a decent understanding of the English, French or are ready to follow one year Romanian/ Bulgaria course. In fact, prospective students who do not have enough commend of English or French language can follow one year preparatory year of medicine  in English  or national language(Romanian/Bulgarian )organized by some medical universities. At the completion of the   medical preparatory year the student can start medical university studies.
For post university (Master or specialization) studies, you must be ready first to follow one year course of national language (Romanian/ Bulgarian language course before you start and get Romanian/Bulgarian language certificate. In fact all those courses are conduced in Romanian/Bulgarian language.

Entry regulations: A valid passport
Even if some universities can accept ID card for those students from European union(EU), European union area (EEA) and Switzerland, we recommend all candidate students to have a valid  passport (travelling document) before you apply.

Age limits for university
You must be at least 17 years old at the time of applying to medical university.There are no formal set age limits for entry to medical school and selection and admission policies are matters for individual institutions to determine. However, medical schools will take account of the length of undergraduate course and postgraduate training (at least 9 years) in relation to the length of service the candidate could provide.

Biology, Chemistry, physicas and Maths:
For admission to medical school, the average mark in Biology, Chemistry and/or physics and Maths must be at least 62% for more universities.  But those with less marks can be also admitted taking in account supplementary documents such us recommendation.

Medical requirements (Health state):
The prospective student must be in good health mentally, physically and without daisies incompatible with medical career.

Self finance
You must have your own source of financing your medical studies by student loans, wonderful parents or generous sponsors or other sources.

Additional requirements:

  • University course (if applicable),
  • Letters of Recommendation,
  • Letter of motivation (reasons for wanting to become a doctor),
  • Academic achievements,
  • hobbies and personal interests,
  • Relevant  to health care paid or voluntary work experience e.g. work as a hospital auxiliary, in nursing or residential care, Red cross etc.
  • Computer literacy
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork skills

The prospective students meeting the above requirements have the chance to succeed getting into medical university on condition of following our guidelines.

Medical study in Europe requires not only academic ability is a pre-requisite for a career in medicine but also a commitment, perseverance, initiative, originality, personal integrity, concern for others, and the ability to communicate are all-essential.  Good academic qualifications are normally required because study medicine is long and intellectually demanding.

The competition to enter a faculty of medicine is very keen so it is important that applicants ensure that they fully meet the entry requirements of each faculty of medicine to which they apply. The applicant’s high school certificate and eventually the type of pre-medical undergraduate degree and institution of study should not deter to apply to any medical school, provided that all academic prerequisites of a given university are met. Not only should applicants plan to meet all academic prerequisites, it is also important to respect all deadline dates. In general, an application or documentation is ignored when received after deadline dates. The incomplete application files are evaluated and rejected.


  • General Medicine: 4-(graduate) & 6-year program
  • Veterinary Medicine: 6-year program
  • Dentistry: 5 to 6-year program
  • Pharmacy: 5 to 6-year program
  • Nursing: 3 to 4-year program
  • Physiotherapy: 3 to 4-year program
  • Medical specialisation: 3 to 6-year program
  • Etc.

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