Should you study medicine abroad?
We tell you what it’s really like
For every student that gains entry into a UK medical school, nine do not.1 Many are left with their aspirations shattered after undertaking a long road of examinations, work experience, and numerous extracurricular activities. A good proportion will go on to do other courses, and some may even reapply for graduate medicine here in the UK—but there is a small yet growing minority that will head overseas to chase their dream of becoming a doctor.
Joe Bedford is one of them. “I’ve always wanted to do medicine but unfortunately in my A levels I got two As and a B. I was going to re-sit my biology exam but I had a friend [from] the year above [studying] here at Charles University, so I thought I would apply.” Joe is one of 42 first year UK medical students at Charles University in the Czech Republic; there are 115 of them