When international students talk of wanting to be a doctor, there are several key questions:

1) Where are they legal allowed to practice? (Clue: Their passport country). Students are usually best served by pursuing their medical degree in their home country.

2) Do they have the academic preparation? In general, the key course is Chemistry, followed by Biology.

3) Do they have practical experience? It could be a first aid course or volunteering in a clinic or any summer program focusing on medicine.

4) Do they want to get a degree first (Canada and The US) or go direct entry (UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, Australia, Euopre)?

5) What are their back up plans? Medicine is one of the hardest majors to pursue with admission rates of only single digits. In my experience, future doctors boil down to two types of motivation: Those that want to heal people and those that are fascinated by the science side of disease and health. For the scientist, a back up plan can focus on medical research or bio-eningeering. For the healer types, an allied health profession such as nurse, chiropractor, physical therapist etc. may provide sufficient satisfaction. Check out this page from King’s College London for guide to careers in medicine, healthcare and sciences.

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Country specific information

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  • First degree required (from any country, should meet essential science classes–Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Calculus)
  • MCAT required
  • Highly Selective for internationals
  • In 2013, the Association of American Medical Colleges lists 17 accredited MD-granting medical schools in Canada. For a list, see here.


  • First degree required (from any country, should meet essential science classes–Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Calculus)
  • MCAT required
  • Highly Selective for internationals —Johns Hopkins offers more insight. 
  • In 2012, the Association of American Medical Colleges and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine listed 193 accredited M.D.-granting and 30 accredited D.O.-granting medical schools in the United States. For a list, click here.


  • Direct entry possible
  • May require entry tests (UKCAT or BMAT)
  • Most will require Interviews
  • Admissions for international students is highly competitive and capped at 7%
  • useful chart of who requires what. And download this PDF on Entry Requirements. This report complied by ICS goes into a lot of detail.
  • There are currently 32 institutions that offer medical degrees in the United Kingdom
  • Typically, a degree last 6 years.
  • Click here for a list of UK Medical Schools and contact information.

Cambridge University, School of Clinical Medicine
Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2SP, England
Tel: +44 1223 333308, Fax: +44 1223 336709

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, School of Medicine
Sherfield Building, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, England
Tel: +44 020 7594 8014, Fax: +44 171 594 9833

Keele University, School of Medicine *
60 The Covert, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, England
Tel: +44 1782 583937, Fax: +44 1782 583903

King’s College London, The Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine
Management Suite, First Floor, Hodgkin Building
Guy’s Campus, London SE1 9RT, England
Tel: +44 020 7848 6971, Fax: +44 020 7848 6969

Leicester Warwick Medical School, Universities of Leicester and Warwick (jointly)
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building, University of Leicester University Road
P.O. Box 138, Leicester LE1 9HN, England
Tel: +44 116 252 2969, Fax: +44 116 252 3013

Oxford University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, England
Tel: +44 1865 270 207, Fax: +44 1865 750 750

Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth (jointly)
Tamar Science Park, Davy Road
Plymouth, PL6 8BX
Tel: +44 1752 764 261, Fax: +44 1752 764 226

Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry
47 Turner Street
London E1 2AD, England
Tel: +44 171 377 7603, Fax: +44 171 377 7612

Queen’s University of Belfast, School of Medicine and Health Sciences *
Ground Floor, Whitla Medical Building
79 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, N. Ireland
Tel: +44 028 9033 5778, Fax: +44 028 9024 7651

University College London, Royal Free and University College Medical School
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, England
Tel: +44 020 7679 2000, Fax: +44 171 383 2462

University of Aberdeen, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences
Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB9 2ZD, Scotland
Tel: +44 1224 681 818, Fax: +44 1224 840 708

University of Birmingham, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England
Tel: +44 121 414 3344, Fax: +44 121 414 4036

University of Bristol, Faculty of Medicine *
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH, England
Tel: +44 117 928 8333, Fax: +44 117 934 9854

University of Dundee, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences *
Curriculum Office, Level 10
Level 10, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY, Scotland
Tel: +44 1382 344160, Fax: +44 1382 664267

University of East Anglia Medical School *
Norwich, England NR4 7TJ
Tel: +44 1603 591 175, Fax: +44 1603 593 752

University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Medicine
Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, Scotland
Tel: +44 131 650 1000, Fax: +44 131 650 6525

University of Glasgow, Faculty of Medicine
12 Southpark Terrace
Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
Tel: +44 141 330 5921, Fax: +44 141 330 5440

University of Leeds, School of Medicine *
Worsley Medical and Dental Building
Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9NL, England
Tel: +44 113 233 4361, Fax: +44 113 233 4373

University of Liverpool, Faculty of Medicine
Duncan Building, Daulby Street, Liverpool L69 3GA, England
Tel: +44 151 706 4263, Fax: +44 151 706 5667

University of London, St. George’s Hospital Medical School
Cranmer Terrace, Tooting, London SW17 0RE, England
Tel: +44 020 8672 9944, Fax: +44 181 672 6940

University of Manchester, Faculty of Medicine
Manchester M13 9PL, England
Tel: +44 161 275 2077, Fax: +44 161 275 5584

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Faculty of Medicine
Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, England
Tel: +44 191 222 6138, Fax: +44 191 222 6521

University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine
Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, England
Tel: +44 115 970 9379, Fax: +44 115 970 9922

University of Sheffield, School of Medicine and Biomedical Science 
Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX, England
Tel: +44 114 271 3349, Fax: +44 114 271 3960

University of Southampton, School of Medicine
Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Bassett Crescent East
Southampton SO16 6YD, England
Tel: +44 023 8059 5000

University of St. Andrews, Faculty of Medicine
Old Union Building, St Andrews, Fife KYL6 9AJ, Scotland
Tel: +44 1334 476 161, Fax: +44 1334 462 144

University of Wales, College of Medicine
Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN, Wales
Tel: +44 29 2074 2028, Fax: +44 29 2074 3633


  • There are six medical schools in Ireland. For a good consice description, see here.
  • Typical a degree last 6 years
  • An excellent overview can be found here

National University of Ireland, Cork, Medical Faculty *
Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork
Tel: +353 21 490 2809, Fax: +353 21 427 0339

National University of Ireland, Galway, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Clinical Sciences Institute, Galway
Tel: +353 9152 4268, Fax: +353 9175 0519

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Medical School
123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1402 2100, Fax: +353 1402 2460

University College Dublin, Faculty of Medicine
Bellfield Campus, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1706 7440, Fax: +353 1475 3655

University of Dublin, The Trinity Center for Health Sciences
St. James Hospital, Dublin 8
Tel: +353 1608 1727, Fax: +353 1671 3956

Hong Kong


  • There are currently 9 Australian universities offering direct entry into medical school
  • Most require you take UCAT entry exam. Some will require the ISAT.
  • Grade requirements vary between universities between ABB and A*A*A, or between 35 and 43 in the IB. Please note that achieving (or being predicted) the minimum grades required makes you eligible to apply; it does not guarantee you a place.
  • Undergraduate programs typically last 5–6 years, and by-definition, admit secondary school matriculants. Applicants are usually assessed by a combination of high school leaving certificate performance, UCAT – University Clinical Aptitude Test score and an interview.
  • Roughly 20% of seats are taken by international students. Many public universities offer undergraduate and graduate entry full fee places to international students. Private universities are able to offer full fee places to Australian students. On average, a standard full-time year of study in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) can cost over $60,000 for domestic students and $75,000 for international students. You can see a detail report of number of international students here.

James Cook University, School of Medicine
Townsville, QLD 4811
Tel: +61 7 4781 6232, Fax: +61 7 4781 6986

Monash University, Faculty of Medicine
Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168
Tel: +61 3 9905 4318, Fax: +61 3 9905 4302

University of Adelaide, Faculty of Medicine
Frome Road, Adelaide, SA 5005
Tel: +61 8 8303 5193, Fax: +61 8 8303 3788

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine
Office of The Dean, Corner Botany & High St., Sydney, NSW 2052
Tel: +61 2 9385 2454, Fax: +61 2 9385 1289

University of Newcastle, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences *
University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308
Tel: +61 2 4921 5000, Fax: +61 2 4921 7165

University of Tasmania, School of Medicine
GPO Box 252-71, Hobart, TAS 7001
Tel: +61 3 6226 4860, Fax: +61 3 6226 4816

US Medical Education overseas (like the Caribean).

  • In 2011, the International Medical Education Directory listed 59 current medical schools in the Caribbean. 54 grant the MD degree, 3 grant the MBBS degree, and 2 grant either the MD or MBBS degree.
  • 30 of the medical schools in the Caribbean are regional, which train students to practice in the country or region where the school is located. The remaining 29 Caribbean medical schools are known as offshore schools, which primarily train students from the United States and Canada who intend to return home for residency and clinical practice after graduation. At most offshore schools, basic sciences are completed in the Caribbean while clinical clerkships are completed at teaching hospitals in the United States.
  • An excellent resource is this article by Johns Hopkins


Europe provides a growing set of opportunities to pursue medicine at an affordable price. The Medical Portal provides a sample of schools and costs.



  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus
    • University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus
    • Video Introduction here
    • Entry requirements:
      • Academic review of existing academic achievement and Predicted grades
      • Online Interviews MMI
      • Students are informed one week after interview.
      • Deadline: Rolling



  • University of Tartu




  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


  • Humanitas University
  • IMS Milan
  • Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • University of Bari
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Milano Bicocca
  • University of Naples Federico II
  • University of Pavia – Harvey
  • University of Rome La Sapienza
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • University of Turin




  • Queen Mary University of London, MBBS


  • Medical University of Lodz
  • Medical University Warsaw
  • Poznan University of Medical Sciences


  • CEU Valencia, Spain
  • Universidad de Navarra

The Netherlands

  • Groningen University, the Netherlands
  • Maastricht University, the Netherlands


Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Hong Kong


  • International Medical University Malaysia
  • Monash University Malaysia
  • Newcastle University Malaysia


  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Weill Cornell Medicine


  • Nanyang Technical University
  • National University of Singapore



  • Bond University
  • Curtin University
    University of New South Wales
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania

New Zealand

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Otago


  • St George’s Grenada


South Africa

  • Free State University, Bloemfontein
  • Medical University of South Africa, GaRankuwa
  • Pretoria University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of KwaZulu/Natal, Durban
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Walter Sisulu Medical School, Umtata

Universities of Veterinary Medicine in Europe and beyond: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (the Greek part), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, etc. Most of them offer veterinary medical programs in English and a few of them in French in plus of veterinary medical programs in respective national languages.

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Austria
  • Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Veterinärplatz 1, A-1210 Wien;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Belgium
  • Université de Liège Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire,Boulevard de Colonster 20, B42, 4000 Liege (Sart-Tilman);
  • University of Ghent Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Bulgaria
  • Trakia University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
  • University of Forestry, Sofia Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Croatia
  • University of Zagreb Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Heinzelova 55, 10 000 Zagreb;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Czech Republic
  • Veterinární a Farmaceutická Universita, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Palackého 1/3, CZ-612 42 Brno;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Denmark
  • Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Bülowsvej 17, DK-1870 Frederiksberg, Copenhagen;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Estonia
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Finland
  • University of Helsinki Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 66 (Agnes Sjöberginkatu 2) 00014 University of Helsinki;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in France
  • École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort (ENVA) ; avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94704 Maisons-Alfort, cedex 04;
  • VetAgro Sup1 avenue Bourgelat, 69280 Marcy l’Etoile, Lyon;
  • École Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes (ENVN), Atlanpole – La Chantrerie, BP 40706, 44307 Nantes, cedex 03 ;
  • École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (ENVT),23 Chemin des Capelles, BP 87614, 31076 Toulouse, cedex 03T;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Germany
  • Veterinärmedizinische Fakultät der Freien Universität Berlin,Fachbereich Veterinarmedizin, Oerzenweg 19b, 14163 Berlin;
  • Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin der Universität Giessen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Frankfurter Strasse 94, 35392 Giessen;
  • Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover,University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Buenteweg 2, D-30559 Hannover;
  • Veterinärmedizinische Fakultät der Universität Leipzig,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zwickauer Strasse 59, 04103 Leipzig;
  • Tierärztliche Fakultät der Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Veterinärstraße 13, 80539 München;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Greece
  • Aristoteles University – Thessaloniki, School of Veterinary Medicine, University Campus, Thessaloniki, Macedonia;
  • University of Thessaly – Faculty of Veterinary Science;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Hungary
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Ireland
  • University College Dublin Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,School of Agricultre, Food Sciene & Veterinary Medicine, Belfield, Dublin 4;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Italy
  • Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Str. Provinciale per Casamassima km.3, 70010 Valenzano (Bari);
  • Università di Bologna Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Via Tolara di Sopra, 50, 40064 Ozzano Emilia (Bologna);
  • Università di Camerino – Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Via Circonvallazione, 93-95, 62024 Matelica (MC);
  • Università di Messina Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria,  Polo Universitario dell’Annunziata – 98168 Messina;
  • Università di Milano Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, via Giovanni Celoria N.10, 20133 Milano;
  • Università di Napoli Federico II Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Via Federico Delpino n.1, 80137 Napoli;
  • Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria Università degli studi di Padova, Agripolis, Via Romea, 35020 Legnaro (Padova);
  • Università di Parma Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Via del Taglio 8, 43100 Parma;
  • Università di Perugia Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria
  • Via San Costanzo, 4, 06126 Perugia
  • Università di Pisa Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, viale delle Piagge, 2 – Pisa;
  • Università di Sassari Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Via Vienna, 2, 07100 Sassari;
  • University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Piazza Aldo Moro – 64100 Teramo (TE);
  • Università di Torino Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria,Via Leonardo da Vinci;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Latvia
  • Latvia University of Agriculture Veterinârmedicìnas fakultâte, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Latvian University of Agriculture, 8 K.Helmana Str, Jelgava, LV-3004;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Veterinary Academy
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Norway
  • Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 8146 Dep., N-0033 Oslo;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Poland
  • University of Life Sciences in Lublin Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
  • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Portugal
  • Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama – Coimbra, Mosteiro de São Jorge de Milreu, Estrada da Conraria 3040-714 Castelo Viegas – Coimbra
  • Universidade de Évora, Largo dos Colegiais 2, 7000 Évora ;
  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias – Lisboa, Av. do Campo Grande, 376, 1749 – 024 Lisboa ;
  • Universidade Técnica de Lisboa – Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária,  Av. Universidade Técnica, 1300-477 Lisboa ;
  • Universidade do Porto – Instituto de Cièncias Biomédicas de Abel Salazar, Lg. Prof. Abel Salazar, 2 4099-003 Porto;
  • Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro – Vila Real, Apartado 1013 Veterinary Medicine, 5001-801, Vila Real;
Universities of Veterinary medicine in Romania
  • Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary; Medicine Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ion Ionesco de la Brad University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary; Medicine of Iași Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Spiru Haret University,  Faculty of veterinary Medicine,

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Slovak Republic

  • University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Slovenia

  • University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty Ljubljana, Gerbiceva 60, 1115 Ljubljana;

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Spain

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Facultat de Veterinària, Facultat de Veterinaria, Edifici V, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona ;
  • Universidad de Cordoba Facultad de Veterinaria, Facultad de Veterinaria,  Campus Universitario de Rabanales, Ctra madrid Km 396, 14014, Cordoba
  • Facultad de Veterinaria de CáceresFacultad de Veterinaria,  Ctra. De Trujillo, s/n, 10071 Cáceres, Espaca
  • Universidad de León – Facultad de Veterinaria, Campus de Vegazana, sn, 24071-León ;
  • Universidad de Murcia Facultad de Veterinaria, Facultad de Veterinaria. Campus Universitario de Espinardo. 30071 Murcia;
  • Facultad de Veterinaria de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Veterinary Faculty, Transmontaña, 35416 Arucas, Gran Canaria ;
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Veterinaria,  Avenida Puerta de Hierro s/n Madrid 28040 ;
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela – Licenciado en Veterinaria (LUGO),  Veterinary Faculty, Ramon Carballo Calero, s/n, Campus Universitario, 27002 Lugo;
  • Universidad de Zaragoza Facultad de Veterinaria,  Facultad de Veterinaria Miguel Servet, 177 50013 Zaragoza ;
  • University Alfonso X (MADRID) El Sabio Facultad de Veterinaria,  Campus de Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid ;

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Switzerland

  • Vetsuisse Fakultät,  Vetsuisse-Dekanat Winterthurerstr. 204 CH-8057 Zürich Switzerland;

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Sweden

  • University of Agricultural Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, PO Box 7084, S-75007 Uppsala;

Universities of Veterinary medicine in Ukraine

  • Dnipropetrovsk State Agricultural University Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • National Agricultural University of Bela-Cerkva Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • National Agricultural University of Luhansk Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • National Agricultural University of Ukraine Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • Odessa State Agrarian University Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • Sumy National Agricultural University Faculty of Veterinary Science;
  • Zhytomir National Academy of Agriculture and Ecological Sciences Faculty of Veterinary Science;

Universities of Veterinary medicine in UK

  • University of Bristol,Langford House, Langford, North Somerset BS40 5DU;
  • University of Cambridge Veterinary School,Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EJ;
  • University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1QH, Scotland;
  • University of Glasgow Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH;
  • University of Liverpool Faculty of Veterinary Science Faculty of Veterinary Science, Crown Street, Liverpool L69 , 3BX;
  • Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 0TU;
  • University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough;