GOING to Medical Universities isn’t exactly the cheapest of choices, especially not when you do a medicine course and you’re studying all the ins and outs for the best part of a decade. However, as is always the case with any course and university, there are always affordable destinations for prospective doctors to go and learn the skills they need to become fully qualified. Here’s a rundown of our top six.
1. Slovakia – Medical Universities
Slovakia officially the Slovak Republic is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and the OECD. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. Slovakia is also a member of the Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD and the WTO.
Bulgaria officially the Republic of Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. It is a member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe; a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and has taken a seat at the UN Security Council three times.
Romania is the seventh most populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth largest city in the EU. It has been a member of NATO since 2004, and part of the European Union since 2007. Around 90% of the population identify themselves as Eastern Orthodox Christians, and are native speakers of Romanian. With a rich cultural history, Romania has been the home of influential artists, musicians, inventors and sportsmen, and features a variety of tourist attractions.
Put your wallet away: Austria’s medical courses are free. This makes it one of the best places to go if you’re studying on a shoestring budget and can’t afford to roll out the big cheques for each semester. Instead, you can happily chug along, safe in the knowledge that you’re getting a fantastic, world-class education from one of the most intellectually rigorous countries on the planet. Beware, however, as a very good knowledge of the German language will probably be required and you’ll have to pass a series of preliminary tests to get onto the course where these linguistic abilities will keep you in good stead. Here is one of the best places to study medicine in Germany.
Austria officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.5 million people inCentral Europe. The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and Austrian German in its standard form is the country’s official language. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world. The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2014 was ranked 21st in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD. Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995 and adopted the European currency, the Euro, in 1999.
Historic cities, beautiful landscapes, themal hot-spots and great wine – Hungary has a lot going for it. The best news? It is becoming a hot-spot for medicine as well. Of the 12.000 international students studying in Hungary right now, most of them are training to be doctors. What’s more, it has four universities in the top 350 on the 2017 QS World Rankings by Subject for Medicine: Semmelweis University, University of Debrecen, University of Pécs and University of Szeged. The tuition fees for degrees in Hungary are slightly higher than other countries on this list (prices range from €4900 to €10 500 depending on the area of study and the university) BUT the cost of living in Hungary is decidedly affordable. Apparently, most students in the capital city of Budapest can get by on about 600 euros a month including rent.
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The capital and largest city, Prague, has over 1.2 million residents. The Czech Republic also ranks as the 11th most peaceful country, while achieving strong performance in democratic governance. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the OSCEand the Council of Europe.