Medical School in Prague
Studying in Medical School
Medicine & Surgery in Prague
Studying in Medical School
Studying in medical school means you’ve made it through the rigorous selection process and now you’re really on your way to becoming a professional medical doctor. What a dream right?
Thousands of students all over the world try to make it to a medical degree each year, and each year the number of failing applications and failing exams surpasses greatly the number of successful stories. The question is, will you be on the side of successful stories or on the other side?
Unfortunately, if you’re thinking of applying for an MD degree soon, statistically speaking, you’re more likely to be on the side of unsuccessful stories, meaning, the ones who fail, but why does that happen and how can we do so you are on the other side when you apply?
Let me give you a hint; studying medicine in Europe should be a consideration.
Are applications for an MD degree in Europe easier than somewhere else? Is the admission process easier? – The answer is NO, it is not an easy task to be accepted at a medical university in Europe or elsewhere, but the process of admission is a lot more straightforward and there are far fewer restrictions to apply than in other places.
Studying medicine is a challenge, but it should not be an impossibility, and this is exactly the approach in Europe.
So how do admissions to a medical school in Europe work?
Many medical universities in Europe offer what they call ‘International Programs’. These are programs designed to attract applications from international students to a medical degree that is fully conducted in English from the first year until the last one.
To make things even better, their admission criteria is quite simple and straightforward.
To be admitted to Study Medicine, students must have a complete high school diploma with just passing grades and complete successfully and pass an admission test that is given every January, May and June of each year.
Once the admission test is successfully passed, a student receives an offer of admission.
Unlike in the US, for instance, students are not required to have prior, a bachelor’s degree and they’re not required to have studied science before in school or anywhere else.
Of course, students must know science to pass the admission test but that’s a matter of sitting down and studying well for a few months before presenting oneself to such tests.
Many students ask me all the time how this is even possible and how can one study and prepare for science when they didn’t take science from school?
It seems difficult that someone can study in just 5 months a scientific program that should have been learnt in 3 years in school but the reality of things is that comparing high school to an intensive preparation focused for a medical degree has no place and in fact, anyone, and we mean it, anyone can learn science in just a few months.
Let me introduce you to King Charles Medical College in Prague.
King Charles College is an official Foundation Medical Program of Charles University, The First Faculty of Medicine in Prague; a TOP 1% Medical Faculty in the world and one of the most prestigious universities in Europe.
The college is now offering a foundation program that aims to prepare students for the medical degree offered by Charles University but most importantly, for their admission exam.
The admission exam that Charles has for its applicants is a test composed of two halves, one is a written part that lasts about 2.5 hours long and a second-half is an oral part called MMI (minor multiple interviews) which lasts about 45 minutes in total.
Although students will mainly focus on the exam and degree at Charles University, the preparation from the pre-medical foundation program will still be a good preparatory program for any university in Europe offering a medical degree in English.
This foundation program has also a more extended version for which students prepare for local programs as well (programs taught in Czech entirely and not in English).
Local programs are also inviting international students and its huge advantage is that they are Tuition-Free, meaning that any student accepted to start their medical degree in the local programs won’t have to pay tuition fees at all during the entire degree.
If you were wondering how a foreign student can learn Czech to a level in which he or she is able to study a full degree in Czech, the answer is that the 10-month long foundation year will be provided with intensive training in such language by teachers and professors from the university. Students will receive in this case more than 1,000 hours of language lessons while studying and living in Prague.
In summary, the foundation is given in two versions, a short one which is 22 weeks long (5 months), and a long one which is thirty-eight weeks long (10 months)
For clarification, the foundation program is conducted in English entirely regardless of what the student decides to do afterwards; students are able to apply to local programs and English programs as well. Both programs the short one and the long one prepares for international medical degrees in which the studies are entirely in the English language.
We advise all students from everywhere, to contact the offices of King Charles College to get more familiar with these great options that are offered.
To conclude, when studying in medical school, you will want to be prepared; for admission exams but also for the medical degree and yes, you can do that in Europe, with a much simpler admission process and for a much lower cost than the medical universities offered in the Americas.