I'm sure there are some of you that are thinking about applying to medical school, and are trying to weigh up where you'd like to go, how you'd like to study, what your future prospects are, so I thought i'd give you some information on where i'm studying medicine - hopefully it'll be of some help to you!
As the title suggests, I am studying in Cyprus (within the EU), on the St Georges University of LONDON MBBS4 course. It has already been approved by the GMC, and I will graduate as a student of St Georges University of LONDON, with a UK Primary qualification that grants me access to the UK foundation program. Put simply, I get the exact same qualification as St Georges in London students, but I get to study in sunny Cyprus!
Just to reiterate the fact that we're both doing the same course; our term dates, lectures, timetables, and even our exam times are the same (although being 2 hours ahead of UK, we get to do our exams at 11am instead of first thing at 9am!) This is just one of the small perks we have here in Cyprus. Others that I can think of off the top of my head would be: All the facilities here are brand new, the University of Nicosia have purposefully built the entire medical school to fit with the current St Georges University of London course, there are not 100's of students wanting to use the same equipment, we're taught our clinical skills by some of the best doctors in their field (as supposed to being taught by 4th year medical students in London), not to mention everyone here is so friendly and supportive! I haven't come across a single staff member that doesn't want us to succeed!
Studying here in Cyprus has been great so far. It's been really intense (as to be expected from a graduate entry medical degree that takes 4 years instead of 5/6!) but it has been so interesting and exciting! Getting to examine my first patient in the 2nd week of starting was a fantastic hands-on experience!! Problem Based Learning (PBL) is really fun too! The country itself is nice, it's a mediterranean island after all! People here are so laid back (which i guess could be good and bad). Getting around the place is much easier if you have a car, for example, to some of the hospital placements that we have, but it's pretty simple to buy a car here in Cyprus if you feel you need one. All in all though, it's been a wonderful experience so far, and it's an amazing feeling to be studying something i'm so passionate about!!
If you would like any more information, you can visit the website or email the admissions office.
Hope this helps!
President of the Medical Students Society
St Georges University of London at the University of Nicosia