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    Rcsi Dublin?

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    Hi guys

    Has any1 considered the royal college of surgeons ireland - Graduate entry program. ?

    What is the college like, and im guessing its very competitive.

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    the programme is very competitive. besides that UK students are considered as international students and are required to pay around 40,000 euros a year!!!

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    yes. ive been finding out some info- its very competitive!!!!.

    Its meant to be an excellent medical school. But 40K euros- is far too much!. = 26-27K p/a. wow

    By the way trixster, with regard to EE schools- im gonna hopefully pay for tuition fees with private funds. However, are there any institutions that offer UK students loans to study abroad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzpot
    Hi guys

    Has any1 considered the royal college of surgeons ireland - Graduate entry program. ?

    What is the college like, and im guessing its very competitive.
    RCSI is an excellent school, with a proven track record of training physicians who wants to work in the US, and they're very good, both in terms of students' USMLE pass rates and the residencies secured by alumnae. Add to that, that Dublin is a most exxcellent city to live in (but perhaps a few too many pubs which could interfere with good study habits)

    However, it's expensive. Also be aware, that if you're a US applicant you can ONLY apply through the Atlantic Bridge program.

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    No im in the UK. Yeah it seems a top place- dublin. So many applicants though, the atlantic bridge- does that put a quota on the number of applications from US- or can any eligible person apply from US via the bridge program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PathOne
    RCSI is an excellent school, with a proven track record of training physicians who wants to work in the US, and they're very good, both in terms of students' USMLE pass rates and the residencies secured by alumnae. Add to that, that Dublin is a most exxcellent city to live in (but perhaps a few too many pubs which could interfere with good study habits)

    However, it's expensive. Also be aware, that if you're a US applicant you can ONLY apply through the Atlantic Bridge program.
    You wouldn't happen to be a graduate, would you?

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    its a good school and heavily oriented to non-Irish (not americans per se).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miklos
    You wouldn't happen to be a graduate, would you?
    Nah, not at all, but always heard good things about it. I'm one of those who got medical training for free, and only later decided to move to the US.

    To the OP: If you're a UK citizen you'd qualify for the "home rate", i.e. the same tuition as Irish nationals, which is significantly lower than what they charge US and other non-EU nationals. Which is a good thing, especially if you plan to work in the UK, as top medical pay in the NHS is significantly lower than in the US (consultants top out at less than 100K GBP), so you'd be in a lot of pain if you have US-style medical school debt. However, I doubt if the Irish schools would be less competitive than UK schools to get into.

    In regards to UK student loans, I'm not aware of any that would make a significant difference. Again, because loan requirements for EU-students is way, way lower than for US students. There's certain programs like Erasmus, but they will not make a difference at all if you're looking at significant outlays. Also, bear in mind that I would assume (but do not know for certain) that you'd have to pay full ride even as a UK citizen if you choose to attend the EE English-language four year programs, whereas you'd pay the local rate for the national-language programs. But then you're looking at six years speaking Polish, Czech or Hungarian...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PathOne
    Nah, not at all, but always heard good things about it.
    Having rotated with students/grads, I feel that its reputation is a bit overblown. Sure, it is a fine school with all kinds of advantages, including langauge and location.

    The question is whether it is worth its mindblowing pricetag, which by my estimation makes it one of the most expensive schools (depending on the USD/Euro or CAD/Euro exchange rate) for North Americans.

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    I'd agree that price must certainly be taken into consideration. Also, there's the problem that many, if not most, US students borrow in USD yet have costs in EUR (directly or indirectly). Over four years, the exchange rate between the two currencies can move substantially.

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