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    Hey,

    I'm from Malaysia and currently studying my pre-u cambridge a levels in a local college. I am wondering if it is possible to get a scholarship to study medicine in any medical schools in U.K.

    Both U.K and Ireland are decent places to further my education in medicine but it's too costly. So if anyone knows any scholarships that are available for international students, please help me out

    Cheers.

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    Sorry, but I think you are wasting your time by repeating more or less the same enquiry here on VMD.
    You are very unlikely to receive many authoritative and informed replies.
    It's always useful to perform a simple Search of the site. This will reveal that the same question has been asked a good number of times; I believe two of your compatriots have asked similar and not been given many leads.
    You need to do your homework properly and address the horse's mouth, i.e. contact schools directly. Some have information about scholarships, bursaries etc. online: others you will have to email.
    In general, you will find it extremely difficult to find any scholarships, especially ones that provide a generous subsidy.
    Last edited by diogenes; 02-09-2008 at 07:07 AM.
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    A schlorship from the UK itself, the answer is no. Even British citizens do not get any schlorships. However British citizens are entitled to governmnet loans of around 4000 to help them with studies.

    If you want a schlorship see if your country of nationality offers any governmnet sponsored programmes.

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    British citizens do get schlorships - I get a 2k scholarship from the university which I am at in order to help me with funding my education, alongside 4k in student loan and having my tuition fees paid by my LEA.

    I am guessing you are aware of the twinning programmes which are set up between certain Malaysian/British Medical Schools?

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    Chemist 11, unless things have changed, its my understanding that a majority of UK students do not get scholarships. Its certainly not like America.

    A few students may get company sponsorship, or they have small grants and scholarships, but in most cases students do not receive any financial help. Except for government loans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pop View Post
    A schlorship from the UK itself, the answer is no. Even British citizens do not get any schlorships. However British citizens are entitled to governmnet loans of around 4000 to help them with studies.

    If you want a schlorship see if your country of nationality offers any governmnet sponsored programmes.
    Neither of your statements is correct.
    There are some scholarships/bursaries available for overseas students. If this doesn't tally with your own personal knowledge a short Google search will reveal a few.
    My point was that they are not plentiful, are probably highly competitive and by and large will only cover a small proportion of the costs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pop View Post
    Chemist 11, unless things have changed, its my understanding that a majority of UK students do not get scholarships. Its certainly not like America.

    A few students may get company sponsorship, or they have small grants and scholarships, but in most cases students do not receive any financial help. Except for government loans.
    The adroit revision is closer to the truth, as Chemist11 has explained. But it's still a tad misleading or out-of-date.
    Student hardship in the UK has led to an increase in financial assistance (mostly means-tested) offered by both Government and University. One example is the NHS bursary scheme; many individual schools offer their own aid.
    So, majority? No, but perhaps more common than your post suggests.
    All of which reinforces my suggestion to the OP that he would be ill-advised to sit and wait for pearls of wisdom from ValueMD on this subject to fall into his lap. He/she needs to examine more authoritative, original sources.
    Paradoxically, like Epimenides the Cretan who declared that "all Cretans are liars", I am hoist by my own petard and probably doomed to be ignored on that one
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    Hm, yeah, i guess diogenes is right. I've gotta get more research done. I was just looking out for scholarships available and it seems the chances are extremely slim.

    I've checked out several twinning programmes in Malaysia. One from IMU which twins to several countries, but only 2 scholarships are available per intake. Another from PMC which twins with Ireland, also at a very high price, with only 2 scholarships available. By several sources, admission to NUS is also pretty impossible.

    But I've yet to complete my pre-u before applying, so I'm just narrowing down my options. Considering Russia, India as well. Anyhow, thanks alot for your time guys, and i shall research on =)

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    By the sounds of it I suspect that it is probably equally as hard to get a scolarship on a twinning programme as it would be to get a scholarship from a UK university outright. Either way, work hard and don't resign yourself to looking at Russian schools just yet. Good luck

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    Thanks alot. I will. =)

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