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    Comenius University VS Charles University

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    Dear reader,

    I am thinking of studying at either comenius or charles (starting 2011) but i am having difficulty in deciding. there is a wealth of information out there about charles university but very little about comenius. does anyone know of people studying in either university and how do they compare.

    your advice would be much appreciated

    thanks in advance,

    doc28 xx

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    Hi there,

    I am currently studying Medicine at Comenius University as a 1st Year, what would you like to know? I applied to Charles University as well, and after getting into both universities, I chose to come to Comenius because Charles has a notoriously large ratio of students who get kicked out every year, in fact I have met a lot of medstudents at Comenius University from other years, who were kicked out of Charles, and then managed to transfer to Comenius. As an English student in Slovakia, things aren't really that bad, I absolutely love the language, we have Slovak lessons alongside our other Medicine classes for 3 years (as is with Czech for Charles Uni). Most people (virtually all young people) speak english, though it is definitely possible to get by without, i have made some really nice Slovak friends and after just 5months of learning the language i would say i am quite confident to socialise with it. The language is really very easy to learn and with other international students the lessons are quite fun as well. If there is anything else you would like to know just message me or something Just to do an overview, I would definitely recommend Comenius over Charles & I am glad i picked the right uni as I hope you will.

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    hi )

    thanks for the reply. it's nice to know that its going good for you. it's definately made me side towards comenius. like you said the drop out rate at charles does seem to be high from what people are saying.
    i wanted to ask whether it is possible to work in the UK after graduating from comenius as i searched for comenius on the GMC website but couldnt find it. however initially i thought it was possible to gain full recognition by the GMC. Also, if you do come back to the UK do you got straight into FY2 or do you have to complete FY1 first? cos i read somewhere that you can do your 6th year in a UK hospital.

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    Hey yes I confirm it is definitely possible to work as a doctor in the uk after graduating from Comenius, i wouldn't be here otherwise trust me, I'm coming straight back home after lol

    The GMC DOES ACCEPT THE MUDr. Medicine Degree from Comenius University

    Seriously though my friend who graduated last year from Comenius is doing her FY1 training in Newcastle Gen Hosp atm

    Unfortunately what you have heard is not true, i have talked to my friends in 5th year and being from the UK themselves, they have done all the research possible into doing 6th year in UK, but this is not possible. It is however to do any practicals in the hospitals in the UK during 2nd year etc, my roommate has been doing this for ages, and it will really help you when applying for positions in the UK after graduating. The university does help you get positions in the uk and has lots of seminars advertising this frequently

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    hey that sounds great!. yh id like to work in the UK once i graduate too. i just got a bit confused when they said it was GMC recognised on the website but when i did a search on the GMC site it didnt have it. it's reassuring to know that there are other people from the UK studying there. Thanks for answering my questions ill let you know on what i decide xx

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    oops im bk with more questions!! lol hope you dont mind answering them. um did your friend who graduated and is working the UK have to sit the PLAB exam? Also, what is the fail rate like there? and what would you say you least like about the university or course (im sure there is a down side to studying abroad - just wondering, so i can decide whether or not it's for me)

    cheers x

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    Hey Comeniusmedstudent.I was thinking of applying to Comenius university assuming that I'd be able to do my 6th year in the U.K,so this is not possible???
    I just got my 4th rejection in the UK and I don't think I want to "waste" another year...What Kind of practicals can You do in the UK???
    Sorry for the question...

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    Comenuis are for charles rejects

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfildor View Post
    Comenuis are for charles rejects
    LOL! ahd Charles Univ. is for those who got rejected from British/American med schools or who thought it was too expensive there.


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    I currently study in Bratislava, so if anyone has any questions about the place I will try to answer. If I was choosing between Charles and Comenius I would start with this:

    Prague >>>> Bratislava

    Tuition cost

    Charles << Comenius

    Reputation

    Charles >>> Comenius

    Actual Education

    I really don't know. I can say that Bratislava is certainly alright. There's plenty which is crappy, but mostly this is structural and organizational. Most of the professors are quite demanding though.
    -Trying to survive in Bratislava

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