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    Medicine in Prague vs Georgia. Advice needed!

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    Hey everyone!
    Does anyone have any information about Tbilisi State Medical University in Georgia? My two options are TSMU, Georgia and Charles university in Prague (2nd faculty - i've been accepted). I would LOVE to study in Prague, but the cost is around 4 times the amount of Georgia. But I know that Charles university is really good in comparision. However both universities offer the 6 year MD degree.
    Could I just know the advantages of studying in a EU country? Does this make it easier to get specialized? Can we do a residency without doing a medical licensing exam within the EU? And do we get paid during it?
    Or can we work for a while as a General practitioner without doing a residency in the EU?
    Normally, what would be the next step as a non- EU resident IMG with a EU degree?
    I'm just trying to see if the investment made on Prague could be earned back in a few years. Because that's my number 1 pick and I'm most probably going there.
    If someone could respond ASAP, that would be great!
    Thanks!

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    Well, the advantages of studying in a EU country are obviously more than when studying in a non-EU country, especially if you plan on living in an EU country. Certain things do get a lot easier when you graduate from an EU country (like many countries might not require you to undergo a medical assessment) but there are still certain requirements that need to be fulfilled: like being competent in the language of the country where you want to live. There is no substitute for that.

    One can't become a GP without having done a residency (which lasts anywhere from 3-4 1/2 years depending on the country where you choose to work)

    Once you graduate, you need to know where exactly you want to go. The country of choice makes a bit difference. Countries like Germany, and Sweden are more IMG-friendly, while countries like France, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Ireland aren't.

    Unfortunately in Europe, one's citizenship makes a huge difference. In general, non-EU citizens are at a disadvantage.


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    Yup. However, Sweden is only IMG friendly AFTER you have completed residency elsewhere. They are unlikely to accept anyone for residency training there who is not a Swedish national.

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    Thanks a lot Shrey and devildoc8404! This helps

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    TSMU is a cheaper university and the level of education is not bad.

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