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    Studying at St Georges University of London at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus)

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    Hi All,

    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!

    Kai Chi
    President of the Medical Students Society
    St Georges University of London at the University of Nicosia
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    God what a long and weird university nAme!!

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    I was looking at applying last year to this course, but couldn't sort out the finances. Did you take out a loan in the UK? I'm deciding whether I should apply this year, still holding on for a couple of interviews in the UK. Anyway with the fee increases and all....I'm sure the amazing weather deserves me spending a few little extra pennies. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkljohnson85 View Post
    I was looking at applying last year to this course, but couldn't sort out the finances. Did you take out a loan in the UK? I'm deciding whether I should apply this year, still holding on for a couple of interviews in the UK. Anyway with the fee increases and all....I'm sure the amazing weather deserves me spending a few little extra pennies. Right?

    The University has made some arrangements with Cypriot banks I believe for loans to cover all the tuition fees (you'll have to double check this though). I myself have taken out loans from the UK, yes. The weather is usually great (a lot better than london at least, but that's to be expected). But what your'e fees reflect is the brand new facilities and equipment we get to use, as well as being taught by some truly amazing doctors, some of whom have actually moved over from the UK in order to teach here.

    But at the end of the day, you should make a decision that is right for you, so you can get the most out of your medical school experience. A move to another country is a big decision, and it's a good idea to be able to show how you will cope with this.

    Best of luck for the interviews!
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    Hey Kai
    I already applied for sgul-Nicosia for entry in 2012. I talked to everyone I can talk to from admissions to sgul students in London. However, I'd rather ask a student who's actually doing the course. I have seen so many unis in the past few years claiming to have an internationally accredited medical programme. Anyway, I know sgul is different and for me it is an excellent opportunity. Still, if u do have time to answer me, wts the prog really like? It seems too good to be true that we will actually be considered sgul students and be eligible for gmc and foundation programme. Sorry if I'm pessimistic but I've been through a lot. I have another question, what's the age group over there?
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    Hi mmf,

    It's great to hear that you've applied for the the 2012 entry. No need to apologise, I was initially in the same position as you, so I had to really take the time to find out whether or not it was worth me moving here to Cyprus to study Medicine. However, I can confirm that this is a UK accredited, GMC approved, primary UK qualification that permits entry into the UK F1 foundation program upon completion. The program is exactly the same as SGUL, and we are considered SGUL students. The official language here is Greek, and of course, most patients will speak English and Greek, so a basic knowledge of Greek is helpful. For those that don't speak Greek, the Univeristy here provides FREE greek lessons to all students. Just to allow us to understand basic conversations. The program is intense, as to be expected from a graduate entry degree, but well worth it if medicine is something you're passionate about. Everyone here is really supportive, and being such a small first cohort, it's actually a lot more personal compared to London. The average age group is about 24-27 I think. Students ages range from 21 to over 50, and of course we have a range of first degrees from Biomedical sciences to law.

    I've actually been surprised by the sheer amount that I actually take in from PBL, clinical placements and lectures the way the course is set out allows you to learn a vast amount of knowledge in the time you're here, which is of course fantastic! But obviously, you won't really know or understand it fully until you're actually doing it, but that goes for many other things in life!

    There's a lot of self-directed learning, and this is something that is essential in order to succeed, but we have the library, and access to SGUL's online resources, the same as London students. I'm really not sure what else you'd like to know about the course, but if you have anything more specific, feel free to let me know!

    Hope this helps!

    Kai Chi
    President of the Medical Students Society
    St Georges University of London at the University of Nicosia

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    Hey Kai
    I already applied for sgul-Nicosia for entry in 2012. I talked to everyone I can talk to from admissions to sgul students in London. However, I'd rather ask a student who's actually doing the course. I have seen so many unis in the past few years claiming to have an internationally accredited medical programme. Anyway, I know sgul is different and for me it is an excellent opportunity. Still, if u do have time to answer me, wts the prog really like? It seems too good to be true that we will actually be considered sgul students and be eligible for gmc and foundation programme. Sorry if I'm pessimistic but I've been through a lot. I have another question, what's the age group over there?
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    Hey Kai
    Thanks a lot for the detailed reply. Yes it does help indeed. I was wondering also about your vacations, same as SGUL-London Im guessing. Well I am studying for the MCAT. I m actually 28. I have been applying to medical schools all over the world for years but I still dont want to go to just any uni. So your reply helps a lot. SGUL has a great reputation. So if its just the location thats different, then thats more than amazing. Im sure u understand y i am worried im investing money and years of my life into this. I got accepted b4 at Warwick in the UK but due to very unfortunate circumstances i couldnt go then. I applyed again to GEP in the UK which accept internationals like myself but to no avail. They have very limited places for internationals and my score on the UKCAT was 632.5 . Anyway, thanks again Kai. If I have other questions ill send you and u can reply whenever u r free no pressure. Its great to know someone from the inside,
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    Hello Kaich,

    I have just been offerred a place in the SGUL-University of Nicosia medical program starting on September 2012. I would like to get an idea of how the life is in Nicosia. How much would be the rent of a small apartment? How extensive is the public transportation system of the city?

    Also, what courses does the first year curriculum cover?

    I am really excited to have been accepted in such a prestigious program and I can not wait to start the following year.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Hi SV851
    Dont mean to pry, but do you have any idea whats the MCAT cutoff score for SGUL-Nicosia? I am currently preparing for the MCAT but I also work so I dont have much time unfortunately.

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    MMf,

    The admissions director told me that they are looking for at least 24N on the MCAT. Best of luck with the test man.

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