Medical School Transfers: Complete Guide

Published on 06/01/2019 in
Medical School Transfers

"When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge - every adversity - contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth." - Roy T. Bennett

Choosing a school to study medicine is a challenging and lengthy process. Therefore, once you begin your studies, it is expected that you will attend for the duration of the whole medicine course. However, situations may emerge that necessitate a student's transfer to a different medical school.

As Roy Bennet has said, every challenge brings new opportunities and growth. In the past several years, we have assisted thousands of students with successful medical school transfers. However, many students think that transferring is an impossible and complicated process.

We created this comprehensive guide to help those who aren't satisfied with their current university experience and want to transfer to schools that teach medicine in English in Europe.

Can I transfer to a different medical school?

Every student can apply for a transfer. However, in most cases, you can transfer to another university after completing at least year 1. Most institutions allow transfers at the beginning of each academic year. This means that you will not be able to change universities between semesters. In other words, you might be required first to finish your current academic year and then proceed with your medical school transfer application.

Your current school must provide a transcript of your academic record and a letter of evaluation. These documents will be given to the university that you want to apply for a student transfer.

Is transferring medical schools bad?

Absolutely, NOT. The truth is that you should love what you do. As long as you are unhappy with the current teaching system or the environment that you live in, you will perform poorly in your studies.

The goal is to be a fully qualified doctor, and you will be if you stay motivated and satisfied. Every one of us has ups and downs. And that's completely normal. We all make mistakes and change over time. After a year or two, you may realise that your current school is not what you genuinely want or expect.

Therefore it is natural for you to transfer from one medical school to another. As long as you are sure about your decision and the new university offers better opportunities and an education system, transferring is actually a great idea.

How common is transferring medical schools?

Believe it, or not many students transfer to medical schools in Europe. On a daily basis, our expert advisors get asked questions like:

  • When should I apply to transfer to a university?
  • How to transfer to a European medical university?
  • Can I transfer from one medical school to another?

And yes, only in the past few months we have helped 193 students to transfer and successfully continue their studies in European universities.

Medical School Transfer Requirements

General requirements are:

  • Completion of at least one academic year (in most cases)
  • Academic transcript

Which medical schools allow transfers?

The GMC recognises all universities listed below. After completing a medicine or dentistry programme at one of those universities, you will be eligible to practise anywhere. Your MD or DMD degree will be recognised worldwide.

List of medical schools that accept transfer students Europe:

  1. European University in Tbilisi - Georgia
  2. Sofia Medical University - Bulgaria
  3. Titu Maiorescu University - Romania
  4. Trakia University - Bulgaria
  5. Pavol Jozef Šafárik University - Slovakia
  6. University Of Sofia St Kliment Ohridski - Bulgaria 
  7. Medical University of Lublin - Poland
  8. University Of Warmia And Mazury In Olsztyn - Poland
  9. Wroclaw Medical University - Poland
  10. Charles University Third Faculty Of Medicine - Czech Republic
  11. Vilnius University - Lithuania

What is the ECTS (European credits transfer system)?

ECTS, also known as European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, was initially designed to help ERASMUS students and their exchange programme. Nowadays, it is widely used throughout Europe for Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees.

ECTS has three primary functionalities:

  • Switching between universities
  • International education (e.g. an exchange semester at a different university)
  • Applying for advanced study (such as a Master's or PhD)

Students studying a course in EU countries can go abroad and obtain a globally recognised degree.

For example:

You take a joint degree or study a semester abroad or even an Erasmus study programme. Your home university will be able to keep track of the number of hours you've studied thanks to the "credit transfer" system.

Paperwork is another thing that's simplified as it's easier to estimate the complexity of the class or thesis based on the number of credits offered upon completion. This puts all of the students, be they international or local, on the same level.

What are medical school transfer credits used for?

Simply said, this system is used to help students transfer from one medical school to another. ECTS helps equalise the credits you will achieve through your education and makes it comparable across the EU countries.

When you complete a course or module, you will be awarded ECTS credits. Every credit point you receive will represent the amount of work you have achieved in that period of time. For example, completing 1 year of studies will grant you 60 ECTS credits, a 6-year degree in medicine will earn you 360 ECTS credits, etc.

Bear in mind that even though, theoretically, the credits represent the amount of time you've invested in a course, many countries have different measurement metrics for the number of hours spent studying. 

For example:

1 ECTS credit in Milan, Italy is equivalent to 25 hours of study, whereas 1 ECTS credit in Romania is equal to 30 study hours.

International student transfer to medical school with ECTS credits

The process is pretty straightforward. During your studies, you achieve credits for each module. The credits you have earned in your previous university will be recognised. All of the transcripts will be assessed. This will allow you to enter into a higher year of study at another university. This way, you will just continue your medical education without losing even a day.

However, this can only happen if the materials covered in the medicine or dentistry course are similar or the same as the course structure of the destination university. The majority of medical schools choose pre-clinical studies such as Biochemistry and Anatomy in the first three years.

Therefore, transferring to another school isn't an issue since much of the content offered in the first few years has already been covered and achieved via the credits system. ECTS gives universities the confidence to put students in a higher year than if they applied to start the programme from the first year.

Transferring from one university to another is easier with the ECTS credits system. Keep in mind every institution has its requirements regarding transferring in and out of the school. Some have more rules and regulations, whilst others ask for more stipulations to be upheld before the student can even transfer.

Book a FREE call with one of our advisors for more information about medical university transfer. Whilst the information provided here is accurate as of this date, some changes can occur, and it is best to speak with an expert advisor to understand the process better.

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