FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
Will I still receive help from MediStart after having secured my study place?
On request, MediStart supports you during the application and enrolment processes as well as on site during your studies abroad. Our partners abroad help you find an accommodation, register with local authorities, enrol at the university and network with other international students who have been there a while. Our partners are also available 24/7 for any queries you may have, no matter how big or small.
I have not completed high school yet. Can I still apply (or can I ideally already be accepted by a university)?
Yes, you can and you should. Some application processes abroad start significantly earlier than in other countries. In the best case the planning starts as early as September/October, or a whole year before the actual start of the degree. Seeing as many universities focus on more than just your grades and work with admission tests and interviews instead, it is possible for you to be accepted by a university before graduating from high school. All you will have to do after you were offered a study place is to graduate from high school. However, even if you apply after graduation, you will still have a lot of options regarding universities. Do not hesitate to contact us.
Which deadlines are important for me as an applicant and does MediStart help me to meet these?
MediStart accompanies you throughout the entire application process. Your personal study consultant will prepare every step of the process for you so that nothing can go wrong. We will, of course, take care of deadlines. Important note: Some universities award study places gradually sometimes ahead of the deadlines. It is important to start your application early when all the places at the university are still available. This can significantly improve your chances.
What does a placement by MediStart cost and do I really only pay if they are successful?
We charge a fee for the services, you choose based on your individual needs and preferences. This helps you plan the start of your degree efficiently.
You can choose between 3 service options:
BASIC: Comprehensive advice; get detailed information on choosing the right university for you and taking the first steps in the application procedure (in person, via phone, email, or online video consultation according to your preferences).
OPTIMAL: Not only get comprehensive advice but also the support to find a study place at our partner universities. Apply at up to 3 strategically chosen partner universities as to optimise your chances of being offered a study place starting in in autumn 2020 and even 2021.
PREMIUM: Make use of our hospitality package in addition to the comprehensive advice and the support to find a study place at our partner universities. MediStart offers you support on site (e. g. apartment hunting, bank and insurance issues, exclusive events for MediStart clients etc.). This service starts once you have been offered a study place and lasts for the entire time of your degree programme.
Can I apply for medical studies abroad, even if I already hold a university degree?
Holders of a previous university degree have exactly the same chances at MediStart partner universities as first time applicants, who still need to obtain their high school diploma. Many foreign universities also work with selection processes, in which a completed degree reflects positively. It is important to apply early (ideally a whole year before the start of the desired degree) in order to plan the application optimally.
Do you have a success rate?
Yes, we do. And we are proud of it. Over the last years, MediStart achieved a 100 % success rate at some universities, meaning it successfully placed all MediStart applicants there. This was the case for example with Wroclaw (Poland), Nicosia (Cyprus) and in Rzeszow (Poland). This success rate is not a promise of success of course, mainly because the placement depends on admission tests, interviews etc. However, we are optimistic that this year once again every applicant who meets the requirements and commissions our services on time will be offered the chosen study place.
Is my degree from a foreign university recognised within the EU?
Yes, but it is important that you complete your studies and achieve a recognised degree issued in an EU member state. In other words:
The medical licence allowing you to practice your profession as a doctor, dentist or veterinary doctor, is issued by the country you studied in. This licence is then automatically recognised everywhere in the EU thanks to the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
Can I complete the clinical part of my degree in my home country?
Yes, although there are two conditions. Firstly, the international university needs to have structured its degree in a similar way as the course in your home country. Secondly, the university in your home country needs to have places available. More and more foreign universities apply the BSc / MSc models to medical degrees. The two models are incompatible with each other. Even if a university provides a model that is recognised by the local examination authorities, it does not mean that a transfer is automatically possible. Available places can be rare. This is why most students finish their degree abroad and return to their home countries as licensed doctors.
I achieved good but not quite amazing grades at school. I have heard that there was still a good chance of being accepted into a medical degree programme through MediStart. How good are my chances?
Quickly and concisely: Your chances are very good because your high school grades are not the sole decisive factor. Most universities operate based on admission tests, interviews etc. MediStart prepares you for this, partly with the help of tutors at the respective universities. Over the last years, MediStart managed a placement success rate of 100 % at some of its partner universities. This was the case for the courses taught in English by the universities of Wroclaw (Poland), Nicosia (Cyprus), Rzeszow (Poland) and Vilnius (Lithuania). There is no guarantee, of course. However, we are optimistic that, this year again, every applicant who meets the requirements and commissions our services on time will be offered the chosen study place.
Do I need to pay for the consultation in person, over the phone or via video chat?
No, the first consultation is always free of charge.
How long does the degree last?
Medical degrees generally last six years. Degrees in dentistry and veterinary medicine last an average of five years.
Can I also apply to start my degree in the summer semester?
This is currently only possible at the University of Riga.
Is an “Erasmus+” exchange available during the degree?
The possibility of doing an exchange semester is to be discussed with the university directly in order to find a window of time for such an exchange.