Dec 27, 2019


Medicine is a very important field of study everywhere in the world as the health of people is one of the most vital parts of human life. So, students who dream of becoming doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and so on are encouraged even if the years of studies are longer and tougher than some others.

There are lots of protective medical students with these aspirations. However, the universities in their countries may have too much competition, may not be top quality,  may often have struck, or lack in some other areas which affect their standard of education. Therefore, students are actively looking for other options for studying medicine even if it has to do with studying it abroad.

You must know that there are many ways by which one wrong decision can negatively affect your dreams and one of these ways is by choosing the wrong school to pursue your dreams. People often think that they can or should “make do” with the less than satisfactory resources that some universities offer. This may be because of their limited finances, stressful enrollment procedures of some schools or some other reason. Nonetheless, this “make do” practice is not something to be done, especially not by people who wish to study medicine because there are many things that you must learn and the limitations of the school will make teaching or learning harder.

This article will present a list of the top ten (10) countries to study medicine, even for international students. The ranking will be based on cost-effective tuition fees, cost of living, the standard of living, student choice, ranking, and other aspects.

Top 10 Best Countries To Study Medicine Abroad

  1. Italy
  2. Uk
  3. Ukraine
  4. Russia
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. USA
  8. China
  9. Australia
  10. Canada

1. Italy

Brief Overview: Italy is located in Southern Europe with Rome as its capital. The official language spoken is Italian and it is a country that is famous for its cuisine, wine, architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and friendly and romantic people and culture which make them a popular choice for international students.

Studying Medicine in Ukraine: Universities in Italy are diverse and specialized. Both the government and privately-owned universities are of great standard but the government-owned institutions are better with top-notch facilities and experienced teaching staff. This also applies to medical universities. Lots of universities also offer courses or programs in different languages so you can choose to learn in English language or other languages instead of Italian.

Eligibility Criteria: To apply for a bachelor’s degree in Italy, you must have completed and have had good grades in your high school or secondary school. You will need to provide a valid school certificate with at least five credits in related subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Some schools may also require you to take a language test if your grade in English or Italian language is not satisfactory.

To apply for a Master’s program, you will need the above-mentioned requirements as well as a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a related or relevant course. You will also need to provide your certificates and valid transcripts. The same goes for those who wish to apply for a Ph.D program in which case, you will also need your M.Sc certificate and transcripts.

Visa Requirements to Study in Italy: You need to check if citizens of your country need to have a visa before studying in Italy. If you do, you need to apply for one. You will need an international passport with at least two (2) blank pages and must be valid for at least three (3) months after the completion of your study program. You will also need your filled visa application form and receipt, recent passport photographs, and admission or invitation letter from a university in Italy. You may need to submit some other documents like health insurance and government-approved medical certificates, results of recent HIV/AIDS and/or tuberculosis tests. You may be required to attend an interview as well.

#Note that you cannot apply for a student visa unless you have been accepted into a university in the country which you are applying for. Also note that minors may need a letter of parental/guardian consent for application and need their company to submit or collect documents.

Tuition: Medical universities in Italy are amongst the most affordable universities in the world. Moreover, there are also scholarship programs as well. You can have a tuition for as low as $800 to $4000 per year. The average tuition fee for a bachelor’s degree in medicine is 1500 Euros ($1662) yearly but can be higher or lower depending on the university.

Cost and Standard of Living: The standard of living in Italy is high and the cost of living is moderate or even cheap when compared to some other developed countries. Of course, the cost of living is higher in the cities than in rural areas (which is a rule). Including accommodation, feeding and transportation you can live in Italy with $500 to $1000 monthly depending on your lifestyle. This can be

Top 5 Medical Universities in Italy:

  • La Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Milan
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Padua
  • Vita-Salute San Raffaela University

Duration: 6 years


  1. UK

Brief Overview: The United Kingdom is made up of four nations namely; England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is located in northwestern Europe and boasts of rich history, high standard of living, economic development and great quality of education. Because of the number of high-ranking medical universities present and the common language, it is a popular country of choice for international students.

Studying Medicine in UK: Historically, the United Kingdom boast of one of the best educational background in the study of medical courses as well as other courses before their “monopoly” was broken with the development of other countries and universities. Universities in the UK are often ranking high in the world ranking list which makes degrees earned here highly recognized (although the same can be said of other countries in this list). Most universities here have highly knowledgeable lecturers, cutting-edge facilities and large alumni. The majority of courses are also offered in English.

Eligibility Criteria: International students applying for a bachelor’s program need to have finished high school or secondary school. You will need to submit a valid high-school leaving certificate or its equivalent which must have the required grades in the related subjects namely; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, etc. You may be required to take a language test but this depends on the official language of your country and on your grades in English language.

For postgraduate programs, you will need the certificate and transcripts of the previous or prerequisite program offered. There is a chance that you will be required to send your project as well.

Visa Requirements to Study in the UK: After you receive your admission or invitation letter from a university in UK, you should visit the website of the UK consulate/embassy in your country to know if you need a visa and, if yes, what type of visa and what the requirements are. They may include your valid international passport, means of identification, recent passport photos, CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) form, proof of English language proficiency, proof of financial support, result of medical tests and insurance (check number 1), and, rarely, ATAS certificate. Interview may be required too.

Tuition: Tuition is higher in the UK, especially for international students. It ranges from $13,000 to $50,000 for undergraduate studies and even higher for postgraduate programs. Luckily, there are a number of scholarship programs available.

Cost and Standard of Living: Standard of living is high in the UK but the cost of living varies from nation to nation and from city to city with London being the most expensive city. However, it is higher than some other countries – the UK is the 32nd most expensive country to live according to a survey by – which will be mentioned in this article. Hostels are an average of $4500 yearly and private apartments have an average of $1000 per month depending on the location and the room standard. Feeding and transportation can cost as much as $5000 per month but this can be lower it higher depending on your lifestyle.

All in all, it isn’t very cost-effective to study here but it is worth it if you have the money. The reason it is rating high is because of the high global ranking, standard of living and its popularity among prospective students.

Top 5 Medical Universities in UK:

  • University of Oxford, England.
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Swansea University, Wales.
  • University of Glasgow, Scotland.
  • University of Cambridge, England.

Duration: 6 years


  1. Ukraine

Brief Overview: Ukraine is a large country located in Eastern Europe and is filled with rich history, colourful culture, beautiful architecture and warm people. The capital is Kyiv and is home to a lot of people from all over the world students, visitors, and tourists alike. Ukraine boasts of a beautiful language and a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as a lot of other things. The local currency is Hryvnia.

Studying Medicine in Ukraine: Ukraine is one of the most cost-effective places to study medicine. The quality of education is very high and the fee structure is low. Moreover, degrees earned here are accepted internationally and recognized by international organisations and councils like WHO, UNICEF, MCI, etc. Courses are also offered in a number of languages including Ukrainian, Russian, and English. However, studying in Ukraine is not as popular as studying in the UK but this is currently improving.

Eligibility Criteria: You do not have to take language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, etc or exams like JAMB, SAT or its equivalent. All you need for your bachelor’s program is your high school or secondary school certificate with the required grades in the related topics.

Visa Requirements to Study in Ukraine: Similiar to the visa requirements of the above countries, you will need your valid international passport, invitation or acceptance letter, valid school certificate, passport photos, medical and/or travel insurance, two-way ticket, proof of financial capability, birth certificate, sponsor’s ID and sponsorship letter (if needed), medical test results and visa application form and receipts. Interview is also a possibility. You don’t get your immigration card until you are cleared at the airport. You will use this card to get your residence permit in the school.

Tuition: The medical fee structure is higher than the few structure for art and social science courses. Even at that, the tuition ranges from $4000 to $6000 per year for bachelor’s degree program and about $2000 higher for Masters program. However, there are a few scholarship programs available.

Cost and Standard of Living: Cost of living in Ukraine is low but also follows the rural-urban rule of higher costs in cities. Ukraine’s standard of living is also high. Accommodation is low as hostels cost between $600 and &1500 yearly while apartments cost from $200 to $500 monthly. Transportation and feeding is also cheap and you can do these comfortably with an average of $2000 yearly. This make a total average of about $3000 for hostel accommodation, feeding and transportation. This too depends on your lifestyle.

Top 5 Medical Universities in Ukraine:

  • Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU)
  • N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Odessa State Medical University (OSMU)
  • Kyiv National Medical University, O. O. Bogomolets
  • Ternopil State Medical University

Duration: 6 years


4: Russia

Brief Overview: Russia is a transcontinental country located both in eastern Europe and in Northern Asia. It is also the largest country in the world with Moscow as its capital. They also border Ukraine and share a few things in common from rich history and culture to low tuition. They are also known to be a very powerful country with the sixth (6th) largest economy in the world. The local currency, Ruble, is hard to spend anywhere apart from Russia.

Studying Medicine in Russia: Russia has a deep appreciation for the medical field and also has a number of specialized medical universities with the aim of practicing cutting-edge research and practicing and improving good health care in Russia and the world. To achieve this, the Russian government provides government-owned universities with all the necessary and quality facilities. This makes these universities and their labs and hospitals some of the best in the country and world. Like Ukraine, they offer courses in a number of languages.

Eligibility Criteria: Universities in Ukraine offer international students seeking to study an undergraduate program a free merit admission system. This means that you do not need to do additional exams or tests but can gain admission with the secondary school certificates with passing grades in the related subjects offered especially in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

However, for masters and Ph.D programs, you will need the B.Sc and M.Sc certificates and transcripts as the case may be.

Visa Requirements to Study in Russia: Same as that of Ukraine mentioned earlier with the addition of the parental consent letter for minors.

Tuition: Medical courses cost between

Cost and Standard of Living: The costs of feeding, transportation and accommodation in Russia is really low and affordable. You can spend an average of $2500 monthly on feeding and public transport is very cheap and you can spend an average of $500 yearly. Hostel accommodation is also cheap and ranges from $350 to $1000 yearly. All in all, it is very cost-effective to study in Russia.

Top 5 Medical Universities:

  • Kazan State Medical University
  • Tver State Medical University
  • Kursk State Medical University
  • Orenburg State Medical University
  • Perm State Medical University

Duration: 7 years (only if you want to study in Russian which means you have to take a preparatory course for one year). It is 6 years if you want to study in english language. People will advise you to learn Russian so that you can interact with patients.


  1. France

Brief Overview: Located on the western edge of Europe, France is one of the most popular tourist destination in the world and it is also known for its beautiful landscapes, architecture, cuisine, wine, fashion, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, diversity, and of course, the capital, Paris. It is bordered by 10 countries and the main currency is the Euro.

Studying Medicine in France: Studying medicine in France comes with a lot of benefits. Apart from the great quality of education and cutting-edge technology and facilities, students who graduates from medical universities in France can apply for a job in any part of the world as it is accredited nationally as well as recognized and accepted globally.

Eligibility Criteria: The age limit of applications is 17 years minimum. Student must at least have credits (50%)  in a recognised 10+2 examination. Subjects must include Biology, Chemistry and English if you wish to offer courses in English.

Visa Requirements: You will need your acceptance letter, proof of financial capability (bank statement with the minimum funds), proof of language proficiency (English or French), international passport, proof of ticket to and from France, and medical insurance. Upon your arrival at the airport in French, you will need to present your visa and other documents to immigration. You will be instructed on the next step to take to be cleared for residency in France.

Tuition: For international students who want to study undergraduate or bachelor’s program, tuition ranges from $2500 to $3500. For Masters program, it is from $4,000 to $6000 and slightly higher for Ph.D program.

Cost and Standard of Living: It is expensive to live in France. Hostel accommodation range between $200 to $400 monthly in cities and $1000 to $1500 yearly and apartments cost two to three times as much. One person can spend $300 monthly on groceries alone and an average of $50 monthly on public transportation. Standard of living is also high.

Top Medical Universities:

  • Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL)
  • Sorbonne University
  • École des Ponts Paris Tech
  • Pierre and Marie-Curie University
  • University of Paris

Duration: 8 to 11 years. 8 years for general medicine with additional years for specialist or postgraduate programs.


  1. Germany

Brief Overview: Germany is located in Western and Central Europe and is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is home to a lot of history and beautiful scenery and culture.

Studying Medicine in Germany: Germany is one of the best places to study abroad with all-round quality in academics with emphasis made on research. It also offers lots of internship and job opportunities but unfortunately, you may be required to have prior knowledge of German before you can apply for any undergraduate or postgraduate program.

Eligibility Criteria: Similar to the eligibility of other countries but with an emphasis on grades. The certificate should also be equivalent to German certificate.

Visa Requirements: International passport, filled visa application forms (1 or 2), verified certificate of earlier education, invitation or admission letter, proof of financial capability, recent biometric portrait photos, CV, proof of language proficiency (English or German), health insurance, and medical tests results.

Tuition: $0 to $2000 yearly for all programs.

Cost and Standard of Living: The standard of living is high. Including feeding, transportation, accommodation and the cost of the basic stationeries, you are looking at a range between $5000 and $10000 depending on your lifestyle.

Top 5 Medical Universities:

  • RWTH Aachen University.
  • Heidelberg University.
  • Würzburg University.
  • Lübeck University.
  • University of Hamburg

Duration: 6 years


  1. China

Brief Overview: As you know, China is a very technologically advanced country located in southeast Asia. China is a country that is both advanced and traditional so you people get the best of both worlds. Famous for their inventions, great economy, buildings, cuisine, martial art, and culture, they are fast becoming one of the most powerful countries in the world.

Studying Medicine in China: There are a number of high ranking (grade A) medical universities in China who offer courses in a few languages including English. These universities have all-round quality in every aspect of education, whether it is teaching staff or facilities.

Eligibility Criteria: You will need the previous education certificates be it secondary school, B.Sc or M.Sc with the required grades in the related subjects or courses. You will also need transcripts and the result of your language proficiency tests.

Visa Requirements: There are two types of a student visa, X1 for a period of more than six months and X2 for a period of less than six months. You will need your visa application form and receipt, invitation letter, international passport, passport photo, flight tickets, previous education certificates, language proficiency certificate, medical results and insurance.

Tuition: $20,000 to $40,000

Cost and Standard of Living: International students can get accommodation within a range of $3000 to $5000 yearly and spend $1500 on feeding and $500 on transportation.

Top 5 Medical Universities:

  • Zhejiang University
  • Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • Sichuan University
  • Qingdao University

Duration: 5 to 6 years


  1. USA

Brief Overview: USA is a very popular country in North America. They are popular for their art, economy, history, and of course, Hollywood. There are beautiful places to visit in USA as well as lots of sports and activities to do.

Studying Medicine in USA: Although USA is one of the most popular countries to study medicine abroad, it ranks lower because it is one of the most expensive when it comes to tuition and cost of living. It also lacks the cultural richness or grand tourist attractions that most of these other countries have. Courses are mainly offered in English and degrees are globally recognized and accepted.

Eligibility Criteria: Same as UK.

Visa Requirements: Same as UK

Tuition: $40,000 to $80,000 yearly

Cost and Standard of Living: For international students studying in USA, the cost and standard of living is high. For transportation, feeding, clothing, accommodation, and cost of stationeries, it is estimated to be between $8000 to $1000 per month and approximately $10000 to $12000 yearly.

Top 5 Medical Universities:

  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of California
  • University of Columbia

Duration: 4 years for bachelor’s degree + 3 to 7 years of medical school and residency.


  1. Australia

Brief Overview: This country is famous for its natural wonders and lifestyle. The population is very diverse as well as the culture and lifestyle.

Studying Medicine in Australia: Australia is a great place to study medicine. The universities are accredited, and globally recognized and accepted. The courses are mostly offered in English and the universities have lots of benefits for all students.

Eligibility Criteria: Same as UK.

Visa Requirements: Confirmation of enrollment or acceptance (COE), genuine temporary entrant (GTE), proof of financial capability, overseas student health cover (OSHC), visa application form and receipts, international passport and medical screening result.

Tuition: $60,000 to $80,000

Cost and Standard of Living: For international students studying in Canada, the cost and Standard of living is high. For transportation, feeding, clothing, accommodation, and cost of stationeries, it is estimated to be approximately 20000 to 30000 Canadian dollars yearly.

Top Medical Universities:

  • University of Sydney
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of New South Wales

Duration: 6 years


  1. Canada

Brief Overview: Canada is a beautiful country located in North America and is popularly known for their maple syrup. Apart from this, it is also known for its beautiful landscapes and also the cold.

Studying Medicine in Canada: Like most of these countries listed, Canada boasts of top-notch medical facilities, great teaching staff, and cutting-edge technology and facilities. The degrees earned here are also recognized globally and courses are offered mostly in English and French.

Eligibility Criteria: Same as France.

Visa Requirements: Same as France.

Tuition: $20,000 to $100,000

Cost of Living: Around $10000 for accommodation, feeding and transport for a year.

Top Medical Universities:

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • McMaster University
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Duration: 2 + 4 (diploma and medical school)

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