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Want to Study Medicine in Australia? Here’s What You Need to Know

Since Australia is home to some of the best universities, choosing it as the country where you will get your education is a smart decision. However, studying abroad comes with its own set of challenges that can catch you off guard if you aren’t prepared. Want a smoother way towards a medical degree that won’t leave you stressed and anxious? To ensure success, you will need to take a few steps.

Why Australia?

Finishing med school in Australia carries a certain weight. Courses in the fields of medicine and dentistry are internationally recognized and have a good reputation, and you’ll find programmes that will prepare you for the challenges through rigorous training. Whether you wish to move to Australia permanently or simply study there, medicine is a great choice for someone who is dedicated, hardworking, and wants an important job with a good salary.

Which programs are available?

Undergraduate and graduate medical programs are available in Australia. If you want to apply for an undergraduate course, you should know that most universities require you to have a good UMAT (Undergraduate Medical Admission Test) score and to have studied some pre-requisite subjects, such as chemistry and biology in the final year of high-school. It’s not a bad idea to apply for UMAT tutoring because a good tutor will prepare you for the critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving that you’ll need to pass the test. You should also be aware that a lot of places require ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), a written application, and an interview.

If you want to apply for a graduate course, you will need to take a GAMSAT or a MCAT, and to have completed a basic degree in science. It’s usually a four-year course, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone who wants to dedicate their life to a career in medicine.

For more information regarding studying abroad and the options that will be available to you, look at the Study Options site, where you can submit your applications and ask professionals any questions you may have.

Which schools are there?

There are only a few schools that are not open to international students, but for the most part, there’s an excellent pick of universities that offer courses suited to your needs. University of Adelaide, James Cook University, University of Tasmania and Monash University all offer great undergrad programs, and you can contact these universities and check their official sites to see if they have any specific requirements for international students.

The University of Sydney is one of the best places to learn medicine in the world, and it even ranked as number fifteen, on the list of the Top Medical Schools for 2017. The University of Melbourne and Monash University aren’t far behind either, so you’ll be in good hands. Here’s a list of more med schools that you might want to take a look at.


Universities in Australia are pricey, and you shouldn’t expect to find any cheap options here. However, the quality is well worth it, and some places offer partial scholarships even for international students. You can expect the average cost of AUD 400 000 – AUD 450 000, so check whether you can apply for financial aid through a representative from your own country.

Whichever path you choose, make sure to do your research. Studying in Australia is a wonderful experience, and universities are open to students of any race, ethnicity and background. It’s same as with any good place in the world – hard work and cleverness pay off. We wish you luck and hope you find the right med school for you!


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