Getting admission to medical universities could be stressful and time-consuming. Every university has different admission rules – while the majority of schools have written entrance exams, there are also medical faculties, which are giving admission based on results from secondary school, SAT, extra-curricular activities, etc. We will take a look at those, where you don’t need to write an entrance exam. Application fee in most of these universities is below 100€.

Riga Stradins University, Latvia – Riga Stradins University is offering programs in General medicine and Dental medicine in English for international students. There are two intakes (September and February intake), which is exceptional in Europe. Applicants need to submit English proficiency certificates, 2 letters of reference, a motivational letter, and academic documents from secondary school. The most important are good or excellent results from biology, chemistry, mathematics and chemistry. The minimum mark required is 70%. Students can submit also a language certificate instead of a result from secondary school. The application fee is 100€, results are announced after the 1st of July (for September intake) or after 1st of December (for February intake). Academic documents need to be translated into English.

The University of Latvia  – the University is offering 60 places for international students of general medicine. Students will submit required secondary certificates and the decision will be made in the following way: value of subjects –  Chemistry (40%), Biology (40%) and English (20%) grade OR your Natural sciences (80%) and English (20%) grade if you haven’t studied Chemistry or Biology. It is mandatory to score at least 60% from every subject to be eligible to apply. Results will be announced by mid of July, application deadline is mostly mid of May.

Medical University in Szczecin, Poland – there is a language certificate needed (for precise information on language certificate level, please check: https://www.pum.edu.pl/english/admissions-office/application-requirements/english-proficiency-certificates). Also marks from secondary school from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics (if you had all 4, the best 2 results will be taken into consideration). They must be completed at a certain level – for precise information, please check page: https://www.pum.edu.pl/english/admissions-office/application-requirements/educational-criteria
Applicants from Germany must have an average mark better than 2,7 from Abitur.

Source: https://www.pum.edu.pl/english/admissions-office/application-requirements

Medical University in Bialystok, Poland –  admission is given based on (A) the official high school transcript/maturity certificate/ and on the candidate request, grades recorded in the other certificates (SAT II subject test exam or other post-graduate university courses) and  (B) oral interview. Positive results from 2 out of 4 subjects must be showed – subjects are biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The oral interview is focused on the motivation of applicant, predisposition for the medical profession and English level of knowledge. There are programs General medicine and Dentistry offered.

Source: https://www.umb.edu.pl/en/s,8982/Admission_requirements

Nicolaus Copernicus University Collegium Medicumin in Bydgoszcz, Poland  – There is no entrance examination, only a recruitment interview. The interview includes questions concerning knowledge in the field of natural and exact sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) at the level of secondary school, as well as motivation to study medicine. It also aims to check the candidate’s proficiency in English. The interview can be conducted online if needed. Topics of interviews can be found on the University website as well.  Interesting fact is, that the deadline for application is mid of September. Program of General medicine is offered.

Source: https://study.cm.umk.pl/medicine-left/admission.html

Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce, Poland – https://www.mdkielce.edu.pl/admissions-1-1/general-requirements  – Candidates will be chosen by an open competition on the basis of grades on the high school certificate (transcript of grades). There are only 50 places offered.  Results from biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics are taken into consideration. University is offering a program of General medicine in English.

Medical University in Lublin – If a candidate has graduated from high school in one of the countries belonging to EU, OECD, EFTA or is a holder of the International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma, they do not take entrance exam to the Medical University of Lublin. Evaluation is performed on the basis of their high school diploma or the confirmation of the final secondary examination or university results. The subjects required for admission are Biology and two subjects out of the following: Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for Medicine and Dentistry or Biology

Students from other countries need to take an entrance exam.

Source: https://www.umlub.pl/en/candidates/admission-requirements-and-procedures/

Lithuanian University of medical science, Lithuania –  applicants with a certain amount of points or percentages are exempted from entrance exams For more information check the page:  https://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/degree-studies/admission/exemptions-from-entrance-exam/. Programs of General medicine and Odontology (Dentistry) are offered to international students.

Source: https://lsmuni.lt/en/activities/degree-studies/admission/application-procedure/

The University Of Medicine and Pharmacy Craiova, Romania – There are 2 programs of studies in Craiova – General medicine (6 years, 6000€ per year, 50 study places) and Dental medicine (6 years, 6000€ per year, 30 places). Students will submit application online and pay 200€ application fee. Only complete files will be considered. The selection process of the university will then take a place – selected students academic documents will be then submitted for nostrification to the Ministry of education. Those who will pass both scrutinies, will be offered a place at University (the decision should be annouced in mid of August)

University of Nicosia – medical program – The school is located in Cyprus and has 18,000-22,000€ fee per one academic year.

Students need to send the following documents:

High School Leaving Certificate with 90% overall score (Ί8/20 overall in the  Greek/Cypriot High School Leaving Certificate), to include similar grades in Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Or: GCE A’ Levels with grades ABB, to include Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths, and one more subject.

Or: International Baccalaureate with 32 overall and a combined score of 16 at Higher Level, to include Biology and at least one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Candidates are reviewed holistically, so all grades will be reviewed including in Chemistry, Physics and Maths to ensure your knowledge and achievement in these areas meets the demands of our curriculum.

and English certificate:

6.5 overall in the IELTS (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other elements),

Or: 213 overall in the computer-based TOEFL (550 paper based, 79 internet based),

Or: grade 5 in the GCSE (or B with the old grading system),

Or: a score of 5 in English in the International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL),

Or: a score of 70% in English in the European Baccalaureate.

Those students who will pass both requirements, will be invited for online or offline interview with management of the faculty. Applicants need to demonstrate through volunteer experience that they have an understanding of the biological, psychological and social dimensions of medicine to support their application displaying suitability for a career in medicine.

 Conclusion

Most of the medical schools in Europe require to take an entrance exam. This could be problematic for students, who would like to apply for more universities, but the question preparation materials are different for different schools (for example question banks in Slovakia have 1200 questions in Kosice and 1400 in Bratislava, which require several weeks of intensive preparation).

There are several schools in Europe, that may issue acceptance letters based on submission of academic documents or previous education. I suggest to consider to keep these universities as back up option, especially if your primary goal is to study at different university.