Studies of General medicine and Dental medicine are difficult and many students opt for the option to transfer their studies to different universities in Europe. All renowned Universities in Europe are following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) that makes completed credit tests and exams recognizable abroad. I have prepared a complete list of universities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Croatia, that accept transfer students. On another hand, you will need to compare your syllabuses and completed courses with the university to which you wish to transfer.
Universities might call the procedure described below as recognition of subjects. The difference is that with the transfer you simply submit your transcripts and syllabuses, get your subjects recognized and continue your studies at a new university. With subjects/credits recognition, you get accepted to the 1st year, ask for recognition of completed subjects, and enroll in a higher year based on the decision of professors. In order to make this article simpler, I will describe both procedures as transfers, as the result is the same – enrollment in the higher year.
Universities usually offer transfers to 2nd and 3rd year, but there are several universities that allow also 4th-year transfers (Faculty of medicine UPJS in Kosice, Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, University of Split) or 5th-year transfers (Jessenius faculty of medicine in Martin – Slovakia, Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka – Croatia) in exceptional cases.
There is also university (University of Mostar) that accepts transfer students for Spring intake (deadline for submission of documents is the 1st of February).
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Overview of the page:
- Transfer to medical studies in the Czech Republic
- Transfer to medical studies in Slovakia
- Transfer to medical studies in Hungary
- Transfer to medical studies in Poland
- Transfer to medical studies in Croatia
- Transfer to medical studies in Latvia
- Transfer to medical studies in Lithuania
- Transfer to medical studies in Estonia
- Transfer to medical studies in Romania
- Transfers to medical studies in Bulgaria
- Transfers to medical schools in Bosnia and Hercegovina (non-EU)
- Transfer to medical studies in Georgia (non-EU)
List of medical schools that accept transfer students in Europe
Universities in the Czech Republic are not an obvious destination for transfer students. Firstly, the conditions for transfers are difficult to meet (e.g. requirement to have marks A and B at the 1st faculty of medicine Charles University in Prague) or impossible (Pilsen Faculty) and secondly requirement to have a certificate of the Czech language. This makes transfers limited mostly to students from Czech Republic or theoretically Slovakia. There was also a considerable increase of the tuition fees at medical faculties in Prague 30-40%, or others (Masaryk University 25-30% increase).
First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
The faculty offers General medicine (500.000CZK) – 6 years program and Dental medicine (500.000CZK) – 5 years program.
Transfers are possible in general – but only exams that have been marked with marks Excellent (A) or Very good (B), will be recognized. Every student has to take an entrance examination and apply for the 1st year of study. After the recognition process, a student may ask for being accepted to 3rd year maximally. The deadline for transfers usually ends at the beginning of May. There is no guarantee, that a student will be placed in the higher study year.
All compulsory subjects need to be completed (Czech language and Physical education included) if a student wants to be enrolled in the higher study year.
Recognition of completed studies is not possible during the academic year, only in the second half of September.
If a student decides to transfer his/her previous studies, there are the following rules to be followed. According to Dean´s Provision no. 13/2015, only exams with marks Excellent (A) and Very good (B) can be recognized. Application forms for recognition on each subject must be submitted together with a transcript of records from previous studies and a university study report (index) from the previous school. Finally, the applicant must attach the syllabus from the previous study confirmed by the previous school. Vice-dean of the Faculty will decide, which subjects will be recognized. More details: https://en.lf1.cuni.cz/faq2
Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
The second Faculty of Medicine in Prague accepts a small number of transfer students for the course General medicine (6 years program with tuition fees of 460.000CZK). The previous studies must have 6 years in General medicine, no other format is accepted. The study plan in your home university must be identical if possible, a maximum of 3 subjects might be different. Students must have everything completed in the study year where they currently study. The average of your marks must be 1,5 or below (which includes also repeated subjects). Knowledge of the Czech language is also necessary, which means you will need to provide a language certificate of the Czech language or pass the Czech exam. For more details, the website of the Second faculty of medicine, Charles University
Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
The faculty accepts transfer students with strict conditions for a program of General medicine (6 years program with tuition fees of 460.000CZK). All courses and study requirements from the previous university must be completed. The student must pass the entrance exam and submit a secondary school leaving certificate (or nostrification). Transfer students must also pass the Czech language test on one of the dates, that faculty publishes. The Third faculty of medicine accepts only students with an average of 2,50 or better. The maximum number of transfer students is 7 per program – the only program in English is General medicine. The Third Faculty of Medicine is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education for the study of U.S. students. For more information, check the Third faculty of medicine, Charles university website
Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Hradec Kralove
The faculty in Hradec Kralove offers programs – General medicine (6 years). The program of Dental medicine (5 years) is not offered anymore. The Faculty is offering to recognize courses completed in different universities in the Czech Republic or abroad – but only for students, who already pass an entrance exam and are enrolled in Hradec Kralove. The date from completion of the exam in General medicine cannot be older than 8 years and for Dental medicine not older than 7 years. The student needs to apply with the application form and deliver it to the study office. Every application is considered individually after the submission of all documents. For more information, you can check the Faculty of medicine on the Hradec Kralove website.
Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Pilsen
There are 2 programs offered: General medicine and Dental medicine. The faculty does not accept any transfer students due to limited capacity.
Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University in Brno
The faculty in Brno offers 6 years program in General medicine (380.000CZK per academic year), 5 years program in Dental medicine (400.000CZK), and 3 years program in Physiotherapy (195.000CZK).
Every student, who wishes to transfer to the Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University must sit and pass the entrance exam. No exceptions are granted. The recognition of completed subjects is considered only for former students from Masaryk University. The rule is that there cannot be over 3 years between the completion of the subject and re-enrollment to the university. Previous studies anywhere outside MU (of any duration) will not be recognized and any completed courses considered. Accepted students elsewhere will always be enrolled in the first year. For more info, click on Admission information on the page of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University
Faculty of Medicine, Palacky University in Olomouc
The faculty offers programs in the English language: General medicine and Dental medicine (5 years program). The faculty does not offer transfers but recognition of completed subjects. Every student must pass the entrance exam first – the exam is from biology, chemistry, and physics or mathematics. After passing entrance exams, only subjects completed in the last 3 years are recognized, only marks A-D are recognized. It is required to submit also original transcripts of records and syllabuses of subjects. Students must pass the entrance exam for biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics and ask for recognition of completed subjects after passing it. The recognition of subjects is accepted only from the same study program (so from General medicine to General medicine, Dental medicine to Dental medicine).
Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava, Ostrava University
update 2023: the faculty in Ostrava reopens English program of General medicine
Faculty is offering a program of General medicine (6 years, 11.000€ per year) for international students in the English language. The program reopened after interruption, so transfer students will need to wait for next intakes.
Slovakia is a popular option for transfer students. The majority of transfer students come to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Pavel Jozef Safarik; transfers are possible also at the Faculty of medicine, Slovak Medical University, and Jessenius Faculty of medicine. There was a price increase at Comenius University by 10%.
Faculty of medicine. University of Pavel Jozef Safarik
The University of Pavel Jozef Safarik is located in Kosice, the second biggest city in Slovakia. It offers courses in General medicine (10.500€) and Dental medicine (11.000€). Both programs take 6 years and are taught in the English language. The faculty is offering transfers to the 4th year (based on an update of the Transfer directive valid from the 1st of September 2022). There are subjects being recognized from the last 5 years only. If there is even one subject from your current curriculum missing, you will be asked to sit an entrance exam. Afterward, you will get accepted to the 1st year and will ask for recognition of completed subjects. Papers are submitted to the vice dean for education, who will then consider them and decide in which year the student will be enrolled.
The University accepts a total of 180 credits from the previous studies with a maximum of credits obtained in 2 semesters of 90 credits (since 1.9.2022).
There are only small fees related to transferring to UPJS – 30€ application fee, 15€ is requested for recognition. An original transcript of completed subjects with a university stamp from your home university is needed. I have already helped many students with their transfer to UPJS, so I help mainly with a transfer here. Get more information about transfer to UPJS in Kosice
Jessenius Faculty in Martin, Comenius University
The faculty is part of Comenius University (Comenius has 2 faculties of medicine, and the Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava faculty does not have transfer options). The faculty of medicine in Martin accepts only students who have completed all subjects with marks A-C (for direct transfer), alternatively, students can write an entrance exam and then ask for recognition of subjects with marks A-C. If there is single mark of D, E or F, the transfer to the higher years is not allowed
Here are the rules for transfers:
You can request the subject transfer or recognition in one of the following instances:
1. You have successfully passed the admission exam
2. You are requesting a change of the study program at Comenius University
3. You are requesting a transfer from another university within the study program and study level.
The subject from your previous study can be recognized if:
1. Your previous study has not been duly completed
2. no more than five years have passed since completing the exams
3. you achieved grades A to C or equivalent for the given subject(s)
4. subjects are included in the study plan and specified in the study program as compulsory or semi-elective subjects
Faculty of Medicine, Slovak Medical University
Students can apply for recognition of subjects and transfer up to the 4th year. They need to write entrance exams in biology and chemistry and ask for recognition after passing them. Only marks A-D are accepted for recognition. Subjects list: http://eng.szu.sk/index.php?id=732&menu=
Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava
The faculty does not offer transfer options and limited recognition options for students.
Semmelweis University is the oldest university in Hungary and was founded in 1749. The Faculty of medicine has 4000 students, out of which is 50% international. Transfers to Semmelweis University are generally considered as hard, with the best chances of transferring from different Hungarian universities with the same or almost the same curriculum. Transfer of credits for equivalent subjects is possible after admission by recruitment. The deadline for application is the 15th of July. Students must have active study status at their previous university. If the transfer is not allowed, the students can still apply for go through regular recruitment process with entrance and then ask for recognition of completed subjects. A minimum of 30 credits need to be achieved at the previous university and the weighted average from previous studies must be at least 3.51 . Transfers can be possible up to the 4th year.
University of Debrecen
The Faculty of medicine Debrecen University offers a program in General medicine, the cost is around 17.000USD per academic year. The admission process fee is 350USD and the entrance exam fee is 190USD.
The faculty of dentistry at Debrecen University offers Dental medicine at a cost of 16000USD with special extra costs of 2200USD or 1200USD for dental materials from the second year onwards. The cost of the entrance is again 190USD and the admission process is 350USD.
Transfer students can transfer no more than 60% of the total credits of the particular program and are expected to complete at least 40% of the total credits of the particular program at the University of Debrecen. International students must pass an entrance exam in biology and (depending on their preference) in physics or chemistry. In some special cases, it may be possible for the candidates to apply for
transfer to higher years on the basis of their previous studies and achievements.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged
The university offers studies of general medicine (tuition fees around 7500€ per semester – not academic year!) and dental medicine (tuition fees of 17000USD per academic year). In addition to tuition fees and living costs, students must pay a 200 USD application fee, 300 USD entrance examination fee, 220 USD registration fee, and 500 USD (1st grade) / 1000 USD (2nd to 5th grade) for summer practice completed in Szeged. The state examination fee is 300 USD.
Students who have successfully pursued medical studies in the English language at other accredited universities can apply for admission without being obliged to take an entrance examination. Admission to an upper year might be possible if subjects of previous studies identical or similar (at least 75%) to the curriculum of the University of Szeged are approved. Please note that at least 50 percent (%) of the student’s complete medical studies must be fulfilled at the University of Szeged. Check the curriculum from Szeged University here.
Students might also be subject to sit for evaluation examinations. Evaluation exams are held only in Szeged, Hungary. For students who participate in evaluation examinations, the fee of 150 USD must be paid to the University of Szeged’s bank account. Detailed information about exam(s) registration will be sent to the applicant via e-mail after applicants submit their application online. An additional condition of transfer is collecting at least 30 credit points for the compulsory subjects — which are also compulsory at the SZTE ÁOK — in the concluding two semesters. Students whose average grades of compulsory subjects in the last completed semester do not reach 3.0 or if whose student status was terminated due to a disciplinary offense may not transfer to the University. Students who wish to have their formerly completed subjects acknowledged as a part of the transfer process and have had their student status interrupted five years prior to the date of transference may not transfer to the University of Szeged.
University Of Pécs
The University of Pecs accepts transfer students for the program General medicine (tuition fees of approximately 17000USD) and dentistry (approximately 17350USD). All documents for transfer must be submitted during the admission process. Students have also the option to take part in summer school where the organization committee with helping them with transfer procedures. The request for transfer is directed toward Credit Transfer Committee. Once all needed documents from previous studies are submitted, the student gets preliminary information about which school year he is admitted. Documents must be submitted before the 1st of January or the 1st of August depending on which semester you wish to enroll. The following documents need to be submitted: transcript of record (=gradebook), official syllabus from registrar’s office, opinion form filled by the student, payment of process fee, (if your University is not from Hungary) recommended curriculum and application form with list of all completed courses. Documents might be in English, German or Hungarian language.
Pecs curriculum must be at least 75% identical to your home university curriculum. The application fee is 250USD.
Medical University in Warsaw
Students from medical universities in Poland or abroad who attended the medical program in the English language can apply for transfer to the 6-year medical program at the Medical University of Warsaw (MUW) for the academic year 2023/2024. The transfer will only be possible for the years 2nd and 3rd of studies. The transfer may take place only at the beginning of the academic year, once the student has completed the previous academic year and has met all the requisites operative at the university the student is leaving. A student who wants to be transferred to MUW has to complete the academic year in the previous university, must obtain credits in all subjects, and must pass all required exams. The study in English Division at MUW is charged by a tuition fee. The tuition fee for one academic year (years 2 to 6) is 13700 EUR.
Medical University in Gdansk
Transfers are possible only at the beginning of the Fall (=September) semester (transfer to the Spring semester is not possible). The deadline for transfer documents delivery to Gdansk university is the end of 31st of July 2023 with all documents in the English language. The following documents need to be submitted: a signed application form, an official letter to the Dean of Medical Faculty at MUG, a letter with an explanation of the reasons, and admission results with the criteria ( it needs to contain information about points gathered during the admission process on the basis of delivered documents), transcript with all grades after each academic year syllabus of every subject, the content of the course plus a number of hours confirmation of summer internship after each year certified copies of secondary school transcripts index/certification with confirmation of student status. Only students with active studies may apply for transfer. Documents must be in English or Polish language. Original documents are required only once you get positive response from the university regarding the transfer.
Medical University in Wroclaw
The transfer is possible in the case when a student completed all subjects and conditions required at his/her home university. Transfer of studies is possible up to 3rd year of studies. The studies cannot be interrupted and there cannot be breaks in studies. The submission of documents is quite complicated: there are standard documents, such as transcripts of records and syllabuses, secondary school leaving certificates, English certificates, and passport or ID copy, but also confirmation from the Polish embassy /any authorized institution that confirms that a student may continue studies in Poland (basically nostrification paper). Medical confirmation is also required.
Medical University in Lodz
2023 update: the university is accepting transfer students in a very limited manner (https://www.uni.lodz.pl/en/university-of-lodz-for-ukraine/continuation-of-education-at-school)
The University accepts transfer students to the 2nd and 3rd years in General medicine and in the 2nd year of program Dental medicine (5 years program). Students must complete all subjects and courses in their study program. They must have active study status. If there is any difference in curriculum, then the student must complete it in the given school year.
Medical University of Bialystok
The University accepts transfer students, but only those with active student status and all completed subjects. The transfer is possible only if there are any places left at the university in the desired year. The deadline for submission of documents is the 10th of September.
Here is the list of documents to be provided to apply for transfer: application form, cover letter with the request for a transfer, Official transcripts of grades from the University that the candidate is transferring from (name of the courses, number of teaching hours, ECTS credits, type of completion, marks obtained), The syllabuses containing learning outcomes, Documentation certifying a mark system used by the sending school, High school diploma. Copy of the passport, Certificate on average grade from each year of study, issued by the Dean’s Office. Documents need to be translated into the Polish language by a Polish-sworn translator.
Pomorski Medical University in Szczecin (Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin)
All subjects from your home university must be completed. Transfers are possible to 2nd or 3rd year of studies, transferring to 1st year is not possible (update 2022 – transfer to 3rd year is not possible). The transfers are possible only in the Winter semester. Documents needed for transfer: 1. Application for a transfer submitted to the Dean of the respective Faculty 2. Original full transcript of grades (including form of studies explained, name of all courses attended, number of seminar and practical hrs, a form of assessment, i.e. credit/ exam, ECTS points, grades and grading scale, confirmation of a year completed). 3. Photocopy of a secondary school leaving certificate*. 4. Dean’s consent for a transfer of the Faculty you wish to transfer from. 5. Certificate confirming completion of all semesters preceding the transfer. 6. English or Polish sworn translation of the abovementioned documents (if applicable). 7. Courses syllabi
Medical University in Bydgoszcz – Collegium Medicum (Nicolaus Copernicum University in Torun)
It is possible to transfer studies, but only in the case that all requirements were met at your home university. Documents must be produced only once the summer semester is over. The window to submit transfer requests in 2022 is the 2nd to the 9th of September 2022. Documents to be submitted for transfer: application form, passport, school leaving certificate, confirmation of English proficiency, confirmation of student status not older than 30 days, the curriculum of studies from your home university, transcript of records, health insurance, health competency confirmation, written request to the dean of the university. The university is yet to publish possible transfer years for 2023/24.
Medical University of Lublin
There are the following programs offered: General medicine (6 years) and Dental medicine (5 years).
Transfer applications are accepted from the first to the last business day of August for International, Asian, and American programs. For BIS programs (Asian and American programs starting from the Spring semester) transfer applications are accepted from first to the last bussiness day of January. In order to consider a transfer to English Division, a candidate needs to be an active student of an English-language MD program and submit the confirmation for it. Candidate needs to pass all courses from his current year and receive the promotion to a higher year. Failing any course will result in the rejection of transfer. For Medicine and Dentistry Programs the transfer is possible up to the 3rd year. There are the following documents to be submitted for application for transfer: application addressed to the dean, certificate confirming eligibility to go to higher year at home university, transcript of records with ECTS credit points, GDPR form and syllabuses.
University does not accept documents received from a 3rd party, it must be received directly from the student.
There are many successes with transfers even from students from Caribbean countries (mostly US students). The curriculum must be similar at your home university with Lublin university. Every set of documents is reviewed by the Dean, who will then issue a decision in writing.
The following conditions must be met: Matching number of credits; a Corresponding form of the course (lecture/lab/seminar); Course content verification; Credits can only be transferred from an IMED-listed medical school; The courses for which credits are transferred must be completed within the appropriate time frame. If there is any difference in classes or syllabuses, you will need to retake given subjects in Lublin.
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
A student of another university, upon completing the first year of studies at a 6-year medicine program where the language of instruction was English, may apply to transfer to the School of Medicine University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The deadline for submission of documents is the 3rd of June 2023. The start of studies is possible only from the September intake.
To verify if the transfer might be accepted by the Dean the transfer student should send via e-mail a scan of the following document:
- Written request of the transfer student
- Statement from the current university that the transfer student is studying medicine in English in a 6-year program (up-to-date documents only)
- Statement from the current university that the student is not suspended, no disciplinary proceedings are pending against the student or pending removal from the list of students (up-to-date documents only)
- Statement from the current university what was the recruitment criteria as well as what was the student recruitment score (up-to-date documents only)
- Transcript of records including such information as year of studies, subjects, number of hours, grades, ECTS, kind of assessment (up-to-date documents only)
- The curriculum of the 6-year program
- Photocopy of passport
Jagiellonian University School of medicine, Krakow
The school of medicine does not accept transfer students (source: https://medschool.uj.edu.pl/prospective-students/faq/general/)
Poznan University of Medical Sciences
The University is not accepting transfer students from different universities. (source: https://pums.ump.edu.pl/faq#general-questions)
Silesian Medical University in Katowice
The university is accepting transfer students but only those who are currently enrolled in medical schools or universities. The deadline is the end of August. It is possible to apply only after the completion of the academic year at the current medical university. Only originals (or hard copies) are accepted for application for transfer.
The following documents should be submitted before the deadline: 1. application letter to the Dean with the request to approve the transfer to the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Katowice; 2. current student status certificate; 3. copy of high school diploma; 4. transcript of grades confirming completion of all courses and summer clerkships included in the study curriculum; 5. a certificate confirming GPA obtained for previous study, 6. if summer clerkship information is not included in the transcript, it is necessary to enclose the certificate of its completion as follows: – after 1st year of study – nursing practice (4 weeks), – after 2nd year of study – outpatient care practice (3 weeks) and emergency medicine (1 week), – after 3rd year of study – internal medicine (4 weeks).
The Andrzej Frycz Modzewski Academy in Kraków (private university)
The university is providing a program of General medicine and is part of the World Directory of Medical Schools. Here are the documents needed to submit for transfer:
1) Positive decision of the Dean from the previous University for transfer (optional);
2) Certificate which proves the active student status;
3) Secondary school-leaving certificate (with annotation that candidate for transfer allowed to take university studies);
4) Original secondary school-leaving certificate with apostille + official translation to Polish (by authorised translator).
5) Transcript of grades;
6) Syllabus of all passed courses;
7) The request to the Rector of the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski University for being accepted as a transfer student (mentioning the preferred semester and academic year);
8) Application form + 2 photos (3,5 cm x 4,5 cm);
9) English level certificate (at least B2);
Each case will be considered on an individual basis. Due to possible curricular differences, there is a probability of admission to a year lower than that studied at the home university. Moreover, there is no possibility to transfer students to the 6th year of studies in the field of Medicine at Frycz University. Those, who are currently studying on the 6th year at another University, may be admitted maximum for the 5th year of Medicine field of studies at AFMKU.
We need to receive the original documents with the stamps. The deadline for documents to be submitted is the 30th of September.
The University of Lazar in Warsaw, the Faculty of Medicine (private university, also called Lazarski University)
The university is not accepting transfer students
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Jan Kochanowski in Kielce
The university is accepting transfer students. The dean’s office must be contacted and documents will be submitted for dean consideration.
The following documents should be submitted to the dean:
documentation from the course of studies (transcript of grades issued by the current University with credits and grades),
– application addressed to the Dean of Collegium Medicum (Prof. dr hab. Marianna Janion)
– the secondary school-leaving examination certificate On the basis of the submitted documentation, the program differences will be analyzed, which will decide on the candidate’s admission to the relevant year of study, with an indication of the possibility of withdrawing the student to lower years and the necessity to pay a fee for making up for any program differences.
Medical Faculty of Rzeszów University
Transfers are possible only for students with active student status at the home university and without any backlogs (no subjects or exams are pending). Applicants must submit their syllabuses and transcript of records, and written consent with transfer from their home university. It is even possible to transfer to Polish studies, in that case, a document confirming the level of B2 knowledge of the Polish language is required.
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology of Opole University – providing medical education only in the Polish language
Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, Zagreb University
The faculty accepts transfer students but for the second year only. The profile of students will be considered after delivering all documents, especially the transcript of records and syllabuses of courses (the deadline for submission of documents is the 20th of July). There are 50 seats offered for General medicine students and 24 places for Dental medicine students.
Students applying to transfer to the Dental program will be considered eligible in case they have fully completed and passed all core basic science courses required at Zagreb 1st year. Those are Anatomy, Histology with Embryology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry. School of dental medicine in Zagreb also comprises Ethics and several elective courses in the 1st year. They are favorable options, but not the necessity for transfer, and can be made up during the 2nd year. More details for dental students: https://www.sfzg.unizg.hr/en/integrated_study/study_english?@=5txq#news_279177
The application process is the following: students will submit an application form, certified copies of high school certificates with official lists of grades, a CV in English, 4 photos, an application fee of 200€, a medical certificate not older than 1 month, copy of passport or ID card, English proficiency documents.
Faculty of Medicine in Split, University of Split
The school of medicine in Split allows transfers to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of studies (General medicine). Two major conditions for the transfer are the compatibility of the programs (transfers are possible only from human medicine programs) and the right to enroll in the higher year at the current university. The number of available slots is very limited and it is based on the number of students who failed to enroll in a higher year of education at the UUSM.
The faculty has already had positive results with transfer students who studied at various universities in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. There are total 70 seats for students, part of it is reserved for students who will do clinical subjects at Regiomed in Germany.
Information about the number of free slots is available in September, after all, exam terms. The transfer students need to send an email to email@example.com for more information
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka
Medical transfers are possible up to 5th year of studies (transfers from the EU schools). Applicants with a grade average 3.8 or higher and without repetitions of the study year and study breaks in their education may apply for transfer. Applicants interested in transfers to the 4th and 5th year of study must submit a Croatian language proficiency certificate (B1 level). Evaluations are made after receiving all the required application documents along with detailed course descriptions and transcripts of records. Applications should be sent by 15 September 2023.
The following documents are needed for the application for transfer:
1. a certified transcript of passed exams with the corresponding ECTS credits and grades
2. a certificate from the faculty from which they are transferring proving that the student fulfills the requirements for regular enrollment in the following year of study;
3. certified transcript of records;
4. a copy of a particular part of the study program certified at the current faculty
5. a student transferring from a foreign faculty to the study of Medicine in English, along with the original documents, must submit a notarized translation of these documents into English, a notarized translation into English of the university’s curriculum and study program with learning outcomes based on which ECTS credits were achieved
4. certificate of citizenship
Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia
It is possible to transfer medical studies to the University of Latvia. The following conditions must be met: you must have active studies at your home university, and you need to have at least 60 ECTS and a whole year in your current studies. It is also important to inspect subjects from your university and compare it with the Faculty of Medicine, UL. The most ideal case is when subjects are matching or are very similar. Transfers are possible up to 3rd year of studies.
A student who wishes to apply to the University of Latvia for transfer needs to submit the following documents in addition to documents for registration in the entrance exam: A statement that proves active status as a student; a current study transcript containing all subjects taken up to this point, the grades and credit points acquired; Course descriptions for the subjects taken up to this point.
Riga Stradins University
2023 update: RSU has considerably updated its transfer policy. Currently, students from all universities (including non-EU universities outside of the TOP 500 list) are eligible. Students must be currently students or have been students within the last 5 years. Only marks that are graded (means with mark A-E) can be recognized – marks passed/failed cannot be recognized. Applicants for transfers must submit all documents (including legalised documents from secondary school) and pay application fee. The decision will be announced only once both committee for admission and committee for transfer students will decide.
To apply for credit transfer applicants need to:
- Apply for studies at RSU as a regular student.
- Indicate the wish of credit transfer in the online application.
- Send original transcript of records (signed/stamped) from the other university together with other application documents
- See this link for information about transfer options and requirements.
Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Vilnius University
It is possible to transfer, but only to the 2nd and 3rd year. The number of places for transfer students are limited, so it is hard to predict the result. The medical program takes 6 years, dentistry program takes 5 years. Here are the rules for the transfer of credits:
- a candidate must be a student, he/she has to be enrolled in higher education at a university abroad;
- a student can only transfer his/her studies to the corresponding study programme with the one he/she has been studying at a university abroad;
- a student should not have any failed exams;
- the differences between the subjects of programme that a student has studied and the one a student wishes to study should not exceed 15 ECTS;
- if the differences exceed 15 ECTS, a student should eliminate them before his/her study transfer;
- if the differences do not exceed 15 ECTS, a student is allowed to eliminate them during the first year after a study transfer;
- the beginning of the studies, when the studies have been transferred, is the beginning of a new semester;
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
LSMU University provides General medicine (6 years program – Faculty of medicine), Odontology (5 years – Faculty of odontology). The cost of the programs is following: (€12,500 / 1-4 study years) (€13,000 / 5-6 study year) – for General medicine and (€13,500 / 1-4 study year) (€14,000 / 5 study years) for Dental medicine.
Faculties of Odontology and Medicine do consider transfer students, just the Faculty of Medicine has a limited number of places. You may apply online: https://apply.lsmuni.lt/, provide the copies of all education certificates and faculty will consider your case. The transfer is possible to the 2nd or 3rd year according to decision of management board of the faculty.
University of Tartu
The University of Tartu has a +strict transfer policy and does not accept transfer students. On another hand, students can apply as normal students to the first year and then ask for recognition of some completed subjects. University states that it is very unlikely that all subjects will be recognized (to get to 2nd or higher years)
Update 2023: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to get transferred to Romanian medical schools
Viktor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timișoara– The University recognizes and validates studies completed abroad only if the applicants have successfully passed ALL their exams up to that point. They do not accept requests from students who have failed exams. The transfer is possible only to the 2nd or 3rd year. The transfer will be considered only if the university is running under the ECTS credit system.
Ovidius University of Constanca
Romanian university “Ovidius” of Constanta can transfer students from other higher education institutions accredited or authorized to function temporarily if they have the consent of the institution from which the transfer if the transfer meets the legal conditions. The curricula will be then compared. Transfers are possible to 2nd to 5th year (both General medicine and Dental medicine are 6 years programs, transfers to 1st of 6th year are not possible). The number of transferring students is limited, a maximum 10% of the capacity can be provided to transferring students. The previous studies must be within the same study program. A transfer request must be submitted to the faculties along with required documents. Documents must be submitted in person or post, not by email.
The list of documents needed for submission is long, so I suggest to study the whole procedure on the website of the faculty: https://medicina.univ-ovidius.ro/en/docs/regulations-2016/PROCEDURE%20FOR%20TRANSFER%20OF%20STUDENTS%20TO%20OVIDIUS%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20CONSTANTA.pdf
Medical University of Oradea
Oradea University accepts transfer students from recognized medical faculties. Transfer students must first compare their credits to the Oradea University medical course program. Any subjects outstanding will need to be completed in the form of difference exams. The difference exams can be taken any time during the current academic year and cost $360 per exam. In some cases students who do not have sufficient credits to enter into their desired transfer year, the student will be placed into the appropriate level of the course. For more info please contact the university: email@example.com
Târgu Mureş Medical and Pharmaceutical University /UMFST
It is possible to apply for a transfer in the second half of August. Results are announced in the first half of September. The university is also having branches for 1st and 2nd year in Germany in Hamburg (that handles transfer cases individually).
The following documents must be provided:
- Transcript of records by the University from which the applicant wants to transfer;
- Curriculum and Syllabus issued by the University from which the applicant wants to transfer – in English or Romanian
- Official letter explaining the grading system applied by the by the University from which the applicant wants to transfer ( in English);
- A written request for transfer in which the applicant has to inform UMFST G.E. Palade Tg. Mureș in which year he/she wants to be enrolled;
- Letter of motivation;
- Birth Certificate in Romanian or English
- Copy of passport
- Application form and CV
Bulgaria offers a transfer option for international students that would like to study medicine or dentistry. Transfers are generally possible in the 2nd and 3rd years. Transfers are possible for students with active status, if you have interrupted studies or were excluded, you will need to submit documents and ask for special permission from the study office of the given university. Transfers are possible only to September (Winter) intake. It is possible to request the faculty for checking of transfer of documents prior. You can also read an extensive article about transfers to medical schools in Bulgaria.
Medical University in Pleven
Medical University – Pleven is not accepting transfer students’ applications before June 2023.
Medical University Sofia
Transfers are possible only for the 2nd or 3rd year of studies. For the continuation of training in a specialty from regulated professions and specialties (transfer) completed periods of study and received credits shall only be recognized from conducted training in the same specialty from the same regulated profession and specialty, as well as at the same level of higher education. In addition of standard tuition, students also must pay extra tuition fees for failed subjects from previous studies that must be completed at Medical university in Sofia.
1. Transfer of foreign students / EU and EEA citizens and from third countries / from one specialty /program/ to another within MU-Sofia is allowed exceptionally only after a successfully completed academic year.
2. Students submit to the Dean of the faculty in which they wish to continue their studies as follows:
- a free text application describing the reasons/motives for the requested transfer / and presenting the relevant documents;
- Academic reference/transcript of records (The programs must be certified with a signature and seal by the respective university and legalized with a certified translation into Bulgarian)
- a document certifying the prior consent of the Dean of the faculty from which the transfer is made.
Any documents regarding student transfer at Medical University-Sofia must be submitted in person or by authorized person in Education Department in the Rectorate Building.
Upon approved transfer, the Dean of the host faculty determines the course of study.
3. In case of a given consent for transfer, the students submit to the Educational Department of the Rectorate a sample application form with the positive statements from the Deans of the respective faculties by mid of August
In case of permitted transfer, an Order is issued by the Rector of MU-Sofia for enrollment of the student. Students from overseas universities must also take English language test combined with test from biology, chemistry. Confirmation for purpose of visas is issued only once the test is passed.
4. The Dean of the host faculty is obliged to carry out a cross-check for authenticity of the submitted Academic references.
The transferred foreign students are obliged to comply with all additional conditions reflected in the Regulations /Rules/ for preparation and conduct of the academic year.
Medical University’s Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov’ Varna Faculty of Medicine
The faculty does not offer places for transfer students (2023) as their capacity is full.
Once the transfers are possible, the following documents are needed for submission: application to the rector, academic report from the previous studies, copy of passport, and administrative fee payment. Documents must be in English or Bulgarian. Transfer is not allowed for applicants from foreign higher education institutions in the fourth and higher courses of study. For the recognition of a completed period of study in foreign higher schools, other documents relevant to the recognition may be additionally requested. They must be submitted within one month from the date of receipt of the notification. The notification of the students approved for transfer, as well as of those who have been denied recognition of completed periods of study in foreign higher schools, is carried out by an official from the Education Department within a period of one month.
Medical University of Plovdiv Faculty of Medicine
The faculty does not offer places for transfer students (2023) as their capacity is full.
Transfer to Medical Faculty of Plovdiv is possible after a finished semester or year in a foreign educational system, meaning transfer mid-semester is not possible at the moment. Documents for student transfer are being reviewed up to two weeks before the beginning of the new semester and are being requested with the addition of a permitted request and an official document by the rector of Plovdiv University.
Two weeks to starting the new semester students have to send these documents needed for applying: application form for transferring academic reference (translated and legalized) – stating how many subjects the student has successfully passed, the horarium, and the credits of the passed subjects legalized translation of the secondary education diploma by the Ministry of education and science Academic transcript of records. (The academic transcript is an official educational document, which contains: data about the educational institution; level of educational qualification degree; certified semesters or periods of study; hours on the studied disciplines and/or the acquired credits, and form of assessment of the passed exams. The academic transcript must also be legalized with a certified translation into Bulgarian. If the academic transcript does not contain hours for the studied disciplines and/or the acquired credits and form of assessment of the passed exams, must be submitted a copy of the programs for the studied disciplines with the topics of the practical exercises and lectures, and/or credits and form of assessment. student card with the grades and credits from the previous University copy of a personal document All documents must have an Apostil, be translated to Bulgarian by a certified Bulgarian translator, and be certified in the embassy department of the Ministry of foreign affairs. Transfer is not allowed for applicants from foreign higher education institutions in the fourth and higher courses of study.
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski Faculty of Medicine
Transfer is possible to the 2nd and 3rd year of studies. Applicants must submit application form, secondary certificate, transcript of records from previous studies, passport / ID, administrative fee. Academic documents must be legally verified (apostille or superlegalisation). The applicants, seeking recognition by the Sofia University shall submit the following documents to Boryana Vaneva (Information centre), Phone: (+359 2) 9308 522, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Annik Teodosieva (Information centre), Phone: (+359 2) 9308 522, Email: email@example.com
Transfer is not allowed for applicants from foreign higher education institutions in the fourth and higher courses of study. Students that transfer in the second course – for example: must have proof (grades in) that they passed – Physics, Chemistry, Latin, Biology, Social Medicine, Medical Ethics, Disaster medicine, Biostatistics, Biophysics, Cytology and Histology , Anatomy, Physiology, Sports and elective subjects ( at least two) – so that the student can continue the studies in the next (third) course.
Trakia University Faculty of Medicine in Stara Zagora
The application for transfer is possible only between the successful completion of the previous education at the current university and the start of classes at Trakia University in Stara Zagora. The transfers might be limited due to capacity problems at the university. There are the following documents to be submitted with the application: application addressed to the rector, explaining the reasons for the transfer; transcript of previous subjects with results, copy of secondary school leaving certificate and ID or passport. Transfers are possible only within the same study program. When determining the course of study, the transfer student must have more than 3 not passed semester exams from the previous years. Approved candidates may be transferred to first, second or third course of study in the relevant specialty. The transfer is not allowed for applicants from foreign higher education institutions in the fourth and higher courses of study. Deadline for submitted documents is the 30th of July of the given year.
Bosnia and Hercegovina
Offering transfers maximum to 3rd year (the program started in 2019/2020, so it is the third intake now). You can contact me for more details. The faculty is opening also Dental medicine program since 2022/23 for international students.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Gorazde
University of Mostar
Students need to submit all documents for approval. Documents must arrive both as scans by email and originals in person or by post.
Applicants should submit the following documents: Birth certificate, Copy of passport, Request for transfer, CV, Statement on financial ability of the candidate to finance the studies, Medical certificate that student is physically and mentally fit to study medicine, Statement on health and psychophysical abilities for medical studies, Certificate from the previous school that applicant was a full-time student, Transcript of grades Syllabi of previous passed courses.
Students can transfer in two terms: Winter and Spring intake. The deadline for Winter intake is the 15th of September, deadline for Spring intake is the 1st of February.
Applicants can also pay for pre-checking of their marks from transcripts for fee of 400BAM (approximately 200€) and will get result within 5-15 days.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Banja Luka
The faculty will decide only after the 1st of September regarding free capacity at the faculty. Based on that, they allow transfer students to submit their applications for transfer.
There are multiple signs of a worsening safety situation in Georgia in the last months. Georgia is also the domicile of various private medical universities with dubious quality (e.g. New Vision University). I would not recommend transfers to Georgia therefore, although they are heavily promoted by agencies.
Ilia State University
University is accepting transfer students from Europe. The university offers a program in General medicine. The program is recognized by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). This could be an excellent option for those, who do not need to study in the European Union. The University is having also a February intake.
There is an entrance exam for Biology and Chemistry, English certificates, and high school documents in order to be eligible to apply.
The following documents need to be submitted: 1. Passport photo/scan; 2. proof of enrollment at your current university; 3. most recent transcript from your present university; 4. Photo
Students will submit documents online and get feedback within 7 working days. An application fee is needed only if you get preliminary acceptance for medical studies. Tuition fees are 5300 USD per 2 semesters (1 academic year).
Application for transfer can be done here: https://iliauni.edu.ge/en/international/apply-now
East European University
The University is offering transfers up to the 5th year. There is program of General medicine offered, with fees of 5000USD per year. The details of the program can be found here: https://eeu.edu.ge/portfolio/medical-doctor-educational-programme-eng/?lang=en
Georgia American University
University didn’t offer transfer options for medical students in the academic year 2021/2022
Tbilisi medical academy
The University is offering a transfer of medical studies. Website of the school: https://tma.edu.ge/eng/index?cat=
Application for transfer must be submitted before end of June.
Below is the process.
- Applicant submits documents (transcript from University, passport copy) and filled application letter/form
- Dean’s office reconciles the subjects covered by you at University with our curriculum and determines semester of studies;
- In case if determined semester of studies is acceptable for you, you are free to pay admission fee which is 200$;
- Translation and notarization of applicant’s documents, after which they will be submitted to the National Centre of Educational Quality Enhancement for recognition of the transcript and to the Ministry of Education of Georgia for obtaining right to study at TMA. These procedures will take approximately 3-5 weeks.
- After the applicant’s documents are recognized and the right to study at TMA is granted by the Ministry of Education, we issue a letter of information, with a request for payment of tuition fees. Tuition fee is 7000 USD per year. First year students MUST pay tuition fee at once before arrival, fees structure is the same for whole duration of program – 7000 USD per year during 6 years;
- After the student covers the tuition fee fully, we issue an invitation letter and the student is free to start visa procedures (if necessary).
TMA does not provide accommodation facilities, mostly our students prefer to rent flats on a shared basis.
Akaki Tsereteli State University
Documents need to be submitted to the rector of the University who will then decide on transfer year.
Caucasius International University
Transcripts should be submitted to the University which will then decide on transfer year.
The faculty is offering General medicine and Dental medicine in the English language. Tuition fees for both are 6500€ per academic year. During studies, students are eligible to transfer to the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad, if they fulfill criteria necessary for enrolment into the next year of studies at the faculty they attend. Students studying abroad can transfer to the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad to the corresponding year of studies after they have completed previous years of studies at their faculty, on the basis of equivalence between curricula and exams they have passed abroad. IMPORTANT: Transfer students must complete a minimum 50% of the desired study program at the Faculty of Medicine Novi Sad (that is min. 3 years of studies = 180 ECTS). The applications for transfer are evaluated and transfers approved by the Admission Board of the Faculty of Medicine Novi Sad
- Certificate on registration (student status) in previous academic year (in original language accompanied by an official translation into Serbian)
- Transcript of records in the original language accompanied by an official translation into Serbian. For initial application – transcript in English is acceptable, and the translation into Serbian can be done before recognition at the University
- Detailed study program – syllabus
- English language proficiency certificate (unless previous studies are completed in English)
- Passport copy
- Birth certificate in the original language accompanied by an official translation into Serbian (could be submitted upon registration)
- Proof of paid application fee amounting to 50.00 EURO (non-refundable)