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 where you wish to transfer.
Update 2021: i am updating also schools from Georgia; UPJS is opening branch also in Prague, Czech Republic
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List of medical schools that accept transfer students in Europe
First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
The faculty offers General medicine (400.000CZK – around 14800€) – 6 years program and Dental medicine (360.000CZK) – 5 years program.
Transfers are possible in general – but only exams who have been marked with mark 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 form for recognition on each subject must be submitted together with a transcript of records from previous study and 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.
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 330.000CZK – around 13.100€). 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 330.000CZK – around 13.100€). 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 certificates (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. A maximum number of transfer students is 7 per one 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, Hradec Kralove
The faculty in Hradec Kralove offers programs – General medicine (6 years) and Dental medicine (5 years). 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 exams and are enrolled in Hradec Kralove. The date from completion of exam in General medicine cannot be older than 8 years and for Dental medicine not older than 7 years. Student needs to apply with the application form and deliver it to study office. Every application is considered individually after the submission of all documents. For more information, you can check the Faculty of medicine in Hradec Kralove website.
Faculty of medicine, Pilsen
There are 2 programs offered: General medicine and Dental medicine. Faculty does not accept any transfer students due to limited capacity.
Faculty medicine, Masaryk University in Brno
The faculty in Brno offers 6 years program of General medicine (300.000CZK per academic year), 5 years program of Dental medicine (340.000CZK), and 3 years program of 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. If successful in the entrance examination, applicants are required to submit an official transcript of records and detailed syllabi of courses (in English). Based on these documents, some courses, years of study (of up to a maximum of 2 years’ duration) might be recognised, i.e. students might be accepted and enrolled in the 3rd year (but no higher) of a course of study. The degree from Masaryk University is recognized in USA and students can apply directly for loan from FAFSA (for more details click here)
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 publish any information on transfer students.
Faculty of medicine in Ostrava, Ostrava University
Faculty is offering a program of General medicine (6-years, 8500€ per year) for international students in the English language. The program was opened in 2018, so from 2021 there will be 4th study year opened. It is possible to apply for transfer to Ostrava University and the procedure is the following: firstly an applicant need to apply for the entrance exam, which is organized in Ostrava. After passing entrance exam (there are around 30 seats offered) , student will submit documents (transcript of records and syllabuses of subjects). After a decision is done by vice-dean for education, a student may enroll to higher year.
University of Pavel Jozef Safarik
The University with the seat in Kosice, Slovakia, is opening teaching base also in Prague from 2021/2022. It will be having Slovak accreditation and the same level of education. There will be Slovak degree awarded for students. For transfer conditions, you can check transfer policy below.
University of Pavel Jozef Safarik
The University of Pavel Jozef Safarik is located in Kosice, the second biggest city in Slovakia. It offers courses of 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 5th year. There are subjects being recognized from the last 5 years only. If there is even one subject from your current curricula 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 to which year student will be enrolled.
There are only small fees related to transfer to UPJS – 30€ application fee, 15€ is requested for recognition. Original of trancript of completed subjects with university stamp from your home university is needed. I have already helped many students with their transfer to UPJS, so i help mostly with transfer here. Get more information about transfer to UPJS in Kosice
From 2021, it is possible to study at UPJS also in Prague, the Czech Republic. The fees are 15000€ for General medicine.
Jessenius Faculty in Martin, Comenius University
The faculty is part of Comenius University (Comenius has 2 faculty, Bratislava faculty does not transfer options).
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 the change of the study program within 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 recognised 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 programme as compulsory or semi-elective subjects
Semmelweis University is the oldest university in Hungary and was founded in 1749. The Faculty of medicine has 4000 students, out of it is 50% international. Transfers to Semmelweis University are generally considered as hard, with the best chances of transferring from different Hungarian University with the same or almost the same curriculum.
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 with 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 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 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 of the compulsory subjects — which are also compulsory at the SZTE ÁOK — in the concluding two semesters. Students whose average of grades of compulsory subjects in the last completed semester does not reach 3.0 or if their student status was terminated due to a disciplinary offence 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 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 get preliminary information to which school year he is admitted. Documents must be submitted before the 1st of January or the 1st of August, depends on which semester you wish to enroll. The following documents need to be submitted: transcript of record (=gradebook), official syllabus from registrar 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
The Faculty or medicine or Faculty of dentistry is not accepting transfer students. You can apply to the first year of General medicine only.
Medical University in Gdansk
Transfers are possible only at the beginning of Fall semester (transfer to Spring semester is not possible). Deadline for transfer documents delivery to Gdansk university is mid of August. Following documents need to be submitted: signed application form, official letter to the Dean of Medical Faculty at MUG, a letter with explaination of reasons. admission results with the criteria ( it needs to contain information about points gathered during admission process on base of delivered documents), transcript with all grades after each academic year syllabus of every subject, the content of the course plus 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.
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 break in studies. The submission of documents is quite complicated: there are standard documents, such as transcript of records and syllabuses, secondary school leaving certificate, English certificate, passport or ID copy, but also confirmation from Polish embassy /any authorised institution that confirms that a student may continue studies in Poland (basically nostrification paper). Medical confirmation is also required.
University in Lodz
The University accepts transfer students to 2nd and 3rd year in General medicine and in 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 in given school year.
We do not recommend to try to transfer to this university, as transfers were cancelled in 2019 and its hard to predict the situation in 2020.
University of Bialystok
The University accepts transfer students, but only those with active student status and all completed subjects. Transfer is possible only if there are any places left at the university in the desired year.
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 Szeczecin
All subjects from your home university must be completed. Transfers are possible to 2nd or 3rd year of studies. Transfer is possible only to 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, 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
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. Documents to be submitted for transfer: application form, passport, school leaving certificate, confirmation of English proficiency, confirmation of student status not older then 30 days, the curriculum of studies from your home university, transcript of records, health insurance, health competency confirmation, written request to the dean of university
Medical University of Lublin
There are the following programs offered: General medicine (6 years) and Dental medicine (5 years).
Transfer of studies and credits is possible, the request must be addressed min. 7 days before the start of the semester. 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.
Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, Zagreb University
The faculty accepts transfer students but to the second year only. Profile of students will be considered after delivering all documents, especially transcript of records and syllabuses of courses. There are totally 50 seats offered for international students. Application process is following: students will submit application form, certified copies of high school certificates with official lists of grades, CV in English, 4 photos, application fee of 200€, medical certificate not older than 1 month, copy of passport or ID card, English proficiency documents.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia
It is possible to transfer medical studies to University of Latvia. Following conditions must be met: you must have active studies at your home university, you need to have at least 60 ECTS and whole year in your current studies. It is also important to inspect subjects from your university and compare it with 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.
Student who wishes to apply to University of Latvia for transfer needs to submit following documents in addition to documents for registration in entrance exam: Statement that proves active status as a student; 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.
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 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
University provides General medicine (6 years program – Faculty of medicine), Odontology (5 years – Faculty of odontology). The cost of programs is following: (€12,500 / 1-4 study year) (€13,000 / 5-6 study year) – for General medicine and (€13,500 / 1-4 study year) (€14,000 / 5 study year) 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.
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 student 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 recognised (to get to 2nd or higher years)
Ilia State University
University is accepting transfer students from Europe. The university offers program of General medicine. There is entrance exam from 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
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 academic year 2021/2022
Tbilisi medical academy
The University is offering 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.