I've recently been accepted into both programs and am trying to decide between the two. I was really leaning towards Melbourne, but it's a harder decision the more I know. I already accepted Sydney's offer because of their deadline, but I know if I decide to switch over to Melbourne, I can get most of it refunded.
I know there was another thread comparing between the two programs before, but it's from over 5 years ago and thought that it might be useful to hear an update from others in the program or in a similar situation.
So this is the current comparison I have so far: Melbourne
Cheaper average cost of living
No interview - only GPA and DAT score were considered in selection
(personally) - but I think the better city to live in overall (better public transport, cafes, restaurants, etc.)
More "dental-focused" curriculum
Not as PBL? Sydney
More expensive average cost of living
Had an interview in their selection process
... has beaches?
Merges classes with med school curriculum
But in terms of actual program comparisons, I'm not too sure! It seems like Sydney has a lot more classes merged with the med school, which to me is a minus because I'd rather a more personalized curriculum to dentistry. Not sure which one has more clinical practice built into the curriculum. Both seem to have equal rural placements in upper years, and both have a research component. Sydney looks to be PBL which I'm not a fan of tbh since I've had profs try to do that in other courses and it was a disaster imo.
SO I'm really stuck. Any insight would be great! I lived in Melbourne for 6 months before and I loved it, and Sydney to me seems to be more businessy when I visited and not as fun of a city. But Melbourne's increased tuition cost and lack of interview are the factors turning me a bit away.
Any experiences or insight would be super helpful!