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Peaka

Studying in Belgium?

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Hi all!

I have a coworker from Belgium who was recommending me to give a shot to applying to medical schools there. From what I understand you just pass and entrance exam and you are good to go. I exam is held at the beginning of September and I would start medical school at the end of September if I pass. Tuition fee is cheap there but it is a 6 year program.

I know coming back to Canada is hard but also I'm not sure I would want to come back as I don't really have any family here.

On the other hand I did get an interview for Ottawa this year (french stream). However I'm paranoid about the idea of either not getting interviews in the future or just constantly being rejected post interview. 

Any thoughts? 

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42 minutes ago, Peaka said:

I know coming back to Canada is hard near impossible but also I'm not sure I would want to come back as I don't really have any family here.

Consider how you'd feel with the above change because that is the reality of the situation. 

Ultimately, if you can see yourself staying in Belgium/EU forever, then you can consider this. But if you at all want to have a chance at working in Canada one day, this is not the way to go especially since you have gotten an interview here already.

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Belgian medical schools teach either in Dutch or French. There is no English language instruction in Belgium, from what I know.

EDIT: just realized you can speak french. 

I am of the opinion that you must exhaust all options before going the European or Caribbean route.

The general consensus is Canada MD > US MD > US DO >>>> Caribbean=Europe

There are a plethora of different factors to consider here. 

1. Salary is higher in North America  ( US MD=US DO(Highest) > Canada MD >> Europe)

2. Length of Study is 3-4 years in North America, 4-6 years in Europe ( Canada(Shortest) > US MD = US DO > Europe)

3. Lifestyle is very different in North America (Ranking will depend on your lifestyle preferences)

4. Specialization is a lot more tough abroad (Canada (Easiest) > US MD > US DO >>Caribbean/Europe)

5. Return to Canada is tougher from Europe (US MD (Easiest) > US DO > Caribbean >> Ireland >>> Rest of Europe)

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