Medicine is one of the most popular subjects for international students, and many who pursue such qualifications are choosing to study medicine in New Zealand due to the nation’s two highly regarded medical schools; The University of Auckland and the University of Otago.
Both are known for their immersive study opportunities and fantastic research facilities, and IEC Abroad’s connections with them make it even easier to study medicine in New Zealand for international students.
The main medical course available at both Otago and Auckland Universities is the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery qualification (MBChB). International applicants must have completed relevant courses in health sciences, biomedical sciences or similar before applying.
The First Year BHSc or BSc in Biomedical Science is a prerequisite for domestic students, so your qualification should be of a similar type, as admission is often at the discretion of the university.
Students must also register for the UMAT test before June in their application year, with the actual test taking place in July. The score from this examination will be used to determine your suitability and challenges your critical thinking, communication skills, and scientific knowledge.
Any prospective students whose first language is not English must also be able to prove their English language fluency by sitting the IELTS test. An overall score of 7.5 is required, and students must not have a score lower than 7.0 in any individual area. The IELTS is not required if you have already completed a degree at a university in New Zealand previously.
New Zealand medical degrees take six years to complete, and the first year is dedicated to a general scientific education. In year three students can expect direct contact with patients in working hospitals, in year four your clinical period begins.
Exit exams at the end of year five determine if you can progress to the sixth year, where your work as a trainee intern involves placements with more responsibility. This final year also comes with a stipend of around $27,000 NZD.
If you do choose to study medicine in New Zealand you will be learning in two of the world’s foremost educational establishments with fantastic links to local medical institutions. To receive more information about how to study medicine in New Zealand, contact IEC Abroad today.