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I am currently three years away from graduating high-school in Australia. I am very passionate about the sciences, medicine and the human brain. I am considering a career in brain (neuro) surgery. I have tried to complete research on what I want to do specifically, but to no avail. I would like to acquire a bachelors degree in anatomy from any high-credited university in Europe (preferable in the east). I would then hopefully like to be accepted into ETH Zürich, I have heard that it is highly accredited and that a degree from it would be a huge boost in my career. I was wondering what I would have to apply for (assuming it is a doctorate) and what I would have to do to apply. After graduating I would like to take residency in Luxembourg and hopefully move and work in the country. Overall, I would just like some general advice for everything here and a guide to what the steps along the way would be.
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Hello everyone,
I am currently three years away from graduating high-school in Australia. I am very passionate about the sciences, medicine and the human brain. I am considering a career in brain (neuro) surgery. I have tried to complete research on what I want to do specifically, but to no avail. I would like to acquire a bachelors degree in anatomy from any high-credited university in Europe (preferable in the east). I would then hopefully like to be accepted into ETH Zürich, I have heard that it is highly accredited and that a degree from it would be a huge boost in my career. I was wondering what I would have to apply for (assuming it is a doctorate) and what I would have to do to apply. After graduating I would like to take residency in Luxembourg and hopefully move and work in the country. Overall, I would just like some general advice for everything here and a guide to what the steps along the way would be.
Thank you, Kmorr
Switzerland is not in the East of Europe. Do you have another nationality besides Australian?

Studying medicine is not open to people who do not reside here/non EU.

Have a look at the posts from drremobond, he has described in detail what you can do with a foreign medical degree.
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Yes, I know Switzerland is not in the east, what I meant was that I would like to receive a bachelor degree in anatomy/biology in Eastern Europe to qualify for a doctorate in Switzerland, sorry I’m now seeing how I was unclear. I have a British citizenship as well as Australian.
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Again, studying here is only for Swiss/EU persons living here. With a GB passport you will pretty soon also be non EU.
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Yes, I know Switzerland is not in the east, what I meant was that I would like to receive a bachelor degree in anatomy/biology in Eastern Europe to qualify for a doctorate in Switzerland, sorry I’m now seeing how I was unclear. I have a British citizenship as well as Australian.
Yes, it's possible to study for a bachelor degree in Eastern/Central Europe even if you are not coming from an EU country, the only thing is that you (most probably) won't benefit from the same financial aid e.g. study fees would be higher for you, but still fairly low if you come from Australia. If you want to study medicine, first you have to pass the language tests - as at bachelor level not a lot of courses are offered in English or other international language. And then of course there are other requirements - previous studies, grades etc. You might have to also pass an admission exam, like every other student in that country. Check this info for each uni, it's better than to ask here. But it's doable, many people from totally different countries have done it. It requires a lot of determination/motivation. Can't you just study for the bachelor degree in your home country though? Would be way easier. And then you can try to be admitted to a PhD programme here.
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You speak German..........fluently ?
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Yes, it's possible to study for a bachelor degree in Eastern/Central Europe even if you are not coming from an EU country, the only thing is that you (most probably) won't benefit from the same financial aid e.g. study fees would be higher for you, but still fairly low if you come from Australia. If you want to study medicine, first you have to pass the language tests - as at bachelor level not a lot of courses are offered in English or other international language. And then of course there are other requirements - previous studies, grades etc. You might have to also pass an admission exam, like every other student in that country. Check this info for each uni, it's better than to ask here. But it's doable, many people from totally different countries have done it. It requires a lot of determination/motivation. Can't you just do it in your home country though? Would be way easier. And then you can try to be admitted to a PhD programme here.
Thank you for your feedback! I am currently learning German, French, Luxembourgish and Russian, they coming along nicely with still 3 years to improve as well. I feel rather detached from my home country and would Like to receive a bachelors degree in Russia or possibly even France. After graduating from medical school in Switzerland I would like to move and take my residency in Luxembourg.
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Thank you for your feedback! I am currently learning German, French, Luxembourgish and Russian, they coming along nicely with still 3 years to improve as well. I feel rather detached from my home country and would Like to receive a bachelors degree in Russia or possibly even France. After graduating from medical school in Switzerland I would like to move and take my residency in Luxembourg.

Why not study in Luxemburg? You cannot go to medical school in Switzerland.
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I have to ask, and I'm being entirely nosy so feel free to tell me to mind my own, but why Luxembourg? Do you have ties there?
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Re: Studying medicine in Switzerland

Studying Medicine at ETH ? Tough and competitive. You will need at least a master before you can apply (Or Swiss bachelor in human-med, for which you are not eligible https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/dam/jcr:b1...altsstatus.pdf ).


Track II: Admitted to apply for the Track II MD-PhD program are students who have earned at least a Master’s degree in human medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry. Admission of applicants from outside Europe is subject to the recognition of their degree by the Admission Office of UZH.

Selection of candidates is carried out by the Interfaculty MD-PhD Commission (IMPK). Selection criteria include examination scores during medical studies and an interview with the IMPK. In the interview candidates’ prior knowledge of and interest in basic scientific research are determined. Also examined is the extent to which candidates have looked into the research field of the chosen doctoral dissertation, dealt with it intellectually and whether they possess the aptitude to implement this research in an operative manner.
https://www.med.uzh.ch/en/doctoralprograms/MDPhD.html
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Thank you for your feedback! I am currently learning German, French, Luxembourgish and Russian, they coming along nicely with still 3 years to improve as well. I feel rather detached from my home country and would Like to receive a bachelors degree in Russia or possibly even France. After graduating from medical school in Switzerland I would like to move and take my residency in Luxembourg.
In case you're not set for Russia only, this uni is in my home country, they have foreign students from Germany and France mainly, but also from other non-EU state. This is a very good school. If you scroll down the first site you'll find links to unis in other Eastern European countries - Hungary, Poland, Czech R., Bulgaria, Slovakia etc.
https://www.eu-medizinstudium.de/cluj
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I have to ask, and I'm being entirely nosy so feel free to tell me to mind my own, but why Luxembourg? Do you have ties there?
No you’re not being nosy, I haven’t got any familial ties to Luxembourg but I love to country and the people. The unique culture with the undertone of French and German really intrigues me and it helps that I’m on my way to being fluent in all three languages spoken there.

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Studying Medicine at ETH ? Tough and competitive. You will need at least a master before you can apply (Or Swiss bachelor in human-med, for which you are not eligible https://www.uzh.ch/cmsssl/dam/jcr:b1...altsstatus.pdf ).


Track II: Admitted to apply for the Track II MD-PhD program are students who have earned at least a Master’s degree in human medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry. Admission of applicants from outside Europe is subject to the recognition of their degree by the Admission Office of UZH.

Selection of candidates is carried out by the Interfaculty MD-PhD Commission (IMPK). Selection criteria include examination scores during medical studies and an interview with the IMPK. In the interview candidates’ prior knowledge of and interest in basic scientific research are determined. Also examined is the extent to which candidates have looked into the research field of the chosen doctoral dissertation, dealt with it intellectually and whether they possess the aptitude to implement this research in an operative manner.
https://www.med.uzh.ch/en/doctoralprograms/MDPhD.html
So I’m begging to see that going to medical school in Switzerland may not be the best option for me. Do you have any other high-ranked medical school recommendations on mainland Europe (preferably in a German speaking country)?

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In case you're not set for Russia only, this uni is in my home country, they have foreign students from Germany and France mainly, but also from other non-EU state. This is a very good school. If you scroll down the first site you'll find links to unis in other Eastern European countries - Hungary, Poland, Czech R., Bulgaria, Slovakia etc.
https://www.eu-medizinstudium.de/cluj
https://www.joinumfcluj.ro/en/admite...a-de-admitere/
I personally love Romania and that definitely an option for me!

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Hello everyone,
I am currently three years away from graduating high-school in Australia.
Does that make you 15-ish now?

So by the time you graduate you are 18 and your next stage is to start university?

(Just trying to get some perspective)
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So by the time you graduate you are 18 and your next stage is to start university?

(Just trying to get some perspective)
Yeah that’s correct.
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Yeah that’s correct.
In short, medical school is 10 years away.

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Studying Medicine at ETH ? Tough and competitive.
Especially since you cannot study medicine at ETH University of Zurich is where you do medical degrees.

The entry exam is in German and designed to weed out about 60% of applicants (known as the Numerus Clausus). The first year gets rid of another big chunk. You won't be able to work to support yourself and medicine comes with a lot of expensive books to buy, so count on at least 25k per year living expenses. No loans or other financial support will be available to you.
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Especially since you cannot study medicine at ETH University of Zurich is where you do medical degrees.
It is possible https://hest.ethz.ch/studium/medizin.html
It is a new program. Nevertheless, I nevertheless f-ed up. I linked to the Universitz website above as the ETH program is limited, and Master and further is done with partner universities, like Uni ZH.
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Studying medicine in CZ - entrance exams, only a tiny fraction get admitted. People who pass still don't make it, are put on a couple of years long waiting list. High quality degree, with rounds and I. and II. attestations (specialization), 8 years in total, at least. I think they do have a small program for foreigners, in EN. After that you could get in a PhD program here, but you have to be working on a unique project that you develop through your regular med studies, already. Basically, it means no sleep for 12 years. If everything goes well.

https://cuni.cz/UKEN-337.html
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It is possible https://hest.ethz.ch/studium/medizin.html
It is a new program. Nevertheless, I nevertheless f-ed up. I linked to the Universitz website above as the ETH program is limited, and Master and further is done with partner universities, like Uni ZH.
Oh wow, that really is new! Mind you, ETH is famous for being tougher than UZH so that won't help the OP much
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Oh wow, that really is new! Mind you, ETH is famous for being tougher than UZH so that won't help the OP much
OP is young, the earlier you know what you want, the higher chances and better resources. Good luck to OP.
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