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Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

Does anyone know if Swiss universities accept mature students to study medicine?

I am 33 years old, with an MSc in Chemistry, but I and have always wanted to study medicine. In the UK my age wouldn't be a problem, but I don't want to leave Switzerland and I am not sure if things work differently here.

Also, I am British not Swiss, although from next year I should qualify for a C permit, would this affect anything?

Any advice would be most appreciated.
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Re: Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

I can't tell much about that, but I am studying and ETH Zurich and I have seen average age people studying with us. I would say you have green light at least because of the age.
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Old 16.12.2010, 16:17
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Re: Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

As regards accepting mature students, we had a few mature Medicine students when I worked as an assistant at Fribourg Uni. As far as the entry requirements are concerned, I can't help you.
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Re: Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

Here is the page from the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities which details the application procedure to study medicine. I glanced through the info, and apparently having a C permit will mean you will be handled as though you were Swiss.

Here's the link - in French, as I see you're in Vaud.
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Re: Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

Hello,

I didn`t want to create a new thread, because my question is also about studying medicine in Switzerland. But I would like to ask about residency in Switzerland. Is it possible for students from other Europian countries to get a place at a hospital? Maybe there are residents from abroad who could tell me what exactly they needed to get in? I know that language is certainly necessary but what else? What to do next? I contacted someone from one Zurich hospital, he sent me a link which unfortunately doesn`t work...
I would appreciate any help,
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Re: Studying medicine as a mature student in Switzerland

Whatever your residence permit you will need to be fluent in the local language. Just click on the university site for the university you want to study at and you can get all the information you need about requirements etc. + numbers to ring for further information. If your local language skills aren't enough to cope with that, I suspect they won't be enough to cope with your studies. I checked out the unizh site and it's all there, so I imagine the French language sites must be similar. There are links to the entrance requirements for students with foreign qualifications, as well as info. about the aptitude tests and enrolment dates for them.
I suspect that studying here has got to be cheaper than in the UK, but you still need to be able to finance the fees and support yourself during the first few years study as you will need to get through the early exams where there is a fairly high reject rate.
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