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Applications through UCAS from international students are also welcome. In common with all UK Medical Schools, the number of places available for international students is limited by the Government. The quota on the medical course in Cardiff University is approximately 25. Preference is, therefore, given to applicants from countries that do not have sufficient places in their own medical schools to meet the needs of the country. Cardiff University's Medical School would not normally consider applications from students who have been "ordinarily" resident in countries that have adequate medical training facilities during the 3-year period immediately preceding entry to a UK university.
While the majority of international applicants offer International Baccalaureate or GCE A2 Level subjects, some other international qualifications are acceptable. Information on the acceptability of such international qualifications is given at: medicine.cf.ac.uk/medical-education/undergraduate/admissions/ or can be obtained by writing to the Medical School Admissions Officer giving details of examinations and grades.
International applicants are required to offer a recognised English Language qualification, which must include reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. All applicants who are being considered for programmes of study leading to the degree of MBBCh, including international applicants, will be required to attend for an interview. Occasionally School staff will be visiting other countries and interviews may be arranged for applicants at those locations. This cannot be guaranteed in advance, however, and applicants to this Medical School should be prepared to travel to the UK for an interview. Cardiff University is unable to meet any expense incurred.
International applicants should ensure that they have adequate financial resources to support them throughout the medical course. The University will require a financial guarantee that all fees can be met. It is unable to offer any scholarship to help students meet these costs.
As part of the Admissions process a survey is sent to all applicants with a Fees status of "O" for Overseas. The purpose of this survey is to ensure all overseas applicants are fully aware of their funding arrangements and to draw attention to the potential consequences related to funding that may arise if you fail the course or if you have to leave the course for any reason. If you have received this survey via email; completion is mandatory. Completion of this survey will not affect your application.
Applicants from non-European Union (EU) countries must satisfy the requirements of Tier 4 of the Points-based Immigration System of the UK Border Agency.
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