Check out what some of our students have to say about their experience studying medicine in Europe
Nadav Bandel, School of Medicine – International program;
Zagreb University, Croatia
Hello to all my future colleagues and to those of you who are still considering the option of studying medicine in Europe. My name is Nadav; I’m 27 years old and currently studying in the international program of general medicine in Zagreb University in Croatia. I’ve decided to share some of my experiences with you, starting with the pre-med course at MDIS.
I believe that all those who have decided to register for pre-med course with a purpose of studying abroad deserve the highest appreciation. Now all you have to do is decide WHERE to spend the next 5-6 years of your life. I find these next factors to be the most relevant for most international students:
– University’s international status and rank
– After school activities and student life (including night life, sport activities, etc.)
It’s a big dilemma, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As for me – I went on a 6 days trip to visit all the universities where I was accepted, before choosing Zagreb. It turned out to be a significant step which I recommend to anyone who faces the same issue. It may cost a little more, but can certainly prevent aggravation later on. In any case – don’t give up the opportunity to talk to upper-years students, professors and doctors regarding your fears, dilemmas and points of interest. Many of them would tell you things that you have never even imagined could be important.
First week is a bit of a shock. Meeting so many new people and speaking in English most of the day is exhausting. I can honestly say that coming here with the friends I’ve made during the pre-med course was a big relief…
The first week was actually an introductory week, including meetings with professors, dean, campus tours and other bureaucratic manners. The real deal started at the second week with ITMT course – Introduction to Medicine and Medical Terminology. Although the professor explained everything from the beginning – most of the Israelis in my class already knew a big portion of the terms, after hearing them in anatomy lessons at the pre-med course (thank you Tomer and Dr. Moshe for not giving up on cranial nerves!)
After passing a quiz in terminology – we continued and started Biology, Anatomy and Physics. I can’t tell you much about it since we have only just begun, but according to my upper-years friends it’s going to be hard and demanding. I’m ready for it, I have a strong Gluteus Maximus (as one of my professors kindly mentioned as a requirement for med school) and I have good friends and notes to assist me. As far as for now, I can only tell you that having Rosh HaShana dinner at Habbad house is a unique and wonderful experience which I’m thankful for.
That’s it for now. You’re welcome to contact me regarding any question you may have:
A Medical Student in Zagreb
We are now at the beginning of March, starting the third part of our physiology course. The physiology course is considered by most students to be the hardest, most demanding and yet interesting course of the second year of medical school, and I am tempted to agree with them. After overcoming the many challenges of this course, I have come to appreciate all the knowledge I have managed to obtain and find it immensely rewarding. We have the privilege to be taught by highly qualified and professional professors from the physiology department. Like all faculty members, they are always willing to walk that extra mile in order to assist students in their studies.
As a medical student I do not usually have much spare time; however I do make it a priority to enjoy myself, relax periodically and maintain a balance between my social life and academic studies. I often enjoy spending time in one of the many cafes and illustrious libraries in order to make the task of studying less daunting and monotonous.
In my opinion, it is necessary to have an extracurricular activity outside of the university. This will prevent you from feeling too stressed and burnt-out as the year progresses.
Zagreb offers many different options that are suitable for everyone. There are numerous gyms, clubs, parties and some of the best cakes I’ve ever had the delight of tasting.
I am very happy with my decision to study in the International program of medical studies in Zagreb University. The wonderful combination of a highly professional and attentive faculty with the quiet and the easy going pace of Zagreb make it the best place to spend your years studying medicine.