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Medicine in the USA

There are 21 medical schools in Australia that offer undergraduate programmes, postgraduate programmes (Doctor of Medicine) or both:

  • Australian National University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of New South Wales
  • Western Sydney University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of New England
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Macquarie University
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Adelaide
  • Flinders University
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • Deakin University
  • University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University

Note that some of these medical schools are not open to international applicants, therefore do check the websites of these medical schools for exact details before applying.

Home students (i.e. who are permanent residents or citizens of Australia or New Zealand) must send their applications directly to the medical schools they wish to apply to.

International students (i.e. who aren’t permanent residents or citizens of Australia or New Zealand) can apply to Australian medical schools via Study Options. Study Options is an application support service which fast-tracks applications from the UK and Ireland. There are no fees applied for applying through Study Options.

Requirements

  • A high Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is usually required by most medical schools. Check the medical websites to find out if they have a minimum ATAR for their applicants. Otherwise high grades in A-levels, International Baccalaureate or equivalent are required for international students. (Undergraduates)
  • Check for potential Year 12 subject requirements on medical school websites. (Undergraduates)
  • Undergraduate applicants must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) if they are a home student or the International Students Admissions Test (ISAT) if they an international student. Postgraduate applicants (home or international) must sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) instead of the UCAT or ISAT.
  • An interview will most likely be required at some stage.
  • A high grade / GPA in your previous degree. Check if the medical schools you are thinking of applying to have requirements about the field of study of your previous degree. (Postgraduates)
  • Some medical schools require a portfolio with evidence of relevant experience demonstrating that the applicant has invested time in developing the core skills for becoming a future doctor (e.g. care, leadership, commitment, etc.). This may include but not be limited to evidence of work experience, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, etc.
  • An interview may be required if you are offered one.

Fees

  • The tuition fee for international students is between $55,000-$90,000 per annum. This will vary by medical school and according to if you are applying for an undergraduate or graduate programme.
  • The tuition fees for home students will be lower than that for international students. Check the medical school websites for exact figures.
  • Home students are able to seek funding by directly contacting medical schools however this option is not available for international students.

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