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OHIP can be your insurance but a lot of people did not recommend it because it is an insurance from Canada. This could conflict with getting through the immigration officer at the airport or even have a problem when trying to get your permanent resident card because they see how much can your insurance cover and what does it cover. On the other hand, Study and Protect is a private irish insurance for students. They also have a designated insurance for medical students too at an Irish university.

This is the link, and you can get a quote and then they will offer you the type of insurance you want. That depends on your personal preference
Medicover

I will definitely go with Study and Protect insurance because its just around 150 Euros a year and it is much better than getting a private insurance from Canada because it is easier to deal with when you're in Ireland and requesting your permanent resident card.

NOTE: This insurance includes many colleges such as mine (UCC) but does not include NUIG. I would suggest looking or emailing them if you can still use their products.

EDIT: Good news, check this link from NUIG website where they do say you can get Study and Protect " Tab 4 Content - NUI Galway "
Amazing!! Thank you so much. You’ve put my mind at ease.
 
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Where did you find the match data and what is it exactly as great matching is a little vague
I cant start a convo with you, if you do, I will send you the presentation that was held in UCD that talks about matching in US and Canada.
 
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NUIG and UCD both have great matching stats in the last 3 years. As far as I know, UCD does have a higher percentage when I was looking at the matching stats of 2019.

Where did you find these stats? I'm interested in looking at them!
 
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Hello
Anyone knows if there are more offer from AB, checking every day and got accepted in Rci Bahrain, don’t know what to do . I ma Canadian.
Thank you
 
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Does anyone know if TCD does a white coat ceremony? Thanks!
 
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Is there anyone here who has a EU passport and is considering the option of staying in Ireland to do the internship? Based on my understanding, we are not guaranteed a internship spot however we still have a chance at getting a internship while non-EU passport holders basically should not even bother applying. Also does anyone know how many spots are usually left for EU passport holders? Have you heard of a EU passport holder not getting a internship? Someone mentioned here previously that they usually try their best to find places for all EU passport holders, although I am not really sure how true that is.
 
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Is there anyone here who has a EU passport and is considering the option of staying in Ireland to do the internship? Based on my understanding, we are not guaranteed a internship spot however we still have a chance at getting a internship while non-EU passport holders basically should not even bother applying. Also does anyone know how many spots are usually left for EU passport holders? Have you heard of a EU passport holder not getting a internship? Someone mentioned here previously that they usually try their best to find places for all EU passport holders, although I am not really sure how true that is.
From what I was told at my interview that EU passport holders are guaranteed a spot but you just don't get assigned one until after all CAO EU passport holders have been given a spot. Not entirely sure though so I would reach out to the schools because they will know for sure.
 

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From what I was told at my interview that EU passport holders are guaranteed a spot but you just don't get assigned one until after all CAO EU passport holders have been given a spot. Not entirely sure though so I would reach out to the schools because they will know for sure.
That is what I have been told as well. However, the info on the Atlantic Bridge website is a bit less clear as they state "All graduates of Irish medical schools who hold EU Passports and who applied to medical school in Ireland through the CAO (Central Applications Office) are guaranteed an internship post in Ireland. Graduates who hold EU Passports, but did not apply through the CAO, are ranked below those who hold CAO numbers, regardless of their centile ranking in their graduating class. ".
They do not say anywhere that EU passport holders who applied via AB are guaranteed anything.
Ireland is a relatively small country so I am not really sure whether they really can guarantee an internship for each and every Irish and EU citizen.
 
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That is what I have been told as well. However, the info on the Atlantic Bridge website is a bit less clear as they state "All graduates of Irish medical schools who hold EU Passports and who applied to medical school in Ireland through the CAO (Central Applications Office) are guaranteed an internship post in Ireland. Graduates who hold EU Passports, but did not apply through the CAO, are ranked below those who hold CAO numbers, regardless of their centile ranking in their graduating class. ".
They do not say anywhere that EU passport holders who applied via AB are guaranteed anything.
Ireland is a relatively small country so I am not really sure whether they really can guarantee an internship for each and every Irish and EU citizen.
Applying through AB would put you under the category of those who did not apply through CAO. And i was told that if there are not enough internship potisitons available they create them. That is why for those who applied thorugh AB or other routes, you will get an internship just may not be in the area you want because you have to wait until all of the other EU students have decided on their internship positions (this is also why for non EU passport holders it is hard to get an internship because some years there are no left over positions and they do have to create extra ones).
 
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Applying through AB would put you under the category of those who did not apply through CAO. And i was told that if there are not enough internship potisitons available they create them. That is why for those who applied thorugh AB or other routes, you will get an internship just may not be in the area you want because you have to wait until all of the other EU students have decided on their internship positions (this is also why for non EU passport holders it is hard to get an internship because some years there are no left over positions and they do have to create extra ones).
Thanks for letting me know. It is good to hear that they will provide you with something in the end. Would you mind telling me where you heard that exactly (feel free to private message me as I can't for some reason message you)?
 

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Thanks for letting me know. It is good to hear that they will provide you with something in the end. Would you mind telling me where you heard that exactly (feel free to private message me as I can't for some reason message you)?
I heard it also in my interview during one of the presentation sessions they gave us.
 

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Anyone still waiting, heard back from any schools or AB?
 

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Specifically, TCD, RSCI Dublin or UCD? Thanks in advance
I still haven't heard anything from UCD, but most schools are on the waitlist portion of rolling admission at this point.
 
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Does anyone know when is the last we can hear from any of the Irish medical schools? I haven't heard anything from them yet and an anxious to know whether I made it or not........
 

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Does anyone know when is the last we can hear from any of the Irish medical schools? I haven't heard anything from them yet and an anxious to know whether I made it or not........
As late as August to be honest with you. I heard people actually got their acceptance last year mid August. Stay positive :)
 

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Does anyone know when is the last we can hear from any of the Irish medical schools? I haven't heard anything from them yet and an anxious to know whether I made it or not........
Its rolling admission/waitlist so anytime between now and august when they officially close the waitlist.
 

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So does that mean that they have sent out all rejections and now its just rolling admissions/waitlist?
 

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Does anyone know of any reliable (and affordable) meal prep/food delivery services in Ireland for those of us who struggle in the kitchen? Lol
 
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Does anyone know of any reliable (and affordable) meal prep/food delivery services in Ireland for those of us who struggle in the kitchen? Lol
UberEats, and ramen noodles. A lot of ramen noodles
 

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Do they have Uber eats?! I’m already panicking because they don’t have Uber...
Galway doesnt have ubereats, they have something called deliveroo instead for food delivery.
 
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Galway doesnt have ubereats, they have something called deliveroo instead for food delivery.

I found an article online that said they just got Uber eats in Ireland in November 2018!!
 
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hey 5th yr student from rcsi bahrain - msg me if needed!!
will be glad to help.
 
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Hey guys!
How are all of you feeling about starting next year? If anyone is currently in Galway how are you liking it so far? I’m pretty worried andI wanna be as prepared as possible so if anyone could recommend any was to prepare for next year it would be greatly appreciated :)
 

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Hey guys!
How are all of you feeling about starting next year? If anyone is currently in Galway how are you liking it so far? I’m pretty worried andI wanna be as prepared as possible so if anyone could recommend any was to prepare for next year it would be greatly appreciated :)
What exactly are you worried about? I went and visited the school for almost a week back in may and was able to get a lot of questions answered and see the town so I may be able to help if you have any questions that are specific to the school and the area around the school. But overall I loved the town, it has a great atmosphere, the people there are extremely friendly and kind, good food, and seems like they have a good mix of activities to help relieve some stress of studying.
 

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Hey! Has anyone paid their full tuition using the 'bank transfer' option on TransferMate (Pay to Study)? If so, was it simply a manner of plugging in bank account information for your line of credit? This process is a little different than I'm used to...
 

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Hey! Has anyone paid their full tuition using the 'bank transfer' option on TransferMate (Pay to Study)? If so, was it simply a manner of plugging in bank account information for your line of credit? This process is a little different than I'm used to...
I did a traditional wire transfer to pay my tuition but on the transferwise website it looks like you set up an account with them, than make a payment from your line of credit account to the transferwise account, and then from the transferwise account they send it to the school.
 

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Hey! Has anyone paid their full tuition using the 'bank transfer' option on TransferMate (Pay to Study)? If so, was it simply a manner of plugging in bank account information for your line of credit? This process is a little different than I'm used to...

I haven’t done it yet, but will today. Just make sure you’re using TransferMate Education because they already have NUIG as a client and you won’t risk inputting incorrect banking information. The staff at TransferMate are very helpful if you need anything def contact them. The link to pay directly to NUIG from TransferMate Education is TransferMate - National University of Ireland Galway
 

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In your opinion, what would be the better choice for a student I. The 6 year MBBS program? Nuig or UCD?
 

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In your opinion, what would be the better choice for a student I. The 6 year MBBS program? Nuig or UCD?
Depends on if you are from the US or Canada. UCD has better match rates for Canadians but similar rates for US students compared to NUIG. It also depends on the enviroment you want to live in and expenses. UCD is in Dublin so big city, lots of things around, airport right there, but also very expensive for housing and COL while NUIG is significantly cheaper in tuition and COL but Galway is a much smaller town (but still has everything you need to be comfortable) and also is at least 1.5 hours away from the closest airport.
 

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Does any NUIG students or future students happen to know if there are many midterm examinations/tests throughout the first semester or is it mainly directed towards being evaluated during final exams? If there are midterm tests roughy when do they happen?
 

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Is anybody still waiting to hear back from AB? I never heard back from UL, TCD and NUIG I'm guessing by this point is already a no go. I did get accepted to SGUL- UNIco (SGUL program in Cyprus) but was debating to go cause I read some bad review regarding their student treatment and it is really discouraging me to go. I was wondering if anybody had some advice as to what they think might be the right thing to do?

-Thanks
 

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Is anybody still waiting to hear back from AB? I never heard back from UL, TCD and NUIG I'm guessing by this point is already a no go. I did get accepted to SGUL- UNIco (SGUL program in Cyprus) but was debating to go cause I read some bad review regarding their student treatment and it is really discouraging me to go. I was wondering if anybody had some advice as to what they think might be the right thing to do?

-Thanks
its never too late. You never know what happens and could change the the waitlist. If u did not receive a rejection, then you are still in the game. If SGUL program requires u to pay a huge deposit, I would suggest coming up with an excuse to delay the deposit or the tuition fees payment. The later the better until you hear something from AB.
 
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