Hi all! Ok, I need some help here. I'm stuck in a terrible dilemma. I have the choice between studying Medicine in Ireland (Trinity College) or in France (University of Bordeaux). I have already secured a place in both universities but can't decide which one to attend. Keeping in mind the following facts, which of the two countries would you recommend me: 1. Trinity college costs big $$$ while Bordeaux in France is practically free 2. However, at Bordeaux only the best 15% of the 1st yr students are allowed to continue into 2nd year (based on the results of a competitive exam). It is extremely tough and requires very high motivation to pass that 1st year. Only two attempts are allowed. 3. The undergraduate medical program at Trinity College takes 5 years to complete and that at Bordeaux at least 6 yrs . After specialisation I would have spent 8-9 yrs in Ireland and 10-11 years in France i.e french system takes 2-3 years longer to complete before one is able to practice and start earning money. 4. Bordeaux is arguably the best medical school in France. 5. I'm equally fluent in French as in English 6. My parents would be making relatively important sacrifices to finance my studies at Trinity College. (they won't be able to buy a new car and will be in debt) 7. I graduated from an international Secondary School. So, this is it. Any comment is welcomed. Also, how do you compare the quality of medical education in these two countries relative to that in the US? Do I have any chance of getting into residency in the US after graduating from a French school? Thanks a lot.