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Discussion in 'Australasia and Oceania' started by tennisball80, May 25, 2008.
You have a few options with this. Either do an undergraduate degree, do the MCAT, and then apply to the graduate medical schools or do the UMAT and then apply to the 6 year program. If your GPA isn't that great, may be it is worth it to do an undergraduate program. It is also beneficial, b/c you may not be into medicine as much as you think right now so you have time to think about it. Good luck!
Up until recently, only the top 1% or so (~99.7 UAI for the state of NSW) of the local Australian students could get a place in the 6 yr MBBS programmes.
Since then most undergrad programmes have brought in interviews and other criteria such as the UMAT, which means that you don't have to necessarily be in the top 1% bracket to have a chance. But it's still somewhere in the area of 98 UAI.
The academic requirements for international students are more lax, but if your high school grades have not been that exceptional, you should try to 'wipe your slate clean' by studying science (esp. biomedical science) at bachelor level and aim towards entering 4 year post-grad programmes, of which there are plenty in Australia (USYD, UQ, Flinders, Wollongong, WA, Notre Dame, Griffiths etc).
First of all, Thanks for helping
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There are only a select few that accept international students. Notre Dame, Griffith, and Western Australia are currently not among them. The list would be UQ, Flinders, Melbourne, Sydney, Bond, Wollongong, Monash, and ANU.
Have you thought about applying to 6 yr programs in UK and Ireland.
I think they are less competitive for International students. Quality of education is good as well.
You're not losing anything by applying. Worse case scenario, you will not get in; but you can still persue undergraduate studies. If you do get in, you save yourself lots of time and money by going directly to medical school.
Also, don't let your past mistakes hold you down. Majority of pre-meds have some sort of deficit on their transcript for one reason or another. Stay positive, and apply.
Best of luck.
It may be true that requirements for int'l students are "more lax"; however, until now as an international student, I've been largely underwhelmed by the local students when it comes to book knowledge. Here at Melb Uni, international students regularly get on the Dean's List. One reason might be that we pay more so we put in more effort.