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Would going to medical school in Europe looked upon poorly?
Yahoo answers posted by a student in 2008

(Question) I'm not sure if I could get into an American medical school. Honestly, I'd say my chances are slim, mostly because I didn't try that hard. That is not the issue. I don't want to go to a European medical schoold because it will be easier to get into, I want to go to one because it is in Europe. Ideally, when I finish, I would want to stay in Europe, probably Germany. If something should happen and I end up back in the US, would I still be able to practice medicine? I know there are tests, USMLE and so forth, but in real world numbers, what are the odds, assuming I graduate from a European medical school and opt to do my clinicals there, that I could, only if I had to, come back to the US to practice medicine?

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I assume you speak German, as there aren't any medical schools in Germany that teach in English. There are 41 medical schools and you can research them via the International Medical Education Directory:

Germany, like much of Europe, admits its students directly from high school into a six year program; however, some countries, like the UK, are beginning to offer 4 years programs for graduate students.

The standards for European medical schools are high. Accepted students have excelled in what are called Advanced Placement courses in the US or A level or AS level in Europe.

If you were successful in getting into a European medical school and completed all of your training there, there would be no stigma attched to your education in the US. You're aware of the USMLE, so enough said about that.

You should be aware that many European schools are contacted by US students who fail to get accepted. There is a growing backlash against American arrogance, in this regard. The exception is the superbly qualified individual whose first choice was one of the renowned European schools.

I don't know of any exception, but all European countries have licensing exams, so regardless of where you studied and trained, you'd have to pass a medical licensing exam.

Two pieces of advice: look at Poland (at least 2 schools in English) and although I have no personal knowedlge of this, I've heard the University of Glascow was fairly easy to get into.

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