Dentistry, also called studies of dental medicine, is increasingly attractive thanks to new technologies in development, in particular sophisticated materials and implants. The job guarantees a significant comfortable salary: €4,200 gross/month at the start of the career, ending at €7,500 gross/month on average.
This is certainly one of the reasons why the rate of students choosing this path is gradually increasing each year.
However, admission to health education institutions remains complicated given the application of the numerus apertus. The number of students admitted in the first year is limited, the compulsory competition to integrate the training being difficult to pass. Thus many candidates seek opportunities to train abroad because of lack of competition of entry, but also because the number of places available is higher there.
Where to study dentistry in Europe?
The easiest thing is sometimes to integrate the establishments of health studies in Europe. A European diploma is validated automaticallyqualified dentists can therefore freely practice their profession without worrying about administrative procedures.
In addition, some universities or schools provide courses in French or English, which does not require you to learn the language of the country you are visiting. Nevertheless, for those who wish to take full advantage of the culture of their host country, many universities offer programs in the national language and language courses integrated into the curriculum.
Below is a list of European countries which offer courses in dentistry. It’s up to you to choose the destination that suits you best!
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How to do dental in Switzerland and Quebec?
Unfortunately, Canada and Switzerland do not admit foreigners to health education institutions, even the French. But there is an option for those who wish to complete their dental training in a French-speaking country.
To apply, you will need to submit your baccalaureate diploma to the Equivalence Service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and then register at the exam entrance organized in July and September : (plan to register 1-2 months before). You will then have 5 years of study, then you can return to France and work directly as a dentist.
In Belgium, there are a quota for foreigners admitted to dental medicine: only 30% of students with the best results for the entrance exams are accepted to the training.
But that’s no reason to give up! Being retained in the 30% is always possible, if you are motivated enough. Moreover, the Registration fees in Belgium are quite moderateso definitely worth a try!
Dental study in Spain
Spain is one of the most popular countries for studying medicine, and there are good reasons for that.
First of all, for state establishments, the competition is not compulsory to be admitted to training. However, it is necessary to have a good report card in SVT and to obtain the Bac. During the admissions session, each candidate is assessed on 10 dots : 6 points are given for baccalaureate resultsand 4 points for the result of the additional competition (Pruebas de Competencias Specificas – PCE). The latter could help you earn a few more points, but is not an admission requirement.
Concerning the private schoolsthe selection is made via a entrance exam specific to each university, which notably includes psychotechnical tests and an individual interview. Tuition fees for these establishments are, of course, higher than in state universities. They vary between €13,400 and €88,000 for 5 years of study depending on the establishment.
The quality of university education in Germany is well known in Europe and around the world. The German tuition fees are reasonable, quite comfortable student life thanks to the developed support and activity of university associations. It is for these reasons that many students choose Germany to train for a profession, including medicine.
Like in France, admission in a public university is based on the numerus clausus with a limited number of students. The candidates are evaluated on several criteria : baccalaureate marks, waiting times, and sometimes selection tests.
In Portugal, the universities and private schools offer 5-year courses with a first year in French and the rest of the course in Portuguese. This will allow you to slowly get to know the language and at the same time learn the trade. But Portugal’s major asset is the cost of living and education, much lower than in France, Germany or Belgium.
admission is made on the basis of baccalaureate resultsin particular the results of SVT subjects (biology), and the personal interview.
Romania offers you a 5-year course with a compromise between courses in French and Romanian : the first three years will be taught to you in your mother tongue while following national language courses at the same time. Then you will spend the last two years completely in Romanian. There are also several programs only in English which does not require you to change languages at all.
admission is carried out directly with the universities, generally before the end of July. The registration fees are moderate and vary between €6,000 and €5,000 per year. In addition, the cost of living in Romania is quite low, which will save you from excessive expenses.
And dentistry in other countries?
There are, of course, many opportunities in Europe. For example, you can complete your dental training in Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Poland or even Iceland.
Do not hesitate to study all the offers available to make your choice!
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