Doctor's day: 3 countries where it is possible to study medicine outside Brazil

 Today, October 18th, the Doctor's Day is celebrated. The date is chosen because it is also the day of Saint Luke's birth, considered since the 15th century as the holy protector of doctors and health professionals. And, to set the date, let's talk about studying medicine outside Brazil.

Medicine is one of the most popular courses at Brazilian universities. And this, even with the enormous dedication that the course requires: as a rule, it is six years of graduation, in addition to a few more years of residency and specialization. In addition to professional satisfaction in treating patients' pain, another possible reason for this is salary: according to Glassdoor data , doctors in Brazil earn an average of about R $ 10,000 per month.

This means that in public universities, the competition reaches more than 100 candidates per vacancy. Private institutions, in turn, have monthly fees that reach more than R $ 6 thousand. Faced with this situation, some Brazilians are looking for the opportunity to study medicine in another country and then go back and apply the knowledge acquired abroad to their communities.

Therefore, to mark Doctor's Day, we have listed below three countries where it is possible to study medicine outside Brazil. Depending on the case, it may be simpler (and less costly) to study in another country than to graduate here. But it must be kept in mind that the diploma will need to be revalidated when returning to Brazil. Check out:

3 countries to study medicine outside Brazil


Argentina is a destination considered by many Brazilians who are considering graduating abroad, and with good reason. After all, this is where the Universidad de Buenos Aires is located, one of the best in Latin America. And the fact that the university has no entrance exam also attracts many Brazilian students - especially those who want to study medicine.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that your high school diploma will need to be validated by the local government. And, remember, your command of Spanish needs to be sufficient to accompany classes! At Estudar Fora, we already talked to a student who went to Buenos Aires to realize her dream of studying medicine. You can check her testimonial at this link . And if you want to know everything about studying in Argentina, check out the video below!


Although it is not the first destination that comes to mind, Cuba is a great choice for anyone looking to take a medical course. The country hosts the Latin American School of Medicine , whose objective is to train professionals who would not have the resources to study medicine in their country of origin and then “return” them to their country to work with basic care. Best of all, students receive a full scholarship to study medicine.

The course is focused on preventive medicine and lasts six and a half years. From the third year onwards, students are already visiting hospitals. And from the fifth year onwards, the student also studies general medicine and public health. If you want to know the experience of a Brazilian who went to study medicine in Cuba, check out this link !


If you like a cooler climate, RĂºssica is also a viable destination for studying medicine outside of Brazil. More specifically, the Kursk State University of Medicine is an interesting destination for Brazilians thinking of studying medicine abroad. And it even offers a degree in English, which means you don't have to worry if you have a hard time learning Russian.

In addition to the language and the cold, there are some other cultural differences that are worth noting. For example, students cannot miss any classes! If this happens, you will need to explain to the teacher personally what happened and show that you studied the content on your own to compensate. If you want to know more about studying medicine in Russia, check it out below:


It is not that it is impossible, but studying medicine in the United States is quite unfeasible for Brazilians. The course over there is as popular as it is here, and the demands are even higher. Students in the US system who want to become doctors must first take an undergraduate course prior to their medical course - the so-called “pre-med” - which alone takes four years. Taking into account another four years of specialization in medicine, it is eight years of study in the United States (not counting residency) during which it is very difficult to get a scholarship.


Although the UK has excellent medical schools (like the University of Oxford), they are extremely competitive and costly. The Oxford Preparatory Medicine course, for example, accepts only 14 international students each year, and students from around the world compete for these places. Scholarships are even more popular, and for those who do not win them, there are more than twenty thousand pounds a year of tuition fees - not to mention the cost of living in England. Therefore, for those who want to study medicine outside Brazil, there are other destinations that may be more interesting than the European country .

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