STUDYING medicine in the UK is becoming extremely competitive and, due to a shortage of places, more students than ever are facing disappointment when they are not accepted. Now, credited to his own personal experience, a Huddersfield graduate has started a business to help UK students study medicine in Europe.
Entitled Medlink Students, the company has been created by Osman Elmais who graduated from the University’s BSc (Hons) Medical Biology degree in 2015.
Medlink Students has postgraduate representatives situated in several universities across countries in Europe to help UK students enter some of the EU’s top medical schools on the English-taught courses.
They are given full guidance on completing their university application, acquiring a visa as well as finding suitable accommodation during their studies.
Osman explains that as well as offering free advice, his business can arrange everything for the prospective students’ arrival, for a small fee, while working with the individual’s university admissions team to ensure their move abroad is as seamless and as stress-free as possible. They will also receive up to six years of on-going support, while they study at the same university as their agent.
“The company aspires to help students to pursue their ambitions of being doctors and dentists,” said Osman, who has helped many students move to medical schools in Europe.
The young entrepreneur, who is currently studying Dentistry in Bulgaria, spotted a gap in the market following his own difficulties being accepted to study graduate dentistry in the UK.
“When I initially arrived in Bulgaria I struggled because I didn’t speak the local language, just like many students arriving from the UK,” said Osman. “So to have someone dedicated to helping you along the way, who speaks the local language, is really beneficial.”
Originally from Bournemouth, Osman will graduate in 2022 with a Master’s degree in Dentistry which has equal eminence to one studied in the UK. Dentistry degrees from Europe are automatically accepted by both the UK’s General Dental Council and the Australian Dental Council, as well as every country in Europe.
Osman made a return visit to the University of Huddersfield when he was invited to come and talk to students studying within the Department of Biological Sciences.
He spoke about how his career and life of study has developed since graduating from the University and assured them that although it might seem quite daunting at first, studying medicine or dentistry in Europe is achievable.
The event was hosted by the University’s Biosciences Student Society and featured several speakers who offered advice on career options after graduating.
There was also a keynote presentation from Huddersfield alumnus Dr Yvonne Armitage, a Bioeconomy Specialist from the Knowledge Transfer Network, who spoke about her career path and how she had travelled into a variety of industries since gaining her PhD from the University of Huddersfield.