University of Split School of Medicine
University of Split School of Medicine

Medical education in Split opened its doors in 1974, with the University of Split Medical School being set up as an independent school in 1997. The Medical Studies in English course was launched in 2011. Situated on the coast, the city of Split boasts beautiful Adriatic beaches just a short walk from the Medical School campus. There is a local University Hospital where most of the teaching takes place, as well as numerous laboratories for non-clinical study, and special facilities for Public Health studies.

Split Medical School has this year developed a link with a medical school in Coburg, Germany. This means that 25 students from Germany will accompany the 35 students accepted annually by Split in Croatia for the first three years of study. The cost of study at Split Medical School is €9,000/year.

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University of Split School of Medicine

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 35
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • MCAT, SAT, or ACT (not a requirement) *
  • None
  • Desirable

Graduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 35
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • No minimum
  • MCAT, SAT, or ACT (not a requirement) *
  • None
  • Desirable
* Having a high score in this exam may help your application, but is not a requirement for study. Please see the Admissions Exam section for more information.

The only course available at the University of Split is a 6-year programme, which both graduates and undergraduates can apply for. It runs from 1st October to 15th July each year, and contains approximately 25-30hrs of contact time a week. The year is not divided into semesters, but rather into immersive blocks that cover a specific part of the course. In first year, these blocks range from one-week duration in the case of the Social Medicine block, to over two months for the Anatomy section. At the end of each block is an examination period to assess the student’s understanding of the content of that block.

The course is mainly taught through lectures, seminars and workshops. There is limited patient interaction between years 1-3, which are classed as ‘pre-clinical’. Anatomy is primarily taught with a systemic approach, using models to compliment the usual lecture-based teaching. Dissections do not make up a part of the anatomy teaching at Split Medical School. While there is no option for intercalation within this course, there is an opportunity for students to enrol in postgraduate training to further their knowledge in a specific area of medicine.

Starting this year, Split Medical School is working in partnership with a German consortium called regioMed Kliniken. This means that students in the three pre-clinical years will share the campus and facilities with students from a German Medical School giving students the opportunity to engage with students from different backgrounds. Split medical school accepts 35 applicants each year, from a pool of approximately 100 applicants per year.

Split Medical School does not have a minimum set of requirements below which an applicant will not be considered for admission, though having completed high school level education is required. Instead, each application is considered individually and on its own merit. Having studied Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, and Maths is recommended, but not an absolute requirement.

It should be noted however that, as with all medical schools, having no minimum requirements does not mean that any application will be accepted. A strong academic ability must still be demonstrated for an applicant to be successful. Graduate applications will be considered on par with undergraduate applications, with approximately 80% of applicants being ‘straight from school’.

Admissions Exam

As with the academic requirements, there is no admissions exam that a student is required to have taken to be considered for application. However, it should be noted that achieving a good score in the MCAT, ACT or SAT will be looked on positively (though it must be stressed that this is not a prerequisite). It should also be noted that the Medical School has a policy whereby if they have too many high-quality applicants and are unable to narrow it down to the 35 places they have available, they reserve the right to issue an exam to decide which applicants will be successful. Since this has not happened so far, it is not clear what this exam would entail or how it would be performed.

Access to Medicine courses

As with the academic and admissions exam requirements, access to medicine courses will be considered individually when deciding on the strength of an application. Candidates are advised to contact the Medical School admissions’ office if they have any questions regarding this.

Widening Participation

Split medical school is not currently involved in a widening participation scheme.

International Students

All the places on this course are open to home, EU and International applicants.

Policy on Re-applicants

Unsuccessful applicants may apply again any number of times, but are advised to spend the intervening time strengthening their application to increase the likelihood of being accepted. This can be done through working in the healthcare setting, or by undertaking voluntary care work, or by improving the academic

Policy on Deferrals

Deferring your application is not usually possible. Students looking to do this should contact the admissions office directly.

DEADLINES

The deadline for applications for 2016/17 was the 1st July and is usually around the same time each year.

DOCUMENTS

Applicants must send off the following forms with their application:
  • A completed application form, the link for which can be found in the Useful Links section
  • A passport photocopy
  • Birth certificate
  • Two photographs (instructive link available in the Useful Links section)
  • Degree certificates, if graduate applicant
  • If prior education not in English, proof of English level required (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE). Again, there is no minimum standard expected, so candidates are requested to contact the admissions office if they are unsure.
  • CV and written statement (see Selection Process and Interview for more information)
  • Any other certificates of education (GCSE’s, A-levels, IB certificates etc.)
Studying in Croatia requires foreign students to obtain an Approval for Temporary Stay visa. Although Croatia is within the EU, it is not currently involved in the free movement of people agreements, so EU applicants will still need to apply for a visa. The medical school’s website contains the forms required to apply for this visa, as well as advice on obtaining health insurance, housing and translation services.

SELECTION PROCESS

Since there is no interview process or minimum academic requirement, the written statement (personal statement) must be strong to ensure a successful application. The medical school does not release the exact criteria upon which the personal statement is judged. However, following the advice given in the Personal Statement section of our website and guidebook will ensure good structure and content. The personal statement should be tailored specifically to the course at Split. The ability to work well in a lecture-based environment should be demonstrated, as well as a keenness to mix with students from around the world. It should also be shown that students have researched the course; comment in which parts of the course interest you most.

In 2016 there were approximately 100 applicants for 35 places, giving just over 3 applicants per place.

Split Medical School is not currently ranked by the QS World University Rankings.

The only course available at the University of Split is a 6-year programme, which both graduates and undergraduates can apply for. It runs from 1st October to 15th July each year, and contains approximately 25-30hrs of contact time a week. The year is not divided into semesters, but rather into immersive blocks that cover a specific part of the course. In first year, these blocks range from one-week duration in the case of the Social Medicine block, to over two months for the Anatomy section. At the end of each block is an examination period to assess the student’s understanding of the content of that block.

The course is mainly taught through lectures, seminars and workshops. There is limited patient interaction between years 1-3, which are classed as ‘pre-clinical’. Anatomy is primarily taught with a systemic approach, using models to compliment the usual lecture-based teaching. Dissections do not make up a part of the anatomy teaching at Split Medical School. While there is no option for intercalation within this course, there is an opportunity for students to enrol in postgraduate training to further their knowledge in a specific area of medicine.

Starting this year, Split Medical School is working in partnership with a German consortium called regioMed Kliniken. This means that students in the three pre-clinical years will share the campus and facilities with students from a German Medical School giving students the opportunity to engage with students from different backgrounds. Split medical school accepts 35 applicants each year, from a pool of approximately 100 applicants per year.

Split Medical School does not have a minimum set of requirements below which an applicant will not be considered for admission, though having completed high school level education is required. Instead, each application is considered individually and on its own merit. Having studied Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics, and Maths is recommended, but not an absolute requirement.

It should be noted however that, as with all medical schools, having no minimum requirements does not mean that any application will be accepted. A strong academic ability must still be demonstrated for an applicant to be successful. Graduate applications will be considered on par with undergraduate applications, with approximately 80% of applicants being ‘straight from school’.

Admissions Exam

As with the academic requirements, there is no admissions exam that a student is required to have taken to be considered for application. However, it should be noted that achieving a good score in the MCAT, ACT or SAT will be looked on positively (though it must be stressed that this is not a prerequisite). It should also be noted that the Medical School has a policy whereby if they have too many high-quality applicants and are unable to narrow it down to the 35 places they have available, they reserve the right to issue an exam to decide which applicants will be successful. Since this has not happened so far, it is not clear what this exam would entail or how it would be performed.

Access to Medicine courses

As with the academic and admissions exam requirements, access to medicine courses will be considered individually when deciding on the strength of an application. Candidates are advised to contact the Medical School admissions’ office if they have any questions regarding this.

Widening Participation

Split medical school is not currently involved in a widening participation scheme.

International Students

All the places on this course are open to home, EU and International applicants.

Policy on Re-applicants

Unsuccessful applicants may apply again any number of times, but are advised to spend the intervening time strengthening their application to increase the likelihood of being accepted. This can be done through working in the healthcare setting, or by undertaking voluntary care work, or by improving the academic

Policy on Deferrals

Deferring your application is not usually possible. Students looking to do this should contact the admissions office directly.

DEADLINES

The deadline for applications for 2016/17 was the 1st July and is usually around the same time each year.

DOCUMENTS

Applicants must send off the following forms with their application:
  • A completed application form, the link for which can be found in the Useful Links section
  • A passport photocopy
  • Birth certificate
  • Two photographs (instructive link available in the Useful Links section)
  • Degree certificates, if graduate applicant
  • If prior education not in English, proof of English level required (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE). Again, there is no minimum standard expected, so candidates are requested to contact the admissions office if they are unsure.
  • CV and written statement (see Selection Process and Interview for more information)
  • Any other certificates of education (GCSE’s, A-levels, IB certificates etc.)
Studying in Croatia requires foreign students to obtain an Approval for Temporary Stay visa. Although Croatia is within the EU, it is not currently involved in the free movement of people agreements, so EU applicants will still need to apply for a visa. The medical school’s website contains the forms required to apply for this visa, as well as advice on obtaining health insurance, housing and translation services.

SELECTION PROCESS

Since there is no interview process or minimum academic requirement, the written statement (personal statement) must be strong to ensure a successful application. The medical school does not release the exact criteria upon which the personal statement is judged. However, following the advice given in the Personal Statement section of our website and guidebook will ensure good structure and content. The personal statement should be tailored specifically to the course at Split. The ability to work well in a lecture-based environment should be demonstrated, as well as a keenness to mix with students from around the world. It should also be shown that students have researched the course; comment in which parts of the course interest you most.

In 2016 there were approximately 100 applicants for 35 places, giving just over 3 applicants per place.

Split Medical School is not currently ranked by the QS World University Rankings.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    “[Split Medical School] has an extremely small class size (60 students per year). With that being said our professors have built a strong relationship with their students and do not hesitate to help them when needed. Many of our professors have worked in many English speaking countries i.e US, UK, Canada and Australia for many years. So English for them is not an issue. Our school is taught in block system, allowing our students to focus on one subject instead of multiple subjects. Finally, our school is also located near Diocletian's Palace which is a UNESCO protected site and also a filming location for the HBO's hit series: Game of Thrones.

  2. 2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

    The negative things about this school is the disorganization. From time to time there have been multiple confusions about schedules that can be of some hindrance. Also, we are a young program. Next year will be our first graduating class for the English program so many of us are not sure what will happen once they graduate. Being that Croatia is part of the EU many of our graduates will return to their respective countries with little to no problem.

  3. 3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

    Medicine is a long and arduous journey. With that in mind, one must have the passion and perseverance. There will be many times that you may fall, but if being a doctor is what you truly want to be, then that should be enough to help you get through

  4. 4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

    Grades and CV. Please note on our website that standardized test such as the SATs, ACTs, and MCATs are mentioned. These factors are only HELPFUL for a student, but by absolutely NO MEANS MANDATORY to apply to our school.
    - Mike Lem, Y3 Student