What does the application process look like?
There application process consists of 3 stages:
Phase 1: Application / Questionnaire
During the first phase the candidates fill out a biographical questionnaire and prove that they fulfil the formal eligibility criteria for being admitted to the EDU Bachelor in Medicine.
Phase 2: Online test
This online test is state-of-the-art and allows us to rank all applicants according to objective criteria in a manner that is without bias. This ranking is necessary because organizational restrictions at EDU and at our teaching hospitals mean that we can offer a place of study only to the best qualified candidates.
Phase 3: Interview
If selected, candidates will move into the third and final phase of the admission process: The structured interview. These interviews are conducted by specially trained interviewers who assess the motivation and soft skills of our candidates. This is the time where applicants and admissions have a more face-to-face opportunity to become more familiar with each other. Based on the interview, candidate results from the online test, and documentation, the best applicants will be invited to continue.
How do I apply or update my application?
You can apply online here. In case there is something missing in your application once you have submitted it, the admissions team will make your application editable again to add revised or missing documents.
What does the online application form entail?
The online application consists of filling in an online form containing basic contact information, as well as your levels of proficiency in the English and German languages. You will be prompted to fill your academic and work history, as well as any relevant awards or certifications, into a data form. We recommend having your CV handy. On the next step, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
- Leaving Certificate of Secondary Education
- Motivation Letter
- Scans of a valid passport or government-issued ID
- Police Clearance Certificate / Certificate of Good Conduct
- English Language Certificate (This is not mandatory for applicants who are native in English or have conducted their formal studies in this language)
- German Language Certificate (This is not mandatory for applicants who are native in German or have conducted their formal studies in this language)
Note that all documents should be submitted in the English language. If the documents were not originally in English (Leaving Certificate, Passport/ID, Police Clearance, Language Certificates) these documents must be translated then appropriately notarised. Please keep in mind that if you are invited to the final stage of the application process, you will be asked to send your application also by post, including physical certified copies of the mandatory documents.
Last, we ask you to indicate your preferred location for your clinical placements by selecting your top 3 choices from the list of hospitals that EDU is partnered with.
Once you are satisfied with your application, you can submit it so that the EDU admissions team can review it. At this point, we will ask you to pay an application processing fee of 180 EUR. This will mark the start of the EDU admissions team formally reviewing your application.
What shall I write in the Motivation letter?
A motivation letter is a very important part of your application as it is the most direct way for you to tell us a bit about who you are. It shows us your intellectual personality and why you are a great fit for our university. At EDU we not only want outstanding students, we want students who are eager to study medicine with us and a great fit to our energetic student body. Your motivation letter must be in English, no more than one page single spaced, standard margins, with a standard font (Times New Roman, Calibri, etc.), please include in the header your full name and the program to which you are applying, as well as your signature and date at the bottom.
Ideally a motivation letter should contain the following:
- Why you want to pursue this specific degree, how does it help you achieve your future goals;
- How does your previous education, work history, life experience, hobbies and personality
make you an especially ideal candidate ready to face the challenges of studying medicine;
- Why EDU;
This is your moment to shine and show us why you are the best fit for our school – we look forward to hearing more about you!
What types of language certificates are accepted?
If English is not your mother tongue, you will need to show us a language proficiency by either showing you have studied or worked within these languages, or by virtue of a language certificate.
For English language, we accept:
- IELTS: 5-6.5
- TOEFL: 87 to 109
- TOEIC: 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading)
- City and Guilds: Communicator
- Cambridge Exam: CAE (45 to 59) / FCE grade B or C / PET Pass with Distinction
- British general qualifications: GCE A-Level (known as A2)
For German language, we accept:
- Goethe Institut: Goethe-Zertifikat B2, ZDfB
- TestDaf: TDN 3 to TDN 4
- BAMF: B2 to C1
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH): DSH 1-2
Do I have to send you my application documents or just upload digital copies?
During the application process, you only need to submit digital copies of the documents required. However, if you are admitted, we will ask you to give us the physical copies during the matriculation process for archiving.
We currently accept scans of original documents in English. If your documents have been issued in a different language, please submit a digital copy of a notarised translation into English.
Keep in mind that during the admissions process, you commit that all documents submitted are true, complete and have not been modified in any way. Any misdemeanour in this regard will lead to instant expulsion.
When will the EDU Masters in Medicine be available?
The EDU Masters in Medicine will be available when our first cohort of students finishes the
Bachelor in Medicine programme.
Do I need to travel to Malta to do any parts of my studies there?
You do not need to move to Malta to study at EDU. Rather, you can now study medicine wherever you want – be it in the lively city you choose to live in for its vibrant cultural scene and nightlife, or the town close to home where your family lives and your roots lie. You can also manage your own study times, using our digital learning infrastructure whenever you need it: 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Only the clinical phases require your presence at a predefined place and time. You can choose your preferred location and we will do our best to accommodate your wish. Keep in mind that this means being on location for a total of 3 months per year!
What is the online test?
The online test is focuses mostly on cognitive skills. Hence, there is no special preparation required, but you may wish to brush up on basic math calculations The test will be conducted in the English language and will take up to 45 minutes.
To take this test, you will need a computer or laptop with a strong internet connection, as well as a functioning webcam, microphone and speakers.
What does the interview entail?
The interview is conducted by specially trained interviewers who assess the motivation and soft skills of our candidates. It’s conducted in English and the questions focus on allowing us to get to know you and learn more about your values and personality. In the interview you will get a chance to personally present yourself and describe your
motivation for studying at the medical school to the faculty members. Hence, there is no special preparation required.
To participate in the interview, you will need a computer or laptop with a strong internet connection, as well as a functioning webcam, microphone and speakers. Please, make sure you test your speakers and microphone prior to the interview.
When does the interview take place?
You will be offered to choose from 3 different time slots for an interview with a certain deadline to decide.
If you’ve missed the interview for a legitimate reason, please get in touch with us to receive a new appointment slot. You can get max one new slot for the interview.
What will follow after I have successfully passed through the interview?
For all applicants who successfully passed through the three phases and upon EDU’s receipt of the application fee, the admissions committee will begin reviewing applications. All applicants will be ranked on their overall application with the best candidates offered a place to study with us at EDU. Offers of acceptance can take up to ten weeks from when the last phase of the application process was completed and the application fee received. All applicant information will be delivered by October 15th 2018.
How can I get support with the application process?
What are the application deadlines?
Please submit your complete application and pay the application processing fee before August 31st. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible, so that we can get back to you if anything is missing. Applications that are not complete by August 31st will no longer be eligible for this admission round.
Please note that we do not review applications prior to receiving the 180 EUR processing fee which must be wired 2 working days before the end of the application period.
How can I follow the status of my application?
From the moment you have submitted your complete application to receiving the news that you have been accepted, it can take up to 10 weeks. In the meantime we are happy to respond to any questions you may have.
The admissions portal allows applicants to login and see the state of their application. Whenever there is a change, they will receive an email notification that will also be reflected in their portal.
Does the tuition fee cover the accommodation at the place of the selected teaching hospital?
Is the program suitable for part-time students?
The curriculum is envisioned for full time students, but allows maximum flexibility. The study program is structured in modules, each consisting of 8 weeks of online learning, a flex week, 4 weeks practice in a clinic, and another flex week.
During the online phase, you have a lot of flexibility to structure your schedule each day, so this can be combined with part-time work. However, for your clinical rotation, you will be in a teaching hospital for 35 – 40 hours a week.
What skills do you focus on within the EDU medical programmes?
What makes a good medical professional? At EDU, exceling means a stronger focus on communication skills, emphasized critical thinking, encouraging creativity, fostering interdisciplinary problem-solving and emphatic leadership. These skills that enable lifelong learning and professional development are becoming increasingly relevant for success.
Our programmes maintain a strongly interdisciplinary approach to higher education, because often real-world problems appear without clear disciplinary borders. Students should expect to immerse themselves in multi-perspective, world-class expertise on a variety of subject matter derived from carefully curated content and excellent professors. An EDU degree will prepare graduates to excel; not just in a profession, but for what they feel is their calling.
Why do you adopt a collaborative learning approach?
Research shows that the same network effects that make social media so powerful can facilitate effective learning. This result is incredibly valuable when applied to education and the much-needed developments in medical education. For many students, a blended study environment that combines individual study and working with other learners is ideal. Experience demonstrates that teams are especially helpful when engaging with increasingly complex assignments.
The social learning done in our online teams is an award-winning distinguishing feature of our digital learning format. Our use of digital technologies to deliver high-end educational formats allows for flexibility in both time and learning style. This way of working also allows us to give students individual feedback that is in addition to grades. Students can reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their results in regular tutoring sessions with instructors.
Why does EDU focus on promoting evidence-based medicine practices?
Medical students who are trained at EDU are dedicated to deliver the highest possible quality of medical treatment to their patients. Therefore, we think that it is compulsory to teach the principles of evidence-based medicine from the beginning of their undergraduate studies. To apply evidence based medicine successfully, students need a profound basic knowledge about statistical variables in addition to traditional medical training and foundational knowledge.
It is paramount that students learn how to deal with data sources according to the criteria of evidence-based medicine and leverage these insights to facilitate the best possible treatment for each individual patient. This approach propels medical education based on scientific findings and accelerates the understanding of current research results.
What standards for Biomedical Fundamentals is the EDU medical curriculum based on?
The EDU Bachelor of Medicine adheres to universally recognised standards and is grounded in a solid foundation of medical research. Going beyond the format of traditional medical instruction, it is inspired by the most reputable modern medical schools and global standards in basic medical education. The point of departure for development of the curriculum is the WFME Global Standards as published by the Institute for International Medical Education (IIME) Core Committee.
The IIME Core Committee developed these “global minimum essential requirements” (GMER) and specified a concrete set of global minimum learning outcomes for each of them. The 60
overarching learning objectives form the comprehensive framework of knowledge that a future doctor should have mastered. Our curriculum is constructed around these standards.
What does the academic year look like?
The first eight weeks of a module represent the online learning phase during which students learn the theoretical bases of the module in question.
This is followed by one “flexible week” (the flex week) during which students onlyhave to sit one examination, giving students the opportunity to travel to the site of the subsequent clinical rotation.
The third part of each module, the clinical rotation in a teaching hospital, consists of four weeks of practical training.
Another flex week at the end of each module allows for the repetition of examinations and travel back to the place of residence of the student.
- Every module thus lasts 14 weeks.
Each academic year thus consists of 3 learning modules, as well as a summer and winter vacation for the holidays.
Summer break should be around eight weeks, winter break around two, depending on the calendar year. For internal organizational reasons at EDU, the vacation periods are set and will be within the range of the calendar weeks 26 to 37. The calendar week 52, i.e. the last week of the year, is intended as a holiday break for all students. This also applies to the first calendar week of each new year.
What is the tuition fee for one academic year?
The standard tuition fee we charge is around 19.500 EUR per academic year and includes access to the digital campus and the clinical rotations. Our Tuition and Fees regulation provides a full picture of which other non-recurring fees exist – such as the application and the matriculation fee.
What other fees will I need to pay besides the tuition fee?
Additional to the tuition fee, you need to pay an application fee of 180,00 EUR for processing your application at least 2 days before the application deadline.
Also, when you are accepted to the program we ask for a matriculation fee of 6.000,00 €. This will be deducted from your tuition fee.
Who is being EDU?
EDU is a brand of Digital Education Holdings Ltd. (DEH), a private institution of higher education with a vision to substantially increase the quality and accessibility of education.
In line with the United Nation’s Fourth Sustainable Development Goal, EDU focuses on social impact for higher education by boosting societal participation, lowering barriers to formal education and addressing the capacity constraints to higher education in developing countries.
We are a young company with a team of passionate founders and leadership with broad experience across the fields of education, technology and international relations. With a rich partner ecosystem, we are building degree programmes that rely on European traditions, instilling in our graduates a strong sense of responsibility.
Where is EDU based?
As a real global citizen, EDU has an internal presence with a home base in Kalkara Malta. Building upon a rich traditional, EDU resides in the historic Chaplain’s House, located inside the picturesque compounds of Villa Bighi. The site was conceived in the first half of the nineteenth century by Sir George Whitmore as a Royal Naval Hospital.
EDU’s base is in Malta as it has a multicultural mindset, a growing educational hub, and a regulatory innovator firmly embedded in European frameworks. This does not mean you need to move to Malta to study medicine. At EDU you can live where you want, manage your own study times, and have a personalised learning experience, including where you do your clinical rotation. Only during your clinical rotations is your physical presence required at a predefined place and time.