A large number of Irish students study medicine in Europe, but this route to becoming a qualified doctor is not easy and requires total commitment over the entire five to six years of study.
Programmes in medical universities in Hungary and Poland, which are taught through English and aimed at the international market, cost €10,000-€12,000 per year, exclusive of accommodation and maintenance costs. I have met professors and undergraduate Irish medical students of Semmelweis University in Budapest on a number of occasions. These programmes are suitable for very motivated, intelligent students who are prepared to put their personal and social lives on hold for the first two years of their studies. After that, in the words of Irish students I met, the pressure eases somewhat.