- Subject: Dentistry
- Level: Undergraduate
- Type of Degree: Grado en Odontologia
- Cost: €14,990
In 2016 we were delighted to assist GDC Education in launching the Dentistry Degree at Universidad Catolica de Valencia (all five years taught in English). Over half of the 30 students in the first year were from the UK and Ireland but the class itself is completely international with students from all around the world. For 2017, admissions are now almost complete and we urge interested candidates to contact us as soon as possible.
To be considered for entry to UCV you will need to have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of ABB at A' Level to include Biology and Chemistry. An IB score of 32 would be required. Students with Scottish Highers (Advanced Highers in Biology and Chemistry at B or better) and Irish Leaving Certificate (above 420 with good biology and chemistry) to equivalent levels would also be considered. Other European school leaving certificates can also be considered without too much difficulty. Students who have been educated outside the European Union may not have appropriate qualifications but we are happy to consider any candidate.
There is no graduate entry route available at UCV and there is no way to transfer into a later year at present unless you speak fluent Spanish and are prepared to study in Spanish.
Admissions to UCV's dentistry programme in English are being handled exclusively by its global recruitment partner, GDC Education, in Valencia. Students who meet the entry requirements outlined above will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, assuming they meet the deadlines included in their offer letter. There is no deadline for applications; all students will be considered until the course is full. Any direct approach to UCV will be forwarded to GDC Education.
If you wish to apply, please contact us for an application form. If your qualifications meet the requirements outlined above we will be happy to support your application.
There is no entrance exam nor is there a formal interview process. However, all candidates will be informally interviewed in order to remove any potential misunderstandings.
While every effort will be made to assist students throughout the five years of their degree, it is important that applicants understand that this is a demanding degree and will require the acquisition of the Spanish language. It is also extremely desirable that candidates are mature enough to understand that life in a new country will bring greater demands on their ability to live and study independently. The support that is available through GDC Education's care package cannot replace all the demands that will be placed on you.
Visit the University
We can arrange for you to visit the university at any mutually convenient time. Please contact us to set up a visit. We encourage all students to visit as it is by far the best way to get an understanding of the city and the university. Formal open days usually take place in the February half-term but visits are possible at any time of year.
Financial Terms and Conditions
For 2017 it has become necessary to introduce an application fee of £250.00 plus VAT payable to A Star Future Ltd. This must be paid before we can instruct the university that you are a serious candidate. This is the only time you will be required to pay A Star Future Ltd. All future payments will be to GDC Education and the university itself. We will refund this fee in full to all students who have been offered a place and have proceeded to secure the offer towards the end of the first semester of their studies (ie. within the month of January 2018) assuming they are in good financial and academic standing with the university. This fee will not be refundable in any other circumstances. We wanted to avoid the introduction of such an administration fee but it is the only way we can discourage purely speculative applications which are hugely wasteful of our time, that of the university. Every effort will be taken to dissuade unsuitable candidates before we charge the application fee but the final decision on acceptance will always rest with GDC Education.
- Tuition fees in 2016 were €14,990. A deposit of €1,000 must be paid to GDC Education to secure a place within 10 days of receiving an offer letter from the University. There is no expectation that fees will rise significantly in 2017 but a small increase is possible. The balance of the fees can be paid in September 2017 at the start of the course or in 10 monthly installments from September to July.
- There is an obligatory care package provided by GDC Education in Valencia. The range of services includes arranging accommodation, recognition of international qualifications with the Spanish Ministry of Education as well as support throughout the first year at university. This care package costs £3,000 plus VAT and is a compulsory part of the admission process. Payment in full is required before an offer from the university will be considered accepted and this must happen within 10 days of receiving an offer.
It is extremely unlikely that international students will be able to access loans, grants or scholarships to study dentistry in Spain. Please consider the financial implications of studying at UCV before submitting an application. You will almost certainly have to meet the entire cost of your degree from your own resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the degree from UCV recognised by the General Dental Council in the United Kingdom? Yes. The official title of the degree is Grado en Odontologia and your title upon graduation will be Graduado/a en Odontologia. This is equivalent to Bachelor of Dental Surgery from a British dental school. This is true of every Spanish dental school.
2. Will Brexit change recognition of the UCV degree? This is a potential threat for every European dental qualification. All we can say is that the quality of your education will in no way be threatened or worsened by the political situation in the UK and that you will definitely have the right to work in 27 countries when you graduate. The worst case scenario is that you will have to take the ORE on return to the UK and if you qualify abroad, this will be the same wherever you get your degree. We don't wish to engage in speculation about this issue on our website but occasionally we comment on this issue on our blog.
3. Will fees increase if/when the UK leaves the European Union? No. The fees are the same wherever you come from. It is possible that students' right to work might be affected but none of our current students have time for a part-time job. It is also possible that visas might become necessary for residency purposes but no one is even suggesting this at this time.
4. Will I be taught in Spanish on this degree? No. All academic courses are in English, and all exams are in English, except Spanish (needed for clinics). However, you will be living in a Spanish environment for five years and it would be extremely foolish to assume that you can survive in English for all this time. Even without the requirement to deal with patients in clinics, you should be making the effort to learn the language from day one. You will need to reach a certain level of Spanish by the end of Year 3 in order to access the clinical phase of the degree. Spanish is important for your studies but it is vital for your quality of life as well. If you don't want to learn the language, we would prefer it if you applied somewhere else.
5. Can I speak to students already on the course? It is not possible for us to put you in direct contact with students on the course, simply because the volume of enquiries is huge and we do not want to distract our students. We will aim to publish some interviews with current students on our website within the next few weeks and you can certainly meet students on visits or open days to the university, assuming the university is in session when you visit.
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