Studying in Poland could be just the tonic for our future medics
An Irish woman has offered hope to Leaving Cert students who may not have achieved enough points to follow their dream of studying medicine in Ireland.
Andrea Glennon, from Co Longford, is one of 12 Irish students in her class of 44 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
It is expected that another 30 Irish students will travel to Poland to study a medical discipline through English this year.
Andrea (19) said she "couldn't be happier" after completing her first year of the six-year course.
Another student, Stephen Keller (19), said he moved to Poland at the last minute after starting a course in UCD he knew he wasn't going to fully enjoy.
Stephen, from Drumcondra in Dublin, advised this year's batch of medicine hopefuls to consider options abroad.
Student adviser with Medical Poland Artur Banaszkiewicz said it was not too late for those who did not receive enough points this week to study medicine, veterinary or other medical disciplines through the CAO.
"It is still possible to apply up until August 31.
"Student fees are approximately €10,000 a year for medicine," he said.
"This is just tuition fees, but you need to remember the living costs in Ireland are much higher.