Yesterday I received a good question on my ask.fm.
Many people had asked me the same thing before and today I decided posting my answer on this blog.
I've tried my very very very best to study abroad even until today.
I called the agent for Irish Universities last year by myself and asked them the procedures to apply.
Unfortunately, they couldn't proceed bcs IELTS result (which I haven't yet taken) is compulsory for application, not like UK universities.
The closing date was on 31st December and I didn't have the chance applying them.
Then I took IELTS in the early of 2014 just bcs I wanted to apply for RCSI (Royal College of Surgeon Ireland) as the application and closing date were a bit diff.
Again, luck wasn't on my side.
The IELTS result had been postponed and I didn't manage to send my application form.
But I didn't stop here.
I went to the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium in KL and met the one who handles application.
Although it was in vain, but I was satisfied.
The final date (which I never knew) for the university clearing has passed. I was late.
Besides Ireland, I also searched for Australian universities that offer medic and I looked at their websites one by one to know the intake dates and requirements.
Most of them start on Feb and that means I have to wait for another 5 months (10 months holiday is more than enough already haha) which I never consider as more time will be wasted, waiting for something that is uncertain.
And most of them are opened for degree holders only.
I also thought of applying Manipal University but I didn't continue my intention bcs the application fee itself was quite expensive and most prolly I wont go there as there's no scholarship.
That's why for India I only applied to USM-KLE.
I had received the unconditional offer (Alhamdulillah!) but unfortunately they didn't include my name for MARA.
This is the first time they got application from A-Level leavers.
There're only few places for MARA and I guess they preferred those from matrik (is the spelling correct?) and foundation programmes.
But a friend of mine helped me sending an appeal letter to MARA and I'm still waiting for a reply *finger crossed*.
There's no other scholarship/company sponsors for Medicine degree programme.
I went to MARA and JPA main buildings to ask them whether they can sponsor or not if I get any overseas offer and they strictly said no.
For JPA, I must follow the list given and for MARA, they only can give loan for local universities.
I also asked TAPEM (like yayasan negeri) but nowadays they don't sponsor anymore.
I even thought maybe I should accept other course (I got offer for Medical Sc in Edinburgh and Biomedic in Newcastle) but then I said to myself this is not what I want.
I wanna take Medicine from the start and I shouldn't change my mind just because I wanna study in overseas.
That's why I decide staying here and apply to local medical universities.
InshaaAllah if I didn't get MARA for USM-KLE and everything has been settled down, I will enter IMU (International Medical University) end of this August.
Yes I already did every single thing I could do to study abroad.
Now, I've come to a point realising that future is really not ours to see and world is not a wish granting factory (Que Sera Sera and TFIOS haha).
I accept it willingly and with an open heart.
Have faith in Him.
Maybe this is the best for me.
I hope I already answered your question. Thank you for asking :)
Assalamualaikum and have a nice day everyone.