I chose UCC because it is a very good integrated course where you get clinical experience at a very early stage. The consultant teaching is excellent, as is the early clinical skills teaching.
Cork city is a vibrant city with a nice homely feel. The good thing about UCC is that everything is nearby – most hospitals are within walking distance. Another key feature is that all students have to do a research project. My project was based at the World Health Organization in Geneva and I have already published one paper on my work. Having good research skills and publications and presentations already on track is a great start to a medical career.
It was very easy to settle in when I came to Cork as there was already a community of Malaysian and other non-EU students waiting to help me to settle in. There is an excellent mentoring system in UCC and the mentors have your best interests at heart.