OzTREKK Guide to Bachelor Medical Degrees

Every year, we help hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. Because we understand their admissions requirements and application procedures, we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate streams and outline what you need to know about practicing medicine following graduation.

Practicing in Canada

Each year, OzTREKK hosts its annual Canadian Medical Licensing seminars and webinars, which are exclusive to students who submit their Australian medical school application via OzTREKK. They provide the latest information regarding the accreditation and medical licensing process in Canada, as well as outline options for internships in Australia and other destinations.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars
We know that pursuing an international medical education means you have questions about what happens after graduation. During the OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinars and seminars, we discuss the following:

  • What is CaRMS?
  • Licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia
  • How to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor
  • Latest statistics about the Canadian residency match, the US residency match, and the Australian internship placements and residency match
  • Licensing examinations in Canada and the US, what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process
  • Latest news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US and Australia
  • and more!

Related FAQsHave a question?

Can I apply if I’m only 17?

Yes, but you’ll require parental or guardian consent (signature). OzTREKK will provide the necessary documentation for this signature.

If you won’t be 18 when your program starts, you’ll be required to show that you’ll be living with an approved guardian until you turn 18. If you don’t have an approved guardian in Australia, you may need a family member to apply for a guardian visa to accompany you. This guardian visa should be obtained as part of the student visa application


When are medical school interviews held?

Interview dates vary by university. Australian medical school interviews are usually held from March to October each year; however, this changes from year to year. Usually, the majority are held in spring and summer.

To ensure you stay up to date regarding all things admissions related, we recommend submitting an OzTREKK application with the medical programs you would like to know more about. After we receive your application, we’ll create a file for you and keep you in the loop as soon as they receive any admissions updates from the universities.

Are Australian medical school admissions similar to New Zealand’s?

As we are not partnered with a medical school in New Zealand, we are ill-equipped to comment or provide guidance on medical program admission requirements to any of New Zealand’s universities.

However, if you’re interested in studying medicine in Australia, we can help! Visit our Medicine Programs page for a list of our partner universities. You can compare the admission requirements, eligibility, competitiveness stats, and other details.

Are there any scholarships for international students?

Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.

Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.

Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.

What do Australian medical schools base their assessment on?

Graduate-entry medical degrees
The graduate-entry medical degrees that OzTREKK represents base assessment on GPA, MCAT results, and performance in an interview. Supplementary documents such as a personal statement, reference letters, proof of extracurriculars etc., are not considered in the assessment process.

Undergraduate-entry medical degrees
The undergraduate-entry medical degrees that OzTREKK represents base assessment on GPA, performance in an interview, and ISAT (for Monash and UWA).

What does “rolling admissions” mean?

Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!

Can I apply to medical school straight from high school?

If coming straight from high school without any further studies, you are eligible to apply to all six undergraduate-entry medicine programs. Some universities require that applicants have completed Grade 12 (or equivalent) no more than two years previously.

What is a “school leaver”?

“School leaver” is a term used by Australians (and those in the UK) that refers to someone who has graduated high school.

Australia offers professional undergraduate programs—like medicine or veterinary science—that may require an applicant to apply straight from high school without having any post-secondary education. In their admissions requirements, you may see “open to school leavers only,” so anyone who has post-secondary studies (completed or not), aren’t eligible to apply.

If you’re not sure if you qualify for a program, reach out! Contact us at

What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?

Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.

Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.

You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.

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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to

P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!

As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!

Do I need to sit an admissions test for a bachelor medical degree?

Dependent upon university. Undergraduate medical degrees in Australia do not require the MCAT. The undergraduate-entry medical programs at Monash and UWA do require the International Student Admission Test (ISAT).