The Journey to the UK is not for the fainthearted but it is a doable one. Before you start this journey you really need to be sure you want this. This is not a journey you embark-on in trial and error because it involves investing time, knowledge and money. So Commitment is an essential requirement to start it. If you are a spiritual person like me, i encourage you to pray about it first to make sure this is part of your life’s purpose and plan. Many doctors have been asking about the estimated cost of the entire journey so i decided to break it down in this post. If you think about acquiring this money as a lump-some first then you will not start. Start by committing your next month’s salary to doing the English exam and the rest will fall in line.
Estimated costs include;
IELTS : Approx 1,000,000 ( This keeps changing depending on the pound rate)
Resources required for this are usually free on You tube: My recommendations are IELTS by LIZ and E2 LANGUAGE by Jay. Make sure you go through the free British council resources as well, they are worth it.
PLAB 1: 230 POUNDS ( APPROX 1,250,000)
Resources: Online subscription of PLABABLE costs around 20 pounds.( 100,000 UGX)
PLAB 1 related travel costs.
Approx 4,000,000 UGX: Plab 1 is not held in Uganda, I did mine in Dubai and it cost me this much but it can cost half this amount if you plan to just go do your exam and come back. I stayed in Dubai for 4 nights to tour the area. I used a travel agent who i gave the lump-some of 4 million for everything( visa,ticket and accommodation) I later found out i could have gotten it cheaper if i had chosen to book everything myself.
PLAB 2 EXAM: 860 POUNDS ( Approx; 4,300,000)
PLAB 2 ACADEMY: 600 pounds
PLAB 2 VISA: 425 Pounds ( priority)
Now acquiring this visa is a sensitive part of this journey. I will dedicate an entire post to this.
RETURN TICKET TO UK: Approx 4,000,000 ( You can get this cheaper if you book your ticket early enough)
EPIC VERIFICATION: 225 DOLLARS ( This involves sending your degree for verification to an independent body designated by GMC. It takes a while so its best to be done immediately after PLAB 1)
LIVING EXPENSES IN THE UK. ( 500- 1000 POUNDS)
This is honestly variable depending on where and how long you stay in the UK. If you choose to stay with relatives this cost can be cut down to half of this.
This costs 153 Pounds if you graduated in the last 5 years; If more than 5 years approx 300 pounds.
CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING: 100,000
TIER 2 VISA COSTS:
TB CERTIFICATE: 100 USD
POLICE CERTIFICATE: 80,000
VISA: 400 POUNDS
IHS: 400 POUNDS
ONE WAY TICKET: 2,000,000
In conclusion the journey is doable; all you need to is to start. Remember; Everyone’s journey is different. Feel free to post any PLAB related questions or comments in the comment box below.