Information for Overseas Applicants


Welcome to this section which is aimed at providing information for overseas applicants who wish to apply for foundation or specialty training in England.


Getting started

If you are looking for junior doctor training posts in England, you need to check which level of training is the more suitable for you, based on your experience to date.  Please go to the following websites for information on the different levels of training available, when and how to apply:


Foundation training (2 year training programme for trainees with a medical degree)


Specialty training (core and higher level training for trainees who have achieved Foundation competences)


Information you will need before taking up a training post

GMC registration

The NHS Health Careers website has information on what trainees will require before taking up a training post: including how to obtain full GMC registration.

The GMC has more detailed information on how to gain full registration here:


English Language proficiency test (IELTs)

Information on the International English Language Testing System can be found here: IELTs



Information on the GMC’s requirements for Professional Linguistic and Assessment Board examination can be found here: PLAB.


NHS Employers

NHS Employers has also produced some helpful guidance for applicants from outside the EEA:

Last updated: 20th November 2015