Sitting The UMAT Overseas

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So, you’re toying with the idea of applying for medicine and you need to sit the UMAT. But you also want to enjoy your year off and see the world. Don’t worry, I totally get it — just three short years ago I was in the same boat.


Once upon a time your UMAT score used to valid for two years (urgh that would’ve been nice), but now it seems that prospective travelling-meddies have three choices:

  1. Sit the UMAT in high school, apply straight away and forget your deep-seated need to travel
  2. Get in and defer (if that’s even possible at your chosen uni)
  3. Or everyone’s favourite… sit the UMAT in your gap year

I think you know which one I’m rooting for.


The UMAT is an interesting exam and really seems to rile people up. I’m not here to debate the merits of it because the reality is that it exists and if you want to study medicine, you’re probably going to have to suck it up and do it. Back in 2014 I sucked it up and did my UMAT exam in London; it was costly, irritating to get to, and I didn’t have many resources to study, but in the end it worked out. It really isn’t the end of the world.


Where can I sit the UMAT overseas? 

There are overseas test centres in  New Zealand (Dunedin and Auckland), United Kingdom (London), Singapore, and the United States (Washington D.C.). Yep, that is it and there is no option for alternative test centres so plan your travels around one of these locations.


Does it cost extra? 

There is a $185AUD overseas levy that you have to pay in addition to the UMAT Registration fee.


What are the pros
  • You still get to have your gap year and travel the world
  • $185 is not too much to pay to ensure you can stay travelling rather than head home early


What are the cons
  • No access to the training programs
  • It does cost extra
  • There are only limited testing centres


At the end of the day, you just have to do what you feel is right. It is a stressful time but no matter where you sit the UMAT, your result is likely to be the same. Irrespective of how many training programs you’ve blown money on or flights you’ve had to catch, if you do your best on the day then it won’t matter where you sit it. Just remember to chill and enjoy your year off as best you can — life is more than tests, university and medicine.


All the legitimate information and details from UMAT and ACER can be found on their website.

Lucy sat the UMAT in 2014 in London and ranked in the 98th percentile. She now studies medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. She does not endorse using any of the training programs. 

Lucy Owens Travel Textbook


My name’s Lucy and I’m the jetsetting student doctor and travel writer behind the blog. If you’re a fan of scratching beneath the surface of travel, visiting interesting destinations, and exploring ethically, then you’re in the right place. Focusing on purposeful budget and solo travel, Travel Textbook hopes to inspire more young people to seek meaningful adventure.



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2 thoughts on “Sitting The UMAT Overseas”

  1. Hey Lucy. I am wondering where exactly in London do you sit the UMAT.? And can you recall the start time? We are supposed to book flights tomorrow back from a wedding in Europe but look like arriving home the morning of the exam ( not that date has been released but it seems to normally be the last Wednesday of July) but I just found your story of being able to sit it in London which might be easier on my daughter who has never been overseas before. Any information or advice greatly appreciated ?

    1. Yeah, Hi, I’m with Dani. Also booking accommodation and don’t want to book it on the wrong side of the city and be stressing early in the morning. Where was it last year?

      Thanks 🙂

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