Study MBBS in Abroad

MBBS in Abroad- What all to keep in mind?

In India, many students aspire to pursue MBBS. However, for many students, this dream remains unfulfilled. The main reason is the less number of Government Medical College seats and high competition for those seats. Coming to the private colleges, the fees is too much to bear for middle class families. Leave that fees part aside, the quality of the course and the amenities provided for MBBS students in India is also limited. So, why not pursue MBBS abroad? Here, I will share with you some important tips and aspects associated with studying MBBS abroad in countries like China, UK, Russia, Australia, USA, and Philippines etc.

MBBS in Abroad- Decision Points

What all things one should keep in mind before to decides to study in abroad?

Cost

The first and foremost decision point before deciding if or where to study MBBS in abroad is cost or expensive. Nepal andBangladesh are more expensive than doing MBBS in the Philippines. However, the quality of education is more or less the same. If you want to study at low cost and want good quality education, then the best country for studying MBBS is the Philippines. The Philippines has seen a rise in prominence and has seen more and more students going there to study. The reason is simple- it is inexpensive and offers a high quality of education making it one of the premier destination for studying MBBS. Other options where the total cost is low includes Russia and Ukraine, both of which are European nations. Indian students have traditionally chosen these two countries but their preferences for studying MBBS from abroad are now changing. China is another good alternative for Indian students. The quality of education is good and a large number of Indian students choose to study in China though it is on the expensive side.

MCI Recognition/Affiliation

A very important factor to consider while deciding the country is whether the college you choose is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or not. The reason is that you can appear for MCI screening test only if the MBBS degree you get is from a college recognized by the MCI.

Quality of Education

This point has already been slightly touched upon in the first point under cost. One of the major doubts that Indian aspirants have in their mind is whether the colleges actually provide good quality of education. The answer is YES! The colleges that we would tell you to take admission in will be recognized by MCI and World Health Organization (WHO). Not only this, they also have received affiliation for the many local and international bodies such as FAIMER.
The quality of education is better than private colleges in India and you can study in these colleges at a much cheaper cost, less than what you pay to Indian private colleges. Countries such as the Philippines offers high-quality education to the students. The student gets global exposure and gets the opportunity to practice in some of the most developed countries in the world such as the US and the UK. The quality of education is very high in the Philippines and China.
In most countries, the last 1 year is the clinical rotation or internship. Students work with live patients in the hospitals affiliated with the university. You will get ample practical exposure while studying from abroad. There is a big misconception that practical’s are not given enough importance in foreign countries.
In job interviews, you can discuss how your overseas experience made you more independent, responsible, organized, and innovative. Being immerge in an entirely new cultural setting is quite offended at first, but it is also exciting. It is an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, to conquer new challenges to solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will let you learn to adapt it and respond in effective way.

Hostel & Food

A big factor to consider before deciding where to do your MBBS from is the availability of neat, clean and comfortable accommodation along with the availability of Indian food- both vegetarian & non-vegetarian. Let us take one factor at a time; students do not generally face the problem of finding accommodation as most colleges/universities have on-campus hostels. Where the hostel facility is not available, the universities generally have tie-ups with the surrounding area’s PGs and flats. The students can choose where he/she wishes to stay depending on the facilities he/she wants. Students usually stay in 2,3 or 4 sharing rooms so as to cut the costs. There is rarely any problem where the student is unable to find a proper accommodation. The charges of accommodation on an average is similar to that in India. It costs about ₹8-12 thousand per month on an average.
Indian food is available aplenty in Philippines, China,Ukraine, Russia and Kyrgyzstan The mess serves Indian food in most colleges in these countries. The students can make their own food and can order it from Indian restaurants present locally. There are PGs, which house Indian students only, you can guess that there will be no problem for Indian students to get the food they want.

Time Duration-

While this might not seem like a factor to consider but it directly affects how much your total cost is. Here is a table showing the number of years it takes to complete the medical degree from different countries-

Country

Duration of Course(Years)

MBBS in Philippines

5 or 5.5

MBBS in Russia

6

MBBS in Ukraine

6

MBBS in China

5

MBBS in Bangladesh

5

MBBS in Nepal

5.5

MBBS in Kyrgyzstan

5 or 6

Each extra year means one more year to complete your education and more tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses. One can select AMA School of Medicine, the Philippines where student will get high-quality education and study in a class of Indian students only. Studying in the Philippines is the best option for Indian students as the MCI passing rate is high and the cost is low. One can also consider other options like, PhilippinesChina, Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

Climate-

The weather becomes an important factor as some students find it difficult to settle down in the climate of other countries. Russia and Ukraine have a colder weather with snowfall and temperature falling as low as -20° C. This is not a problem for most students as they enjoy the weather and the hostels and college campus are internally heated, you will not know the difference. The weather is similar to that of India in the Philippines and other Asian countries. They have similar weathers and weather pattern. The student should keep in mind the weather of the country he/she wants to study MBBS from. 

Safety–

Regardless to say, it is a high-priority decision point for the students and their family’s perspective. It is safe for students to study MBBS in countries like the Philippines, China, Russia or Ukraine. Mostly, big consultants like us have offices in the foreign countries. The students can reach out to these offices in case they face any problem. The students can take help from fellow Indian students in most cases. Most colleges have Foreign Student Associations in place to take care of the interests of these students. The campuses and hostels are safe for students. There is no discrimination in these countries. The students are safer studying MBBS in abroad than what they are in India.

Language & Medium of Education

Country

Official Language

Medium of Instruction

Need to learn Local Language

MBBS in Philippines

English

English

No, as English is local language

MBBS in Russia

Russian

English & Russian

Yes

MBBS in Ukraine

Ukrainian

English

Yes

MBBS in China

Mandarin

English

Yes

MBBS in Bangladesh

Bengali

English

No, Hindi is spoken too.

MBBS in Kyrgyzstan

Russian

English

Yes

While there is no need to learn the local language in the Philippines, you will have to learn the local language in countries like Russia and Ukraine. The reason is simple; you will have to interact with the patients in the local language only during your internship or clinical rotations. In addition, it is more of a necessity for being able to live there for 6 years. Some students find it difficult to learn the foreign language and prefer to study in the Philippines or other Asian countries.

Eligibility Criteria-

Regardless to say, for taking admission to study MBBS from outside of India, you need to meet with some eligibility criteria. Every country has its own eligibility criteria and every college within a country might have its own eligibility criteria like in the case of China. The minimum requirement reads as follow for studying MBBS in abroad- ‘The Indian student must have attained the age of 17 years and has passed 10+2 Level from any recognized Council/Board of India or abroad. He/She must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as elective subjects and obtained minimum 50% in aggregate of PCB combined. Also, they must have studied and passed English as a compulsory subject.’ Take a look at the minimum aggregate percentage one requires in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology for studying MBBS in abroad for individual countries.

Country

Class 12 Aggregate Percentage in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Other Special Criteria

MBBS in Philippines

General Category-50%
SC/ST/OBC- 40%

No

MBBS in Russia

General Category-50%
SC/ST/OBC- 40%

no

MBBS in Ukraine

General Category-50%
SC/ST/OBC- 40%

No

MBBS in China

Every College has its own criteria. Please contact GMF.

No

MBBS in Kyrgyzstan

General Category-50%
SC/ST/OBC- 40%

no

Advantages of studying abroad:

The main advantage is the availability of plenty of seats. In case of many Universities abroad, the seats for mbbs course often go untaken. Blame it on the low student ratio and high availability of seats in Universities.
Apart from that, it is the quality of the education that matters a lot! The course taught there is up to date and the most advanced one. The practical training, the apparatus, amenities etc. are top notch and state of the art ones. Further, there is good International exposure, which is an added advantage!
Then comes the job part. In most of the cases of students studying Medicine abroad, they take up jobs in those developed countries itself! Many students see this opportunity as a life changing one. These are some of the most appealing advantages of studying medicine abroad for Indian students.

  • Education standard is EXCELLENT.
  • MCI and WHO approved medical colleges and universities
  • English medium education.
  • No racism or discrimination.
  • International exposure.
  • Low fees – 60% lower than fees in Private Colleges in India.
  • Easily accessible from India with daily flights to and from each country.
  • Availability of Indian food.
  • Education gateway to developed countries like USA & UK.
  • MCI Training available.
  • Better than studying in Indian private MBBS colleges.
  • More than 20,000 Indian students enroll every year for MBBS in Abroad
  • No entrance exam
  • Guaranteed and Direct admission system.
  • Absolutely no donation fees.