MBBS in Abroad - The best step-by-step guide
Today, we are going to see the top 10 things to keep in mind for deciding the best college for you to study MBBS abroad.
This step-by-step guide will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything and make the best decision for your future.
Let’s start right away.
Table of Contents
- MBBS in Abroad - The best step-by-step guide
- 1) MBBS Abroad Eligibility
- 2) MBBS Abroad Duration
- 3) MBBS Abroad Fees
- 4) Select a MCI & WHO Recognised University
- 5) Quality of Education
- 6) Hostel & Indian Food Facility
- 7) Climate
- 8) Safety
- 9) Language & Medium of Instruction
- 10) Opportunities After MBBS Abroad
- FMGE Passing Percentage 2012-14
- MBBS Abroad with fees less than ₹ 8 lakh
- MBBS in Abroad for Indian Students
- MBBS Admission in Abroad With Less Fees
- MBBS Admission in Abroad At Low Cost
- MBBS With Less Fee in the World
- MBBS in Abroad- Advantages
- Study MBBS Abroad
1) MBBS Abroad Eligibility
For taking admission to study MBBS in abroad, you need to meet some eligibility criteria. Every country has its own eligibility criteria and moreover, every college within a country might have its own eligibility criteria as in the case for MBBS in China.
The minimum eligibility requirement reads as follow for studying MBBS in abroad-
- The student must be 17 years plus as on 31st December of the year in which the admission is being taken.
- The student must have completed class 12th.
- The student must have an aggregate of at least 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and must have English as a compulsory subject if the student is from the General category.
- The student must have an aggregate of at least 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and must have English as a compulsory subject if the student is from SC/ST/OBC.
- You need to clear NEET from 2018 onwards for admission in any country in abroad.
Country Class 12 Aggregate Percentage in Physics, Chemistry and Biology NEET Qualification Other Special Criteria MBBS in Philippines General Category-50%
Qualify NEET Qualify NMAT MBBS in Russia General Category-50%
Qualify NEET Higher Percentage Required for admission in some universities, Contact Global Medical Foundation for enquiry. MBBS in Ukraine General Category-50%
Qualify NEET Higher Percentage Required for admission in some universities, Contact Global Medical Fouandation for enquiry. MBBS in China Every university has its own criteria. Contact Global Medical Fouandation for enquiry. Qualify NEET No MBBS in Bangladesh 8 GPA for Government Colleges. 60% marks in Biology in class 12. Qualify NEET Student must have completed class 12 either this year or in the previous year. Click MBBS in Bangladesh Eligibility for Indian Students for complete details. MBBS in Georgia General Category-50%
Qualify NEET Skype Personal Interview or IELTS score. MBBS in Armenia General Category-50%
Qualify NEET No MBBS in Kazakhstan General Category-50%
Qualify NEET Higher Percentage Required for admission in some universities, Contact Global Medical Foundation for enquiry. MBBS in Kyrgyzstan General Category-50%
Qualify NEET No
Now that you are sure that you are eligible to study MBBS in abroad, let’s move on to the second point in our guide.
2) MBBS Abroad Duration
The duration of the course is a big deciding factor for many students. A lot of the students wish to go for a 5-year course if they have already wasted many years on NEET or something else. However, the duration is of 5.8 years in some of the best countries for MBBS abroad such as Russia and Ukraine, and 6 years for the Philippines.
A female student telling about her experience of studying MBBS in Ukraine:
Here is a table showing the number of years it takes to complete the medical degree from different countries-
3) MBBS Abroad Fees
One of the biggest decision point before deciding where to study MBBS in abroad is cost or fees. The USA, Australia, Canada, UK, New Zeland, EU countries are more expensive than doing MBBS in countries such as the Philippines, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China. If you wish to study in the English speaking countries such as the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zeland or the UK, your budget should be in excess of ₹1 crore. Direct admission is not possible in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zeland or the UK, you need to clear entrance exams.
If you want to study at low cost or at an affordable fee and want good quality education, then the best choice is MBBS in Ukraine. Ukraine has seen a rise in prominence and has seen more and more students going there to study. In 2018, more than 3,200 students joined Ukraine from India. The reason is simple- it is affordable and offers a high quality of education making it one of the premier destination for studying MBBS abroad. Also, almost all the universities in Ukraine are government universities.
Other options where the total cost is affordable include the Philippines, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China and Bangladesh. MBBS in Kyrgyzstan is another good alternative for Indian students. The quality of education is good and a large number of Indian students choose to study MBBS in Kyrgyzstan because education is cheap there and the duration is only 5 years.
4) Select a MCI & WHO Recognised University
Every year, more than 100 students take admission in universities which is not approved by MCI. If you go to a university which is not recognised by MCI then you cannot practice in India.
Check the video to know why you should select a university which is WHO recognised.
Therefore, it is one of the most important factors to consider while deciding the university/college. The reason is that you can appear for FMGE or the MCI screening test only if the MBBS degree you get is from a college recognised by the MCI.
You should contact Global Medical Foundation if you have any doubt whether the college is recognised by MCI or not.
5) Quality of Education
Undoubtfully, the most important thing to consider is the quality of education which you will get in a particular college/university.
This point has already been slightly touched upon in the point under MBBS abroad 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! There are many universities abroad which rank higher than the top-government colleges of India and you can get direct admission in these universities easily.
The colleges that Global Medical Foundation will suggest you for admission will be recognised by the MCI and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Not only this, they also have received affiliation for the many local and international bodies such as FAIMER. Global Medical Foundation‘s representatives have visited many universities in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines. We suggest you universities based on our experience and on the basis of the reviews of the current and passed out students. One of the best university in abroad is Vinnitsa National Medical University.
The quality of education is better than private colleges in India and you can study in these colleges at a much cheaper cost, about 75% less than what you pay to Indian private colleges. Countries such as the Philippines and Ukraine 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.
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 practicals are not given enough importance in foreign countries.
6) Hostel & Indian Food Facility
A big factor to consider before deciding which college/university to study 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 don’t generally face the problem of finding accommodation as most colleges/universities have in-campus hostels. Where the hostel facility is not available, the universities generally have tie-ups with the surrounding area’s private hostels and flats. The students can choose where they want to stay depending on the facilities they want. 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 in Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine and Bangladesh. The mess serves Indian food in most colleges in these countries. The students can make their own food and can order it from any Indian restaurants present locally.
The weather becomes an important factor as some students find it difficult to settle down in the climate of other countries. Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, 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 won’t know the difference. The temperature within the rooms/buildings is maintained around 20-25 degree Celsius.
Climate also becomes important as a similar climate to India means a similar disease pattern to that of India.
Any student who has health issues should keep in mind the weather of the country he/she wants to study MBBS from. For more information or any doubt/query regarding MBBS in abroad, contact Global Medical Foundation.
Regardless to say, it is a high-priority decision point for the students and their family. It is safe for students to study MBBS in countries like the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Ukraine. Global Medical Foundation has their office or contact person at the university in the foreign countries. The students can reach out to these offices/contact person in case they face any problem. Also, Global Medical Foundation‘s representative visits the students every year.
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.
9) Language & Medium of Instruction
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 Need to learn Bengali 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. Also, 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. For more information or any doubt/query regarding MBBS in abroad, contact Global Medical Foundation.
10) Opportunities After MBBS Abroad
MBBS in Abroad is a great career choice as it gives many options to students graduating from these Universities. After MBBS from abroad, a student will have the following options:
Option 1: The most taken option is to come back to in India and appear for FMGE or the MCI Screening Test as it is commonly known as. Prepare for this exam, clear this exam and get the registration number from the MCI for medical practice in India.
Option 2: After completing your degree in abroad, you can explore the opportunities in that country itself and go for PG also, and settle in that country. You can also look for work in other countries.
Option 3: While studying, you can apply for USMLE Step 1 in case you want to settle down or practice in the US. USMLE has 3 steps and those who clear all the 3 steps and get Permanent Registration from the medical council of the USA can practice there. PLAB, which is the licensing exam of the UK is another popular choice of students. Students can also go for PG in Australia, Canada, New Zeland.
FMGE Passing Percentage 2012-14
The number of students passing the licensing exam/screening test after coming back to India is also a very important factor while choosing the country/college where you wish to study MBBS in abroad. On the right, you can see the percentage of students who cleared the MCI Screening Test/Foreign Graduate Medical Examination (FMGE) from different countries between 2012-14. The best performing countries are mentioned and only those countries are mentioned where at least 400 students appeared for FMGE.
Bangladesh (30.83%) had the highest percentage of students passing FMGE (minimum 400 students) followed by the Philippines (24.6%). China had 19.1% students passing FMGE while Ukraine had 18.9% students. Both Russia and Kyrgyzstan had 18.4% students who passed the FMGE between 2012-14.
MBBS Abroad with fees less than ₹ 8 lakh
The demand for MBBS in abroad is rising each year and more and more students are willing to study MBBS outside of India. With this rise in demand, many students wanted to know if it is possible to study medicine abroad at a fee of less than ₹8 lakh.
The answer is NO! Unfortunately, it is not possible now. You won’t find a college where the tuition fee is less than ₹8 lakh. However, you will find colleges with very low fees.
Yes, it is possible to study MBBS abroad at such a low amount. The college fees will be slightly above at ₹11.20 lakh and the total budget including hostel, Indian food, etc. will be less than ₹18 lakh. (MBBS in Kyrgyzstan).
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MBBS in Abroad for Indian Students
It is the dream of lakhs of students to become a doctor one day. Especially in India, where the number of MBBS aspirants is huge but there are very less number of seats. There is a big scarcity of doctors in our country. Everyone knows that the potential to earn is huge after doing MBBS in Abroad or from India. Therefore more and more candidates appear for various MBBS entrance exams each year, while some of them try 3-4 years but still do not get admission where they want. There is only 1 government doctor per 11,528 people in India. Why do we have such a bad doctor-patient ratio? The problem is the large demand for MBBS seats in India but very low supply.
The number of government seats in India for MBBS is just 25,085 (in 2016). The number of students who appear for medical entrance exams is more than 7 lakh. This means only about 3.5% students get admission for MBBS in government colleges in India. According to a recent article by The Times of India, 99.4% of all candidates fail AIPMT every year. Against this, about 20% students who study MBBS from outside of India and appear for the screening test become a doctor every year. While there are about 38,000 private seats in India, they are marred by poor quality education, missing/ghost or no faculty, and huge donations.
It is not a secret that most private colleges demand more than ₹40 Lakh for just providing admission through management quota. Not everyone can afford such high charges. Added to this is the tuition fee which ranges between ₹8-12 Lakh per year. This means that college fees alone would cost you about ₹40-60 lakh rupees. Add your accommodation, food, books, travelling, other expenses and you will find yourself burning a hole in your pocket with total expense above ₹1 crore in 5 years for MBBS from a private college in India.
There is no guarantee that good hospitals will provide you a job offer. Most times it does not happen. The best way to go about your MBBS studies and to pursue your dream of becoming a doctor is by doing MBBS in abroad.
You might think whether studying MBBS from outside of India is the right choice?
The answer is YES!
If you are really passionate about becoming a doctor and you are willing to work hard for it, then studying MBBS in abroad would be the best decision you ever make in your life.
MBBS Admission in Abroad With Less Fees
Many people have the misconception that studying medical from abroad is very costly. The truth is that your total expense or investment as it should be said for completing your medical degree from abroad is less than the donation alone which is asked by many private colleges in India.
Cost of Completing MBBS from outside of India < Amount of capitation fee paid in India
You can complete your studies in abroad in less than₹18 lakh even and under ₹25 lakh in most colleges. This would include your college tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses, visa charges. You might question the quality of education of these MBBS colleges or universities in abroad. You should know that most of these colleges are the top ranked MBBS universities of their respective countries. The quality of education will be at par to that of AIIMS. This means it is better to study MBBS in abroad than to study MBBS from private colleges in India.
You can choose to study in these top destinations-
|Country||Minimum Package (Including College Fees+Accommodation+Food)|
|MBBS in Philippines||₹28 Lakh|
|MBBS in Russia||₹20 Lakh (6-year English Medium)|
|MBBS in Ukraine||₹25 Lakh|
|MBBS in China||₹30 Lakh|
|MBBS in Bangladesh||₹25 Lakh|
|MBBS in Kyrgyzstan||₹18 Lakh|
MBBS Admission in Abroad At Low Cost
You might have already got a rough idea about the total package for studying MBBS from overseas. The total package means it includes all the major expenses like college tuition fees, accommodation & food expenses, visa charges, travelling expenses, etc. It includes all the major expenses one has to bear till the time he/she completes their medical degree. Below is the table with the average minimum package for studying MBBS in abroad for entire duration (not per year fees) of the course in various countries-
Studying MBBS abroad at low cost is indeed possible. It is a myth that MBBS in abroad is expensive, it is in fact cheaper than the cost of studying MBBS in India.
MBBS With Less Fee in the World
Looking for ‘Cheap and Best’ option for MBBS in abroad? Look no more! You are at the right place to get all your answers.
The best option at the lowest cost is Asian Medical Institute, Kyrgyzstan. The college fee is approximately ₹10.40 lakh and the total budget including hostel, food, admission charges, visa, one-time air ticket is approximately ₹17 lakh. The duration of the course is 5 years.
This is the best option for MBBS with less fee in the world.
Year-> 1st Year Fees+Hostel+One Time Charges 2nd Year Fees 3rd Year Fees 4th Year Fee 5th Year Fee Total Fees for 5 Years Fees in US $ US $ 5,500 US $ 3,200 US $ 3,200 US $ 3,200 US $ 3,200 US $ 18,300 Exchange Rate ( US $1 = ₹70) 70 70 70 70 70 70 Fees in ₹ ₹3,85,000 ₹2,24,000 ₹2,24,000 ₹2,24,000 ₹2,24,000 ₹12,81,000
MBBS in Abroad- Advantages
- Education standard is EXCELLENT.
- MCI and WHO recognised.
- English medium education.
- No racism or discrimination.
- International exposure.
- Low fees – 75% 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.
- Over 20,000 Indian students are enrolled in for MBBS in Abroad.
Study MBBS Abroad
To summarise, the decision to study MBBS abroad is a good one if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice. It is not a easy decision but it is the right one. Of course, you need to be very careful while deciding the college or country to study MBBS abroad in. Global Medical Foundation will recommend Bukovinian State Medical University in Ukraine and Mordovia State University in Russia.
Study MBBS abroad – the good part
Medical education abroad is not easy but it is not as tough as it is in India. The good part is that you can be successful if you are regular and hardworking. Eligibility criteria to study MBBS abroad is not a lot and you can easily get admission even in top-500 ranked universities in the world. Now, Indian mess is available at almost every university and there is a huge Indian community of Indian students in every city in countries like Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Russia.
Adjusting to a new country is easier, connecting with parents and friends is easier thanks to the advancements in technology and the large number of Indian students makes it possible to feel at home. Added to this, Indian food is available while you study MBBS abroad through Indian mess. If you select the right university then becoming a successful doctor in India will no longer be a dream.
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