MBBS is a much coveted degree in India and there are lakhs of students aspiring to do medicine after their higher secondary course. Given the fact that there is a gross mismatch between the demand for medical seats and the limited seats available in Government quota, students are forced to turn to private medical colleges. As capitation and tuition fee in private medical colleges in India are astounding, students are forced to turn to medical colleges abroad with a lower fee structure. One of the most preferred destinations is Philippines. It is good to be well informed about studying medicine in Philippines.
Here are few key pointers if you are looking for a medical seat in Philippines
Pre-requirement: The Philippine education system goes by the 10 +4 years of study. Which means you must complete a BS course (16 months) to be eligible for admission to MBBS. After completing BS, certain colleges insist that you pass the National medical Admission Test (NMAT). If you have done your graduation in India, then you are exempted from the BS course and you can directly seek admission to the MBBS course. The MBBS course is known as MD course in Philippines.
MCI recognition: When you see admission to any medical college in Philippines, ensure that the college is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The Indian embassy website provides a list of 36 colleges recognized for the MBBS course.
Philippine Government Recognition: Seek admission only in a medical college approved by Commission of Higher Education Department (CHED), Philippines. There are several fake colleges. Beware!
- Beware of dubious agents. Some agents indulge in cheating. Certain universities offer 30% commission to agents. It is better to go with an authorized admission office instead of agents.
- Check the number of students that a university enrolls. Ensure they have enough infrastructures to provide education for large number of students. Certain universities admit more number of students and compromise the practicals.
- Fees vary with every university but are considerably less than private medical colleges in India. Remit your fees directly to the university and not to any agent.
- Classes for the MBBS program begins in November
- You have to apply for a student visa
- Check the accommodation facilities available. Generally universities do provide hostel facilities
- Cost of living is affordable. Students prefer to use bicycles for transport. Ensure that you have your emergency medication with you.