MBBS in Philippines

Which place is best for studying MBBS abroad at low cost? : Part-1

what is the budget study MBBS in Philippines

Around 23 to 25 Lakhs approximately and yes that will be the minimum. Countries offering medical studies within this budget: Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan.


One of the popular destinations to do medicine abroad. The reason, it has been popularised by extensive and ruthless marketing, highest agency commission.



The April 2008 survey revealed that, compared to the March 2006 results, more Filipinos rate themselves proficient in understanding spoken English, reading and writing, and speaking and thinking in English. Due to its wide acceptance as the modern way of communication the medium of instruction in medical colleges is English. Students, Professors, Lectures speak English which is a plus point for us Indians. We don’t have to master a new language to pursue our dreams of becoming a doctor.


The medical colleges in Philippinesfollow American pattern of medical education. That is, you need to have a bachelors degree in science before pursuing the 4 years medical course and the degree offered is M.D. The M.D program is divided into 2 parts namely 2 years of pre & para clinical and 2 years of clinical. If you clear the USMLE part 1 examination after your 2 years of pre & para clinical you can also opt for doing 2 years of clinical in USA which will be very helpful and gives more weight age in clearing USMLE part 2. Fact! 60% of foreign medical workers (Doctors, Nurses, Medical assistants, etc..) working in USA are from the Philippines.


The climatic conditions are similar to India. By the way who likes the climate in India, any takers? As the Philippines also has a tropical climate, tropical diseases are dealt more elaborately.

Cost & Budget:

Nominal tuition fee and living expenses. The tuition fee will be around 16 to 18 lakh Indian rupees and the living expenses will be around 12,000 Indian rupees which will include your hostel and food expenses. Two-way flight ticket from India to Philippines will cost you around 25, 000 Indian rupees. So, the entire budget of doing medicine in Philippines will work out to around 25 lakh Indian rupees.


More adaptable for the Indian pallet.



For Indian students, they have to do an integrated Bs course for 2 years after which they have to pass the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) with 40 percentiles before getting admitted to the 4 years Medical course which will lead to M.D degree (Equivalent to MBBS in India). After Finishing your M.D degree you have to pass the FMGE better known as MCI screening test in India. After passing the MCI screening test in India you have to undergo 1 year of compulsory internship in any Indian Teaching Hospital. After Completing your compulsory internship in India, you will be able to register yourself as a doctor and start practicing. Hurrah!

Totally it will take around 2 years of Bs+4 years of M.D+1 year of Internship = 7 years to get yourself registered as a medical doctor considering you are clearing your MCI screening test in your first attempt.


There is no cap on the number of intakes for the integrated Bs course but there is a cap on the number of students who can be admitted to the M.D course. Generally, most of the colleges in Philippines admits a lot more students to the Bs course than the limit fixed for the M.D course, which results in students left in the lurch even after passing the NMAT examination as their number exceeds the maximum number of students who can be admitted in the M.D program. They shuttle pillar to post to find and get admitted in some other college where there is an availability of M.D seat and this does not come easy or cheap.


As the whole medical course is done in 4 years it becomes very hectic to learn all the subjects thoroughly and in time, forcing the students to compromise on the depth of understanding the subjects resulting in low number of pass outs in the MCI screening test.


As non-medical subjects like physics, chemistry, physiatry are taught in the 2 years of their Bs course, students tend to lose interest in their studies and starts to while away their time in unfruitful activities. Think about it Teenagers without anything much to do, no one to supervise or guide, Tourist destination with lots of entertainments most of which are un healthy and harmful. If they are not self-disciplined it will be hard for them to stay in track.


Already they have undergone a lot of stress in passing their higher secondary exams, and NEET which has become mandatory even for students going abroad for their medical studies. Again, they have to pass one more examination to pursue their dreams of becoming a Doctor which puts a lot of pressure & stress on the minds of the students. Many fail this NMAT examinations due to disorientation and distractions during their integrated Bs course.

Food & Stay:

Most of the colleges do not have their own hostel facilities so the students have to depend on private accommodation & outside food which are costly and not economical. These private accommodations are generally cramped, low on amenities, uncleanly with bad maintenance and mostly far from the college campus. Food is average in these private accommodations which again plays a vital role on the wellbeing of the students.

Folks I think I have covered all the aspects of pursuing medical education in Philippines and hope this gives you a fair idea with all the ground realities. If anything more comes to my mind will update you.

Kyrgyzstan: To be continued…

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