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MBBS in Philipines





  • The culture of Philippines is traditional Filipino and Spanish Catholic traditions with influence from America & other Asian countries.




  • 1 Peso ( ₱) = 1.50 ₹ INR approx.

  • Current Exchange Rates


India to Armenia is around 3900 Km. Same as the to & fro distance from Chennai to Delhi.


Philippines has five types of mostly tropical climates. 2 seasons; wet and dry season. warmest months are March through October; the coolest from November to February. {25 °C in Jan; 30 °C in May}

Medical colleges in Philippines recognised by MCI as on 2020

  • Ago Medical and Educational Center Bicol Christian College of Medicine

  • AMA School of Medicine

  • Angeles University Foundation

  • Ateneo de Zamboanga University

  • Baguio Central University


  • Cagayan State University Tuguegarao (Carig)

  • Cebu Doctors University College of Medicine

  • Cebu Institute of Medicine

  • Central Philippine University

  • Davao Medical School Foundation

  • De La Salie University Health Sciences Campus

  • Dona Remedos Trinidad Medical Foundation

  • Emilo Aguinaldo College, Manila

  • Far Eastern University Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

  • FEU Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

  • Iloilo Doctors College of Medicine

  • Lyceum Northwestern University

  • Manila Central University

  • Our Lady of Fatima University (Fatima Medical Science Foundation) Valenzuela

  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

  • Saint Louis University

  • San Beda College

  • Silliman University

  • Southwestern University Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine

  • Southwestern University, Urgello, Cebu City, Philippines

  • St. Lukes College of Medicine William H. Quasha Memorial

  • St. Paul University,Philippines

  • University of Northern Philippines

  • University of Perpetual Help (Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University)

  • University of Perpetual Help Rizal

  • University of Saint La Salle

  • University of Santo Tomas

  • University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

  • University of the Philippines Manila

  • UV Gullas College of Medicine

  • Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation

  • West Visayas State University

  • Xavier University

  • Zamboanga Medical School Foundation



Availability of food & grocery

Good varieties of vegetables, meats, fruits and dairy products are widely available in Super markets and Bazars

Cost of living comparison



  • Indian food is available in some university canteens but is widely available in private hostels, which is arranged by Indian contractors and it might be a bit expensive.  

  • Self-cooking is not required and students do not have to spend their valuable time cooking food as hygienic, economical, and tasty food is available inside the college campus and the hostel.


  • Safe but have to move around with caution in cities especially late at night.

  • As per the Global Peace index Philippines ranks at 134th amongst 163 countries listed. India ranks at 141.

  • Download the Global Peace Index 2020 Pdf listing with various statics.

Security in Campus

  • The security inside the college campus is good but in most of the colleges, the foreign student hostel is not located inside the college campus but outside.

  • In most of the colleges, the hostels provided are private hostels which are run by individual contractors and not by the university so the security there is non-existent or questionable.


The campus in Philippines ranges from moderate to good but mostly moderate.


The lecture halls in the medical colleges of Philippines depends on the universities ranging from moderate to good.


Moderate to adequate depending on the college.


Paid Internet widely available inside the campus & Hostels.


Affiliated Hospitals in Philippines are good in Philippines.

All citizens are entitled to free healthcare which is government-controlled and funded by local and national government subsidies, this ensures a fair amount of patient flow.


Moderately equipped but underdeveloped in many colleges.


Rice makes an integral part of the Pilipino food habit. Economical and hygienic food is available inside the university campus and hostel canteens. Indian restaurants are also available in main cities which are a bit expensive.

Local food is palatable for Indians. Indian canteens are organised and maintained by Indian contractors for the students but the quality varies from one contractor to the other.


Medical colleges in Philippines mostly does not have their own hostels facility but provides hostels that are organised and maintained by Indian contractors & the Quality varies from contractor to contractor.

Some private hostels not related to the medical colleges also operate around the vicinity of the medical college area.


Students can use the inhouse facilities like the Gym, can participate in various Sports activities, academic competition, Cultural activities & Associations activities in the college.


Required for all medical universities. It is mandatory as per the norms of the consulate/embassy of the Philippines and that of the Indian government, for Indian students to study medicine.

Language requirement

Good English knowledge is required (No need for IELTS/TOEFL)

Entrance exam/interview

After completing the pre-medical course, have to score a minimum of 40 percentile in NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) conducted by CHED (Commission on Higher Education) the Philippines, only after which you will be able to pursue your 4 years of studies in medicine.

Medium of teaching

The entire premedical and 4 years of medicine is taught in English medium.

Updated curriculum

USA based updated curriculum (high success rate in USMLE)

Availability of Updated textbooks

Only recommended books are prescribed & universities do not provide them individually but are available in the library.

The necessity to read textbooks

Not much of an encouragement.

Strength of a class

As in Slavic countries, the Philippines also has a good student-to-teacher ratio of around 10 -15 students in a batch for a teacher.

Proficiency of faculties

Very good & Speaks good English.


PPT based conventional

The efficiency of Classes & practicals

Efficient & interactive (viva based)

The pattern of theory exam

MCQ exam ->Viva

The pattern of practical exam


The efficiency of the evaluation system

Chapter-wise, the average of Prelim + midterm + final + teacher’s recommendation which will be taken into account for the final score

Attendance & discipline

Depending on the universities some are very strict and some are not.

Research labs & exposure

Not so developed, poor.

The necessity of local language at the clinics

Not much is required as it is the 3rd largest English-speaking country in the world you can avoid learning the local language.

Clinical exposure

Due to the government’s health plan, there is a good inflow of patients resulting in good clinical exposure.


Hands-on exposure

Good inflow of patients results in good Hands-on exposure.

FMGE pass %

Average to low, generally Low.

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Most affordable amongst Medical schools which accept foreign students.

Capitation fees/Donation

Generally, no but some colleges might collect some development funds.

Tuition fee/year

3.5-4.5 Lakhs per year.

Hostel fee/year

15,000₹ to 20,000₹per month inclusive of food.

Expenditure /month

Almost like India 5,000₹ approx. excluding food & hostel expenses

Part-time work

Generally, not eligible but some find & engage as per their talents.

Overall expenditure for completing the course with transport

25 to 30 lakhs approximately inclusive of all their nominal personal expenses.

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