Recent statistics prove a sudden rise is the average number of Indian students who study in the Philippines. Indian medical students who study MBBS in the Philippines have great degree recognition all over the globe. Studying in the Philippines offers great opportunities for MBBS students on global platform. Especially those students who are looking to make career in the countries like the USA, the UK and other European nations. The Philippines proffers the best medical education system in Southeast Asia region. On top of that, the medical syllabus offered by MBBS universities in the Philippines is approved by WHO (World Health Organisation), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and MCI (Medical Council of India).
Studying MBBS in the Philippines can be a life-changing experience. The first step towards attaining an international medical degree is securing admission in a renowned medical college of Philippines. Siddhi Overseas provide a list of all recognised medical universities in the Philippines. Philippines offer globally recognized medical degree following the US Educational System. There are various advantages of Study MBBS in the Philippines like affordable fees structure, high quality of medical education, an affiliation of medical universities with country’s top Hospitals, multi-ethnic classroom and English as the medium of instruction in the Medical University of Philippines.
|Minimum Percentage||50% in PCB for General 40% for SC/ ST and Reserve Categories|
|NEET||Yes With Qualifying Marks|
|IELTS / TOEFL||Required|
|Processing Time||45-60 Days|
|Lowest Fees||3500 USD Per Year|
|Maximum Fees||5000 USD Per Year|
|Living Cost||150 USD Per Month|
|Top Universities||AMA School of Medicine|
|Recognition||MCI and WHO approved|
|Climate||Cold, Tropical, Oceanic and Continental|
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On finishing the necessities of the teaching program and passing the graduation examinations effectively, medical undergraduates would be given a graduation certificate and presented a restorative degree by the host foundation, in the event that they meet the degree directions of the host institution. The English duplicate of the degree would state MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery).
There are over 350 renowned medical institutions in India where just over fifty thousand Indian and foreign medical students are attaining a good quality medical education. However, the total number of applicants who get deprived of Indian medical degrees are more than 11 Lacs every year. This is simply because of the limited number of seats, tough entrance tests, demanding eligibility criteria of Government medical universities of India and nevertheless, a heavy donation or lets legitimately say ‘Capitation Fee’ of not less than 50 Lacs Indian Rupees per medical seat. Students leave their hope of becoming a certified doctor in India if they cannot afford 70 Lacs to 2 Crore to spend on private medical institutions in India and try the last option of acquiring a medical degree in MBBS or MD in India.
On the contrary, the Philippines is the country where Indian students can pursue world-class medical courses in a multi-ethnic knowledgeable environment to attain a globally recognised medical degree at less than ¼ of the cost of studying in India. Additionally, the students get global exposure and international medical education. On top of that, the Philippines is a wonderful country to live in. People are warm and welcoming, and scenic beauty is irresistible and living is much cheaper than India for a student. And studying in a foreign country with more than 8000 Indian students would make you feel like home.
1. MBBS = MD+BS
Medical universities of Philippines award MD (Doctor of Medicines) degrees which is equivalent to MBBS in India. MD in the Philippines is a dual degree program that delivers you two degrees after graduating from the medical university of Philippines. Besides becoming a Doctor of Medicines you also become the Bachelors of Science and can use the title BS-MD when you commence your career. BS takes around 1 year to 1.5 years to complete depending on the medical institution and received prior to the MD degree.
2. The Higher Literacy Rate
The people of Philippines emphasize on education; so do the government and educational authorities of the country. As a result, the literacy rate of the country is more than 95 percent making the majority of the Filipinos an educated class citizens. Studying amongst the educated makes you more educated.
3. World’s fourth largest English speaking Country
Growing number of English speaking people are increasing at a tremendous pace and Philippines is ranked as the 4th largest English speaking country in the world after the USA, India and Pakistan. In Philippines English is used as a second language after their native language Filipino. Medical studies in the Philippines are conducted in English medium in all degree programs of tertiary medical education in the Philippines.
4. International Hub of Medical Education
Philippines is the country that is renowned for its medical studies and MD degree courses. As most of the medical schools in the Philippines are private institutions, they keep a regular check on the quality of medical education provided to national and international students. These medical colleges in the Philippines are very well established and operating for many glorious years. Education in the Philippines is based on the American system of education. Consequently, students get the same recognition around the world after graduating from the medical university of Philippines as they get with an American medical degree. As the medical universities in the Philippines are recognised and affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO), Medical Council of India (MCI), and other similar bodies.
5. Eligibility Criteria to Study Medicines in the Philippines
If you wish to study in any renowned medical university of Philippines then you only require satisfying a very low and undemanding eligibility criteria set by Filipino medical colleges and Department of Education in the Philippines.
6. No Entrance Tests
Indian students get direct admissions in medical universities of Philippines to study MD in the Philippines and do not require taking any entrance exam like GMAT or SAT or any language proficiency test like IELTS or TOEFL. However, students may require sitting in the NMAT (National Medical Examination Test) to get admission in MBBS universities of Philippines. Speak to our counsellors to know more.
7. Easy on Pockets
Pursuing MBBS in Philippines is almost a quarter of what Indian students spend in the countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, India or any other European country for attaining the same medical degree abroad. Indian students pay a massive amount of money in private medical colleges of India and are unaware of the fact that they can study medicines in the Philippines in the very low study and living cost. Yet still, receive the indistinguishable medical degree and practical expertise. Additionally, government and local education authorities of Philippines are aiding hundreds of international students in acquiring government and private scholarships to cover the study and living cost of the bright students.
8. Certified Medical Degrees
Medical students upon completion of the MD course in the Philippines are awarded a certified degree that confirms the eligibility of the student to appear in any national screening test conducted by the respective country where the student would like to commence his or her career. Indian students become eligible to appear for MCI screening test and start practising in India or they can also choose to work somewhere else in the world. MD degree of Philippines is recognised by WHO and MCI apart from other medical councils of the world and holds a high reputation in the medical industry.
9. Impeccable Medical Infrastructure
Top medical institutions of Philippines are taken into some of the best medical universities in the world and are listed under World Directory of Medical Schools of World Health Organisation. Syllabus of medical schools of Philippines is regularly updated. Alongside, flawless educational infrastructure, experienced teachers and the US-based educational system offer world-class MD degrees to national and international students in Filipino medical schools. Moreover, medical universities of Philippines have their own hospitals and clinics to deliver excellent internships and practical training to their students. English is the second language in the Philippines and medical courses in the Philippines are designed in this language. India is the second largest country where English is spoken as the second language and studying in Philippines is quite favourable for Indian students.
10. A Must Place to Visit
The Philippines is a country with full of life and colours. Multi-ethnicity, fun loving people, irresistible islands, delectable food and happening college campuses are a few of the reasons to choose the Philippines as a study destination. The Philippines is also one of the packed and most visited tourist destinations in the world. Breathtaking cities and incredible weather in the Philippines make people stay forever. Moreover, Philippines is a peaceful country and has no internal and external security issues or threats.
Indian students can easily apply for the Philippines student visa. Students just require submitting some basic documents to the Embassy of Philippines in India to prove that they have sufficient means for funding the tertiary education and living in the Philippines. The applicant must have attained the age of 18 years during the time of applying and should be arriving in the Philippines solely for the purpose of studying in the Philippines. Students just need to attend a counselling session conducted by Eklavya Overseass by Ex-visa officials and visa counsellors to accumulate information on the documents required by the Philippines Embassy and to know how to communicate with the medical university to fulfil its requirement before applying for the student visa.
After we apply at the university for the applicant, the medical university of Philippines where the students wish to take the admission forwards the student’s application to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval. After CHED approves the application and endorsed it to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) which is then passed to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA finally informs the Embassy of Philippines for the issuance of the student visa. The student gets the notification from the Philippines Embassy to collect the visa.
Hostels at the Universities are considered to be the most suitable option for any student around the world. It helps saving money on food and accommodation as universities do not charge heavy for accommodating students in their Dorms and also saves money on city travel as these hostels are either on the universities’ campuses or nearby them. Moreover, students avail a lot of facilities like Wi-Fi, study equipment, stationeries, library, canteens, Gym, mess, recreational rooms, locker rooms, laundry, and a common kitchen to cook their own food whenever they like to. On top that, the student doesn’t need to worry about the security while staying at these hostels are monitored and maintained by the universities’ administration and are highly secured places to live at.
Kindly note that we do not guarantee for a reserved place in University hostels as these places are booked on first come first serve basis and only university’s representative is authorized to assign you a bed in the hostel. However, Eklavya Overseass can help students in contacting university representatives to make an offer. It is recommended to beware of the fraudsters that charge all years’ accommodation charges from the students and take guarantee for a place in the University hostel. Once the money is gone into their wallets, they never show up.
Students do not need to worry about the accommodation if they don’t want or could not secure a place in university hostels. They always have an option of renting a room. Many real estate builders and constructors have built special housing for students near the universities. Rents of these rooms are minimal and students get all the facilities as they use in a university hostel. These places offer more seclusion than the university hostel and students can live freely and independently. However, these accommodations are a bit costlier than the University Hostel but incorporate good services and utilities. Speak to the accommodation advisors at Eklavya Overseass to help you in reserving a room for rent near the pertaining medical university in the Philippines.
This is an option for those who have a little more budget than others for their accommodation in the Philippines and want complete independence and high standard of living in the Philippines. Intelligent students hire private apartments on rent and share it with 2-3 more college mates to share all the expenses and enjoy the studies with extreme fun and joyfulness. Here you get a complete flat with many rooms, a kitchen and a couple of bathrooms along with common areas and balcony. You cook your own food with your mates, study together and get indulge in fun loving activities to relish 5 years of studying in a foreign country with your friends.
Indian Food is easily available in Universities’ mess and canteens. Universities in the Philippines have their own Indian mess with a variety of Indian dishes and snacks served. Indian cuisines are very popular in Philippines and students enjoy Indian Breakfast, Veg and Non-Veg Thalis, Indian snacks and beverages.
Most of the universities’ mess and canteens where Indian food is available are managed by Indian firms or people who look after the daily food requirement of the students in the Philippines. Food of India is also available around cities in the Philippines.
No matter where are you staying, you can always cook your own food. Groceries, vegetables, fruits and meat items are easily available in the nearest supermarket or local street market.
Whenever you are in a foreign country it is important for you to know the customs and etiquette of the host people. It helps you in making friends instantly and avoiding awkward situations.
It’s never a bad idea to use common sense when living in the Philippines. Make local friends to receive genuine advice on different subjects pertaining to living and travelling in the Philippines. Keep your valuables safe and do not flash them in public. Just like we have in India, there is some poverty in the cities and pickpockets are never a big deal in the urban cities. People of Philippines are very warm and cultured but the Philippines is also a country of massive tourism. Do not get indulged with any kind of argument with the tourists. You never know about the person who is here for a short duration of time. Do not enter dark and remote areas at night.
Sun Cellular, Smart and Globe are three major companies that are providing cellular services in the Philippines. Do not use your home mobile number in the Philippines as international roaming is highly expensive. Instead, buy a pre-paid SIM card as soon as you land in the Philippines. This is a cheaper mode of communicating in the Philippines. If you want to use your own handset that you were using in India then you need to unlock your cell phone at the repair shops available in various malls and local markets. There is just a one-time unlocking fee but you won’t require spending money on mobile phone instrument in the Philippines. But if want to buy a new mobile set, a pre-paid kit with SIM card and the phone can be purchased in the Philippines which is not expensive either. High-speed Internet or Wi-Fi access is available in plentiful in city malls, university, hostels and public places. You can also get cyber cafes easily in the cities which are very cheap and charged on per hour basis.
1. Select the right Overseas Education Consultant:
Getting the medical education abroad is not actually a vacation. Selecting the right overseas education consultant is the initial and foremost step to get information on the medical universities, their fee structures, amenities provided and to know other important notices and deadlines. A legitimate study abroad counsellor will help you to attain the right information on everything that is required to study in the Philippines and helps you in applying for admission and visa flawlessly.
2. Selecting the right college
Like India, the Philippines also has two types of colleges; Government and Private colleges. Where government colleges have very nominal fees structure, the private colleges are expensive than the first. You require screening your previous academic performance before finalizing the medical college in the Philippines for yourself. A right education consultant in India will help you in finding the best medical university in the Philippines according to your interest, budget and requirement.
3. Be strong mentally
There is an old saying – “The mindset is more important than the method”. Have a good attitude towards studying abroad and consider all the possibilities that can happen while applying and studying abroad. Do not rush and consult with the experts to know the pros and cons of studying in the Philippines. You may face some critical situations when studying in the Philippines and a healthy and strong mind will help you to come out of it.
The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands covering a total land area of 301,780 Sq. Kilometers. Luzon is the largest island of all eleven big islands that contains 95% of the total land mass. The Philippines is not very far from the Asia and separated by a small distance of 800 kilometres. The country is located between Borneo and Taiwan.
Being near to the coastal areas and sea, the weather of the country is a bit warm, cosy perfect weather for studying. Have you ever been of hearing about Mumbai? The Philippines is similar to that city. The average temperature of the country is between 25.5°C to 28.3°C.
The country has two languages that are official known; English and Filipino. However, Filipino is also influenced by English, Spanish and Hindi apart from some other Asian languages. If you know some Spanish and Malay, you would be easily learning Filipino and will be able to talk to the local people.
The Philippines is the third largest Catholic nation in the world. This largest Christian country in Asia is speedily accepting modern beliefs like the dissolution of marriage vows, premarital sex, artificial birth control, etc.
Araw NG Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
Ninoy Aquino Day
Natinal Heroes day
All Saints Day
All Souls Day
New Year Night
National Railways of the Philippines (PNR) has good railway overnight intercity services. The trains stop at several junctions and provide a great access to all major parts of the country.
Except for the remote mountain areas, roads in the country are quite good and a lot of multi-lane expressways are constructed in the country joining major urban areas. However, for driving, you need to have an international driving license that allows you to drive for the first 30 days in the country. Most of the road signs and signals are in English and you won’t get troubled when driving. Buses are also a good mode of transportation in the country. Buses are one of the affordable ways to travel in the country.
Q.1 Which are the recognised medical Universities to apply in the Philippines?
Click here to see the recognised medical universities in the Philippines.
Q.2 Why should I do a BS degree before studying the MD course?
The Philippines education system is based on 10 + 4 year level of education and the school education finishes in 10 years. BS degree or 4 years is done after schooling to qualify for the MD course. But in India by the time we leave school, we already have completed 12 years of education and just require doing 1.5 years + 4 years to complete the MD degree. The Philippines is sooner adopting the 10+2 year education system.
Q.3 What do I need to do after completing my medical degree in the Philippines?
Authenticate your educational documents through CHED under a process called Red Ribbon. Then the certificates are forwarded to the Indian Embassy for attestation. After your arrival in India, copies of these documents are submitted to Medical Council of India that again sends it to the Embassy for re-verification. Speak to our counsellors for complete process and assistance in it.
Do you want to join MBBS in Philippines? We at Eklavya Overseas are one of the best record holder education consultants in India. We have a team of expert consultants who offer well-researched assistance and comprehensive counseling for you to make a bright career in the field of Medicine.
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