The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It is home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.
The duration of MBBS course in Philippines is 6 years. Foreign students are taught in English. In Philippines, a good number of universities have been recognized by the Medical Council of India. Alongside, studying MBBS in Philippines is very cost effective if you compare medical studies in India and other countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, China and Russia. The tuition fee, travel expenses, accommodation rentals and food expenses are all very economical in Philippines. The MBBS aspirant must have scored at least 50% in 12th class and must have qualified the NEET exam to get admission in a medical college or university in Philippines. Different colleges may have different criteria, for further details check our articles on individual colleges in Philippines.
Advantages of Studying MBBS in Philippines
  • Recognized by Medical Council of India (MCI): MBBS Students will get 'Eligibility Certificate' from MCI & can practice in India after appearing for Screening Test. After Graduating students can apply for Government jobs in India and do PG/MD/MS courses in India.
  • Medical Universities Listed in the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, FAIMER etc. Graduates can apply for license with Medical Councils of more than 180 countries.
  • Full English Medium Teaching for all Faculties
  • Affordable education, accommodation & living cost.
  • American Style PBL Curriculum. Eligible appear sit for USMLE.
  • Philippines is the fourth Largest English speaking country in the world. Education system similar to that of USA, as a result of a long relation with USA.
  • Medical & Nursing education geared towards Employment in USA/ UK and easy to pass USMLE [Medical], CGFNS, NCLEX [Nursing]
  • Since English is the language of communication and language of instruction in Universities, No need to learn another to talk to patients [Medical students] Therefore providing a better understanding of the subjects.
  • One of the largest immigrant community in USA is Filipinos
  • The Philippines has the highest English literacy rate in Asia – 93.8%.
  • The Philippines attracts students from more than 65 countries. Students from the United States and Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong are also studying in the Philippines.
Universities in Philippines follow American system of education. The medical UG course (India's MBBS) is divided into 2 parts, BS+MD. BS is of 2 years course followed by 4 years of MD. Between BS and MD, students need to appear for an exam called NMAT. (National Medical Aptitude Test). Students need to score over 40 percentile in this test to qualify for MD course. Generally, Indian students clear this exam as you need to score 40 percentile only. (Hope you know the difference between percentage and percentile). Also, you can take NMAT exam again (it happens every 6 months) but still continue your course. But within 3 attempts, you need to clear NMAT.
The entire theoretical course is of 3 years only. The studies are hard and average students will not survive here.
Some universities do not have a hostel. You might have some problems in the first few days on your arrival for the 1st time in the Philippines. We help with getting accommodation to the students.
So if you are confident of clearing this exam, go for Philippines. It is the best country to study barring this factor.
An MBBS aspirant for Philippines must have the following documents:
  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT (minimum valid for one year).
  • CONFIRMATION LETTER from Ministry to Embassy of Philippines in the required country.
  • SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (attested by ministry of education and ministry of foreign affairs)
  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE (attested by ministry of foreign affairs)
  • MEDICAL TEST confirming physical and mental fitness (attested by ministry of foreign affairs)
  • 4 PHOTOS of size 3.5 x 4.5
  • For Visa 50% of first Year Tuition fee need to be deposited up-front through online medium.
  • MBBS course is available only for graduates. So students do 2 year graduation course before moving into medical course. Philippines is best option for students who already finished their graduation in India.
  • NMAT ( Medical entrance test of Philippines ) need to be qualified.
  • AMA School of Medicine offering 1+4 years =5 years MD course ( BS one year in India)
  • Our lady of Fatima University
  • University of Perpetual Help
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