What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying MBBS degree in abroad instead of in India?

MBBS degree is still one of the very most sought after degree in India, but with the increasing competition for medical seats in the country, more Indian students are actually looking to study MBBS degree in Abroad. We have a look at the various possibilities for starting an MBBS degree overseas. According to data from the NBC (National Board of Examinations), since 2011, China has been the most preferred country in the word for Indian students who want to obtain a main medical degree outside India. Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Georgia, Nepal, Bangladesh are other preferred destination.

Lists of Advantages Studying MBBS Degree in Abroad:

No of MBBS Seats: There are approximately 63000 MBBS seats in medical colleges in India, whereas Lakhs of students appear for NEET. Therefore, most of the Indian students aspiring to pursue MBBS in India find it difficult to get a medical seat through merit. Many medical schools in the Caribbean, Ukraine, and Philippines accept a much higher percentage of applicants than schools in the U.S. in part due to less restrictive entrance requirements.

MCI Recognized Colleges: Medical colleges in Nepal, medical colleges in China, medical colleges in Philippines, medical colleges in Russia, medical colleges in Bangladesh, medical colleges in Ukraine, medical colleges in Malaysia, medical colleges in Kazakhstan, etc are all recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

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 Expenses: They tend to be less expensive than domestic counterparts. Tuition for international schools is usually a lot less than medical schools in America, which can lessen the burden of student loans and financial stress that many medical students face.

Exchange Program: Medical students aren’t any different from others from the point of view of available exchange opportunities. They should actually never stop experiencing and learning just as the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) claims. Anticipating that students might need to cater to global communities once they become professionals, the College gives undergraduates the opportunity to visit foreign universities with which it has signed MOUs.

Required Percentages:

Country Class 12 Aggregate Percentage in Physics, Chemistry and Biology Other Special Criteria
Philippines Gen.-50%, SC/ST/OBC- 40% No
Russia General -50%, SC/ST/OBC- 40% Higher Percentage Required for Some Colleges
Ukraine General -50%, SC/ST/OBC- 40% Higher Percentage Required for Some Colleges
China Every College has its own criteria. No
Bangladesh 8 GPA for Government Colleges. 60% marks in Biology in class 12.  Must passed 12th
 Kyrgyzstan Gen -50%, SC/ST/OBC- 40% Yes

Advanced learning techniques: There are many foreign countries which offer new and better learning techniques to educate the present generation. Comparatively, these new learning techniques impress the present generation to take up studies in abroad.

Good exposure to various cultured people: When studying in hometown, students will get to the only origin of a particular group of the country. Alternatively, when they take education abroad they tend to meet people from the various cultural backgrounds, people speaking a different language and totally a mixed culture of the environment. In this way, students studying in abroad will have a good exposure to multicultural people.

Lists of Disadvantage Studying MBBS Degree in Abroad:

Language: English speaking capability and accents is not of good quality making it difficult for the students to understand.

Internship Training: In the hospitals, international students are not allowed to touch
the patients during internship and instead it works out to be only a kind of observer-ship. The training is done on only dummies and not on dead bodies making it difficult for the students to get real experience. The students need to learn local language as an additional subject.

MCI Screening Test: Medical Council of India Screening Test, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), is a licensure examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in India. The test is one of the mandatory requirements for an Indian citizen who has a medical degree from a college outside India to practice medicine in the country.

Entrance Tests to Write for Studying Abroad: There are many foreign Universities that admit Indian students without taking any entrance test and all. In some cases, this activity is suspicious. But it is not so in all cases. In case of most reputed foreign Universities, they take an entrance test before admitting foreign students into MBBS courses. The same rule applies for students from India. Some of the well known entrance tests are- UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test), BMAT (Bio Medical Admission Test), GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test), MCAT (North American Medical College Admission Test).

Foreign Medical Education Standards: The FMGE pass percentage of only 16% is indicative of poor standards of medical education in some of these countries. Students are often lured because of the lower fee and a guaranteed seat. Though the government has issued certain guidelines, the number of students pursuing medical education abroad hasn’t gone down.

Disease Pattern: Apart from Bangladesh and Nepal almost all countries have different climates and different disease pattern than India. So knowledge of disease has huge difference, so it’s curing. After completing MBBS from Russia, China or Ukraine candidates will face difficulty to cope up Indian health system and passing in screening test as well.
Your choice of medical school can impact your future career prospects, so if you are considering applying to an international medical school, these pros and cons could help make your decision a little easier.

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