No two applicants have the same reason(s) for studying in Abroad Medical College. Whatever your reason for deciding to study abroad you will find that higher education abroad adds considerable value to your professional development. A good degree is a stamp of excellence that marks you for life. It can enhance your career and prepare you for leadership in your country or anywhere in the world.
Whether you are studying medicine in India or outside, medical education is expensive. A student can spend anything between 35 and 80 Lakhs INR on quality education based on the location, the facilities offered and the rotations available. So, keep these factors in mind before selecting a college outside.
A couple of years ago, securing a seat for MBBS was a mammoth task. Times have changed, however, and today a lot of students prefer to study medicine outside India (Abroad Medical College) and fulfil their ambitions of becoming a doctor. Countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, Ukraine, and Georgia are emerging as an alternative medical education abroad, but they come with their own disadvantages. Even the Indian Embassy even warns students about the foreseeable dangers that come with unplanned medical education abroad.
1. University/Colleges Recognition by MCI –
This is mandatory and cannot be compromised with. Many foreign medical colleges and universities are not recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI), which means that even if you earn a degree from that college you will not be able to practice here in India. Do check the list of foreign medical colleges recognized by MCI before selecting a college. Moreover, on completing a medical program outside India, students will have to clear the FMGE examination. So, think about it. While studying in a cheap Abroad Medical College may cost you less, it does not promise you a brighter future.
2. NEET Ranking & Eligibility Certificate by MCI –
Students intending to study undergraduate medical courses in foreign universities will have to take National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Medical Council of India (MCI) to make it mandatory to pass NEET to obtain an eligibility certificate (EC) to pursue courses in foreign medical colleges.
Any Indian citizen who desires to study MBBS in Abroad Medical College is required to apply an eligibility certificate from MCI prior to joining this course or within graduation.
This is to inform to all concerned that the requirement of obtaining Eligibility Certificate to pursue Primary Medical Qualification (MBBS or its equivalent) by an Indian Citizen/Oversees Citizen of India is mandatory in terms of section 13(4B) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
3. University Selections & Applications Process –
Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive by Indian standards.
Criteria for short-listing
• Academic Eligibility
• Academic Record (Grade point Average)
• Standardized Test Scores
• Financial Aid Considerations
The application process for studying abroad is time consuming and requires applicants to start preparing well in advance of their anticipated start date. It is very important to begin the admission process early because in many cases application deadlines are far in advance of the start of the semester (sometimes as many as ten months). You also need to allow time for scheduling any standardized tests needed for admission and then having the results of these tests sent to schools. There is no uniform world-wide application system. Each college or university establishes its own unique policies.
4. Course Durations & Curriculums –
Unlike India, many countries have flexible education system and student need to cover x number of subjects.
• China, Russia, Ukraine universities have course duration of 6 years
• Whereas Georgia have universities with course duration of 5 as well as 6 years.
• Similarly, Philippines have institutes with 5 and 5.5 years course duration.
• Kyrgyzstan has got 5 universities offering 5 year program.
• Nepal has got 5.5 year of course.
• Bangladesh offers 5 years MBBS courses.
Saving one year is big thing in life so tenure is important criteria. Generally, institutes offering 5 years full course would have more budget than 6 years.
5. Entrance Test & Admission –
Few Abroad Medical College countries require separate entrance test in order to get admission apart from NEET ranks and MCI eligibility certificate. Nepal, Philippines, UK, USA conducts entrance test for foreign students.
Nepal has 3 different universities and 3 different entrance tests for admission. Similarly Philippines have NMAT for MBBS candidates after BS course. Good news is Bangladesh and Ukraine doesn’t have such entrance test for MBBS admission.
Admission process involves many stages for any abroad countries right from Embassy work in India & abroad both, Passports, Visas, document submission in university, getting admission letter and interview calls.
6. Location of Institute & Connectivity –
Though this factor is not so important as far as education quality is concerned but the living quality does make a difference. The reason why Nepal & Bangladesh are becoming favourite destinations is mainly because of this factor.
7. Education Loan –
Education loan for abroad or for India usually cover Tuition fees, Charges for examination, library, laboratory and hostel, Cost of purchasing books, equipment, instruments and uniform, Travel expenses for study abroad, Caution money, refundable deposit, etc. Study tours, exchange programs and project work.
Education loan for India is also available for students wanting to study in Indian colleges. There is, however, some difference in the requirements for overseas and Indian education loans. In general, when applying for a study loan, you must keep in mind the following criteria.
• A co-applicant is a must (could be parents, a sibling or a spouse )
• For loans between Rs 4 – 7.5 lacs a third party guarantor is required
• Collateral needs to be provided for student loans above Rs 7.5 lacs
• Loan repayment commences 6 to 12 months after course completion
• If a student goes abroad, lender recovers the remainder from co-applicant
8. Things to Remember –
Bangladesh – Bangladesh doesn’t allow gap of more than 2 years after class 12th.
Nepal – MBBS course duration in Nepal is of five year and half years. Initial years are of theoretical classes and basic study of medical sciences and clinical study. In the last one year, students are required to go through the internship program in clinics of hospitals of the college or university.
Philippines – In Philippines, course is divided into 2 parts. First BS course of 1 or 1.5 years depending upon the institute (refer point 2 above) and then 4 years MD. After BS course, student need to sit for an exam called NMAT (National medical aptitude test Philippines) and need to get minimum 40 percentile to move ahead. If you fail in this exam, you are not allowed to continue the course.
Ukraine – Almost all Universities deliver MBBS in English Medium. Duration of MBBS in Ukraine is 6 years and MBBS degree in Ukraine is known as MD. Out of 6 years there are 3 years practical and 3 years theory.
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