A number of foreign countries now offer high quality medical education at low expenses.
These days there’s a drastic difference visible between the number of MBBS seats available in India and the number of applicants. In 2018, there were nearly 13 lakh students appearing in NEET for admission to approximately 60,000 MBBS seats, which rose to 15 lakh candidates seeking admission in around 90,000 seats in 2019.
However, this extreme competition isn’t the only hurdle. The over-the-top tuition fees cannot be denied as a fear-factor either. And precisely, these are the major reasons that push Indian students to fly abroad for better facilities and affordable courses in medicine.
A number of foreign countries now offer high quality medical education at low expenses. To become a successful doctor, acquiring quality education plays the pivotal role, which is the main focus of medical universities abroad, both through lectures and practical lessons.
These varsities not only strive to provide the best classroom facilities but also offer advanced research labs to facilitate their learning. The recognition of medical universities abroad by two prime medical councils, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Medical Council of India (MCI) has only provided impetus in this influx of medical aspirants abroad.
Apart from the specific criteria set by each country, the general ones for Indian students aspiring to study MBBS abroad are as follows:
1. The student must be 17 years plus of age, as on 31st December of the year in which the admission is being taken.
2. The student must have completed the class 12th board exam.
3. The student must have an aggregate of at least 50 percent in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology; and must have English as a compulsory subject if the student is from the General category.
4. The student must have an aggregate of at least 40 percent in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have English as a compulsory subject if he/she is from SC/ST/OBC category.
5. The student needs to clear NEET from 2018 onwards for admission in any country abroad.
The top destinations for MBBS course abroad
As per the official website of MCI, there are 393 medical colleges in different countries. Nations such as the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, France, Canada and Malaysia require passing a compulsory local entrance exam for admission to MBBS courses. Eligibility criteria also varies based on the destination country. For example, if you are interested in studying medicine in the US, you need to complete your graduation (either 4 years course or an honours course) before you can apply for the MBBS entrance exam. Apart from those mentioned above, the other most preferred countries where Indian students like to go and study MBBS are:
MBBS in Russia
The cost of accommodation and educational expenses in Russia are very less compared to other European countries. It has been over 25 years now, since Indian students are graduating from Russian universities, settling abroad or returning back to India to continue practising.
One of the top Russian universities, Rostov State Medical University offers medical courses with durations of 6 years, that cost up to INR 15 Lakhs. The cost is way less than that of MBBS programmes in private universities of India. In Russia, medical programmes are of 3 types: Full English taught, Russian taught and bilingually taught. The university intake starts in the selected months: July, August and September. The cost of living is also affordable in Russia.
Best MBBS Universities include:
• Crimean University, Crimea
• Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow
• Kazan State Medical University
• Rostov State Medical University
• Kazan Federal University
• Dagestan State Medical University
MBBS in Georgia
There are many WHO recognised medical institutions in Georgia. No entrance tests are required for medical college admissions in these universities, that are mostly of grade “B”, but teach courses in English. Indian students, who study at MCI recognised universities in Georgia, are eligible for licensing exams in India. The college intake time is generally in July and August. The duration of the MBBS courses in these universities is 6 years and costs up to INR 40 Lakh.
The top government universities in Georgia are:
• Tbilisi State Medical University
• Batumi Shota Rustaveli University
• Caucasus International University
MBBS in Ukraine
Indian students have been graduating in medicine from many top colleges in Ukraine, for a long time now. The reasons behind this popularity are affordable or low-cost medical courses, good quality education, etc. The average medical course costs up to INR 20 Lakhs. Most MBBS courses in these universities recognised by MCI are taught in English and the admission process is simple. Students passing MBBS from these universities are eligible to appear for licensing exam in India.
Some of the top Ukrainian MBBS universities:
• Lviv National Medical University
• Vinnitsa National Medical University
• Bukovinian State Medical University
• Ivano Frankivsk University
• Odessa National Medical University
MBBS in China
The applicants from India need to appear for the SET (Standardised Entrance Test) to study medicine in China. The MBBS courses in China are of 5 years duration. The cost of MBBS courses in China is affordable, compared to the private medical institutions in India. There are more than 50 universities in China which are recognised by MCI in India. Some of the top Chinese medical institutions are Jilin University, Nanjing University, etc. The medical education in these universities costs up to INR 20 Lakhs.
Following are the top government Chinese medical colleges in China where Indian students can apply:
• Huazhong University
• Capital University
• China Medical University
• Jiangsu University
• Jilin Medical University
• Nanjing University
MBBS in Germany
Getting into a reputed German medical college is a bit challenging, as the student needs to clear the exams like IELTS or TOEFL and should have fluency in the German language. However, it is worth the hassle, because Germany has the best medical colleges in the world with the usage of most advanced treatments and technology. Many universities provide financial assistance to international students through scholarships and most of the state-funded universities charge zero or a very nominal fee of maximum INR 40,000. Some of the best medical colleges in Germany are:
Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg
Charite – Medical University of Berlin
University of Munich
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
MBBS in Kazakhstan
Most medical universities of Kazakhstan are recognized by several organisations like MCI, WHO, IMED, etc and the method of teaching in these universities is very unique. The students get the opportunity of international exposure in plenty. The candidates can also obtain practical knowledge at hospitals affiliated by the universities. The courses are affordable as well with the estimated total expenses ranging up to INR 17 lakhs, with duration of 5 years. Top universities here include:
Al Farabi Kazakh National University
South Kazakhstan Medical Academy
In order to ensure that you join an institute that is reputed and will provide you with the required knowledge and training, do a detailed internet research of your field of interest and the university you wish to opt for. This would help ascertain a good and secured future.
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