Low Cost Medical Education Overseas
There are several destinations outside India you can try for which have low cost medical education than private medical colleges in India and certainly cheaper than Management quota seats.
Just warning or caution is that after completing MD or MBBS course from overseas colleges, students have to clear MCI test for getting registration in country. If you fail to clear this test, your degree of MBBS is not valid in India.
1. UKRAINE: This is the country where relatively low cost medical Education for Indian students. There are 23 Medical Colleges in Ukraine. All medical schools are owned by Govt. of Ukraine. The Fees range from US $ 3000 p.a. to US $ 5000 p.a. (Rs 1.5 to 2.5 lacs pa.) In most Colleges MBBS is in English Medium. Cost of Food and Hostel and books etc will be about Rs. 80,000 to 1 lac p.a. The course takes 5 years and 10 months.
Total cost of fees + hostel + food + travel + visa etc etc is between Rs. 16 to 20 lacs payable over 5 years and 10 months. It will cost you about Rs. 5.00 lacs in the first year and 2.50 lacs p.a. for the next 5 years to study in Ukraine – approximately.
Ukraine is now part of the European Credit Transfer Scheme – bologna process. So quality of education is high. Also the colleges are giving special attention to the food and accommodation for Asian students.
2. NEPAL: There are 12 medical colleges approved by the Nepal Medical Council and 1 or 2 new ones which are started in 2009 – 2010. 3 Colleges are government colleges and seats are reserved for Nepalese citizens. The 9 private Colleges are admitting international students from India & other countries.
Colleges in Kathmandu are expensive and cost about Rs 20 to 26 lacs for Indian Students.
Medical Colleges on the border cities of India cost less - fees range from Rs. 15 to 20 lacs over 5 years. Food and Hostel in Nepal is low &l costs about Rs. 60,000 p.a. Nepal is close to India and commuting is cheap. Some colleges take the fees up front - some agree to installments. Nepal is much cheaper than Donation seats and on par with the merit seats in Indian private colleges. Many Teachers are Indian. North Indian food is available. Indians do not need a visa or a passport to travel to Nepal. It is highly recommended for Indians.
3. RUSSIA: The Best medical colleges in Russia are in Moscow and St. Petersburg. These two are now expensive as they are popular for quality medical education. Fees are in the range of US $ 6000 to 8000 par year for international students and cost of life is high in these two cities – about US $ 400 or Rs. 20,000 per month. So the numbers of Indians have reduced to go to these two cities.
Medical College in small cities of Russia are lower cost. Fees are in the range of US $ 3000 to 4000 p.a. and cost of life is in the range of Rs 1 to 1.50 lacs p.a. But Russia is known for little unrest so students and parents are requested to assess theses country medical colleges and than get admission.
Students are advise to read the: Advisory for Indian Students by Indian Embassy www.indianembassy.ru
Please go to the Education section on the Menu and read under the heading “Advisory for Indian Students” Just check up if the college has English medium for all 6 years or not. As in some colleges they have English medium for 3 years and Russian medium for 3 years. Many Indian students have gone to Russia - but the number is dropping of late due to increasing cost and racial violence.
4. PHILIPPINES: They admit students after 14 years of education.
The MBBS course takes about 4 years – they call it MD. So after class 12 you can go either the Philippines and do a 2 year bachelor degree and then 4 years of MBBS. Or you do 2 years of B.Sc in India and then apply for 4 years of MBBS or MD in Philippines. It will cost you about Rs 20 lacs for 4 years of MBBS there.
5. China: Fees here range from US $ 3000 to 8000 p.a. (1.5 to 4 lacs p.a.) Cost of food and hostel is Rs. 1.00 lac to 1.50 lacs per annum. Though there are over 100 medical colleges in China only 28 of them are approved by Govt. of China to admit international students in English medium course. The number of seats per college is specified - you can find this in the MCI website so ensure to go to these 28 approved colleges ONLY or your degree will NOT be recognized anywhere in the world. It will cost you between Rs.16 to 25 lacs to study in China over 6 years.
6. Germany: Education is Free in Govt Colleges but you have to study in German Medium. It will take you 8 years to complete the course.
1 year - learn German in India,
1 year - learning German in Germany & pass competency language test 6 years -MBBS.
Cost of life is expensive – it will cost you Rs. 50,000 per month to live or Rs. 6 lacs p.a. Hence most Indian students aviod Germany unless they have a relative to stay with. As the cost of life alone over 7 years comes to Rs 40 lacs and hence it makes no economic sense to go there for MBBS.
7. Slovakia: There are many medical universities in Slovakia which offer general medicine and dentistry programme to international students. Both General Medicine and Dental programmes are available for international students with a good command of English. The Faculty of Medicine is closely connected with the Teaching Hospitals in which practical education in clinical disciplines is carried out. Graduates are awarded the academic title ‘Doctor of General Medicine’ (MD) or ‘Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
Duration: 6 years (MBBS) & 5-6 years (BDS)
Tuition Fee- Rs 4.25 Lac-Rs 4.86 Lac per year (depending upon University)
Most International Colleges have appointed agents in India who arrange for Visa, airport pick up and admission to the College etc. Some of them offer good service and some of them offer poor service. So verify the credentials of the agent before signing up with one of them.
Indian students going overseas should also visit the Medical Council of India (MCI) website – www.mciindia.org and familiarize themselves with the relevant rules which are very simple.
ELIGIBLITY TO STDY MEDICINE: MCI has prescribed that if you want to study MBBS in India OR Overseas a student has to be minimum 17 years of age as on Dec. 31 of the year of Admission and pass in class 12 with 50% in PCB average and also pass in Physics; Chemistry, Biology and English individually in class 12 Board Examination.
Check the credential of medical college on MCI web page before getting admission.
COMPETENCY TEST: After you do MBBS overseas & return to India and – then you need to give a competency test also known as the MCI Screening test or the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) which is conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) in New Delhi. If you pass this examination then you get registration with the MCI and you can practice in India. There is No limit on the number of attempts in this exam. There is approximately 70% pass rate in the last 2-3 years. Students who have cleared this examination have said that if you study in the medical college and also prepare for the test you can clear it in the 1st attempt.
DOCTORS WORKING OVERSEAS: Students who have finished their MBBS in India or overseas can also go to many countries and practice there. There is apparently a demand for doctors in Rural Australia, Canada, Singapore and Gulf Countries. Each country has a competency test (similar to the MCI Screening Test) which you have to give. Previously many students were going to UK after PLAB - but the UK has changed its rules and now it is difficult to go there for PG or to get a working visa as they have an oversupply of doctors.
Degree valid in US, UK & India: The degrees obtained from EU nations - Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary are directly valid in California (USA), Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, India, Norway, Greece, Holland, Ireland and others EU countries.