Philippines continues to be an attractive destination for Indian students wishing to pursue medical education for past few years. Other than its affordable medical universities, bountiful natural resources, acceptance of English language, the country welcomes diversity like none other; the locals are hardly seen inhospitable towards foreign tourists and students. Filipinos are warm, cheerful people with a great sense of humour. According to Gallup’s index the country is nearly ranked on top as of one of the happiest countries in the world. Pursuing MBBS or any higher studies in Philippines is surely a wise decision! Philippine Universities offer world class education in the field of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, business and many more subjects. Indian students are seen keenly interested in some of the top Medicine Universities in Philippines.
Medical education in Philippines is an easily workable option for Indian students for various reasons including similarities like homely and welcoming culture, affordable cost of living and tuition, compatible quality of education, state of the art infrastructure and advanced educational methods.
Let’s look into some other aspects that have been attracting international students to Philippines medical universities.
Language: Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. English is used everywhere in the country. Most Billboards, road sign, newspapers, radios, groceries, market places, shopping centres, and education systems use English in their written and verbal communication.
Safety: An international student always searches for home away from home and it comes only with familiar culture, security and growth assurances. Philippines is comparatively considered a safe country; however, one needs to be aware of one’s environment anywhere around the globe at all times and the same simple rule applies with Philippines too. You cannot have your passports, personal IDs and all credit cards with you at all times. Whether it is Mumbai, Shanghai, Moscow, Mombasa, Sydney or New York pick pockets are found everywhere. Yes, their numbers increase or decrease depending on the city and the country you are in. Philippines is by and large considered a very friendly, safe and welcoming country; their acceptance towards diversities, different cultures and food have attracted tourist and international students from around the globe.
Eligibility: The current education system in Philippines need four years of college level grades after high school to receive a bachelor’s degree. So, on completion of 14 years they are admitted to MD course if he/she wishes to pursue medicine. An Indian student who has studied in India under 10+2 system therefore needs to do the BS course before enrolling for MD. However, some additional credits for the BS course are given for +2 which the Indian student has done, and the remaining credits of the BS course have to be obtained during the three semesters before he is granted a BS degree. Thereafter he is eligible for MD course. In short, an Indian student does a BS+MD course of 2 years and 4 years respectively. The system is expected to ease out in the coming years as Philippines is also switching over to 10+2 system.
Universities: Philippines is becoming one of the finest medical education hubs in the world. Renowned institutes like AMA School of Medicine, Cebu Doctors’ University, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila Central University, Our Lady of Fatima, University of Northern Philippines and University of Perpetual Help System DALTA are rapidly growing to attract more international students year after year.
Universities have great student resource centres, expat and alumni communities, students’ hostel with great meal plans including vegetarian and vegan options and in room kitchenette facilities. Indian food is also made available in most universities.
Quality of Education: Most educational institutes in India follow British methods and curriculum while Philippines education is highly influenced by American methods and curriculum. Here the passing percentage is 75% much higher unlike in India. However, private colleges here are still less expensive and affordable unlike in India. Also, there is no capitation fee for admissions which is an added advantage. Students should be aware of exams like NMAT before coming to Philippines, i.e. requirement for admission to core medicine (MD).
Future Prospects: On completing MBBS from Philippines, medical students are eligible to practice in about 50 countries around the world. All they need is to pass that country specific screening test. Graduates from major Philippines Universities are eligible to appear for USMLE opening doors to USA. Medical graduates from these universities have distinguished future prospects and there is a huge demand for sincere, dedicated and trustworthy doctors to serve the mankind in today’s growing world.
Reading and believing is different than actually experiencing it, so just secure your admission and visit to experience Philippines as a Student, it will be that decision of your life that you will never ever regret in your life.