Philippines is a country in South east Asia in the Western Pacific. It has become a new destination of the students wanting to pursue their MBBS from abroad. The main reason of the crowd diverting toward Philippines is that it is an English speaking country and the cost of education is much lower. Unlike in countries like Russia and China where the students have to learn an additional language, i.e., Russian and Chinese, Philippines being an English speaking country provides this relaxation to the students. The weather condition of Philippines is also quite suitable for the Indian students.
COST OF STUDY
The cost of pursuing with MBBS in Philippines would be between 11 to 18 lakh. The universities in Philippines are recognized by WHO. The cost of living in Philippines is also very affordable for the Indian students. But there are some major drawbacks of pursuing MBBS from Philippines that are not generally disclosed by the agents. Even the Indian Embassy in Philippines has issued some advisories for the students who wish to pursue MBBS from Philippines.
DISADVANTAGES OF DOING MBBS IN PHILIPPINES
More than the advantages there are actually many disadvantages of doing MBBS in Philippines. The agents these days only highlight the positive aspects and misguide the students and do not disclose the reality to the students. Hence students have this misconception that they are being guaranteed a confirmed seat in the medical program in Philippines, which is actually not true.
The students are initially put in the pre-medical programs like B.S. (Psychology) or B.S. (Biology). This is a normal bachelor degree program and does not guarantee a seat in the medical program. This continues for a period of 18 months. After this the students have to appear for an exam named NMAT. Qualifying in NMAT guarantees a confirm seat in the medical program for international students. Only approximately 30% of the students are able to qualify this exam and get themselves a seat in the medical program. The other students who are unable to qualify this examination are sent back to their home country. This is the system that is followed by all the WHO approved universities in Philippines and it does not suit most of the students. Approximately only 30% of the students are able to qualify within this system.
It is also not compulsory that a student who has passed the NMAT exam would be getting a seat in the medical program because of the low availability of seats for international students in medical programs. This point is also concealed by the agents. Another disadvantage of studying in Philippines is that the MBBS program in Philippines is of a very long duration, i.e., 6.5 years and not 5 years. The agents usually mislead the students by saying that the course is for duration of only 5 years due to which the students actually consider that they would be saving on a year. The MBBS program in Philippines is of the longest duration as compared to all the other options.
It is highly recommended that before choosing Philippines as the destination for pursuing with MBBS, the students should once go through the advisor issued by the Indian Embassy in Philippines.