Free Career Guidance for MBBS from Philippines 2021-22

Frequently Ask Questions on MBBS from Philippines

What is the reputation of medical education in Philippines?

Philippines is known for one of best medical education in the world. Every year thousands of student graduates doing MD (Doctor of Medicine , equivalent to MBBS) from Philippines, this is ascertained from the fact that every one doctor out of ten in USA has graduated from Philippines.

What is the name of the course in medicine in Philippines?

The undergraduate [program in medicine is called MD( Doctor of Medicine ) which is equivalent to MBBS in India.

What is the validity of degree obtained in Philippines ?

The degree is recognized as equal to MBBS by the Medical Council of India(MCI).  For verification , one can check Website of Indian Embassy in Philippines.

What is BS-MD?

In the Philippines MD (MD is equivalent to MBBS) is done after BS (Bachelor of Science). Like in the US, one should be a graduate for taking admission in a 4 Years MD course.
In the Philippines BS courses are of 16 Months to 24 months. One should be 10+2 to be admitted in a BS course. So BS-MD becomes a dual degree course.

So BS-MD is dual Degree Course ?

Yes BS-MD course is dual degree course since you get two degrees , one of BS and another of MD.

A Science graduate students from India , Are eligible to take direct admission in MD ?

Yes. For Graduate Students BS is not required. So one has to do 4 Years MD course.

What is the eligibility required for BS-MD Course?

For undergraduate program (BS-MD) 50% marks needed in class twelve (10+2) with  Physics , Biology and Chemistry. NEET Qualified for Indians.

Is there an entrance examination before the admission in MD Course?

In Philippines there are no entrance examinations to do MD Course .

What is the duration of the course BS-MD?

5.5 Years to 6 Years.

Would I have a language problem in Philippines? what is the language used in instruction in medical colleges there?

95% of the Philippines speak English so you will not have a language problem .For all the medical universities and colleges in Philippines, the medium of instruction is English only, so students don’t face a communication problems in campus or outside it in daily affairs.

What is the method adopted in teaching in all the universities?

There is a US pattern and method of teaching in all the universities in Philippines. There is enhancement of clinical skills and lectures with problem based learning. New teaching techniques deployed ensure that the students are exposed to research projects ensuring them to develop skills.

What kind of fee structure is there in medical colleges in Philippines?

The fees of every college varies from college to college. The medical colleges in Philippines are the most affordable, the best part is that there is no donation. Generally the  Tuition Fee for Five & half  years lies between 22, 000 USD 36,000 USD, payable in yearly Installment.

Does Indian banks gives loan to Students studying in Philippines ?


What are the basic documents required for admission?

The basic documents needed for admission are copies of class twelve mark sheet, date of birth proof and  passport.

What kind of recognition do the degrees of medical education hold in Philippines?

MD courses in Philippines are recognized by World Health Organization (WHO), Medical Council of India(MCI). They are listed in Educational Commission of Foreign medical Graduate ECFMG) and International Medical Education Directory (IMED). It is always better to check with Indian Embassy in Philippines website.

What kind of weather is there in Philippines?

The Philippines in general has a tropical weather. It is quite similar to Indian weather in many ways, the average temperature round the year is between 28 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius.

Does the universities in Philippines provide hostel/accommodation?

The universities help in accommodating students outside the campus if they don’t have a facility of accommodating inside the campus. Every university makes sure that the international students are accommodated whether inside the campus or outside. There are separate accommodation s for girl student and separate for boy students.

What kind of food is available there in the Mess?

All variety of foods is available there including vegetarian and non vegetarian Indian food.  You will find both North and South Indian Food.

Is studying medicine in Philippines safe for girls?

Philippines is the best place in medical education for girls. It is a female dominated society there where you would find females working in all work places; more than 60% population is of females there. Thus Philippines is the safest bet for girls.

Are there uniforms for medical students in Philippines medicine universities?

There are uniforms for all the medical universities. Every university has a separate dress code keeping in mind that the image of a physician to be should be very professional.

Do medical students get holidays , summer and winter?

Students do get a vacation, every university has a individual time table set for that, students can at that time  visit home or elsewhere.

How is the country Philippines stand in affordability as per Indian standards. Is the cost of living there too high?

Philippines is a affordable place as per Indian standards. The cost of living for the students is not high there. the total fee involved of the MD course is much cheaper than it is India. Generally speaking , maximum Rs. 32-35 Lacks will be required for 5 Years, which includes Tuition Fee, Hotel and Mess Expenditures, Dress, Books, Tool Kits, VISA fee, Local transportation, International Air fares (3-5 times) etc.

Is the fee structure in the medical universities of Philippines higher than in India?

Studying medicine in Philippines is much cheaper than in India. The most important factor is there is no donation involved in studying medicine there. Fee structure and other expenses are always transparent.

Is there a policy of ‘earn while you learn’ for medical students in Philippines?

No there is no such policy of such kind for medical students. The medical students are only allowed to focus on their studies entirely.

Is there any refund of fees by the university if the student cannot continue further studies?

There is no policy of refund in any fees once the student is admitted.

What is the currency of Philippines? How am I supposed to keep or exchange money there in Philippines?

The currency of Philippines is called “Peso”.

The money can be kept in cask or traveler’s checks initially. Later the students can have all kind of bank transaction s by opening a bank account. The debit cards and credit cards are accepted by major hotels, restaurants and stores. One can find ATM almost every where.

What kind of people are there in Philippines?

The people in Philippines are very friendly and lively belonging to multi cultured society. Philippines is known for its hospitality. It  has mixture of different cultures and communities from western as well as neighboring eastern countries as in the earlier times Philippines was ruled by Spain And America. This makes the international students very relaxed and comfortable.

What is the religion followed by major Philippines citizens?

Philippines sees a Christian dominated religion. More than 90% are Christian.

What kind of place is Philippines?

It is a beautiful country with the world class beaches and tropical climate .Its capital city is Manila. The country has a breathtaking beauty of nature and
has mixture of different cultures and communities. Filipinos’ love  fast food, film, and music. Fast food outlets are found on many street corners. American global fast food chain stalwarts have entered the market.

What if I have marks less than 50 % in science?

Students below 50% in science are not eligible to do the  medicine program.

When I obtain my medical degree in medicine , am I eligible to practice in my country India?

After obtaining the degree , it is mandatory for the students who have studied in Philippines or abroad for that matter, to pass the FMGE examination conducted by NBE (National Board of Education) to practice freely in India. It is the norms as laid down by MCI.

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