It’s a known fact that Philippines is great for MBBS, however, selecting a university for MBBS in Philippines can be a tough trick. For your clarity, MBBS in Philippines is divided into 2 parts – 1.5-2 years BS Program and 4-Year MD Program.
All this is crystal clear, but the main question still remains as to how can one select a good medical college in Philippines?
The answer to this can be given by explaining several technicalities and factors.
While selecting a college, make sure that your college is located in a city such as Manila, which is the capital of Philippines. This is purely so that you can have a better life and all the facilities. Other top tier cities, which are developed, safe and have all the amenities should be the top preference of students.
2. Your Budget
Fees of Medical Colleges in Philippines goes from 18 lakhs to 30 lakhs for the complete course.So, students must plan according to their budget.
Students can also check out this video which covers all the topics and factors that must be kept in mind while selecting a university for yourself.
3. Food and Hostel
Most of the medical Colleges have good accommodation and mess facilities as many Indian Students are already studying in the Philippines and many have even graduated.However, not all colleges have hostel inside campus. So, this is a factor that must be checked and kept in mind.
4. Limited Intake
This is a very important factor to consider. There are some medical colleges in the Philippines which take over admission. Hence, keeping a check on how many seats are available for international students is a crucial factor.
What happens is that consultants, for monetary benefits, send students to Philippines to undergo the BS program. As a result of which, the number of students in the BS program exceed and become way more than there are seats in the MD program which lands the students in a puddle.
This is a serious issue. It is even mentioned on the official website of the Indian Embassy of Philippines.
5. College Support
Now try to understand this, try to find out that the college you are going to, do they give you flexibility in the NMAT score or do they give you extra classes in case you miss any class?How do they support students in case anyone lags behind?
You should always consider these aspects as it will determine your life after going to a medical college in the Philippines.However, you can’t check such things on the internet, you will need to talk to some students already studying there to know about their experiences, as they are going to provide you with the real facts and figures and show you the real image.
6. NMAT criteria
For your information, NMAT is an exam which is given after the completion of BS course. Basically, the education system in Philippines for the nationals is 10+4, which means 10 years of schooling + 4 years of BS course and then admission in MD program.
However, Indian students go to Philippines after their 12th, so, they only need to do a 2-year BS course followed by an MD program. This BS course can also be of 1.5 years depending on university to university.
Every college in Philippines have their own eligibility for the required percentile in the NMAT. But, not all colleges in the Philippines give flexibility in NMAT exam. Hence, considering this factor and keeping this in mind can be extremely important for all aspiring medical students.
7. Hospitals and Infrastructure
Affiliated hospitals are important as they help students in internships and clerkships. Therefore, always check the number of hospitals affiliated with a particular medical college in Philippines to make sure that you have better clinical experience during your clerkship.
Also, don’t forget to see the infrastructure of the medical college. Always make sure that you get to know about the facilities provided such as sports complex, libraries, anatomy labs, number of laboratories, etc. All these will determine your quality of education as well as life while you are studying in that college.
There are 55 medical colleges in Philippines which offer medicine (MD) program, out of which, 42 medical Colleges don’t provide direct admission to international students after 10+2.
Only 13 medical colleges in Philippines provide both BS and MD admissions. 80-90 % Indian students go to only these 13 universities as they give BS credits to international students.
You must also be wondering why Indian students don’t study in Government Medical Colleges in Philippines but only in Private Medical College? The reason behind that is that government Colleges don’t provide give BS credit done after 10+2 and hence the BS course to be done should be of 4 years.
Also, the required percentile in NMAT for Government medical Colleges in Philippines is very high (more than 80 percentile), which is a little difficult to achieve.
On the other hand, the private medical colleges offer only 1.5- or 2-year BS course and have low NMAT eligibility Criteria. Some of them even give flexibility in NMAT score like mentioned above.
So, these are the points which you should consider while selecting a medical college in Philippines. However, we would suggest that don’t always take in account only one factor, always consider all the factors so that you can make a much more informed choice and choose the best university for yourself.