Study in Philippines

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Since 2012, there has been a constant increase in the number of Indian students pursuing MBBS in the Philippines. Over 95% of people in the Philippines speak English, and pursuing MBBS is an advantage for international students. Students aiming to pursue MBBS in the Philippines have the advantage of obtaining a globally recognised degree and explore different cultures. There are numerous top-ranked medical universities in the Philippines offering high-quality medical education. Students who complete the MBBS course in the Philippines can find job opportunities anywhere across the globe. Usually, medical colleges/universities charge around Rs. 15 lakh – 25 lakh for 5.5-year duration MBBS course.

MBBS degrees awarded by Philippines medical universities are globally recognised. According to a recent survey, MBBS graduates from medical universities of the Philippines have a 100% success rate. Medical universities in the country are equipped with the latest technology, infrastructure, well-qualified & experienced faculty, global recognition etc. Therefore, pursuing MBBS in the Philippines is a better option for international students.

MBBS Education System in the Philippines

The duration of MBBS course in the Philippines is 5 ½ years. The duration of the pre-medical course is 16 months, and upon the completion of the course, students will be eligible to enrol in the medical degree. The pre-medical course majorly covers subjects like medicinal technology, psychology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nursing, biology, and psychology. On the other hand, after the completion of the pre-medical course, students will have to clear the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) for getting admission in any of the medical universities in the Philippines.
Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme in the Philippines is equivalent to MBBS course in India, UK, and Commonwealth nations. While pursuing MBBS course in the Philippines, a student must study medical theory and go through practicals and clinical rotation in order to gain better exposure.

Degrees in Medicine in the Philippines

Pursuing medical education in the Philippines is quite popular among Indian medical aspirants. The most popular medical program in this field is Doctor of Medicine (MD) that is similar to the MBBS degree in India. However, there are other medical courses offered by Universities in the Philippines that candidates can apply for after completing their school education.

NOTE: The eligibility criteria for the courses mentioned above can differ for different universities across the Philippines.

Name of the Course


About the Course

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

5 years and 6 months

This program is equivalent to the MBBS course offered in India. Candidates who successfully pass this course can practice general medicine.

BS in Nursing/ Medical Technology/ Nutrition and Dietetics/ Physical Therapy etc.

4 years

Some universities in the Philippines also offer these undergraduate medical programs in different fields. Candidates can apply for these courses after completing class 12.

Master in Nursing (MAN)

2 years

This course has two concentrations, i.e. thesis and non-thesis. Aspiring candidates can apply for these programmes after completing a BS in Nursing. Those who want to teach at Nursing Institutes in the Philippines, it is mandatory to pursue this program.

Master of Public Health

2 years

This is a master’s program for those who want to pursue higher studies in the field of public health policies and measures. Candidates can apply after completing a Bachelor’s degree in public health or related bachelor courses.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

4 years

This is a postgraduate level program for students who want to treat animals. Candidates have to pursue graduation and 2 years of pre-vet training.

Doctor of Dental Medicine

4 years

This is another postgraduate program and candidates can apply for this course after completing a Bachelor’s degree in any related course.

Why Study MBBS in the Philippines

Some of the major benefits/advantages of pursuing MBBS in the Philippines are as follows:

  • Medical universities in the Philippines offer high-quality education, and all these universities are listed in IMED medical directories and WHO (World Health Organization).

  • The faculty members at Philippines medical universities are well experienced. Expert faculty members from countries such as the USA, India and others are also present in medical universities of the Philippines.

  • For Indian medical aspirants, the climate of the Philippines is an added advantage. The temperature is moderate in the country, and it varies from 23 to 32 degrees Celcius throughout the year.

  • Medical universities in the Philippines follow the US education system. MBBS graduates from these universities can make a bright career in English-speaking countries such as Canada, the US, the UK, Australia etc.

  • Compared to major European countries, the living expenses or cost of living in the Philippines is less.

  • Indian food is available in some of the restaurants across the Philippines, which is an advantage for Indian students.

  • Employment scope after graduating MBBS from the Philippines is high.

  • If you are planning to migrate to the US after MBBS in the Philippines, you can do so by cracking USLME Parts I & II in the Philippines under the supervision and guidance of medical professors.

  • Philippines Embassy in India is student-friendly. The visa process is easy if the candidates submit all the required documents. If all documents are relevant and correct, the Visa application shall be processed easily.

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