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Studying Medicine Abroad - Possibilities and Opportunities for Indian Students

A rising number of Indian students are opting to study in Medicine in Europe, China and the Philippines to save costs.

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The MBBS Dream

Every time the Class XII results are announced, the television channels carry interviews of the state/district toppers. The TV-channel representative asks the school topper – “What’s your ambition?” Invariably, 85% of those students reply – “I want to become a doctor and serve the poor!” Now how many of these students actually pursue medicine as an academic and career option is a completely different question! With the tough admission process and extremely strenuous academic load, a big percentage of students who sign up for a programme in medicine, drop out in a year citing stress as a reason! Another key factor that deters students from pursuing medicine is the high cost involved!

 

Studying Medicine in the UK     

Traditionally, the UK has been the preferred haunt for Indian students looking to do a programme abroad. Any leading city you visit, the signboard outside a doctor’s clinic will list a long set of degrees, ending with “FRCS London”. That’s the power of the UK in terms of attracting top minds.

The past few years have seen a number of students opting for programmes in medicine in the UK with a special focus on research in Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s.   

 

Key Institutions

Some of the key institutions, which attract Indian students to enrol for a programme in Medicine are:

Entry Requirements:

There are strict entry requirements for those looking to study medicine at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. IELTS scores range from 6.5 to 7.5 from institution to institution. Undergraduate programme aspirants should have studied Biology, Physics and Chemistry in high school and have a good score in the subjects. Recently a number of universities are setting up entrance tests to filter out prospective students aspiring to study medicine as well. Those looking to study a postgraduate programme should have completed a relevant undergraduate degree in Medicine as well.

 

New Destinations to Study Medicine

A number of countries like Russia, Ukraine, Poland, China and the Philippines offer attractive programmes in Medicine that are offered at about half the cost of a similar programme in a leading medical college in India. This has created a parallel industry for Russian, Polish and Mandarin language classes in leading Indian cities. In addition to the actual programme in Medicine, students spend one year learning the language. This offers the double advantage of knowing another language and an affordable full-time degree. The Philippines is a crucial destination as the medium of instruction is English and the course fee averages around 5 lakhs to 6 lakhs a year.

 

Does it make Sense to Study Medicine Abroad?

The primary reason why many students look to go abroad to study medicine is that they fail to secure a seat in a heavily quota-based system in India. This truly de-motivates talented and skilled students, who deserve better and unless merit-based rankings and ratings supersede the caste-based quota system of allotment; the ‘brain drain’ will continue! The professionalism in terms of teaching, state-of-the-art learning facilities and opportunities for research are the other factors that contribute to students going abroad to study medicine.

 

What to do after Graduation?

If you return to India, you have to register with the Medical Council of India – MCI. You will also be required to take the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam conducted by the National Board of Examinations in India. On clearing this test and grant of medical licence by the MCI you can start working as a qualified doctor.

At Hotcourses India, we have a team of dedicated study abroad advisors to help you with your study abroad dreams. If all your documents are in place and if you meet all the eligibility requirements we can help you apply to specific universities in the UK that offer programmes in medicine.

Get in touch with us for more details. 

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