Study MBBS Abroad: Eligibility, Colleges, Fees, Exams and Jobs

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Updated on Aug 18, 2022 11:59 IST

Why Study MBBS Abroad?

The study of medicine and health sciences or otherwise referred to as MBBS has grown over the years among the young in India. Today the number of students applying to study MBBS abroad is far greater then what it was a couple of years back. Why so? A limited number of government seats coupled with exorbitant tuition fees levied by private medical colleges have pushed a certain section of Indian students to pursue MBBS abroad.

As per the Medical Council of India (MCI), a total of 542 government and private colleges provide a total of 79,855 seats (for the year 2020) to students who have successfully cleared the now mandatory National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The number of seats offered by MCI is only a fraction of the total number of candidates that register for NEET every year. In 2020 a record total of over 15 lakh students registered for the NEET-UG. Private medical institutions with their exorbitant tuition fees become the only option for students who are unable to make the cut.

State-of-the-art medical universities clubbed with unmatched amenities and complete with world-class faculty make studying MBBS abroad a major success among Indians. Studying MBBS out of the country not only provides students with international exposure, an opportunity to practice in a foreign land but also a holistic experience that is cherished lifelong.

Study MBBS Abroad: Eligibility, Colleges, Fees, Exams & Jobs

MBBS abroad eligibility and requirements

While each country would have its own set of rules and eligibility criteria for international students wanting to pursue MBBS abroad, today we are going to talk about the general eligibility guidelines for Indian students wanting to pursue MBBS among the top countries overseas.

Age Requirements

The student is required to have attained the age of 17 on December 31 of the year he is pursuing his admission. There is no upper age limit to apply for MBBS abroad.

Academic requirements

Candidates looking to pursue MBBS abroad are required to satisfy the below mentioned academic requirements. 

  • The student must have completed his 10+2 from a recognized board.
  • The student must have an aggregate percentage of at least 50% or above in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have studied English as a compulsory subject during his 10+2 years.
  • Students are also required to qualify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). This is mandatory even if the student is planning to pursue his medical studies abroad.
  • The candidate would also be required to produce an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Medical Council of India at the time of admission to Foreign Medical Universities.

Medical Requirements

The candidate would be required to submit a medical certificate at the time of admission stating that the applicant is not suffering from any contagious diseases.

Exam(s) required to study MBBS abroad

From March 2019, an order passed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) made it mandatory for all Indian students wanting to study MBBS abroad to appear for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). Candidates should note that the upper limit for appearing for the NEET is 25 years for General candidates and 30 years for SC/ST/OBC candidates. The NEET score is valid for a period of three years.

Candidates wanting to pursue medical studies abroad could also be required to appear for an English proficiency test to prove their knowledge of the English language. Depending on the English language requirements of the university, the candidates can opt for TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or OET

Admission process for studying MBBS abroad

Once the candidate has satisfied the eligibility requirements. He can move on to the next step which is the application process to study MBBS abroad. Candidates are required to select his preferred MBBS University and fill out the online international student application form to start his admission process.

Applicants would be required to upload a set of documents as part of the application procedure to further strengthen their academic profile. These include:

On the successful submission of the online application form along with the fee, candidates would hear back from the university with an admission letter. They would be then required to apply for their Student Visa along with their passport, original documents, and their letter of acceptance from the university.

Read: Step-by-step Application Procedure to MBBS abroad

MBBS Abroad vs MBBS in India

Pursuing MBBS in India and pursuing MBBS abroad have more similarities than differences. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) has become mandatory to apply to all medical schools abroad as well as in India. While MBBS in India is for a total of 5.5 years including one year of clinical internship, MBBS studies abroad can stretch up to 6 years including a year of clinical rotations (internship). Read: Advantages and Disadvantages of MBBS Abroad

Studying MBBS abroad provides students with more global exposure, access to large university campuses, superior laboratory access, and better student-teacher ratio. Candidates who opt to study abroad can also practice in the host country and settle down in the long run. Students studying abroad are able to have access to all this and much more at a very economical price.

Students who have pursued their medical studies abroad would be required to appear for the Medical Council of India Screening Test, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (MCI FMGE) to be allowed to practice in India. Unless the student has pursued his medical studies from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, or New Zealand, and is recognized for enrollment as a medical practitioner in the respective country, then he is exempted from appearing for MCI FMGE.

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MBBS Specializations

Candidates going abroad to pursue medical studies should note that their MBBS curriculum would comprise five years of various stages of clinical studies including but not limited to pre-clinical studies, para-clinical studies, and study of clinical subjects and a one year of clinical rotations (internship). Hence, specializations don’t feature during MBBS but post MBBS studies. General specializations after pursuing MBBS would include but not limited to:

Study MBBS Abroad: Eligibility, Colleges, Fees, Exams & Jobs

Top University & Colleges for MBBS Abroad

Candidates wanting to pursue MBBS abroad would want to know more about the top universities for MBBS abroad. Given below is a list of the top-ranked MBBS colleges abroad for 2020. Candidates can click on each college name to know about the courses offered, the eligibility guidelines, the fee structure, and much more. Here is a list of the top medical universities abroad to pursue MBBS for Indian students.

University

Location

World University Rankings 2020

Harvard University

United States

1

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

2

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

3

Stanford University

United States of America

4

Johns Hopkins University

United States of America

5

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

5

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

United States of America

7

University College London(UCL)

United Kingdom

8

Yale University

United States

9

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

10

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

United States of America

10

* Data as per QS Top Universities 2020

Popular Destinations to study MBBS Abroad for Indian Students

Candidates wanting to pursue MBBS abroad would want nothing but the best for themselves. There are a number of factors that go into making a country popular among Indian students. Cost of studying, living expenses, MCI recognized universities and a solid curriculum based education are among the top factors that help in making a destination popular among the Indian diaspora. Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Nepal, Russia, and Ukraine are the popular MBBS destination choices for Indian students.

Read: Best Country to Study MBBS Abroad

Country-wise average fees for MBBS Abroad

Let us take a closer look at some of the universities, the duration of medical study, and the average first-year tuition fee. Candidates are informed that countries mentioned below are a few of the countries that are the most preferred destination by Indian students. Candidates can click on the name of the university for detailed information on the same.

Russia

Study in Russia - High quality of medical education combined with low tuition fees is one of the prime reasons for students to pursue MBBS from Russia. The average MBBS tuition fee in Russia is INR 2.14 Lakhs and the average living expenses stand at INR 42,800 for a single year. Read: Is it Worth Studying MBBS in Russia?

University

Course Details

Tuition Fee (First Year)

Belgorod National Research University (BelSu)

MBBS

5.5 years

INR 1.5 Lakhs

Bashkir State Medical University

MD (Doctor of Medicine)

6 Years

INR 3.11 Lakhs

The Orenburg State Medical University

MD (Doctor of Medicine)

6 Years

INR 3.1 Lakhs

Bangladesh

Study in Bangladesh - Indian students who want to pursue their medical studies from Bangladesh can apply for direct admissions under the SAARC Countries quota or apply directly to the university. The average tuition fee for pursuing MBBS in Bangladesh is INR 15.79 Lakhs.

University

Course Details

Tuition Fee (First Year)

Bangladesh Medical College

MBBS

5 Years

INR 17.7 Lakhs

East West Medical College & Hospital

MBBS

5 Years

INR 14.2 Lakhs

Eastern Medical College

MBBS

5 Years

INR 12.6 Lakhs

Ukraine

Study in Ukraine - Located in Eastern Europe, Ukraine is home to top government medical universities offering MBBS, MD, and other medical/ medicine-related degrees to students. The average MBBS tuition fee in Ukraine is INR 2.68 Lakhs and the average living expenses stand at INR 60,210 for a single year.

University

Course Details

Tuition Fee (First Year)

Kharkiv National Medical University

MD (Doctor of Medicine)

6 Years

INR 8.5 Lakhs

Lugansk State Medical University (LSMU)

MBBS

6 Years

INR 2.5 Lakhs

M. Gorky National Medical University (DMNU)

General Medicine MBBS/MD

6 Years

INR 3.1 Lakhs

Nepal

Study in Nepal - The close proximity and relaxed immigration policies have made Nepal a major hub among Indian students wanting to study MBBS abroad. The average MBBS tuition fee in Nepal is INR 9.37 Lakhs.

University

Course Details

Tuition Fee (First Year)

Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences

MBBS

5.5 Years

INR 11.2 Lakhs

College Of Medical Sciences

MBBS

4.5-5.5 Years

INR 7.5 Lakhs

 * The fee structure has been sourced from Shiksha Study Abroad.

Learn more about studying MBBS in different countries:

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MBBS in Russia

MBBS in Germany

MBBS in Georgia

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MBBS in Australia

MBBS Jobs and Career Opportunities

Maximum of the medical students opt for postgraduate studies or specializations before setting up a practice. However, there are a lot of students who break from the mold and practice for a couple of years before applying for higher studies. Common MBBS job preferences include.

  • Being employed with a hospital chain
  • Pursuing clinical research and academics
  • Setting up private practice
  • A career in Health Administration/Hospital Management

Scholarships to studying MBBS abroad

One of the acknowledged disadvantages of studying abroad is the high tuition costs. However, it is not so for students wanting to pursue MBBS. To attract more student footfall, countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, People’s Republic of China, and Bangladesh among other countries provide quality education at a very competitive price. Candidates who would prefer to obtain an education loan or financial aid could check out a list of available scholarships to apply from.

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MBBS FAQs

Still got more questions on pursuing MBBS abroad? Check out our MBBS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for studying MBBS abroad?

A. Students wanting to pursue MBBS abroad would be required to have attained the age of 17 in the year of application. He must have completed his 10+2 from a recognized board. The candidate must have an aggregate percentage of at least 50% or above in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have studied English as a compulsory subject during his 10+2 years. The student would also be required to qualify the NEET to apply abroad.

Q. Which is the best country to study MBBS abroad for Indian students?

A. Popular countries for Indian students to pursue MBBS are Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Russia, and Ukraine.

Q. Which is the country with the lowest cost of studying MBBS?

A. Again, China, Nepal, Ukraine, Bangladesh are the cheapest countries to study MBBS abroad.

Q. What is MCI FMGE test?

A. Candidates who have pursued their MBBS abroad and would like to return to India to practice would have to appear for the Medical Council of India (MCI) approved Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) exam.

Q. Is studying MBBS abroad worth it?

A. Studying MBBS abroad is a personal decision that should be made by the student. Studying abroad does have its benefits, which include state-of-the-art universities, world-class faculty, international exposure, and a globally recognized degree among others.  

Q. Can you study MBBS for free?

A. The cost of studying MBBS in countries such as Ukraine, China, and Nepal is extremely competitive but not free. Deserving candidates can apply to the various scholarships available with the university to lessen the financial burden of studying abroad.

Q. What are the top Universities to pursue MBBS abroad?

A. The top universities to study MBBS abroad include Harvard University – United States of America, University of Oxford – United Kingdom, University of Cambridge - United Kingdom, and Stanford University – United States of America among many others. Candidates can read the article for a comprehensive list of top universities for studying MBBS abroad.

Q. Is it better to study MBBS in India or abroad?

A. Studying MBBS in India and studying MBBS abroad both have their pros and cons. Students would be required to weigh their options and choose the one that suits them best. This article provides a comprehensive explanation for the benefits of studying MBBS in India and Abroad.

Q. Why study MBBS abroad?

A. The limited number of government medical seats clubbed with the high cost of studying at private medical institutions has led to a large number of Indian students wanting to study MBBS abroad.

Q. Scholarships to study MBBS abroad.

A. One of the major drawbacks of studying abroad is the high cost of studying. However, scholarships and financial aid provided by different organizations lessen this burden.

Q. Marks required to study MBBS abroad?

A. Students wanting to apply for MBBS abroad would be required to have an aggregate percentage of at least 50% or above in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have studied English as a compulsory subject during his 10+2 years. The student would also be required to qualify the NEET to apply abroad.

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Uniwan Dhar

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Can I still pursue mbbs abroad after 3 attempts in neet?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

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Hello Uniwan. To pursue MBBS abroad, you are required to clear NEET. So this is a mandatory requirement.

Neet elligible 2021 can get admission in Nepal mbbs 2022

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

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Hello Dr Yogeshwar. Yes, your NEET scores of 2021 should be valid for admissions to 2022. Given your preferred university in Nepal accepts NEET Scores 2021. You will have to check with your preferred university admissions office.

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shruti somyaa

a month ago

I want to ask if we study MBBS in India for 5 yrs and if we wanted to apply for the doctorate in abroad countries is it possible?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

4 weeks ago

Hello Shruti. Yes the same is possible.

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Shobha Rami

3 months ago

NEET is compulsory for CIE A level students too for admission?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

Hello Shobha. When applying to medical universities abroad. You are required to have qualified for the NEET exam in India.

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R Sujata

4 months ago

Hello
We should pay any fee for seat or else directly we can apply with qualifying marks.?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hello Sujata. There is no additional charge. You are required to pay the application/admission fee like every applicant. You can get in touch with our counsellors for assistance with university admission here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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