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Study MBBS Abroad

September 2020

Being a medical professional is one of the most novel professions in the world. Taking into account the current state of our world, with an ongoing pandemic, healthcare workers are the need of the hour.

Apart from the lucrative salaries that students in the field of medicine earn, the social standing and prestige they earn are important elements as to why MBBS is one of the most sought-after programs abroad.

Indian Medical System

It is estimated that the country hosts approximate 60000 undergraduate medical seats. In order for a student to pursue a Medicine course in India, they are required to appear for the NEET-UG. Further statistics also reveal that in 2019, over 15 lakh students registered for the exam. Now, when one compares the number of available seats to the number of students who appear for the exam it only brings to light the uncertainty that the medical program in India holds. Admission though granted on the basis of merit are extremely competitive in nature and not all students are able to achieve their dream to study medicine.


With the said uncertainty in the picture, a student is faced with a few alternatives. Number one, they could pay a hefty donation and attain a seat or drop plans of studying medicine and consider pursuing another field. However, why would one want to incur such expenses or leave their dreams? In the case of this, students are met with another alluring option which is the ability to study MBBS abroad.

Benefits students attain when they study MBBS abroad

The number one benefit that students gain by studying medicine overseas is that they are not required to pay any donation in order to secure a seat. Admissions are secured purely on the basis of merit and academic performance that include the 10th and 12th scores. Furthermore, the admission process is unbiased and straightforward and are applied across the peripheral to all students. Equal opportunities are provided to all students with examination scores and IELTS scores playing a determining role in their securing admission. Not only is the admission requirement less competitive when compared to India, but is also favourable in nature.

Tuition Fees to study MBBS abroad

As overseas medical education consultants, we can bring to light an indicative nature of the tuition fees required to be incurred by students when they are looking to study medicine. This can be understood as follows:

  • USA and Canada: Rs 2.5-3 cr
  • Caribbean: Rs 1.5-2.5 cr (this includes a certain proportion of living expenditure)
  • UK: Rs 1.5-2.5 cr
  • Australia: Rs 2.5-3.5 cr
  • Europe: Rs 1.7-2 cr

General Eligibility Criteria

The general eligibility criteria to study MBBS abroad at varied education destinations can be understood as follows:

  • USA/Canada: Students looking to pursue the MBBS program in USA/Canada are required to hold an 80% or up in their 12th grade, apart from this they also need to appear for the SAT and MCAP. An MD degree is 8 years in duration which includes 4 years of basic science and 4 years of specialization in MD.
  • Caribbean: Several campuses are located offshore in the Caribbean and degrees from here are recognized internationally. Students need to secure 70% and above, along with an IELTS band score of 6 and above. Here the duration of the program is 6 years which includes 4 years of General medicine, and 2 years of MD.
  • UK: In the UK this program lasts for a period of 5 years with students requiring 85% and above in their 12th grade. Moreover, students are required to appear for the UCAT, 1 year prior to the admission year. An internationally recognized degree with a deadline for admissions in October. Students are also required to give the IELTS with a score of 7 bands in each section.
  • Australia: A Medicine program in Australia is for a duration of 6-7 years and students are required to possess an academic score of 90% and above in their 12th along with an IELTS score of bands 7 each. A globally recognized degree, it opens a plethora of job opportunities for students.

Future Prospects

Students who attain education from abroad are able to practice in over 15 countries including India, without having to give a licensing exam. Universities abroad help students attain residency placements in their area of specialization. Moreover, the independence students gain post the completion of an MBBS program from abroad is manifold.

If you wish to study MBBS abroad and seek assistance, get in touch with Edwise, India's Leading Overseas Education Consultants.


Also read: Study in Australia Amid the Pandemic

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