Is it wise to study MBBS in Philippines?

Is it wise to study MBBS in Philippines?

Philippines is not only globally recognized for its beauty and being a popular tourist destination, but is also slowly gaining attention for its medical universities. It particularly attracts Indian students for its affordability alongside quality. Many students that have previously immigrated to Philippines for the same have reverted back with quite some positive feedback.

Philippines, as a country, is an archipelago of 700 islands and islets in Southeast Asia. This unique country attained such reputation in higher education for its advanced and sophisticated teaching methods and scientific approaches. These institutes also have a fast document processing with the added benefit of an easy application process.

The benefits of MBBS in Philippines are innumerable. One of the greatest benefits of studying here is global recognition – the affiliations, recognitions and other parameters are an immensely important factor deciding upon initial career success. Some bodies recognizing top Philippine’s universities are:

  • Ministry of Education, Philippines
  • Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)
  • The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)



  • No entrance test or hassle during the admission process (except NEET qualification).
  • No capitalization fees
  • Availability of MCI-recognized universities for further screening test in India
  • Broad exposure to clinical practices with access to highly equipped multi-profile hospitals.
  • Philippines is the 3rd largest English-speaking country and thus, there are no language restrictions.
  • No donations are asked for during admissions.
  • Low and affordable tuition fee.
  • Low cost of living.
  • Acknowledgement by WHO and MCI.
  • Follow an English mode of teaching
  • Comfortable hostel accommodations
  • Provide eligibility to work in government hospitals – Gov. hospitals in Philippines also offer practical training to medical students.


  • Filipino as the local language may bring students to unease outside of university campus or when interacting with locals.
  • Putting in extra efforts to learn Filipino after class hours.
  • Tough visa process which takes more than two months after document submissions
  • Incredibly cold climate that many students find it hard to adapt to.
  • Working while studying to cover expenses may cause distraction and issues with time-management.

An important factor on deciding whether a country is suitable for moving for an individual is first understanding its structure, understanding how it differentiates from the home country. Whether choosing a country is wise or unwise, like many other things, is a subjective topic.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be at least 17 years of age on or before 31st December of the application year, with no upper age limit.
  • The applicant must have scored a minimum of 50% with Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their 10+2 education.
  • All Indian applicants should have cleared NEET.

The medium of teaching of the course is in English, and thus, there should be no troublesome language barriers. An MBBS course in Philippines generally has a duration of 6 years, where admissions start in the months of August/September each year.

Admission Procedure

  • The application forms of the desired universities can be found on their respective websites where they can be filled.
  • On receiving an offer letter (if accepted), it should be saved for future use.
  • The expenses involved in college admissions or enrollments should then be paid off.
  • Once the application process and acceptance by the university is officially complete, applicants need to apply for a visa.
  • After receiving the visa and obtaining flight tickets, the student is now good to go.

All instructions on a university’s website regarding the application process and the documents to be submitted should be looked at carefully to avoid any form of rejection. Similarly, all steps during the visa application should be followed as clearly mentioned by the embassy.


  • 1st Sem: Anatomy
  • 2nd Sem: Anatomy and Histology
  • 3rd Sem: Histology, Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology
  • 4th Sem: Biochemistry, Physiology and Microbiology
  • 5th Sem: Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Path Physiology
  • 6th Sem: Path Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology
  • 7th-12th Sem: Oncology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychology, Pediatric, General Surgery, Gynecology, ENT, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology


  1. Angeles University Foundation
  • Tuition of INR 4,12,205 per annum
  • Hostel fee of INR 12,655 per month
  1. Cebu Doctors University College of Medicine
  • Tuition of INR 6,00,000 per annum
  • Hostel fee of USD 1,000 per year
  1. University of Northern Philippines
  • Tuition fee of USD 3450 annually
  1. Xavier University
  • Tuition fee of INR 2,40,000 per annum
  1. Paul University
  • Annual tuition fee of USD 4,500

*The fees mentioned above are tentative, based on research and meant for reference only. The most accurate piece of information would be provided by the chosen university itself.

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