Is studying an MBBS abroad better than taking a drop?

Is studying an MBBS abroad better than taking a drop?

A Bachelor’s in Medicine is one of the most reputable career decisions and renowned among Indian families. This makes the field highly saturated and competitive, especially within the country. As a consequence, it is only evident that thousands of students fail to clear NEET and additional thousands fail to get admitted into a public university. The dilemma continues to grip students regarding opting a private institution which is not as expensive, if not more, as studying abroad or whether they should take a drop.

Thus, for aspirants to wonder whether they should take a drop or to seek MBBS in a foreign country is justified and obvious. Before getting into the details of each, what is most important to understand that at the end of the day, career and life decisions are personal to all. There may be generic pros and cons of each and the path to be taken can be shared as a generic opinion, but the ultimatum lies in the hands of the individual and their desires or expectations.

To keep it simple – not everyone wants to leave their home country, they love the atmosphere while others wouldn’t mind leaving behind friends and family to seek a better future prospect. On not having cleared NEET or backed a government seat in such a scenario, the answer becomes more than obvious: while one takes the left path, the other one turns to the right based on personal preferences.

Considering a generic point of you – a vast majority of students prefer pursuing MBBS abroad because of the following reasons:

  • There is no security of the fact that a student would be capable of clearing NEET the next year. NEET is mandatory for both, applying in India and abroad, thus if someone does not get their desired college, they should prefer using their scorecard somehow since there’s no guarantee of the circumstances that may come
  • Studying in a private medical college is expensive. Thus, students can attain an internationally recognized degree by some of the top colleges across the world at the same price where there’s less saturation and high quality of education and living, all at the same price or less than taking an admission in one of the private seats in MBBS India.
  • Sometimes, preparing for NEET is simply, exhausting. It feels taxing to go through the same process and the same information all over again. Everyone wants to move on to the next big thing – when there’s an opportunity, better seize it and then let go.

All reasons seem tangible of course and are also quite convincing, but again – they’re just opinions. Here’s an elaborate list of pros and cons of studying MBBS abroad:


  1. Quality of Education: Undoubtedly, India’s education of medicine is indeed one of quality but the country’s resources lag in technological advancements. A first-world or globally leading country not only provides high quality of education theoretically, but practically as well by providing to them finesse in using advance equipment as well as exposure to its students. This is with an added benefit of world-class infrastructure and highly trained faculties.
  2. Costs: One of the top benefits of studying in public universities of first-world countries is that they are free of tuition costs. If the student is wise and plans well financially, they can even further cut down their living costs as well and manage studying at an affordable rate. It is also relatively easy to get scholarships or student loans as a part of one of the world’s leading global universities, while some countries like Russia have special offers and grants for Indian students.
  3. Ease of Admission: Although it may not be the easiest to be selected, especially without the help of a counsellor, the process in itself is relatively easy. There is no fuss or waiting for a counselling process to go on and anticipating until your turn. You apply and you shall directly receive an acceptance or rejection letter and then you may act accordingly.


  1. Cultural Differences: Although such differences are great for exposure and personality development, setting up in an entirely different culture and learning a new language can be extremely difficult for many. It is also a drastic change of surroundings which may result in gloomy feelings or a lack in a sense of belongingness. However, this generally is only a matter of time and eventually gets better.
  2. Climatic Conditions: Since our bodies get used to certain climates through adaption, shifting to a new climate may also be sickening. Additionally, students are unaware of how to deal with a different weather and may take some time to learn altering their diets, clothing and way of living to suit the climatic needs of the place better.
  3. Homesickness: The most common problem and one of the most widely accepted reasons of not wanting to go abroad is missing friends and family. Homesickness is common and MBBS is a long procedure, so visiting them would be a long-lost dream.

Another major thing to consider is licensing. Before applying to specific country, know that each country has its own licensing rules and you may not eligible to practice in India under certain conditions. If you wish to move back to India or another country, it is recommended to check up with the country’s medical council and see if the universities being applied to deem you to be eligible for the same.

Ultimately, all of this, boils down to self-awareness. Take some time to introspect, research and know what you as a person really want, irrespective of any social or family pressures, and the path shall be in front of you.