Studying in the Philippines is one of the best choices a medical student could make when deciding to study medicine abroad.  Philippines is a perfect spot to study MBBS abroad because of its interface and connection with the western world not just by criteria but by culture and lifestyle too. This gives any international students, especially the ones from India an advantage. Moreover, as an Indian, you will love the homely and welcoming atmosphere that is descriptive of the Philippines.  Filipinos are very polite and friendly people which is why they make great hosts.


The Philippines follows the American system of medical education and the primary medical qualification is M.D. A typical medical course in the Philippines consists of 6 years with a 1.5-2 year of BS (Bachelor of Science), 4 years of MD and 1 year of internship.


The biggest advantage of studying in the Philippines is that the structure of the course is slightly different from countries like China and Russia.  Since the Phillipines follows the American system of medical education, students will be required to do a BS (Bachelor of Science) course as part of the curriculum. This is an added benefit that prepares a student wishing to pursue higher studies or a medical career in the USA. The dual qualification of BS (Bachelor of Science) MD (Doctor of medicine) is globally recognized by all medical boards worldwide including the Medical Council of India.

The other big factor that influences the decision of students opting for Philippines is its affordable cost of living where the currency exchange is approximately 1 Philippine peso = 1.38 INR. In a nutshell, the cost of studying medicine in Philippines is comparatively lower than other countries. And!! Get this! The Philippines is the third largest English speaking nation in the world and that is music to every Indian student’s ears because after all an Indian student’s English speaking abilities will be their biggest asset when studying medicine in Philippines.


The AMA school of medicine is one of the top ranking colleges to study a MD degree in Philippines also known as AMASOM. Located in the AMA College Makati, it is a centrally located college in Makati City, Philippines. The popular courses offered here are Pharmacy, Medicine and Preventive care. It is well known for its high quality of educational facilities, technology and infrastructure. It is also a low cost college that charges approximately 16 lakh for 6 years of study.


The other top destination in the Philippines besides Manila is Davao. Davao Medical College alone has almost 2000 Indian students currently studying on campus making it a favored destination among Indians wanting to study MBBS abroad. Davao Medical College also featured a MCI Screening test passing rate of more than 70% in 2018. It also has a high success rate in the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Exam) because of the teaching methodology adopted by the Philippines medical educational system.


  • Low cost of living: Students can live comfortable on the islands for as low as 200$ a month in private accommodation whereas in cities the cost is slightly higher.  Currency is almost similar in value.
  • American system of education that includes a dual qualification of BS (Bachelor of Science) and MD. This is recognized internationally and opens up career opportunities for USA, Australia and Canada
  • Philippines medical universities are widely renowned for the superior standard of medical education recognized by WHO, IMED and ECFMG medical education directories.
  • Highly experienced International teaching faculty including USA and India.
  • Philippines medical colleges are regulated by the Philippines ministry of education, hence no capitation or donations.
  • Philippines climate varies from 23 °C to 32 °C throughout the year, which is very alike to the Indian climate that is compatible with Indian students
  • English medium of instruction eliminates the need of learning the native language and helps to focus only on study.
  • More emphasis on practice over theory to give students greater practical experience
  • As the MBBS degree of Philippines is recognized by MCI, you can practice in India after completing the MCI registration formalities.
  • We have a large number of messes and team of Indian chefs to make all the Indian dishes available for Indian students at affordable rates.
  • Easy communication with patients and locals as the Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country where almost 94% of Filipinos speak English.
  • Those planning to migrate to the US can crack the USLME parts I and II in Philippines only under the guidance of medical professors.
  • Excellent flight connectivity and logistics connections to and from India
  • Liberal nature of Philippines embassy makes it easy to obtain a student visa and faster processing of documentation.
  • Universities of the Philippines not only prepare for medical practice, but also prepare students for the MCI screening test.
  • Every year, almost 8000 foreign students take admission in Philippines Medical universities and out of which around 50% are Indian students.
  • High end infrastructure, all facilities, hygienic multicuisine food and excellent living accommodation
  • Parents find it secure for their wards to study in the Philippines because of high quality of education, low cost of living, security, and ease of communication


MBBS in Philippines is different from other countries. Similar to the MBBS course, it is an MD degree (Doctor of Medicine) and divided in 6 years consists of BS, MD and internship. The BS course is a foundation degree course with 4 semesters that is usually completed in 1.5 to 2 years. After this students are made to sit for the NMAT Philippines Test (National Entrance Test). The National Medical Admission Test is a common admission test to MD. It is a compulsory test conducted by all medical universities in Philippines. Students have to pass the NMAT to advance to 4 years MD Course failing which they may have to reappear.

A student is given 4 chances to pass this test during the BS course. Study materials will be provided to the students upon their arrival in the Philippines. A student has to pass the NMAT once to get admission to the MD course.  From 2019 session, the total duration MBBS course in the Philippines will be 6 years.

*The BS rule required by the Philippines can be bypassed if a student already possesses a Bachelor of Science degree.


The Philippines is fast becoming one of the most preferred destinations for Indian students to study medicine abroad. The main reason is the language barrier that does not require a student to learn a foreign language. If you want to study Medicine in the Philippines, then MBBSsolution provides you with all the answers to be an aspirant in any of the top medical colleges in the Philippines.


The dates for study in the Philippines are different than those of China and Russia. Usually the deadline is on 15th July so applicants need to initiate the process in May-June. There is no need to worry about how to study MBBS in the Philippines. Just get in touch with MBBSsolution and we will set you on a career path that may take you beyond your goals to become a doctor abroad. Our services include every step to guide you and provide you with assistance to travel to your university in the Philippines.

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