If you plan to study medicine abroad , you have number of options to consider .Studying medicine in US /UK/Australia can be very expensive . So if you are thinking of alternatives it is here.

To get a quality and affordable medical education you can choose  Russian countries, China and the America- based countries.

Medical education in Russian countries is existent since long and comprises medical institutions in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Medical education in China is limited to only the 30 medical institutions approved by the Ministry of Education.

Medical education in America-based countries such as the medical institutions of Philippines, Caribbean islands and Central America have also become popular in the recent times.

Students also have another option in Nepal for which no passport or visa is required.

Among all the above options, there is a strong trend for admission to medical colleges in China due to the fee reduction by up to 35 per cent compared to last year, the permission given by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to Indian students pursuing MBBS in China to do internship in India and also the decrease in course duration to 4 1/2 years from six years.

Also students now prefer Caribbean islands to study medicine due to its quality education and very affordable fee structure.

MCI regulations & Recognition

Any student intending to join MBBS course in any foreign medical institution will have to approach the MCI for issue of the Eligibility Certificate.

Till few years back, the privilege of exemption from the screening test existed for some institutions in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Nepal and such other countries, but MCI recently notified the withdrawal of exemption.

On completion of MBBS course, the candidate has to appear for the Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations in New Delhi, and on passing the same, they will be awarded with the provisional registration certificate by the MCI.

Students will then be required to undergo one-year internship in approved medical hospitals in India after which a registration number will be granted to them for practice as a doctor in India.

Earlier to 2002, Schedule III of the MCI Act, 1956 consisted of 29 medical institutions of the erstwhile USSR, whose degrees were recognised by the MCI and students preferred to go to those universities.

With the amendment of the MCI Act in Parliament on September 3, 2001, provision was made to recognise the medical degrees obtained from the medical institutions all over the world.

The MCI decided to award recognition to the ‘primary medical qualification’ obtained abroad, if the name of the degree and the institution awarding the same are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the WHO.

Get Help from Student Visa Expert

If you wish to study medicine, we can help. If you can’t find entry to a Medical College in India- don’t worry. There are a number of good and affordable medical programs in China and other countries in eastern Europe  and in the Caribbeans where you can study Medical Council of India (MCI) approved MBBS and MD programs.  Contact Student Visa Expert for further help.