Philippines also known as “Republic of Philippines” is an archipelagic island of the Southeast Asia located in the Pacific Ocean. This comes under the category of 12th populated country in the world. This is well known for its rich biodiversity and abundance of natural resources. The literacy rate of the Philippines is approximately 93%. It is also home to people from diverse ethnicity and cultural background.

Philippines being American Colony for many years, inherits its education system from United States, MBBS degree awarded by Philippines medical universities is called MD (Doctor in Medicine) which is equivalent to MBBS degree awarded in India.

High quality education, economical fee structure and safe & conducive environment are one of the primary reasons for international students to opt for higher education. Furthermore, with a degree of the educational colleges or institutes in this country, one can explore job opportunities in various countries in the world. Medium of instruction for the courses is only English so students don’t face any problem here.

For the Indian students, apart from completing their higher secondary examination with 65%, they should also clear the NEET examination to become eligible to apply to secure MD (MBBS) Admission in Philippines Medical Universities. Indian students who want to pursue MBBS/MD course have to get admission for a pre-medical course first (duration of this course is 16 months), and on completion of the same, they can enroll in the medical degree. This course mainly covers biology, medicinal technology, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and psychology. After completion of this course, students can enroll in any Medical University in the Philippines after clearing the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) examination, which is similar to NEET examination in India.


  • It is a well-recognized country and the courses are approved by MCI (Medical Council of India).
  • Colleges in Philippines are listed in WHO, IMED & ECFMG.
  • Capitation fees is not there as the colleges are regulated by the Philippines Ministry of Education.
  • The climate in the country usually ranges between 23-32 degrees which is similar to the Indian climate.
  • The educational system there is followed by the US education which is beneficial to practice in countries like UK, USA, Canada & Australia.
  • Courses are built to emphasize on practical practices rather than theory.
  • Since it is recognized by MCI the medical practice can be done in India after the MCI registration.
  • The living expense is less & the currency has a mere difference; 1 INR = 0.78 Peso.
  • USLME 1 & 2 can be cracked in Philippines under the guidance of medical professors through which one can plan to migrate to US.
  • The student Visa is easy & quick process of documentation.
  • Some Universities will prepare you for MCI screening test.
  • Assessments at Philippines's Universities are rigorous so it becomes easy to pass local licensing exams like USLME, PLAB-UK, AMC-Australia, Screening test-India, PMDC-Pakistan etc. & other board exams.
  • As the fees can be paid in yearly affordable instalments it reduces the burden on the students and their parents.

Documents required for Admission into BS-MD Programme in Philippines

Documents Required at the Time of Applying to the Medical University/College

  1. International Passport (in case of absence of International Passport, the ID card or Birth Certificate will do for the Admission Letter, but International Passport is must for Visa).
  2. Secondary School Certificate with subject’s details and with marks or grades (Class X Mark sheet).
  3. Higher Secondary School Certificate with subject’s details and with marks or grades (Class XII Mark sheet).
  4. NEET Score Card 2020

Documents Required at the Time of Applying for Study Visa of Philippines

  1. Transfer Certificate or Migration Certificate or School Leaving Certificate of Class XII.
  2. Date of Birth Certificate or Affidavit of Birth is required. 
  3. Bank statement of Father or Mother to be stamped and signed by the Bank for the last 6 months. Original Bank Stamp to be on the statement with sign & seal of Manager.
  4. Police Clearance Certificate for Philippines.
  5. Visa Form.
  6. Affidavit of Financial Support by Parents.
  7. Passport Photo: Size 2” x 2” (With White Background, 70% face coverage, Matte Paper)
  8. 3 years Income Tax Return + Employment Certificate / Business License / Profession Certificate
  9. Medical Test Report (in (Medical centre accredited by NABH)

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