Study MBBS in Philippines

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Why study MBBS in Philpippines

“MBBS is called MD in Philippines. Doctor of Medicine (MD) is similar to doing MBBS degree from Commonwealth countries such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. MD course in the Philippines is recognized by World Health Organization and Medical Council of India.”

More than 8000 international students enroll in Philippines Medical universities evry year and out of which more than 50% are Indian students. 

Philippines universities and colleges are known for its quality and sending thousands of doctors and engineers every year to work in USA, UK, and other developed western countries. Philippines has 40 medical colleges. According to American Physician Statistics, one among ten doctors in the USA studied at Philippines medical university. The medical colleges and universities inPhilippines are recognized by MCI and WHO. 


The education system followed by Philippines medical universities is not similar to the ones followed by China or European countries. Philippines MBBS is similar to US education system. Eventually, students who study MBBS in Philippines have an edge over others for great career opportunities in countries like USA, Canada, UK etc.

Philippines, being the third largest country in the world speaking English. Some of the MCI approved Philippines Medical Universities conducts their Medical Course fully in English. Apart from medium of instruction, it helps the students to effectively interact with patients during the clinical practice. 

Quality of Education

Philippines was a colony of Spain for more than 300 years and then became a colony of USA for 50 years during the Industrial Revolution. During this time, USA designed Philippines education system similar to their system. The medical course in the Philippines is called the MD (Doctor of Medicine) comparable to that of the USA.

System of MBBS in Philippines

MBBS in the Philippines is different from other countries. It is offered as a BS-MD course.

MD is not to be mistaken as a post-graduate degree. MD in the Philippines is nothing but an MBBS course. It offers a bachelor's degree in medicine, recognized as a bachelor's degree across the globe.

MBBS in the Philippines is divided into three parts, BS, MD, and Internship. MBBS duration is 6 years.

BS is the prime medical course, can be called a foundation course. This course has four semesters and students can complete the course in 1.5 to 2 years. After completion of the program, students shall appear in the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) Philippines test.

National Medical Admission Test is the common admission test to MD, conducted by all medical schools, colleges and universities in the Philippines. The students must pass the NMAT to advance to 4 years MD Course. If the students fail the test, they have to reappear and clear it. The above mentioned is the common rule of MBBS in Philippines eligibility. You can directly join the MD course in the Philippines, which is MBBS in other countries if you have a Bachelor of Science degree.

After complete of these courses, students shall be appointed as internship in the local hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers.

Key advantages of studying MBBS in Philippines

  • English speaking country, communications easy. Language of coaching is English

  • No donation or capitation fee

  • MCI approved medical colleges and universities

  • Internationally acclaimed degree

  • High quality education

  • Safe environment and no threat for international students

  • Affordable fee

  • Living cost is extremely low


Disadvantages of Studying MBBS in Philippines

Are there any disadvantages of studying medicine in Philippines seen? There is only one disadvantage to the MBBS course. Students don’t get directly enrolled in MBBS program, which is offered as MD in Philippines. They have undergoes 1.5 to 2 years BS course and pass a National Entrance Test.

MD Degree Recognition

The Commission on Higher Education Philippines(CHED), gives approval for both public and private higher education institutions in the country. Prospective students are strongly advised not to get admission in any institution which is not recognized by CHED. For international recognition, students should check whether institution in recognized by World Health Organization. All medical colleges in Philippines, which are recognized by WHO has approval from CHED.



Student Visa Process to study MBBS in the Philippines

The applicant for the student visa, having means sufficient for education and support in the Philippines, must be at least eighteen (18) years old and seeks to enter the Philippines temporarily and solely to take up a course of study higher than high school at a university, seminary, academy, college or school, approved for foreign students by the Commissioner of Immigration

The student applicant must first communicate with the school concerned and comply with the school’s institutional requirements.

Said school shall forward the application package to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval. Once approved, the application package shall be endorsed by CHED to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID), if approved, it will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA will inform the Philippine Embassy for the issuance of the student visa. The Philippine Embassy shall then notify the student accordingly.

Requirements for Student Visa

  1. Personal appearance;

  2. Two originals of the duly accomplished application form;

  3. Original passport valid not less than six months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;

  4. Two (2) photographs;

  5. Original and one (1) photocopy of birth certificate, verified and authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;

  6. Original and one (1) photocopy of the affidavit of support executed by parent/s or legal guardian to be authenticated in the Philippine Embassy;

  7. Two (2) photocopies of parent/guardian’s passport data page;

  8. Original and one (1) photocopy of transcript of records authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;

  9. Original and one (1) photocopy of the certificate of good moral character authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;

  10. Original and one (1) photocopy of police certificate authenticated by the Philippine Embassy;

  11. Original and one (1) photocopy of medical examination reports, including X-ray film contained in an envelope authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;

  12. Duly accomplished Personal History Statement forms from the school concerned;

  13. Original and one (1) photocopy of a comprehensive list of student’s possible contact persons in the Philippines;

  14. A diploma is required for student applicant who will pursue graduate studies (authenticated at the Philippine Embassy); and

  15. Payment (2,250 NOK)


How EDP will help you?

If you’re an EDP student with Confirmation of admission from our partner university, we will assist you with the entire process. We will inform you of the latest changes and requirements you need to follow and gather to avoid rejections and hassle-free completion of the entire process.

Step-by-step Philippines Student Visa Process

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MBBS in Philippines - Student visa & Application process

The student shall complete the age of 18 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission. The candidate must secure 50% marks in their 12th standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination


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