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Do you want to study abroad? Are you hoping to secure a significant scholarship or study grant? Studying medicine overseas requires a lot of planning and preparation which can be a complex, time-consuming and expensive undertaking. StudyOverseasNow.com are overseas education consultants that specialize in providing expert advice throughout the consultation and application process. We help students secure the best scholarships at the highest ranked universities. Book a FREE Consultation with an experienced education & career counsellor to find out what overseas study options are available. 

Studying Medicine Overseas

Do you want to study abroad? Studying a health science or medical related qualification is a complex, time-consuming and expensive undertaking. StudyOverseasNow.com are overseas education consultants that specialise in providing expert advice throughout the consultation and application process. We help students secure the best scholarships available at the highest ranked universities before you study overseas. Book a FREE Consultation with an experienced education & career counsellor to find out what overseas study options are available to you.

Criteria for studying medicine in India/Overseas

Aspiring MBBS students in India and overseas are required to complete the NEET examination. The examination includes topics covered in the Year 11 & Year 12 CBSE curriculum. The examination requires students to answer 180 multiple choice questions in 3 hours. The examination is divided into three sections: physics, Chemistry, and Biology {Botany & Zoology}. Please note, that biology accounts for the highest weightage of marks, 90 questions. The remaining sections have equal weightage at 45 questions each.

Did you know: 1.6 million students sit the NEET Examination, and only 90,000 MBBS places are available. Roughly, 47,000 MBBS spaces are reserved for government universities where fees are affordable; whilst 43,000 spaces are reserved for private universities where fees are substantially higher. Consequently, less than 5.6% of students gain admission into their chosen program. Those with the highest grades are admitted into government universities.

Thus, gaining a seat to study at an approved government / private university is highly coveted. Students will have options to study an MBBS overseas; however, the duration and fees associated with studying medicine can be prohibitively expensive.

In this Blog, we will compare MBBS admissions and application processes for every country. Please note, that every university and study destination has its own entry criteria that are subject to change.

Accreditation assessment in different countries

In most instances, students are advised to complete their MBBS from India and undergo the accreditation process overseas. Alternatively, students could study a Master of Heath Sciences or Master of Public Health qualification overseas whilst undertaking the accreditation process in-country. It could save a significant amount of time and money when trying to navigate through the lengthy admission, application, and accreditation process. To understand what steps are involved in the overseas accreditation process, see below:

Country Specific – Medical Accreditation Assessment Body
 AustraliaCanadaIrelandUnited KingdomUnited States
Medical Accreditation Assessment BodyAMC {Australia Medical Council}MCC {Medical Council of Canada}Irish Medical CouncilPLABUSMLE
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Please note, if you complete your MBBS from India it is not viewed as an equivalent in most western countries. You are required to undertake an overseas examination as part of the accreditation process. Simply completing your MBBS does not qualify you to work overseas as a fully licensed doctor. The examinations are broken up into multiple sections and pass rates vary in each country. The pass rates for 2021 candidates in countries that publish their data can be found below.

2021 – Medical Accreditation Pass Rates
 AustraliaCanadaIrelandUnited KingdomUnited States
Medical Accreditation Pass Rates {2021}58% – Part 1 28% – Part 2 {PLAB Accepted}UnknownUnknown {PLAB Accepted}74.1% – PLAB 1 69.6% – PLAB 282% – Step 1 91% – Step 2 91% – Step 3
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Comparisons of entry requirements overseas

Students studying an MBBS overseas should be aware each country has their own distinct entry requirements. For example, in Canada and the United States, you cannot study an MBBS at an undergraduate level. You are required to study a 4-year bachelor’s or pre-medical undergraduate before qualifying for an M.D. program or equivalent. Throughout your studies examinations will determine if you can proceed with your course. Simply qualifying and enrolling in a program does not guarantee you will pass and become a licensed doctor.

MBBS Overseas – Country Comparison
 AustraliaCanadaIrelandUnited KingdomUnited StatesIndia
Is MBBS offered?YesNoYesYesNoYes
Is CBSE or ISC accepted?YesUndergrad RequiredYesYesYes {Premed only}Yes
Are State Boards accepted?NoNoAISSCE & CISCENoNoSome
Additional examinations required?UMAT or UCATMCATHPATUKCAT & BMATMCATNo
NEET examination required?YesYesYesYesYesYes
Minimum IELTS requirement for entryIELTS 6.5 – 7.0IELTS 6.5 – 7.0IELTS 6.5 – 7.0IELTS 7.0IELTS 7.0No
Is a Foundation in medicine offered?Yes {not many}NoYesYesYesNo
Can I practice medicine in India following course completion?YesYesYesYesYesYes*
Average tuition fees per year {per year}$30,000 – $45,000AUD$40,000 – $50,000CAD€45,000 – €50,000EUR£35,000 – £60,000GBP$45,000 – $80,000USD₹7.5 – ₹70 Lakh
Will an interview be required as part of the admissions process?YesNo {University discretion}No {University discretion}Yes {University discretion}Yes {University discretion}No
How many years to complete?5-yearsMD Only {4-5 Years}5-years + 1 Internship5-6-years4-year bachelor’s degree or completion of Pre-Med School + 3-years for M.D.5.5-years
What are the minimum grades required for entry?90%+N/AMinimum 85% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology90%+90%+Completion of Year 12 + NEET Exam
What are the pre-requisite subjects from high school?Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Physics and / or BiologyRelevant undergraduate degreeBiology, Physics & ChemistryChemistry & BiologyPhysics, Chemistry & BiologyPhysics, Chemistry & Biology

When selecting a location for your studies several factors should be considered, please find below:

Considerations:

  • Academic entry requirements
  • NEET examination requirements
  • Pre-requisite subject requirements
  • IELTS requirements
  • Location of study
  • Length of time to complete your studies
  • Length of time to complete a specialization
  • Cost associated with the undergraduate or postgraduate degree
  • Fees during the ‘clinical phase’ of your program
  • Scholarship availability
  • Industry internships & placement availability
  • University partnerships overseas
  • Transferability of your qualification overseas
  • Identify family members overseas to help with the cost of living
  • ROI {Return on Investment} following course completion
  • Ability to progress in your career

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