Ways to choose the right university to study MBBS abroad

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Ways to choose the right university to study MBBS abroad

MBBS abroad has grown in popularity due to a variety of influential factors such as an international medical degree with global exposure, a low tuition fee, flexible eligibility criteria, an affordable cost of living, and many others. The national medical commission of India approved more than 320 universities abroad to study MBBS. Every year, more than 10,000 aspiring medical students from India take their MBBS admission abroad. MBBS in the Philippines has been getting global outreach in the last 15 years. Every year, 3000+ students take their entrance exams in the Philippines for MBBS. 

Kings International Medical Academy (KIMA) is associated with the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF). Students from DMSF go through the internship programme to get excellent clinical knowledge. The Davao Medical School Foundation medical programme is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Medical Commission of India. KIMA, being the prime associate of Davao Medical School Foundation, brings exclusive opportunities for aspirants to study MBBS in the Philippines. 

Kings International Medical Academy (KIMA) provides FMGE coaching for students with a foreign medical degree. FMGE is a compulsory licensure test for every student who wants to practice medicine in India. We have repeatedly delivered the best FMGE results over the years. 

How to choose the right university to study MBBS abroad?

Dr. David K Pillai, Chairman of Kings International Medical Academy (KIMA), has mentored more than 5000 to achieve their dream of becoming a doctor. With the experience of more than 20 years in the educational field, this blog shares the influential factors in choosing the right university to study MBBS abroad. 

FMGE pass percentage

Every year more than 12000 students appear for the FMGE exam to get the license for their practice medicine in India. Statistics reveal that the rate of failure in screening tests is high. The complexity of the exam allows only a limited number of graduates to practice medicine in India. Foreign Medical Graduates Examination is not just about the theoretical question; it is about the real-time clinical and practical questions. FMGE needs extensive training for the students to crack the exam with ease.

MBBS abroad

Location of the university 

Every country will have well-developed elite cities as well as remote areas. Choosing the college in a remote location will affect the student’s carrier during the internship period as it will have low patient flow. The medical university in well-developed cities will provide more opportunities for the students to have hands-on practice with the patients. 

Medium of Instruction

English is considered the universal language. Learning medicine in the English language will help the students to gain more opportunities. Some countries like China, Ukraine, and Russia have their respective languages as a medium of instruction for education. This adds an extra burden for the students to learn a new language to interact with the patients during the internship period. 


Students should choose the university which follows the curriculum that is learner-centric and patient-centric. The universities should encourage the usage of medical mannequins and models for clinical learning along with the use of human cadavers for anatomy training. This type of curriculum will help the students to gain early clinical exposure apart from the focus on the doctor-patient relationship.

Hospital Tie-up for clinical Rotation

Practice makes a man perfect. Clinical rotation allows the students to apply the theoretical knowledge from classroom learning to real-time experience. During their course of study, students should gain clinical knowledge to excel in their profession. If the chosen university has a tie-up with the hospitals, students have access to patients to gain hands-on- experience on clinical trials.


Medical programs are quite expensive because of the duration of the course. Students should have a clear breakdown of costs which include Tuition fees, Hostel accommodation, and miscellaneous costs. This helps them to manage the budget. 

Philippines medical universities are acclaimed for their exceptional infrastructure, technological headway, and qualified lecturers, making them a popular alternative among students. The cost of completing the MBBS course is quite affordable and there is no donation fee in many Philippines Medical universities. Tuition fees range from 15 to 25 Lakh Rupees based on the ranking of the medical college.

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