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MBBS in Philippines

MBBS in Philippines for Indian Students

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Philippines is the largest English speaking country in South East Asia apart from India. Philippines offer quality education with economical tuition fees. If we compare with other US countries then tuition fees is quiet low and education pattern is similar to US study based pattern. In Philippines MBBS is called as MD (Doctor of Medicine). Most of the medical universities in Philippines are recognized and approved by MCI, NMC, WHO and other medical bodies across the world. Philippines has the highest MCI passing ratio for the last few years. Most of the top ranking FMGE students in India are mostly from Davao Medical School, Philippines. 

The pre- medicine course that is called the Bachelor of Science program is followed by M.D. course. In this Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry subjects are included. Students who already have a bachelor degree with main bio stream can directly apply for 4 years M.D. course. Philippines is one of the best destinations for Indian students to study MBBS. Almost all major medical universities in the Philippines follow the US education pattern. Most of the institutions are recognized by USMLE (the United States Medical Licensing Examination). USMLE is the license examination to practice medicine in USA, students have to qualify for USMLE to pursue their career in the medical field.

Why Book My University for MBBS in Philippines?  
BMU is the authorized partner for most of the medical universities in Philippines. In 2021, BMU has collaborated with major medical universities in Philippines to help students secure their dream MBBS seats in Philippines. We have helped the maximum number of students in India to get their seats in Philippines. BMU on regular basis does webinars with current MBBS students to help other medical aspirants understand the pros and cons of the education system in Philippines.

Why MBBS from Philippines?

MBBS from Philippines is comparatively a better option if we compare with other countries. Philippines follow US study based pattern and universities having low tuition fees. Also disease spectrum is similar to India and they consider English as their official language. This makes it easier for Indian students to live and study in Philippines. MBBS from Philippines is one of the best options for Indian students because Philippines is a Center of Medical Education around the world.  Philippines has the best ranking universities imparting MBBS education to students from abroad. Philippines is an English speaking country and thus students from all over world come to study here. Also, Filipinos are considered to be great hosts, hence students going to study MBBS will feel at home.

In the Philippines, you can study MBBS at an affordable cost. It offers high-quality education in the field of medicine. As we know that the fee for MBBS in Philippines fall under two criteria- BS course and MD. It varies from one University to another University. The minimum fees for studying MBBS in Philippines is between 15 lakh rupees to 20 lakh rupees. As we know that the fee for MBBS in Philippines fall under two criteria- BS course and MD. The cost of study for MBBS in Philippines differs from one University to another as each college has its expenses. 

Advantage of MBBS in Philippines
  • Medium of instruction is English, also locals speak English language
  • Highest FMGE passing ratio
  • Medical education in Philippines is based on US study based pattern
  • Universities are recognized by WHO and MCI
  • Global accreditations given to universities in Philippines
  • Philippines climate similar to India’s climate
  • Disease spectrum similar to that in India
  • 4th year Clerkship – Internship valid in India

Eligibility Criteria for Medical Students

  • Candidates must have passed their 10+2(sr. secondary education) 
  • Minimum of 50% (45% for reserved category) marks with PCB from any recognized board

Documents required for Indian Students

  • 10th Original Marksheet
  • 12th Original Marksheet
  • Passport Original
  • Police Clearance Certificate From Passport Office
  • Affidavit Of Financial Support & No Objection Clearance
  • Bank Statement For 6 Months With Minimum Closing Balance Of 5 Lakhs
  • NEET Admit Card & NEET Marksheet

Top Universities for MBBS in Philippines Education

Davao Medical School of Foundation (DMSF) is one of the largest medical university in the Philippines teaching MBBS to students from both Philippines and abroad. It is recognized by WHO, MCI, and many more international professional groups. Davao Medical School of Foundation has formed into a huge scale, a well-managed comprehensive university with good MBBS teaching staff. Davao Medical School of Foundation offers low-cost MBBS program. It is one of the fastest growing international university in the region imparting both MBBS and education in other streams. The Davao Medical school is situated on a 2.5-hectare site near to the center of Davao City, which boasts of a stable climate, both in terms of its politics and its climate. 
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AMA School of Medicine is a medical school of AMA Education System (AMAES) imparting MD degree which is equivalent to MBBS degree in India and is housed in AMA College, Makati. At AMASOM, the MD degree is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Indian students will be given a license to practice in India after their MD graduation from AMASOM which is similar to MBBS doctors from India after completion of licensing formalities with the MCI.  It is strategically located in the heart of Makati City, the Philippines’ financial and business capital where the highest concentration of multinational, transnational and local corporations and international organizations and embassies hold their offices.

University of Perpetual Help
University of Perpetual Help established in the year 1975 with the name of Perpetual Help College of Rizal in Manila, Philippines. University of Perpetual Help is one of the biggest medical university in Philippines teaching MBBS. It is recognized by WHO, Medical Council of India (MCI), and many more international professional groups. In the year 2018,The University of Perpetual Help System Laspinas Campus has got the Autonomous Status. This recognition was received by University of Perpetual Help System Dalta President Anthony Moran Tamayo during the awarding ceremony for higher education institutions and quality assurance partners in celebration of the 23rd founding anniversary of CHED. 

UV Gullas College of Medicine was established in the year 1919 and is one of the biggest medical university in Philippines. It is recognized by MCI, USMLE and many more international professional groups. UV Gullas College of Medicine is considered as one of the most cost-effective MBBS educational institutes. Uv Gullas College of Medicine has formed into a huge scale, a well-managed comprehensive university with good teaching staff. It is one of those universities which is having an advanced system of MBBS education, and it trains students with the help of updated education technology of medical study. The university embraces the high-tech methods of practical medicine that empower students to be focused, competitive and flexible in the world market.

Lyceum Northwestern University
Lyceum-Northwestern University is a medical university which is located in Dagupan City, Philippines imparting MBBS education in Philippines. Founded by Dr. Francisco Quimson Duque and Mrs. Florencia Tiongson Duque in 1969. Lyceum Northwestern University has a long legacy of more than 50 years in providing quality schooling and MBBS educational excellence in South Asia. Lyceum-Northwestern University recognizes every student goals in diverse fields along with medicine, arts and technology, business education, criminology, architecture, law, engineering, and different vocational studies. 

Universities listed under MCI
38 universities are listed under MCI and 47 are registered under WDOMS.
Few more universities are listed below:
Accreditation of Medical Universities in Philippines
  • National Medical Commission (NMC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education & Research (FAIMER)

Course Structure

Medical schools in Philippines requires a bachelors degree in any field of study to be able to join a Medical Science course, commonly known as MD. It consists of 6 years of basic medical science and clinical training which also comprises one year internship before becoming eligible to be a doctor and take the board exams. The first one is a pre-medical or foundation course, named BS. The duration of this course is 10 months to 2 years depending on the college or university. However, after completion of the BS, you have to appear for an entrance test namely NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) to be eligible for admission to MD (Doctor of Medicine). Some universities allow you to join the MD course after completion of the BS course, even if you don’t appear for the NMAT exam. But, after finishing the course, you’ll get the MD degree only if you pass with a minimum of 40% in the NMAT exam. Hence, sooner or later, this exam is mandatory to get an MD degree from the Philippines.

Hostel Facilities

A lot of the best medical universities in the Philippines supply hostel amenities to students. It is not mandatory for students to remain in a hostel, however due to the fact that it guarantees security and safeguarding. Since it is a new country, the hostels are under observation through CCTV surveillance, giving security and privacy to the females. Since privacy is essential inside your dorms, a doorway will separate the hostel from the remainder of the college. The rooms are furnished with a closet and a dresser, and are cleaned regularly to prevent illness. Hostels provide you with vegan meals, or vegetarian food, or non-veg, according to your preference. Indian Students are advised to make use of the hostel services to remain in a secure and healthy environment. The hostels are well established plus they have all the required amenities, including air-conditioning, TV and a personal fridge. Healthy and ample food is served to students. Feeding facilities may also be arranged in case students don't wish to cook for themselves.

Why Philippines?
Education in the Philippines is provided by using public and private schools, colleges, universities, and technical and vocational institutions in the country. Funding for public education comes from the National government. Institutions of higher education are divided into public or non-public college or university, and public institutions of higher education may also further be subdivided into types: State universities and colleges and local colleges and universities. As per the Commission on Higher Education lists 2180 higher education institutions are there in which 607 are public and 1573 are private.  Session start in June and ends in March and majority of universities and colleges are following semester system from June to October and November to March. For education various government agencies are involved and the Department of Education covers elementary, secondary and non-formal education. The TESDA i.e. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority administers post-secondary, middle level education training and development. To supervise colleges and graduate academic programs and degrees, The Commission on Higher Education is there which also regulates the standards in higher education. Public universities are all non-sectarian entities and further classified as State Universities and Colleges (SUC) or Local Colleges and Universities (LCU). The University of the Philippines is the national university which follows a system of eight constituent universities.

Overview of the Country



Official Language

Filipino, English

Cost of Living

   Rs 12,000- 15,000/Month


Philippine peso () (PHP)

Minimum Temperature

21 °C

Maximum Temperature

 32 °C


113,030,577 Approx

Calling Code


Time Difference

Philippines is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India

Driving Side


Filipino, a standardized version of Tagalog, as the national language and an official language along with English.

The current population of the Philippines is around 110,611,457  based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Food and accommodation is not much expensive in Philippines. Cost of living in Philippines is 44.06% lower than in United States. The cost of living in the Philippines is almost similar compared to India. Students can expect it between12K to 15K INR. Transport cost in Philippines is almost similar compared to India.

Chicken adobo: the famous Filipino dish. Also Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to fish curry, chicken curry, complex paellas and cozidos of Iberian origin created for fiestas. Popular dishes include: longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken or vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), afritada (chicken or pork and vegetables simmered in tomato sauce), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deep-fried pig's leg), pancit (noodles), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls).

Average Temperature of Philippines
Average temperatures in the Philippines usually range between 21 °C (70 °F) and 32 °C (90 °F) with the average yearly temperature coming in at around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). Temperatures can fluctuate between regions and depending on the season, however generally January is the coolest month while May is the warmest.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Why Philippines Medical degree is called MD instead of MBBS?
Countries like India which follow UK based medical education system facilitates Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) degree. Countries like Philippines which follow US based medical education system facilitates Doctor of Medicine(MD) degree. MD degree equivalent to MBBS degree and is recognized by NMC, WHO and other professional medical bodies across the world.

Which is the best Medical College in the Philippines??
Most of the medical universities in the Philippines are eqally good. But Davao Medical and Perpetual Help are considered to be the best as they provide word class infrastructure and state of the art lab and facilities.

How many years is MBBS in the Philippines?
The duration of pursuing MBBS in the Philippines is 6 years. The whole program includes 5 years of medical education plus 1 year of Internship which can be pursued in campus itself or in India. However, there are some colleges which do not allow students to pursue Internship anywhere outside the Philippines.

Can I do PG in India after completing MD In Philippines?
After passing MCI screening test(FMGE), you can appear for NEET PG exam which will help you to secure PG Seat in India. From 2022 onwards, FMGE as well as NEET PG exam is clubbed together. After completing medical degree abroad, Indian student needs to pass National Exit Test which acts as Medical License exam not just for students who study abroad but for students who studied MBBS in Indian Medical Colleges as well.

Is MBBS degree from Philippines valid in India?
MBBS degree from Philippines is recognized by MCI. However, to practice in India, one needs to clear the FMGE test.

What is the medium of language in the Philippines?
English is the mode of education in the Philippines. 

Is MBBS in the Philippines recognized?
Most of the medical universities in the Philippines are recognized by the National Medical Council of India (NMC), World Health Organization WHO and other professional medical bodies across the world. Students pursuing MBBS in the Philippines can practice medicine in the Philippines, India, and even other parts of the world.
Philippines - MCI Result (36) %
S.NoPeriodAppearedPassPass %
1 2012-2014 431 106 24.59 %
2 2015 - 2018 1421 370 26.03 %
3 2019 1460 733 50.2 %
4 2020 3142 1059 33.7 %
5 2021 5443 2019 37.09 %
 Total 11897 4287  
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