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Any Indian citizen who has attained the age of 17 years and has passed 10+2 Level from any recognized Council/Board of India or abroad with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as elective subjects and obtained minimum 50% in aggregate of PCB combined, with English as a compulsory subject is eligible.

Yes certainly, Eligibility certificate from MCI (Medical Council of India) is required. In order to get eligibility certificate from MCI it is necessary to apply in the prescribed format which can be downloaded from the down section on this website or from MCI website

If one satisfies the above requirement then he/she can apply in prescribed format to MCI. MCI on due appraisal at their end shall issue necessary certificate according the rules of MCI. Yes, subject to the prerequisites submitted by the candidate to MCI.

Most of the medicine programs offered by Universities in western, European and Southeast Asian countries are recognized by MCI however students are advised to check the recognition aspect of the respective university before taking admission however any student who had dome his medical education abroad will have to clear MCI screening test in India to practice in India. For more information Visit:

Yes, you can practice in India, provided you clear the mandatory MCI screening test. On clearing the screening test you are eligible for registration as a doctor and allowed to practice on par with other doctors.

The Medical Council of India stipulates that all students studying MBBS programme from Medical Colleges outside India and wanting to practice in India after completion of their programme, need to appear for a "Screening Test". For more information regarding MCI Screening refer.

Yes, certainly after clearing the mandatory screening test & getting your registration with the State or Central Council you are eligible for any government appointment on clearing the competitive exams or interviews conducted by them.

Normally a student who passes MBBS from a WHO recognized college is expected to clear the test. One can also take coaching towards preparation for the same.

Firstly you need to obtain eligibility from MCI. Then you may apply for admission. After the Registration & application process is duly completed your visa application will be processed by the college. On receipt of Visa your travel plans will be finalized and a confirmed admission order will be issued to you.

As per RBI regulation an Indian student pursuing education abroad can obtain Bank Loan unto 15 Lacks INR. We at Santamonica can certainly advise & guide but a Branch of any bank near to your place of residence will have to be approached in this regard.

Generally In most of the, Western, European and South east Asian countries the program duration is 6 years including practical training, however the course duration and internship period may vary depending on country and institution

All countries where students go are safe. There is good law, order and security in place. There is already large contingent of students from India and many other countries so one can be sure of a safe comfortable and pleasant stay.

The medium of Instruction is in ENGLISH. However local Language classes are taught in initial study period to ensure comfortable stay and to enable students to communicate with patients and local population

You can do it at the college in that country itself, certain institutions allow you to do it in your homeland. The Hospital must be recognized by the Government and on due certification the college shall confer the final MBBS degree.

It depends on the University and Country, Please refer the Fee Structure of the particular institution.

Yes we will assist for the visa application and process.

All payments will be calculated in US Dollars. However you may pay in INR if you pay in India. While abroad your food and other miscellaneous expenditure has to be paid in their local currency.

It depends on the airlines which you opt to travel.

No. There are no donation or capitation fees.

Yes. You can do your internship/training in India. However, you would have to arrange it yourself. The University can arrange internship for you in study country only. Most students do their internship at various affiliated hospitals of the University.

No. MBBS from China/Russia/Ukraine/Philippines/Poland/Lithuania/Latvia to name a few are much cheaper compared to studying MBBS at universities in India.

Getting admission to a medical college in India is tough whereas its easy in china. It is worth as China’s higher education is taking shape and has become recognized throughout the world for its international stand as an emerging giant economy. As more and more foreign students come to China for higher education, Chinese universities are becoming increasingly international. When you study in China, you are likely to find yourself meeting students from all over the world. Many countries are represented on the campus and each student makes a unique contribution to the vibrant life of the institution.

Studying towards an MBBS in China is 70% cheaper than undertaking a similar program in the US or UK. The US MD program course (equivalent to MBBS) cost around USD 160,000-200,000. This excludes four years of Pre-med study. A student can complete an MBBS course from any of the China's medical university for 6 years for only USD 30,000 – 50,000. Compared to the rest of the world the fees charged for MBBS course in China are reasonable. The charges of tutoring in the universities in China are subsidized by the Ministry of Public Health. All in all, it is very economical for international students to study in China.

Medical Education in China is Ranked 4th as per the survey of WHO. Curriculum for MBBS in China is similar to that of India and they follow syllabus and books as in India. Indian Students, after completing MBBS, have to clear MCI to practice in India

The university itself will provide hostel facility, so the students will get most of the basic facility in university accommodation. The university accommodation for first year has to be paid along with tuition fee. Normally around 100 USD /month or Rs. 6500 is enough for Indian students for food expense. Living Expenses will come around Rs. 60,000-100000 per year

  • Grade 10th certificate
  • Grade 11th and 12th certificates
  • Passport size photo
  • Passport copy
  • Offer Letter
  • Visa application.

You can contact the university International department and also inform Santa Monica .Our Chinese representative will help you if you have any problem in China.

Hostel will be inside the campus and one of Santa Monica’s staff will accompany with the students to China

Chinese language course is compulsory in every university which offers MBBS in English. Even if classes are conducted in English, the language spoken in daily life in China is essential for students when they leave the classroom. It is helpful for international students to know Chinese. Nevertheless, not all of the universities ask the students to pass the HSK test at a certain level before graduation. During the course of practice the students need to interact with local people through Chinese language only.

MBBS in China is less expensive when compared to India. No capitation fees or donation are to be paid to the universities in CHINA. The cost of education in the universities in CHINA is highly regulated and subsidized by the Ministry of Public Health They are very reasonable in contrast to other universities in India and abroad. Fee structure varies with each and every university with maintaining high Education standards

In China the climate is condense and moderate. In winter it goes up to- 10Degree Celsius During summer it is recommended that you wear light clothes. In autumn use jackets, Umbrellas are also necessary. For winter, when it is freezing use fur warm coats and shoes.

No, a student cannot do job while studying since he/she is having only a student visa.

All the universities have their medium of instruction as English. However, Chinese Language Class is included in first year, to help the Students easily socialize and integrate with the local people. However, majority of the present younger generation Chinese people do understand and speak English.

China is an extremely safe place for foreign students. Chinese people are very welcoming toward foreign travelers and eager to make foreign friends. Crime against foreign students is extremely rare. Young women travelling in China can expect to be treated with courtesy and helpfulness.

Yes, you can practice in India after MBBS in China. In order to practice as a medical practitioner you have to register yourself with the State or Indian Medical Council and you have to appear for a screening test. On clearing the screening test you are eligible for registration as a doctor and allowed to practice with all other doctors.

Yes, of course. Chinese universities have postdoctoral research programs in preventive medicine, clinical medicine, basic medical sciences, biology and pharmacy. However, a student who has done his Bachelors in Medicine in India would require at least HSK level 5 (Chinese Language Competency Exam) to do their masters in China. It would be much easier for students who have already done their Bachelors in India.

The Medical Council of India stipulates that all students studying MBBS program from Medical Colleges outside India and wanting to practice in India after completion of their program, need to appear for a "Screening Test" which is a 300 marks (no negative marking) MCI test.

The academic year begins in the beginning of feb. Each academic year comprises two semesters which end with a final exam(35-42 days).

The program of Medicine lasts for 6 years ( 5 yr course + 1 yr internship).This programme include required theory and clinical practices and training along with mandatory internship work during the last year of study.

Every year, the Medical Universities of Bulgaria accept between 30 and 100 students depending on class capacity. Practicals take place in smaller groups of students (5- 10).

Yes, Bulgaria is safest in Europe with one of the lowest crime rates across the majority of their cities. Campus security is always available and the university provides you with all relevant security information and contact details.

+2 with 60% minimum in PCB.

Only 1 intake by end of Feb.

The official deadline for applying at Medical University is usually around mid- September.

There are no age restrictions as any student over the age of 18 can apply to study medicine.

Philippines is officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is an island nation with a 100 million population, lies in the south-east Asia region. Official languages are English and Filipino .
Capital – Manila
Area – 3 lakhs sq km
Currency – Peso (one peso is equivalent to Rs. 1.40)
Major Religion – Christianity
Time zone – UTC +8 means 2hrs 30 mnts ahead of India. When it is 6 am in India it is 8.30 am in the Philippines)
International telephone calling code - ++63
Driving – right side
Government – Presidential Constitutional Republic
Climate – tropical

The country follows generally American system of education. Department of Education controls and manages education. From 2011 the education pattern is undergoing drastic change by adopting the K- 12 educational system from its earlier 10 year basic system (10 years in school and 4 years for under-graduation in college. As in India, 11th and 12th Grades are termed Senior High School. Higher education, conducted in College and Universities, is regulated by Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Based on the long tradition of integrity, untarnished reputation, commitment to excellence, sustainability and viability of operations, certain institutions are given autonomous status by CHED. As of now, 53 private colleges / universities have been granted autonomous status.

Accreditation is a quality assurance process. Voluntary accrediting agencies in the private sector are the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities' Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), and the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Association Inc. (ACSCU-AAI) which all operate under the umbrella of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), which itself is the certifying agency authorized by CHED.

The foremost reason is that getting admission to medical schools in India is rather difficult and expensive. It is comparatively easier to grab a seat in the medical schools of the Philippines as many parents prefer sending their wards to nursing schools to fetch a job easily. The education in the Philippines is of good quality at par with international standards. 92% of the citizens speak English and teaching medium is English. Unlike in China or Russia students need not learn local language for years. Living standards are in tune with American standards, people have high cultural heritage, comparatively low living cost and safer place to live. Students undergo a high profile teaching methodology which makes them face any challenge in future life.

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree is a five year 4 mnths graduate program intended to teach students the essentials of being a Medical Doctor. The duration of the course (M.D.) in the Philippines is 4 years. The pre-med program of special B.S. Biology will take an extra duration of 15 months plus one month NMAT (described below separately) review.
In the first year of MD, the subjects integrated in the curriculum are mainly composed of basic sciences such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Preventive Medicine, Community health, Psychiatry and Medical Practice I. The second year is spent studying fundamental concepts in Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Pharmacology, Medicine and Surgery, Psychiatry II and Medical Economics. During the third year of studying Medicine, students are taught subjects that deal with common diseases encountered in clinical practice, as well as interesting or rare conditions. The final year of the Doctor of Medicine program is spent in hospital duty. 
The first two years of the Doctor of Medicine program are spent in class lectures delivered through computers using LCD projectors complemented by slide/ film showings, laboratory work and group discussions. In the third and fourth year, students begin to meet patients in actual hospital setting. Students are rotated in various hospital departments, spending up to two months in each department in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, and several weeks in other specialties under the supervision of a faculty. After each clinical duty, students undergo periodic evaluation to assess their performance. 
The Doctor of Medicine program may require the presentation and defense of a graduate-level thesis, an independent research project, or supervised professional practice as a final graduation requirement

A comparatively low cost in terms of fees and other related expenses make people attracted to the Philippines to choose medical education there. There is no capitation/donation. Just for a total fee of around Rs. 16 lakhs one can acquire MD.

In the American study system under-graduate medical course is called Doctor of Medicine (MD) and in the British system it is called MBBS. Both are same in standards. The post-graduate program in medicine in American system is called Residency Program and it is MD or MS in British system.

In the Philippines students undergo 10 years in the School and 4 years later to obtain a B.S. (Bachelor of Science), similar to B Sc in India. The basic qualification for enrolment in a medical school for MD is B.S. (baccalaureate). The students who have done only 10+2 (higher secondary) education in India have to obtain a B.S. degree to get qualified for seeking admission in a medical school. Hence the +2 qualified students from India are given a 15 months program so that the program is termed as pre-med, unofficially. Hence a student who goes to the Philippines for medical education will come back with two under-graduate degrees; B.S. and M.D. The pre-med program provides a wide spectrum of exposure to various subjects helping them face the tough medical program with ease and confidence. The students get the American study environment and get exposed to international standards.

The pre-med or B.S. Biology is 15 months and M.D. is four years. Medical education in China is 6 years but one cannot acquire two degrees as in the Philippines in that period.

Anyone going from India to study medicine abroad should have passed plus two with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This is to satisfy the rules of the Medical Council of India. In the Filipino context, the basic qualification to join a medical school is graduation (B.S. Biology, B.S. Medical Technology, B.S. Nursing, B.S. Pharmacy, B.S. Physical Therapy, B.S. Public Health) with an NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) score above the cut-off percentage fixed by each medical school. Normally this cut off is 40%.

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a nationwide examination required for the entrance to any medical school in the Philippines. It is sometimes considered as a MCAT equivalent, which is held in the United States. The test consists of Part I & Part II. Part I is a 200-item test with four subdivisions, which are on Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative and Perceptual Acuity Skills and is a three-hour exam. Part II is a two-hour-30-minute test in the field of Basic Sciences such as Biology, Physics, Social Sciences and Chemistry, all of which form 200 items. Qualified test takers are graduates and graduating students of degree programs.
NMAT is conducted twice in a year, February/March and November/December. NMAT is conducted by Centre for Educational Measurement, Inc. Those who are undergoing B.S. Biology can also appear for this even before passing out. There is no rank list prepared for admission as it is done in the case of medical entrance examination done in India. Instead a scoring is given which is reckoned for qualifying admission to a medical school. Many of the schools keep a cut-off score of 40% in NMAT; means one who gets a score of 35% will not be admitted into that medical school. Students from India who have passed out +2 grade and undergoing pre-med program (Special B.S. Biology of 15 months) will get two chances of appearing NMAT while they undergo the program. Mostly, an average student from India can easily pass through NMAT with a score more than 40%.

This is a requirement for obtaining admission in a medical school in the Philippines. This certificate issued by CHED by payment of a fee of PHP 80 along with the prescribed application form, letter of acceptance of medical school, NMAT score sheet, Transcript of records and photocopy of passport. University officials will help obtaining this certificate. Please remember that the students going from India to the Philippines need not worry about this certificate in the first year. This is required only in the second year when they are formally inducted into the medical school for M.D.

The Medical Council of India is the government authority who regulates medical education in India and keeps the registry of medical practitioners. They dictate norms for medical practice within the country. Those who qualify medical course abroad and come back to India for practice shall qualify a screening test which makes them eligible to register as a doctor in India. The major condition for taking up the screening test is that the student who underwent medical education abroad should have undergone the primary medical education of the country where they did their medical studies. Otherwise, they should not have done an exclusive programme for foreign students. The course they underwent shall be the same for the citizens of that country as well. Another criterion is that the name of the medical school shall appear either in the list of MCI (MCI is not maintaining this list after 2002 March) or WHO directory. In case the medical school being a newly opened one and not yet time to appear in the WHO Directory, the Indian Embassy in the foreign country shall make a certification stating that the medical school under review is conducting the primary medical education of that country and is recognized by appropriate authorities.
After getting qualified in a Screening Test only that a graduate from a foreign country is allowed to proceed for Internship or practice in India.
Until 2010, students going abroad for medical studies were required to obtain an Eligibility Certificate before proceeding to the foreign country. But from 2010, vide a circular dated 7.10.2010 (order 11 of 2010) this stipulation has been taken away.

Santamonica Study Abroad (SM) is the only authorized representative of St Paul University Philippines (SPUP), Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley, Philippines. SM represents the whole of South Asia which includes the countries India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bhutan and countries in the Middle East. The students from these countries/region can join the SPUP only through Santa Monica. This honour is bestowed on SM by SPUP on the basis of the long term credibility the former holds in the field of education abroad. The South Asia Regional Office of the SPUP is functioning in the premises of Santa Monica Study Abroad Kochi office in Layam Road. It was inaugurated by non other than the President of the University, Sister Merceditas.

Tueguegarao city is in the Cagayan Valley which is on the north-east part of northern Philippines forming part of Luzon region. The city is surrounded by scenic places with hills and rivers with moderate climate and modern facilities. Throughout the Philippines all cities and towns are almost a replica of United States with modern shopping malls and similar indications of development. Even night life is safer than that of many parts of India. Medical facilities available even inside the campus of the medical school The people are culturally forward and gentle. Filipino culture is world famous and that is the reason why Filipino people are preferred over any other citizens in the job market. It is not very expensive to stay in this town in comparison to the magnitude of facilities available. Transportation within the town is normally done by Taxis, Jeepeny or tricycle. There are long distance air-conditioned bus services to almost all parts of the Luzon region. Bus fare is almost similar to that of India. Unlike in India, women can travel safely in the Philippines. Women dominate in almost all fields. Filipinos are famous for their cleanliness. Roads are litter-free and toilet facilities (Comfort Room) are available throughout. People are very kind and gentle and mostly speak English in addition to the local language. Tagalog is the national language along with English but different regions have their own local dialect. English is widely used. People widely use cell phone (CP) and do texting (SMS) mostly rather than voice.

There are minor tremors occurring then and there occasionally but of no concern of normal life there. Buildings are constructed in such a way as to resist the worst eventualities. The casualties that we hear through media are really happening in slum areas, mountain slopes where comparatively poor people stay in unsafe mud houses or shackles. The standards under which the international students are accommodated are no way near to danger. Similarly, a rain last more than an hour in Kerala will keep many places flooded and lots damages occur. Even many parts of the capital city of Trivandrum get submerged in flood. But these eventualities never affect us while considering going to settle in Trivandrum or Kerala. It is always not appreciable to get distressed with media reports. Food is good in terms of nutritional values. Rice is their staple food. Fish, chicken, pork, vegetables, etc are available everywhere. Filipinos give much importance to food and cherish eating; but in a moderate way. Throughout the country, restaurants like KFC, McDonalds, Subway, Jollibee, etc are keeping their presence. It is a common scene throughout the streets in the town to have food courts spread across.

There are regular flights from Kochi to Malaysia or Singapore taking four hours time. Connection flights are available to Manila from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore which takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. Manila to Tuguegarao takes another one hour. Lay over time is extra. Students take students visa (9f) before proceeding to the Philippines. Subsequent renewal and other related processes can be done in the Bureau of Immigration offices spread across the country. Visit visa (9a) can be obtained from the Philippine Consulate in Chennai.

It depends on which airline is selected. In budget airlines like Air Asia or Tiger Airways, only 20 kgs is permitted. But for an extra payment, luggage weight can be hiked. Hand baggage is generally 7 kgs. Further on this can be discussed with concerned staff in Santa Monica while reservation is made.

Generally, November mid week.

Students are given accommodation in the hostel inside the University campus with air-conditioned. Separate HOSTEL for boys and girls. Food, prepared hygienically in modern kitchen is served at the hostel dining room. Rice, chicken, vegetables, etc are available. Laundry facility is available in the hostel. Internet and such other facilities are available in the hostel.

Annual vacation of 1 month is provided and students can go back home and return before school opening. Santa Monica will give logistic support for their transfers. Even during vacation period, students are advised to put their mind into studies as medical education is quite tough in terms of volume of syllabus

In medical education, a clerkship, or rotation, refers of medicine by medical students (M.D. or D.O.) during their final year(s) of study. Traditionally, the first half of medical school trains students in the classroom setting, and the second half takes place in a teaching hospital. Clerkships give students experiences in all parts of the hospital setting, including the operating room, emergency department, and various other departments that allow learning by viewing and doing. During this training, students are required to rotate through different medical specialties and treat patients under the supervision of physicians.
Internship is job training performed after graduation. It is generally called as House Surgency in India and Residency in US. The students undergoing medical education in the Philippines will have clerkship done on the third year whereas internship is done after graduation in the fifth year. Immediately after graduation, the students are transferred to India to enable them to appear the Screening Test. After successful completion of the screening test, medical council will provide a temporary registration. Based on this registration the students can approach approved hospitals for doing internship. General Hospitals and many other hospitals in Kerala come under this category. After finishing the internship successfully, they can obtain permanent registration in a State where they intend to practice as a doctor.

It is the short form of United State Medical Licensing Examination which is a multi-part professional exam sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Physicians with an M.D. degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States. USMLE Step 1&2 examination can be written while undergoing MD in the Philippines.

After you complete your degree, the first thing is to authenticate the educational documents through your college, CHED, Consular wing of Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines ( information) The authentication process is called the "Red Ribbon' process. After this procedure is complete, the certificates have to be presented in original to the Indian Embassy for further counter attestation. Once you arrive in India, copies of documents are submitted to state MCI's who subsequently send it to the Embassy again by post for re-verification.

Kindly approach a scheduled bank in your residential area. Based on their advise to bring relevant documents, please inform us to provide the Offer letter from the University or such other document to fulfill the loan application requirements. Foreign education loan requires submission of collateral security, in addition to the parental co- obligation. Websites of all banks give detailed description on educational loan. Our helpdesk supports your endeavor to obtain loan.

Yes, of course. The orientation programme is conducted just before proceeding to the Philippines. A similar kind of orientation is imparted at the University before commencement of the course.