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What You Get When You Study Medicine Abroad


The best option to study Medicine for African students is to study abroad. I am not saying there are no quality schools but most of them lack the right equipment and facilities. Those that do have are very expensive, needless to say how hard it is to get jobs after you pay so much and go through rigorous academic requirements that will take your social life from you. When you study abroad, there are a lot of opportunities waiting. You may think that I am glorifying moving abroad but we have to be honest with one another, if you want something developed then you have to go out and learn how to do it. Nothing bad if we learn from those that have gotten it done. I am an advocate for an improved Africa and I also believe that one of the ways we can achieve this is to learn from experience. You can only give what you have. We can come back home and put those systems in place, and we can improve on them too!

Okay that was some serious stuff.

Now that you are in my realm, I will like to tell you about the factors to consider when choosing your choice of institution studying abroad.


Things to Remember While Choosing a Medical University Abroad

* Infrastructure and facilities provided by the university

* Age and notability of the University

* Admission requirements

* Student accommodation facilities

* Academic information – syllabus, language of instruction, etc.

* Accreditation of the University

* Fees/cost of living etc.



Our consultancy majorly deals with these three countries and we can assure you that with us, getting into any of these countries to school (or study medicine) is as easy as it gets.


MBBS in China

When it comes to China, a major advantage is a cost. Although slightly more expensive than the Philippines. The important thing to remember if you are considering China is that Only a few Chinese medical universities provide English Medicine Course. These medical college admissions end in the month of March itself.

MBBS in Russia

Russia has extreme weather and most Africans coming to Russia to school will take time to adjust to such extreme cold weather.

MBBS In Philippines

The weather in Philippines is similar to that of most African countries. Not all medical universities provide high quality education in Philippines. There are universities in Philippines with low tuition fees but their infrastructure and facilities are also of low quality. In general, Nigeria students who study MD / MBBS in Philippines have advantage to clear FMGE/ MCI Screening test.



The Philippines in the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world. MBBS colleges in the Philippines offer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The M.D. is a four-year degree program which qualifies the degree holder to take the licensure exam for medicinal specialists in the Philippines. Studying MBBS in Philippines has plenty of advantages, the major one being the comparatively low fee when compared to Nigerian private medical universities Pleasant climate and low living costs are a bonus. These give various opportunities for Nigerian students to think about different academic prospects within the Philippines itself. The Philippines has one of the better medical education systems in Asia that conforms to the education system of the United States of America. The Philippines takes after the American arrangement of instruction and thus students can also benefit from exchange choices to study in USA or Canada too.


Why Study MBBS In Philippines?

The Philippines is renowned for medical education due to her high quality educational standard. There are several medical colleges in the Philippines which are all regulated by the CHED Commission on Higher Education and they follow the US education system throughout the duration of the program. Their courses have been carefully developed by centering the core development of each student, incorporating knowledge from theories, practical, technology, research videos, seminars and much more. You will be well trained like you studied in USA because they follow the same syllabus and all the equipment needed for your practice is available. The high competitive environment of MBBS colleges in Philippines has made each university to augment the quality of education, facilities and all other needs of the student. I am from Nigeria so most times I compare with the life back home and I think about what needs to be done to make things better. In Nigeria, sometimes it takes 7 years to complete the medical program (that is, if there are no strike actions in the institution you choose to attend). Sometimes it takes more! In the Philippines it takes 6 years to complete the same program. If you have a pre-medical diploma of some sort, it takes just four years.  Some benefits of the medicine program in the Philippines include;

* Philippines medical colleges follow US educational system of MD program that is globally recognized.

* All subjects are taught in English and not in other regional languages.

* Affordable fee

* No extreme climate

* Fast program

* Huge employment opportunities, even in other foreign countries as certificates from Philippines medical schools are internationally recognized.



Steps to Enroll for MBBS in Philippines

If any of the procedures or requirements are not clear to you, you can click here to fill a form and we will get in touch to break it down for you. The requirements are;

* Clear the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test), a nationwide examination required for admission in the Philippines. Submit your documents mark sheets, transfer certificates, etc.

* Submit a photocopy of transcripts and birth certificate.

* Document submission is mandatory for all students who need to convert the tourist visa into a student visa.

* A clearance certificate from the local police and a “No Objection Certificate” from parents must be submitted.

* All documents must be notarized and attested by the Local Embassy.


Admission Criteria

The following conditions must be met if a candidate wishes to be considered for admission;

* Student should be 17 years of age before 31st December

* Other students should be graduated 12th science with a 50% aggregate in physics, chemistry and biology

* Medium of instruction must have been in English.

If your application complies with the above criteria, then you are eligible to be considered for an admission to medical colleges in the Philippines.


Getting Student Visa

This process is for Nigerian students but I believe it is basically the same for other African countries. Students who wish to obtain the medical degree in the Philippines must obtain a student visa from the Philippines embassy in Nigeria. Getting a direct student visa from Nigeria embassy takes time, so usually, students get a tourist visa and later convert them to a student visa after they reach the Philippines. Most universities like the University of Perpetual Help provide the necessary documentation to help students acquire a student visa at the earliest. This process is much easier and faster in acquiring a student visa. It takes around two months to get the tourist visa converted to a student visa.

Philippines embassy issues student visa only after completion of 18 years of age. If a student travels to the Philippines at 17 years of age, they have to obtain a special study permit (SSP) which is valid for six months. Every six months, this SSP has to be renewed until the student crosses 18 years of age and becomes eligible for a student visa. Most universities accept SSP for the enrollment in the medical course. After the student completes 18 years of age, the SSP will be converted to student Philippine visa.

Qualification & Medical Course Duration

A student is required to complete a premedical degree in the Philippines of 2 years followed by an M.D program which will continue for another 4 years. After 6 years of study, the student needs to clear the license examination.



Here’s a few incentives that will make you want to study MBBS in the Philippines

  • In Philippines climate is tropical, similar to that of Nigeria.
  • The MBBS COLLEGES IN PHILIPPINES are recognized in Nigeria especially University of Perpetual Help system Dalta, WHO (World Health Organization), GMC-UK & FAIMER-USA directories.
  • The literacy rate in Philippines is 94.6 percent, among the highest in the world.
  • From the Philippines Medical Colleges, each year around 350,000 graduates enrich the professional pool.
  • A Large patient base and a chance to get a good exposure to study different medical conditions from the MBBS Colleges in Philippines.
  • Philippines Medical Colleges are the largest supplier of trained doctors and nurses in the world. Hence, the doctors graduating from here hold higher possibility to get placed abroad.
  • USMLE STEP 1 and STEP 2 can be completed in our Medical Colleges in PHILIPPINES.
  • No need to pay donation to study MBBS in Philippines and low tuition fees.
  • The MBBS students of Philippines have a strong practice of appearing for USMLE and working in the USA. The Philippines Medical Colleges are listed in the California Board of Medicine for licensing.
  • Alumni from the Philippines Medical Colleges present in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, UAE countries. This paves for networking and job opportunities.
  • Nigeria food is available in our Philippines Medical Colleges.
  • No need to learn their language since the medium is in English while studying MBBS in PHILIPPINES. And they follow the American Educational system.
  • Communicating with patients is not a challenge as more than 94% people converse in English in the Medical Colleges in Philippines.
  • Filipinos are hospitable, pious and they respect the female members of society. It is considerably a safe and secure country. Our Medical Colleges in the Philippines have inside campus accommodation facilities for our students’ safety and security.

Contact us to study in the Philippines.

Benefits of Studying Abroad for African Students

It is no lie that at one point or the other in their life, an African student must have imagined studying outside of his native home and country. It is extremely normal, I imagined schooling in the US for the best part of my teenage years. Never happened though but I was still able to achieve my dream of studying overseas. For one, the educational standard in African universities and institutions cannot be compared with that of a lot of foreign universities in developed countries. Also some of these countries are well developed and it is always a delight to live or school there.

Studying abroad has a big impact in the life of an African student and here are some of the benefits and opportunities in schooling abroad;

Opportunity to travel out

Studying abroad is one of the surest ways through which you can travel out. For some African students, studying abroad might be their only opportunity to travel out in a long time. For example, a student from downtown Lagos Nigeria, or from the heart of Berbera, Somalia has very little chances of getting into the US one day. But with a students’ visa the US embassy welcomes you with open arms. The best part is that you also get the opportunity to visit other countries.

For example, if you are studying in the Philippines, you have the opportunity to visit other countries like Malaysia or China. During the holidays or weekends you can use your students discount card to get cheaper travel costs, and you can zoom off to a neighboring country.

Opportunity to experience a different life

You may not know yet but what awaits an international student is more than the opportunity to live in a different country. In fact, it is much more than that. Going abroad exposes an African student to a whole lot of other experiences like;

* You get to experience different cultures. If you are the type that believes in culture superiority, I assure you that studying abroad will change the way you see other people’s cultures and way of life.

* You become independent. This is a sure path to self-discovery, self-reliance and self-development. You no longer enjoy the benefits that you enjoy in your native land, you are all by yourself and as such, you have to look out for yourself, by yourself.

* You gain life experience. Away from your comfort zone you have no choice than to pay attention to details. Your mind becomes more sharpened and you also get to learn a whole lot about your host country and beyond.

Opportunity to make foreign connections (ah yes, I love this one!)

For many international schools that admit foreign students, there is a very high chance that if admitted, you get to mix with other international students from different parts of the world. It is always a special feeling. You make international friends, learn about their culture, thought process, beliefs, ideas, tradition, challenges, and so much more. That’s not all, when you guys are done with school, you can use these connections to visit other parts of the world where your friends are from.

If you are smart enough, you can also make professional connections such that when you graduate and probably return home, you can apply for a work visa to go back and work in this country. In fact, I had intentionally planned this all along when I went abroad to study. It is always important to know that these opportunities exist so you can exploit them to the fullest when you go on your own adventure.

Opportunity to learn other languages

This is not always the case but most of the time, the city or country where you decide to school will have other languages that are different from your native or country language. A Kenyan student from the Kikuyu tribe (who speaks Kikuyu very well) can get to learn the Tagalog or Cebuano language when you study in the Philippines. It is always an interesting experience, full of fun!

Opportunity to enjoy better education

The truth is, this is mostly part of the reasons why African students choose to school outside of Africa; there is a difference in the quality of education. It is not just in the teaching methods, or the classrooms, it is in the overall learning experience. The environment, the resources, the equipment and facilities; these schools give you opportunity to ‘world-class education’ as a ‘super-cultured’ international student. It is a completely different learning experience.

Do not misunderstand me, there are actually some schools in Africa that can boast of this kind of quality education, but trust me the other things that come along with studying abroad makes it a much better experience. Studying abroad also make it possible to go to school in locations known as a leading global hub in you field of interest. For example, a computer engineering student would love to school in MIT, Cambridge, US. In the same way, a student of Aeronautics would love to go to the University of Perpetual Help, College of Aviation, Philippines.

Also, as an international student, your chances of studying further in even bigger institutions are higher. Graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations. Graduate schools like Harvard University graduate school or University of California graduate school will most likely admit students with international experiences.

Career Opportunities

This is coming last, but is certainly not the least. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most important benefits of studying abroad. With international certificates, there are always greater career opportunities out there, both home and abroad. Your CV looks so much better when you have international experience. Employers know they can assign you to places and they will be confident that you would be able to adapt to any environment. Your experience will always inform the way you tackle things. As an international student, you are also

more appealing to international employers. You can apply for work visas in highly developed countries and you will be granted one. In the University of Perpetual Help, Philippines, it is possible to be a professional pilot within two months of study and a commercial pilot within one year of study.

Also as a medicine student, you can sit for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand board exams in the Philippines and become a practicing medical professional in these countries.

Such are the career opportunities that await when you study abroad, especially in a country like the Philippines.


Money spent on studying abroad is never wasted. Although it is true that studying abroad comes at a certain cost, the truth is you will always see its importance. Also there are a lot of scholarship opportunities for international students that makes tuition and other fees cheaper. Some are issued by the government, some are privately owned while some are issued by the institutions themselves. You can search online to see what works for you.

One thing is certain, studying abroad is always a huge step in achieving greater success in life.