Top 10 Countries To Study Medicine

Medicine (MBBS) is known to be one of the noblest professions of all. Medical professionals are respected all around the world; hence, pursuing Medicine as a course is a prestigious act. If you are an aspiring medical student looking for good institutions to study abroad, compiled below is a list of top countries where you can achieve your goal.

It is also essential to know that each country has its parameters for taking in medical students as well as those who wish to practice. The USA for instance has its own standardised screening test for medical graduates called USMLE test; India also has its own called FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) of the MCI (Medical Council of India) amongst others. In many countries, the course is not called MBBS but the equivalent options are available.

In no particular order;

  • UNITED KINGDOM

The first and foremost best option to study medicine is in Europe. Studying MBBS in the UK at one of the most prestigious study abroad destinations will only add credibility to your profile which is unmatchable.

Course Duration: 4 Years
Medium of Instruction: English
Language Test: 7 Bands in IELTS
Medical Tests Required: UKCAT
Average Fees: $13000 – $50000

Top Universities for Medicine in the UK are: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

You can choose from over 150 medical colleges to study medicine in the USA. Unlike other countries, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or neuroscience to qualify for studying Medicine in the USA. The degree given after the completion is usually M.D and not the popular MBBS.

Course Duration: 4 Years
Medium of Instruction: English
Language Tests: TOEFL, IELTS
Medical Tests Required: MCAT, USMLE
Average Fees: $25000 – $34000
Top Universities for Medicine in the USA: Harvard University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Yale University.

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  • CANADA

Just like the USA, Canada does not offer a MBBS degree, rather MD. If you do not have a science degree, there are 5-year courses proffered in some Canadian Universities. There are also specialised NSERC scholarships to help you study it in Canada.

Course Duration: 3-5 Years
Medium of Instruction: English
Language Tests: TOEFL, IELTS 7 bands minimum
Medical Tests Required: MCAT
Average Fees: $16000 – $23000

  • GERMANY

Known for the free education scheme, studying MBBS in Germany is another option to look forward to. The courses offered in English are very few, and since your patients will be Germans, it is advisable to have knowledge of German Language before venturing into it.

Course Duration: 6 Years
Medium of Instruction: English, German
Language Tests: TOEFL, IELTS, TestDaF
Medical Tests Required: TMS (not compulsory)
Average Fees: $8300 – $11200
Top Universities for Medicine in Germany: Heidelberg University, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Technical University of Munich and University of Tubingen.

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  • FRANCE

Like the USA, medicine courses in France are not MBBS, but MD. A test is usually given at the end of year 1 in the study, and the student has to pass the test to move further. MD which is the equivalent to MBBS in France is one of the lengthiest courses of the list. It is also advisable to have a good knowledge of French language.

Course Duration: 3-8 Years
Medium of Instruction: French
Language Tests: TFI
Medical Tests Required: After 1st Year
Average Fees: $1000 – $8000
Top Universities for Medicine in France: Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris Descartes University, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, Paris Diderot University and University of Paris Sud.

  • CHINA

The MBBS studies in China are taught in English and Mandarin. SET (Standardised Entrance Test) is sometimes required for the admission to Medical colleges in China. China is a cheaper MBBS abroad option compared to its western counterparts, and also provides a quality education.

Course Duration: 5+1 Years
Medium of Instruction: English, Mandarin
Language Tests: Not Required
Entrance Tests: SET
Average Fees: $3000 – $5000
Top Universities for Medicine in China: Peking University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao University, Tsinghua University and Sun Yat-Sen University.

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  • UKRAINE

Widely known for MBBS abroad among the Asian students, Ukraine is best of both worlds. It is a meeting point of the East and West. The course is offered in three languages; English, Ukrainian and Russian. However, the best part is that you do not require any entrance tests to study MBBS in Ukrain.

Course Duration: 5+1 Years
Medium of Instruction: English, Ukrainian, Russian
Language Tests: Not Required
Tests Required: None
Average Fees: $4500 – $7500
Top Universities for Medicine in Ukraine: Bogomolets National Medical University, Ternopil State Medical University, Uzhgorod State Medical University, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University and Kyiv Medical University.

  • RUSSIA

Russian Medical colleges are again cheap compared to other countries, and with no compromise in quality of the education. Russia proves to be a great option to study MBBS abroad. The courses are offered in Russian and English. But for clinical purposes, you are advised to have a basic knowledge of Russian.

Course Duration: 5+1 Years
Medium of Instruction: English and Russian
Language Tests: Not Required
Tests Required: None
Average Fees: $3500 – $6000
Top Universities for Medicine in Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, Irkutsk State Medical University, Volgograd State Medical University and Tver State University.

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  • PHILIPPINES

Philippines is another great option to study Medicine abroad. It is required for you to appear for either of the English Language proficiency tests since studying MBBS in Philippines is done in English.

Course Duration: 5+1 Years
Medium of Instruction: English
Language Tests: IELTS and TOEFL
Medical Tests Required: NMAT
Average Fees: $3500 – $5000
Top Universities for Medicine in the Philippines: University of Philippines, AMA School of Medicine, University of Perpetual Help, Angeles University Foundation and Our Lady Fatima University.

  • NETHERLANDS

Back to Europe in one of the happiest countries in the world, the exam requirements to study MBBS in Netherlands is the same as other European destinations. Dutch Medical Universities are known for their medical courses and approach towards medicine.

Course Duration: 6 Years
Medium of Instruction: English, Dutch
Language Tests: TOEFL and IELTS, NT2, CNaVT
Tests Required: Colloquium Doctum if required
Average Fees: $2270 – $10200
Top Universities for Medicine in the Netherlands: University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University, Maastricht University and Utrecht University.

I hope that the analyses in this blog post are clear enough. If you’ve got any questions, do well to drop them in the comments!
Thanks for reading.

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