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How to Choose the University for MBBS Abroad

When an opportunity to study MBBS abroad comes up, we jump right into it without missing a heartbeat. And why not! It is a chance of a lifetime to explore a new education system, experience culture and learn a foreign language.

MBBS studies abroad is a path for students to get international exposure.

As a matter of fact, many MBBS universities abroad have opened doors for Indian students. Since a majority of students from India seek medical education overseas. Not that the colleges in India are any bad, but the competition for government colleges is hard to get in. And the private colleges are expensive. Instead, invest the money in MBBS colleges abroad and even after that, you’ll be left with a little money in hand. 

Right! Even if you decide to study MBBS abroad, how can we be sure which colleges are the best?

That is when Nix Study Abroad comes to help. We are tied with several medical universities in different countries. We know the ins and outs of what’s best for you. So, if you have a hard time choosing the university for MBBS abroad, contact us. 

Until then, you can scroll through the tips on how to choose the university for MBBS abroad studies

Choosing the Country

You must have a dream destination in mind for either travelling or studying abroad, right? So you can dive into your web and scroll through their education system. Check out the student lifestyle in that country, how are the weather and the local people. Most importantly, check if the locals can speak and understand English. You would not want to feel lost in a new country right?

Establishment of the University

After scrolling through the web for top MBBS universities in the country, check their establishment and awards. The age of a university is one of the most important factors when choosing a university abroad. If a university is over 50 years old, it can be understood as one of the oldest universities and rightfully so, reputed. The older any medical university is, the better their education quality and famous degrees.

Budget of MBBS Universities

Checking the fee structure of an MBBS course is an obvious thing to do as soon as you list down some of the universities. When you choose a university you will come across tuition fees of about 15 Lakhs to 30 Lakhs. Some of the top universities may also cost 40 Lakhs for the whole course. Based on your requirements, you can choose the university for higher education.

University Ranking

One of the major parameters for choosing a university is its ranking. The world and country rankings reflect the quality of education in the institute. When you choose a bunch of universities, make sure to check the world and country ranking. You can go to QS World University Rankings to check the university rankings which are provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

University Recognition

Similar to ranking, the recognition of a university matters. It is an important factor that will help you set your future. While most of the universities for MBBS abroad have recognised degrees you need to inspect more into the degrees. Some countries may not accept degrees from certain colleges/countries. While selecting universities, make sure the degrees are recognised by NMC (National Medical Council) and WHO (World Health Organization).

Medium of Instruction

Before applying to any university, make sure the medium of instruction is English. Some universities may have bilingual language courses. Or a requirement for a language certificate before getting admission. For example, countries like Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia etc. have a lot of English MBBS universities. And no IELTS certificate is required for admission. But Kazakh or Russian may be taught to you in the final course to help communicate with the patients.

Cost of Living

Your cost for studying MBBS abroad does not only cover the universities but also food and living. For the initial first year, students will be provided with accommodation and food. But from the second year onwards, students have the liberty to live outside the campus. This is when the cost of living may add up. No matter which country you go to, there will be neighbourhoods dedicated to the student crowd. The universities also provide student identity or ISIC card which enables various discounts.

Duration of the Course

The duration of the medical course in India is 5 years. So while checking for a medical course abroad, you must check the duration of the course and if an internship is included. There are several countries that have a 6-year MBBS course. And some countries like Kazakhstan have MBBS courses for 5 years including an internship. So it is always good to complete the same course earlier and be ahead of the rest of the students.


Make sure you read the reviews of the university. Find out the establishment of the institute, the older the university, the better its quality of education. Most universities abroad have a budget fee structure as compared to India. Make sure to also check the world and country ranking and recognition.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – NEET is the most important entrance exam for MBBS admission abroad. After appearing and clearing the entrance exam, you are not required to give additional exams.

Besides NEET, there are other entrance exams for MBBS admission abroad. USMLE (the United States Medical Licensing Examination), MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and FPMT (Foreign Pre Medical Entrance Test).

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