Many kids all over the world dream to be a doctor. Every year, the percentage of students that join BiPC (PCB) grows, indicating that students are becoming more interested in the medical area. However, it is very true that studying medicine requires a lot of money and has a great competition. This is due to the limited number of seats available at various government colleges. Students who want to be doctors will either enroll in a private medical school or prefer to study overseas if they do not pass the competitive tests. In this piece, we'll explore at the MBBS alternatives available to Indian students studying overseas.

Medicine is a prominent professional choice all around the world, especially in India. Earning an MBBS degree is the first step to become a doctor. However, gaining a medical seat in India is not a difficult task.
The number of MBBS seats available in India against the number of applications is vastly different. Nearly 13 lakh students applied for NEET last year, with approximately 60,000 seats available.
Around 15 lakh applicants applied for NEET 2019 in 2019, with only a little over 90,000 Medicine/Dental seats available at the undergraduate level. So there are over 17 students vying for a single spot! According to MCI, there were only 79,855 seats available across the country.
For students who did not receive a good grade on the NEET exam, studying overseas is one of the finest possibilities. Studying medicine in a foreign country is less expensive and offers a higher return on investment. Many colleges around the world prefer to enroll students from other nations in order to foster a pleasant co-cultural atmosphere. When compared to India, foreign colleges maintain excellent standards in terms of education quality while charging lower tuition.


The common ones for Indian students interested in studying MBBS overseas are listed below.

1. The student must be 17 years old or older as of December 31st of the year in which admission is sought.

2. The student must have finished 12th grade.

3. If the student is in the General category, he or she must have a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, as well as English as a compulsory subject.

4. If the student is from a SC/ST/OBC background, he or she must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 40% in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, as well as English as a compulsory subject.

5. Starting in 2018, you must pass the NEET exam in order to be admitted to any foreign country.


Here's a list of the Best Career Options Abroad

Hospital administration:
It entails a variety of tasks and is one of the most cost-effective job options after MBBS overseas in 2020. Not only for MBBS students studying abroad, but also for doctors and senior people, hospital management is a long-term career opportunity. With the help of the Hospital Administration profession, your clinical experience will grow, resulting in better career administrations and the hospital's dependability.

Professor/Teacher of Medicine:
After MBBS, medical education is one of the top employment alternatives. You'll always be up to date on the newest medical news, as well as a number of other topics, if you choose this job option (Teaching Profession). This profession may offer you a high-paying employment, as well as other benefits.

Medico-Legal Consultant: 
A Medico-Legal Advisor must adhere to the legal aspects of medical processes, which is one of the most difficult career pathways. It is one of the higher-paying medical jobs, especially for those interested in a medico-legal career. As part of their professional development, MBBS students from other countries may be expected to participate in court trials, give lectures, prepare papers, lead seminars, and perform other responsibilities.

Medical Care for Athletes:
Sports medicine is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after professions. And it's because of their well-known and broad clientele, which includes frequent international travel. It is one of the few vocations where you can earn a higher wage among all other ambitious careers.

Diagnostic imaging or radiology:
All other medical imaging is classified as diagnostic imaging or radiology. All other medical imaging methods, such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and MRIs, pale in comparison. You will be subjected to the relevant professional constraints if you want to pursue a career in medicine.

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission):
Medical graduates from outside India who have finished their MBBS can return to India and work in government or private facilities after clearing the MCI (Medical Council of India) test. They can also take the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exam and contribute to the country in a positive way.

Forensic Medical Examiner (Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner): 
You could pursue a medical profession as a Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner after completing your MBBS course in a foreign nation. You must test the living and forensic pathologists in accordance with the law.

Forensic psychiatry:
The discipline of psychiatry that deals with criminal situations is known as forensic psychiatry. This is a psychiatric specialty that also has a criminology component. It is formed by the meeting of law and psychiatry.

Medico-Legal profession:
When it deals with the treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill criminal offenders, it is related to the Medico-Legal profession.

Transplant Coordinator: 
This medical career requires both medical and managerial skills. This vocation is best suited to practitioners who can easily synchronize medical tasks related to organ donation or transplantation.

In the medical/pharmaceutical field, researcher:
It is one of the most active fields of work, with everyday developments. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the human body and treatment options in this sector.
After that, you must conduct multiple experiments to assess the results in order to get comprehensive medical research knowledge. MBBS students studying abroad are obliged to work in a variety of settings, including the pharmaceutical industry, academia, hospital labs, and research campuses.

The Best Courses for Students After MBBS Abroad

• M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences

• MBA in Healthcare Management

• MS in Hospital Administration

• MS in Microbiology or Clinical Pathology

• Diploma in Health Education/ Occupational Health/ Obstetrics & Gynecology/ Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/ Sports Medicine/ Pathology/ Pediatrics/ Immune hematology/ Nuclear medicine/ Psychiatry/ Radiotherapy


Unlike other topics such as engineering, business studies, or the arts, the most popular locations for MBBS students are not usually the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia. For admission to MBBS programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, France, Canada, and Malaysia, you must take a mandatory local entrance exam.

Eligibility requirements differ from country to country. In the United States, for example, you must have finished your graduation (preferably a 4-year Pre-Medical school) before taking the MBBS entrance exam.


MCI-recognized colleges are located all over the world. These are the colleges that are approved by the Indian government through MCI. The list of MCI-approved medical colleges may be seen at Remember that in order to study MBBS in these countries, you must first obtain an eligibility certificate from MCI.

After completing the course, you must take the FMGE/NBE test and pass it with a score of 50% or above. Although the courses are not known as MBBS in many countries, they are identical. Let's have a look at the best nations to study MBBS in.


The first and foremost is that studying medicine in Europe is the finest alternative. Studying medicine in the United Kingdom, at one of the most prominent study abroad destinations, will only add unrivalled credibility to your resume.

MBBS in the United Kingdom
Course length: 4 years
English Language Test: 7 Bands in IELTS Medical Examinations Required in the United Kingdom
Average CAT Fees: $13000-$50000

Top Medical Schools in the United Kingdom:
• University College London 
• University of Oxford 
• University of Cambridge
• King's College London


The United States of America is next. In the United States, there are 172 medical colleges from which to pick. To study MBBS in the United States, you must have a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or neuroscience, unlike in other nations. The degree awarded after completion is M.D., not MBBS.

MBBS in the United States is a four-year program.
English Language Tests: TOEFL, IELTS English, MCAT, USMLE 
Average Fees $25000-$34000 
Medical Tests Required

The Best Universities to Attend

• Harvard University and Stanford University are two of the most prestigious universities in the United States.
• Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
• Yale University 
• University of Duke


In Canada, MBBS degree is known as MD. If you don't have a scientific degree, certain Canadian universities offer five-year degrees. There are also specialist NSERC scholarships available to assist you in pursuing an MBBS degree in Canada.

The duration of the MBBS program in Canada is 3-5 years.
Medical Tests Required MCAT 
Average Fees $16000-$23000 
Medium of Instruction English 
Language Tests: TOEFL, IELTS 7 bands minimum 
Medical Tests Required MCAT 
Average Fees $16000-$23000

The Best Universities to Attend

• University of Toronto.
• University of British Columbia.
• McMaster University.
• McGill University.
• University of Montreal.
• University of Alberta.
• University of Calgary.
• University of Ottawa.


The MBBS in Germany, which is known for its free education, is another option to consider. There are limited English-language classes available, and since the patients will be Germans, it is recommended that you master the language.

MBBS in Germany is a 6-year program.
English, German Medium of Instruction
Language Exams: TOEFL, IELTS, Test DaF 
Medical Exams TMS is required (not compulsory)
Fees range from $8300 to $11200 on average.

Top Medical Universities in the Germany.

• Heidelberg University.
• University of Munich.
• Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
• Freie Universität Berlin.
• Technical University of Munich.
• University of Hamburg.
• Hannover Medical School.
• Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen.


In France, the programs for studying MBBS are called MD rather than MBBS. An exam must be administered at the end of the first year of study, and the student must pass the test in order to continue.
MD, which is the French equivalent of MBBS, is also one of the longer courses on the list.

The duration of the MBBS program in France is 3 to 8 years.
TFI Medical Tests Required After 1st Year 
Average Fees $1000-$8000 
Medium of Instruction French 
Language Tests: TFI Medical Tests Required After 1st Year

Top Medical Schools in France to Study MBBS:

• Université de Paris.
• Sorbonne Universite.
• Universite Paris Saclay.
• University of Aix-Marseille.
• Universite de Bordeaux.


In China, MBBS courses are taught in both English and Mandarin (Chinese), and a SET (Standardized Entrance Test) is occasionally required for admission to medical schools. China offers a more affordable MBBS abroad option than its western equivalents while still providing a high-quality education.

The duration of the MBBS program in China is 5+1 years.
English and Chinese are the two languages used in the classroom (Mandarin)
SET Average Fees $3000-$5000
Language Tests: Not Required 
Entrance Tests: Required

The best universities to study medicine in China ;

• Fudan University.
• Sun Yat-sen University.
• Central South University.
• Peking Union Medical College.
• Zhejiang University.
• Sichuan University.
• Nanjing Medical University.
• Tsinghua University.


Ukraine is famous in Indian students for MBBS. It is a crossroads for East and West. The courses are available in three languages: English, Ukrainian, and Russian. There is no entrance exams required to study MBBS in Ukraine.

The duration of the MBBS program in Ukraine is 5+1 years.
Language Tests: Not Required
Average Fees $4500-$7500 
Medium of Instruction English, Ukrainian, Russian 
Language Tests: Not Required

The Best Universities to Attend

• Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University 
•  Kharkiv National Medical University.
• Kharkiv International Medical University.
• Vinnytsia National Medical University.
• KYIV Medical University of UAFM.


Russian medical schools are once again on the cheaper side, with no compromise in education quality. Russia has shown to be an excellent choice for MBBS study abroad. Although the courses are taught in both Russian and English, it is recommended that you have a basic understanding of Russian for clinical purposes.

The duration of the MBBS program in Russia is 5+1 years.
Language Tests: Not Required
English and Russian Language Tests: Not Required 
Average Fees $3500-$6000

Top Medical Schools in Russia to Study MBBS:

• Lomonosov Moscow State University. 
• Sechenov University.
• Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University. 
• Pavlov University.
• Saint Petersburg State University. 
• Novosibirsk State University. 
• Tomsk State University


The University of the Philippines is still the top-ranked university in the country this year.

Another excellent choice for MBBS education abroad is the Philippines. Because MBBS in the Philippines is conducted entirely in English, you must take one of the English Language Proficiency Tests.

The duration of the MBBS program in the Philippines is 5+1 years.
Instructional Media IELTS and TOEFL are two English language tests. 
Required NMAT
Fees range from $3500 to $5,000 on average.

The best universities to study medicine in Phillipines.

• University of the Philippines 
• University of Santo Tomas.
• Davao Medical School Foundation.
• University of Perpetual Help DALTA.
• AMA College of Medicine.
• Cagayan State University.
• Our Lady of Fatima University.
• Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila.
• Cagayan State University.


We're returning to Europe for our next MBBS abroad destination, in one of the world's nicest countries. The exam requirements for studying MBBS in the Netherlands are the same as they are in other European countries. Netherlands is known for their approach to medicine.

MBBS in the Netherlands is a 6-year program.
Language Tests: TOEFL and IELTS, NT2, CNaVT Tests 
Medium of Instruction: English, Dutch 
Language Tests: TOEFL and IELTS, NT2, CNaVT Tests
If necessary, a Colloquium Doctum is required.
Fees range from $2270 to $10200 on average.

Top MBBS Universities in the Netherlands:
• Erasmus University Rotterdam.
• University of Amsterdam.
• Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
• University of Groningen.
• Maastricht University.
• Utrecht University.
• Leiden University.