The Caribbean islands are a group of islands on the Caribbean Sea, commonly grouped as West Indies along with few mainland countries like Suriname, Guyana and Belize. The Caribbean is regarded as one of the top tourism destinations on earth with the pristine beaches and natural beauty.
Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is the southernmost, isthmian portion of the North American continent, which connects with South America on the southeast. When considered part of the unified continental model, it is considered a subcontinent. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Belize is one of the most sought after destinations for medical education in the region due to the English speaking local population and the courses being taught in English.
The Caribbean region has in the last 35 years has developed into a medical education hub for international students, especially from USA, Canada, India and European countries, thanks to the American Education system and curriculum strictly followed by the universities, also that have their clinical sites all over the United States. Studying Medicine at the Caribbean is a clear and easiest pathway to continue medical education and practice in USA. Most students studying in the Central American / Caribbean Medical Universities have been successful in the Residency placements and are working in over 45 countries, especially USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
In general terms, these universities are similar to IIT and other entrance exam Olympiad schools operating in few parts of India. Apart from imparting medical education, the universities focus completely on the licensing examination [USMLE (USA), MCCQE (Canada), PLAB (UK), AMC (Aus / NZ), etc.] and prepare the aspiring students to be successful in the same.
Hence the programs are career oriented, yet cost effective / value for money.
The programs are structured such that once the students clear Step 1 of NBME / USMLE after finishing Basic Medical Sciences in Yr 2 (in some cases Yr 3) they could continue their 3rd and 4th year – Clinical studies (in few cases 4th and 5th years) in affiliated teaching hospitals in USA(Optional). Students can do the clinical rotation in UK even without clearing PLAB/USMLE.
After finishing USMLE Step 1&2 with a decent score (Either in USA / UK or Central America), Students get a Temporary / Provisional License to pursue the Residency program in USA / Canada.
“Residency” is an option for students to pursue Post Graduate training / Specialization in a teaching hospital in USA / Canada / UK, etc, on work based study mode. The PG program is 100% free of tuition fee. A very good stipend is paid during the program. Minimum Stipend ranges from US $ 4,000 and may be up to US $ 12,000 / Month. Students generally earn back what they have spent on their UG education within a span of 1 – 1.5 years. They also have very good chances of settling down in the countries from which the finish Residency.
Further, Students who complete Residency program in USA / Canada / UK / Australia / New Zealand have additional benefits back in India too. They NEED NOT WRITE MCI SCREENING TEST IF THEY ARE COMING BACK TO INDIA TO CONTINUE THEIR PRACTICE.
|S No||Medical School||Country/Territory||Established|
|1||All American Institute of Medical Sciences||Jamaica||2011|
|2||All Saints University College of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2011|
|3||All Saints University School of Medicine||Dominica||2006|
|4||American International Medical University School of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2007|
|5||American University of Antigua College of Medicine||Antigua and Barbuda||2004|
|6||American University of Barbados School of Medicine||Barbados||2011|
|7||American University of St Vincent School of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2012|
|8||American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine||Sint Maarten(NL)||1978|
|9||Atlantic University School of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2010|
|10||Aureus University School of Medicine||Aruba(NL)||2004|
|11||Avalon University School of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2003|
|12||Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2007|
|13||Destiny University School of Medicine and Health Sciences||Saint Lucia||2001|
|14||International American University College of Medicine||Saint Lucia||2004|
|15||International University of the Health Sciences (IUHS)||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1998|
|16||International University School of Medicine||Bonaire(NL)||2005|
|17||Medical University of the Americas - Nevis||Saint Kitts and Nevis||1998|
|18||Ross University School of Medicine||Dominica||1978|
|19||Saba University School of Medicine||Saba(NL)||1994|
|20||Saint James School of Medicine||Anguilla(UK)||2001|
|21||Saint James School of Medicine||Bonaire(NL)||1999|
|22||Spartan Health Sciences University||St Lucia||1980|
|23||St. George's University School of Medicine||Grenada||1977|
|24||St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine||Curacao(NL)||2000|
|25||St. Matthew's University School of Medicine||Cayman Islands(UK)||2002|
|26||Trinity School of Medicine||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2008|
|27||University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine||Antigua and Barbuda||1983|
|28||University of Medicine and Health Sciences||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2008|
|29||University of Science, Arts & Technology Faculty of Medicine||Montserrat(UK)||2003|
|30||Washington Medical Sciences Institute||Saint Lucia||2011|
|31||Windsor University School of Medicine||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2000|
|32||Xavier University School of Medicine||Aruba(NL)||2004|
|33||Central America Health Sciences University Belize Medical College||Belize||1996|
Expenses involved in studying medicine in the Caribbean may vary from university to university. On an average, the cost may vary from INR 30-70 Lakhs overall, inclusive of food accommodation, academic and miscellaneous expenses, travel, etc. In very few universities the cost may go too high.
However, the cost involved in pursuing a similar course in USA is very high. The students, on clearing USMLE / other licensing examinations get an entry into the residency program, which is lucrative enough for the student to retrieve the cost completely in Maximum 1 – 2 Years.
Scholarships are available to aspiring students based on academic performance and merit, passion towards studying medicine, need, etc. My MBBS Abroad team would support all eligible students in the process of applying for scholarships.
Medical universities in the Caribbean have 3 intakes every year – January, May and September.
Students should apply at least 2 months prior to the course start date for successful admissions. The documents required for application are:
The documents required may vary time to time. Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for updated information and assistance on your application and subsequent process
Caribbean or Central American countries normally provide easy visa access to students planning to study medicine.
Most countries initially offer 1 Year visa for the students, which can be renewed on arrival / yearly basis.
The following documents are required for the Visa application and renewal:
My MBBS Abroad team would process the complete process on behalf of the student.
United Kingdom (UK) or the Great Britain has been the most popular and revered destination among international students for centuries. This is due to the research based, well planned education system that is proven. The country is home to several world renowned centuries old universities like University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Scotland, etc. that topped the medical universities of the world.
UK it is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The UK’s form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and its capital city is London.The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capital cities, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively.
UK is among the most developed and industrialized countries in the world and has the world’s sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth-largest by purchasing power parity. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally.
Healthcare in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter and each country has its own system of private and publicly funded health care, together with alternative, holistic and complementary treatments. Public healthcare is provided to all UK permanent residents and is mostly free at the point of need,being paid for from general taxation. The World Health Organization, in 2000, ranked the provision of healthcare in the United Kingdom as fifteenth best in Europe and eighteenth in the world.
|S No||Country||Name of Medical School||University||Established||Degree awarded|
|1||ENGLAND||Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry||Queen Mary||1995 (St Bartholomew's Hospital- 1123)||MBBS|
|2||Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry|
|3||University of Birmingham Medical School||Birmingham||1828||MBChB|
|4||Bristol Medical School||Bristol||1833||MBChB|
|5||Brighton and Sussex Medical School||Brighton||2002||BMBS|
|7||School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge||Cambridge||1842||MB BChir|
|8||Durham University School of Medicine and Health||Durham||2001||MBBS|
|9||Hull York Medical School||Hull||2003||MBBS|
|11||Imperial College School of Medicine||Imperial College London||1997 (Charing Cross Hospital- 1818)||MBBS|
|12||Keele University School of Medicine||Keele||1978||MBChB|
|13||King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry||King's College London||1988 (St Thomas's Hospital- 1550)||MBBS|
|14||(University of London)|
|15||Lancaster Medical School||Lancaster||2004||MBChB|
|16||Leeds School of Medicine||Leeds||1831||MBChB|
|17||Leicester Medical School||Leicester||1975||MBChB|
|18||Liverpool Medical School||Liverpool||1834||MBChB|
|19||Manchester Medical School||Manchester||1874||MBChB|
|20||Newcastle University Medical School||Newcastle||1834||MBBS|
|21||University of Nottingham Medical School||Nottingham||1970||BMBS|
|22||Norwich Medical School||East Anglia||2000||MBBS|
|23||Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford||Oxford||1220–1255||BM BCh|
|24||Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry||Exeter||2000||BMBS|
|26||UCL Medical School||University College London||1998 (Middlesex Hospital – 1746)||MBBS|
|27||(University of London)|
|28||Sheffield Medical School||Sheffield||1828||MBChB|
|29||Southampton Medical School||Southampton||1971||BM, BMedSci|
|30||St George's, University of London||St George's||1751||MBBS|
|31||(University of London)|
|32||Warwick Medical School||Warwick||2000||MBChB|
|33||SCOTLAND||University of Aberdeen School of Medicine||Aberdeen||1495||MBChB|
|34||Dundee Medical School||Dundee||1967||MBChB|
|35||University of Edinburgh Medical School||Edinburgh||1726||MBChB|
|36||Glasgow Medical School||Glasgow||1751||MBChB|
|37||University of St Andrews School of Medicine||St Andrews||1450||BSc (Hons)|
|38||WALES||Cardiff University School of Medicine||Cardiff||1893||MBBCh|
|39||Swansea University School of Medicine||Swansea||2001||MBBCh|
|40||NORTHERN IRELAND||Queen's University Belfast Medical School||Queen's University Belfast||1821||MB BCh BAO|
Studying Medicine in UK can be a wonderful experience and can be completed in a shorter duration of 5.5 Years but may not be very pocket friendly compared to developing countries.
Average costs incurred by an international medical student in UK may vary from INR 25 – 50 Lakhs per year inclusive of food and living costs depending on the university, lifestyle of the students, location, etc.
overall costs are around INR 2 – 3 Crores overall.
Universities in UK offer scholarships and bursaries based on the academic performance and merit.
Further there are international student scholarships (Around 1,500 GBP) are offered by UK for all Indian studentsIndian Students can also apply for Common Wealth Scholarship and many more that are offered based on need and merit. However all these scholarships are competitive and the students have to apply for the same well ahead of schedule.
UK Medical Universities recruit International students for medical education based on merit in limited numbers. UK CAT scores play a vital role in the application process. Generally the Application deadline is fixed between the months of January – April and varies from university to university.
Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for further information, since the requirements of every university varies time to time
UKBA (United Kingdom Border Agency) administers the visa and immigration systems of the UK. UKBA follows a Point Based immigration System to assess and grant visas to students planning to study in UK. All student visas are classed under Tier 4 of the points-based system. To qualify, visa applicants must have already been offered a position at an educational institution in UK. The duration of Tier 4 visas varies, taking into account the time needed to conclude studies and attend graduation. Generally students get 4 months additional time after their course to complete any pending academic commitments in UK.
My MBBS Abroad Team would support applicants in the complete visa process.
The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (US), America, or simply the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district
Undoubtedly the biggest super power on earth, it is one among the most safest destinations for a student to stay and enjoy a holistic education experience and a rewarding career
The United States is a developed country and has the world’s largest national economy, with an estimated GDP in 2013 of $16.7 trillion – 23% of global nominal GDP and 19% at purchasing-power parity.
The economy is fueled by an abundance of natural resources and the world’s highest worker productivity, with per capita GDP being the world’ssixth-highest in 2010.
The Philippines - officially known as the Republic of the Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world with a population of more than 98 million people.
At 300,000 square kilometres (115,831 sq mi), the Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and the 73rd-largest country in the world with three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of Philippines is Manila.
The Philippines had reminded a Spanish colony for over 300 years followed by 48 year colonization by the United States, making the country’s 94% population capable of conversing in English. The two official languages of Philippines are Tagalog and English.
1000s of Indians, particularly Tamils, Punjabis and Sindhis are settled in the Philippines. Hence availability of Indian food and culture offers good living conditions for Indian students. At 6.5 - 8 Hours travel time from South Indian cities Philippines is easily accessible for Indian students to travel and study Medicine.
The Philippines has been among the most preferred destination for medical education for decades. It has been a medical education hub for international students, especially from USA, India and other countries. Universities in Philippines follow the American Education curriculum and are one of the most affordable destination
Philippines medical institutions are the 2nd largest contributor of Physicians in the United States and they have produced the largest community of Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals working overseas.
|S No||Names of Medical Schools|
|1||Angeles University Foundation|
|2||Ateneo de Zamboanga University|
|3||Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health|
|4||Baguio Central University|
|5||Bicol Christian College of Medicine|
|7||Cagayan State University|
|8||Cebu Doctors' University|
|9||Cebu Institute of Medicine|
|10||Central Philippine University|
|11||Davao Medical School Foundation|
|12||De La Salle Health Sciences Institute - College of Medicine|
|13||Divine Word University of Tacloban|
|14||Emilio Aguinaldo College, College of Medicine|
|15||Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation|
|16||Iloilo Doctors' College of Medicine|
|17||Lyceum-Northwestern University Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation College of Medicine|
|18||Manila Central University Filemon D. Tanchoco Foundation|
|19||Mindanao State University|
|20||Our Lady of Fatima University, College of Medicine|
|21||Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, College of Medicine|
|22||Philippine Muslim-Christian College|
|23||Remedios T. Romualdez Foundation|
|24||Saint Louis University, Baguio City International College of Medicine|
|25||San Beda College, College of Medicine|
|26||Silliman University Medical School|
|27||Southwestern University (Philippines) Matias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine|
|28||St. Luke's College of Medicine, William H. Quasha Memorial|
|29||University of Northern Philippines|
|30||University of Perpetual Help Rizal|
|31||University of Perpetual Help System College of Medicine|
|32||University of Saint La Salle|
|33||University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery|
|34||University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC)|
|35||University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences in Leyte|
|36||University of the Philippines College of Medicine|
|37||University of the Visayas Gullas College of Medicine|
|38||West Visayas State University|
|39||Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine|
|40||Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation|
Philippine Medical Universities provide high quality education at the most affordable costs. The total cost varies from INR 18 – 30 Lakhs inclusive of tuition fee, food, accommodation, travel, other academic and miscellaneous costs etc. The cost is very low compared to USA whose curriculum Philippine Medical Universities follow. The course outcome can be similar. The students, on clearing USMLE / other licensing examinations get an entry into the residency program, which is lucrative enough for the student to retrieve the cost completely in 1 Year.
Scholarships are available to aspiring students based on academic performance and merit . My MBBS Abroad team would support all eligible students in gaining scholarships.
High school passed out students should first apply for the BS associate degree as a pre medical qualification. The duration of the program is around 12 to 16 months. Students with B Sc degree in programs related to medical sciences are also eligible to apply for the MD program.
After successful completion of the Associate BS program / B Sc, students are required to sit for NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) of Philippines. On qualifying the same, students enrol with the medical school for the MD program.
Philippine Medical Universities have three intakes a year: January / February, June and October / November . Students should apply at least 2 - 3 months prior to the course start date for successful admissions. The documents required for application are:
The documents required may vary time to time. Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for updated information and assistance on your application and subsequent process.
Philippines, due to the close relationship with India offers hassle free visa process for Indian students.
The following documents are required for the Visa application:
The complete documentation and other support would be provided by My MBBS Abroad team.
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres (127,350 sq mi) separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. Land borders are shared with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and maritime borders exist with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. Malaysia has been a destination for students from Asia pacific to study medicine..
Medical Schools in Malaysia generally offer a five-year undergraduate program for future doctors. Medical Educationin Malaysia is offered by institutions, few of which are foreign owned / Malaysian campuses of foreign universities. This includes few run by Indian managements like Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka.
Entry to the medical schools is competitive. Courses last five or six years. The medical program is usually divided into 3 phases. Phase 1 consists of the first two years of the programme involving integrated teaching and learning of the relevant basic medical sciences. Phase II (Year 3) and Phase III (Year 4 and Year 5) involves clinical skills development and subsequently consolidation of clinical clerkship in the various clinical disciplines.
|S No||Medical College / University||City|
|1||Allianze University College of Medical Sciences||Penang|
|2||Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST)||Bedong|
|3||International Islamic University Malaysia Kulliyyah of Medicine||Kuantan|
|4||International Medical University Faculty of Medicine and Health||Kuala Lumpur|
|5||Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences||Bandar Sunway|
|6||Melaka-Manipal Medical College||Melaka|
|7||Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine||Serdang|
|8||Royal College of Medicine Perak||Ipoh|
|9||UCSI University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences||Kuala Lumpur|
|10||Universiti Putra Malaysia Fakulti Peruatan dan Sains Kesihatan||Selangor Darul Ehsan|
|11||Universiti Teknologi Mara Faculty of Medicine||Shah Alam|
Studying Medicine in Malaysia could cost from INR 70 Lakhs – 1.5 Crore overall inclusive of tuition fee, food, accommodation, etc for 5 Years.
Scholarships are available for hardworking students based on merit and academic performance.
Students should apply at least 3 months prior to the course start date for successful admissions. The documents required for application are:
The documents required and process flow may vary from time to time. Kindly contact My MBBS Abroad team for updated information and assistance on your application and subsequent process
The Student Visa (Student Pass) Applications for Malaysia comes under VDR (With Reference) category, where the student should first apply and get an admission from any recognized university / college in Malaysia.
Students need to submit the following documents for the visa process, which generally takes 2 – 3 days to complete:
My MBBS Abroad team would do the complete process on behalf of the student.
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