About Phillipines

MBBS In Philippines

Philippines, officially known as Republic of Philippines is one prominent nation of south east Asia. Consisting of 7000 islands, this equator near country has world’s greatest biodiversity. It is growing by leap and bounds and soaring to newer heights and also boasts of holding the headquarters of Asian development bank. It stands as 3rd largest economy in ASEAN nations. It is one newly industrialised country in south east Asia and has seen rapid development in tourism, infrastructure and medicine.

Medical advancements have seen an upsurge and technology has made an impact on this sector.


Facts about Philippines

Population 11 crore (approx.)
Capital Manila
Language Filipino, English
Religion Christianity (90%), Islam (6%)
Currency Peso
Key Cities Manila, Davao, Quezon
Exchange Rate 1 Philippino Peso = 1.30 INR
GDP per capita 9538.82 USD ‎(2019)
Climate Tropical, Hot, Humid


Travel Time from Major Indian Cities

Delhi to Manila distance – 4764 km

Time taken by flight (Non stop, Direct flight) – 8.5 hour (approx.)

Mumbai to Manila distance – 5126 km

Time taken by flight (Non stop, Direct flight) – 9 hour (approx.)

Chennai to Manila distance – 4390 km

Time taken by flight (Non stop, Direct flight) – 8 hour (approx.)


MBBS in Philippines

Medical advancements have seen an upsurge in past recent years and use of technology has made an impact on this sector.Philippines has gained popularity among international students and has become a preference for MBBS studies as it has medical universities on par with global standards along with hassle free, easy admission process. It follows US education pattern hence students pursuing here can further practice in US,UK etc.MBBS here is cost effective and value for money with special emphasis given to practical and practice. is one of the best in terms of cost effectiveness and quality.

Philippines is the only south east Asian country with a fully bilingual public education. Under this official policy, both Filipino and English are taught as language subjects in public schools, with English being the sole language used in science, mathematics and technology courses.

This makes it easy for foreign students to overcome the language barrier and also get mixed with local culture and people. Interestingly, Manila, the capital of the Philippines, English-speaking ability was reported by nearly 82% of residents.


Philippines Offers

  • Easy and Affordable Fee Structure
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Comprehensive Syllabus
  • Affordable Living
  • Hospitable Enviornment
  • Peaceful and Enjoyable campus life

The above factors make Philippines as a most favored nation for Indian students, when it comes to medical courses.
In past recent years, Philippines has gained huge appreciation from all over the world and has become medical hub for Indian as well as other students from all over the world.


Advantages of Studying in Philippines

  1. 3rd LARGEST ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY– Medium of teaching in all the universities in Philippines is English as Philippines is 3rd largest English speaking country. Moreover local population is quite comfortable with English as their second language after Pilipino.
  2. GATEWAY TO USA – MBBS in Philippines provides a gateway to USA. Philippines follow USA pattern of education (2 Year BS + 4 Year MD) which helps students who wish to give USMLE to pursue their PG or Internship in USA.
  3. AWESOME WEATHER– Philippines has a moderate tropical weather being surrounded by sea similar to the weather of Mumbai/Kolkata. This lovely weather remains same largely throughout the year.
  4. DISEASE PATTERN SAME AS INDIA– Because of non chilly and tropical moderate weather disease pattern in Philippines is largely similar as India thereby giving MBBS aspirants a hands-on for Indian patients.
  5. HIGHEST FMGE PASSING PERCENTAGE –  During 2012-13 to 2016-17 students from MBBS in Philippines had the 2nd highest MCI Passing Percentage.
  6. LOW & AFFORDABLE FEE – Studying MBBS in Philippines costs is almost half the cost compared to Private Medical Colleges in India. No Donation & no Hidden costs
  7.  LOW COST OF LIVING – Cost of Living is very much affordable in Philippines. There is not much difference in exchange rates of Indian &Philippines currency thereby making it almost in comparison with lifestyle costs in India.
  8. INDIAN FOOD – With so many INDIAN students preferring Philippines as their favorite destination there are many Indian restaurants & Mess with authentic Gujarati, Jain, South Indian food cooked by Indian chefs available at low cost.
  9. HIGH NUMBER OF INDIAN STUDENTS – Philippines has evolved as a hot Ecosystem for more than 8,000 plus students.
  10. NO ADMISSION TEST – Such as IELTS/TOEFL is required for Admission in the Universities/Colleges for MBBS in Philippines. The Admission Process is very simple.
  11. SPORTS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Many extracurricular activities like sports and cultural activities are held in the medical colleges that keep the students fit and active.
  12. FACULTY TO STUDENT RATIO WITH GLOBALLY ACLLAIMED FACULTY – The Faculty to Student Ratio is 1:14which ensures that Students get individual attention. Also the faculty is world class with more focus on practical learning.
  13. ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL LICENCING EXAMS – Students commencing their medical degrees in Philippines are eligible to apply for International Licensing Exams like MCI Screening Test, USMLE (USA), PLAB (UK), as well as other licensing exams taking place throughout the world. This makes them eligible to either practice globally or pursue higher Education from any country.
  14. INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE – The students are encouraged to take part in various seminars and international conferences.
  15. GLOBALLY RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES – Universities of Philippines are globally recognized by International Bodies and Organizations such as the Medical Council of India (MCI), World Health Organization (AVICENNA Directory for Medicine), FAIMER, UNESCO and AMEE.


Fee Structure MBBS in Philippines

Name of College  

Total College Fees (INR)

AMA School of Medicine, Makati Campus, Metro Manila   15,62,500
University of Perpetual Help   18,12,500
Angeles University Foundation   20,15,000
Our Lady of Fatima University   23,14,000
AMA School of Medicine, Makati Campus, Manila- MD Course   11,87,500
University of Perpetual Help- MD Course   14,37,500
Bicol Christian College of Medicine 5.5 year Course   11,25,000 (2017 Fees)
Emilio Aguinaldo College of Medicine 5.5 year Course   18,93,750 (2017 Fees)
Medical School Foundation

Scholarship for MBBS in Philippines

The truth is that there is no scholarship to study MBBS in Philippines. Only way to avail any scholarship is purely based on your performance in Internal Exams purely on jurisdiction of college.

There are many agents who are still conducting their own exams saying that they will give Scholarships to the students. There is no Scholarship for students by the Government or any agency. Any promises of Scholarships are false. Please do not fall for such traps and these are just marketing gimmicks.


Structure of Course for MBBS in Philippines

Duration of Course 6 years (BS – 2 Yr, MD – 4 Yr)
Semester Start November & February
Language of Instruction English
University Type Private
Degree Awarded Md – Physician(under graduate program)
MCI Approved Yes
Study Fee Range INR 15 L to 25 L
Number of Indian Students 10,000 (appx)

NMAT - National Medical Admission Test

  • NMAT Philippinesor the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a nationwide examination required for the entrance to any medical school in the Philippines. After completing the BS course, the Indian students will have to sit for this exam for admission in the 4 year MD course.
  • BS & MD Criteria – Candidates going to the Philippines after class 12th are eligible for 2 Year BS post which they will be writing their NMAT Exam for entry into 4 year MD program.
  • Number of Attempts – The student will get 4 attempts for this test while studying the BS course and the students will be provided with the study material upon their arrival in the Philippines. This test is to be cleared once in order to get admission in the MD course.



NMAT Exam Philippines Syllabus

The NMAT Philippines is divided in two parts:

Part I consists of tests of mental ability and Part II tests the academic proficiency of the students.

The 4 sub-tests that compose Part I measure aptitudes that were found to have significant correlations with the academic performance of medical students, while the four sub-tests that compose Part II measure subject proficiency in areas which are part of the academic background required of applicants to the medical course.


PART 1 of NMAT – Duration 3 hours

It has the following 4 sub-parts:

  1. Verbal – 40 Questions – 40 Minutes.
    • It consists of two item types, namely, word analogies and reading comprehension, which measure verbal ability in English.
    • Items in reading comprehension are based on the content of portions of published materials covering a wide range of topics, e.g., social, scientific, medical, philosophical, literary.
  1. Inductive Reasoning – 40 Questions – 50 Minutes.
    • This subtest consists of number, letter, and figural series and figure grouping items.
    • These items are known to measure induction which is the ability to form and test a hypothesis directed at finding a principle with which to identify an element fitting a given relationship.
  1. Quantitative – 40 Questions – 50 Minutes.
    • This sub-test consists of three item types, namely, fundamental operations, problem solving, and data interpretation.
    • These items are intended to measure general reasoning which is defined as the ability to organize and apply knowledge of basic mathematics and reasoning to find solutions for them.
  1. Perceptual Acuity – 40 Questions – 40 Minutes.
    • This sub-test consists of three item types, namely, hidden figure, mirror image, and identical information.
    • Solutions to these items involve accuracy in visual perception, an ability linked to extensiveness of scanning, a cognitive style associated with meticulousness, concern with detail, and sharp, yet wide-ranging focus of attention.


PART 2 of NMAT – Duration 2.5 Hours

This has the following 4 Sub-parts:

  1. Biology – 50 Questions – 35 Minutes
    • Unity and Diversity of Life
    • Cells and Cellular Processes
    • Genetics
    • The World of Plant and Animal Development
    • Life Processes: Regulation and Homeostasis Organisms and Their Environment


  1. Physics – 50 Questions – 40 Minutes.
    • Mechanics
    • Thermodynamics
    • Vibrations, Waves, and Optics
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Modern Physics


  1. Social Science – 50 Questions – 35 Minutes.
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Psychology


  1. Chemistry – 50 Questions – 40 Minutes.
    • General Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry


Syllabus for MBBS in Philippines

First Semester : Gross Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience 1, Primary Health Care

Second Semester : Gross Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience 1, Biostatistics, History of Medicine

Third Semester : Pharmacology, Microbiology, General Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Physical Diagnosis, Neuroscience 2, Epidemiology

Fourth Semester : Pharmacology, Microbiology, General Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Physical Diagnosis, Neuroscience 2, Paediatrics, Surgery

Fifth Semester : Paediatrics, Ob-Gyne, Surgery, Medicine, Legal Medicine, EENT, Neuroscience 3

Sixth Semester : Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgery, Medicine, Community Medicine, Dermatology, Radiology, Rehabilitation medicine

Seventh Semester : Medicine, Surgery, Ob-Gyne, Paediatrics, Community Medicine, Neuroscience

Subjects of M.D are very much similar to subjects of MBBS degree in India. Students who pursue MD degree in Philippines would learn almost same subjects that would help them to clear screening tests conducted by National Board of Examinations in India.


Specializations in MBBS in Philippines

Aesthetic, Reconstructive & Burn Hepatology Pharmacology
Allergology Industrial Medicine Physiatry
Allergology& Immunology Infectious Diseases Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Anesthesiology Infertility Plastic Surgery
Cardiology Intensivist Psychiatry
Cardiovascular Pathology Internal Medicine Public Health
Cataract and Refractive Surgery Interventional Cardiology Pulmonology
Colon and Rectal Surgery Invasive Cardiology Radiology
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Laparoscopy Rehabilitation Medicine
Cosmetic Surgery Legal Medicine Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Dermapathology Neonatology Rheumatology
Dermatology Nephrology Sonology
Diabetology Neurology Spine Surgery
EENT Neurosurgery Surgery
Emergency Medicine Nuclear Medicine Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
Endocrinology Obstetrics &Gynecology Toxicology
ENT(Otolaryngology) Occupational Medicine Traumatology
Epidemiology Oncology Ultrasonography
Family Medicine Ophthalmology Urology
Gastroenterology Orthopedic Surgery Venereology
General Practice Pain Medicine Dentists
Geriatrics Pathology Cosmetic Dentistry
Head & Neck Surgery Pediatric Surgery Dental Surgery
Hematology Pediatrics Endodontics
Hematology/Oncology Oral Surgery General Dentistry
Orthodontics Periodontics Hospital Dentistry
Paediatric Dentistry Prosthodontics Implant Dentistry

Eligibility Criteria for MBBS in Philippines

The MBBS in Philippines degree is called BS-MD. Getting enrolled in Philippines for medical course is comparatively easy as compared to India with following eligibility requirements.

BS & MD Structure – BS or the Premedical course is taught for approximately 2 years. Then the student studies 4 years of MD or the medical course which is divided into 3 years of theoretical learning and 1 year of internship/clinical rotation.

Eligibility for 2 Year BS Program

  • Student shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
  • The student must have completed class 12th from a regular board.
  • You need to clear NEET from 2019& there is no separate entrance exam in India like IELTS/SAT etc.
  • Interested candidate must have secured 50% marks in Intermediate (12th) standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination.

Eligibility for 4 Year MD Program

  • Candidates who have pursued their graduation in Science or Biology stream i.e. Sc, BAMS, B.Pharma, Biotechnology, BHMS, Nursing are eligible to directly apply for 4 year MD program.
  • Interested candidate must have secured 50% marks in Intermediate (12th) standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination.
  • You need to clear NEET from 2019 onwards for admission & there is no separate entrance exam in India like IELTS/SAT etc.
  • Student will have to appear for NMAT exam before enrolling in MD program. NMAT is conducted twice a year and generally candidates get 4 attempts to clear the exam. In case the student is unable to clear the exam in the first attempt, he/she will still be promoted to the MD course in colleges such as AMA School of Medicine, University of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Fatima University. However, it is compulsory to clear this exam within a certain period of time.





VISA Process & Documents for MBBS in Philippines

  • Application form is forwarded to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval. Once approved, the application package shall be endorsed by CHED to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID), if approved, it will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA will inform the Philippine Embassy for issuance of the student visa. The Philippine Embassy shall then notify the student accordingly.
  • Original passport valid not less than six months beyond intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  • Two (2) photographs;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of affidavit of support executed by parent/s or legal guardian to be authenticated in the Philippine Embassy.
  • Two (2) photocopies of parent/guardian’s passport data page.
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of police certificate authenticated by the Philippine Embassy.
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of medical examination reports, including X-ray film contained in an envelope authenticated at the Philippine Embassy.
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of class Ten & class Twelve to be authenticated in the Philippine Embassy.
  • Original of duly stamped bank statement of parent of last three months with minimum balance of 5 Lakh.
  • Valid NEET score card of year 2019.