MBBS in Philippines

The Philippines or the Republic of Philippines is one of the prominent south-east Asian nations with the world's greatest biodiversity. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the country is an amalgamation of more than 7,000 islands. The Philippines attracts people due to its beautiful beaches, heritage towns, monuments, rainforests and more. This enriched Asian nation has witnessed rapid development in the field of tourism, infrastructure, and medicine. Apart from being a tourist destination, the Philippines has also become a major attraction for students looking forward to pursuing medicine as their career.



Facts about Philippines


11 crore (approx.)




Filipino, English


Christianity (90%), Islam (6%)



Key Cities

Manila, Davao, Quezon

GDP per capita

9538.82 USD (2019)


Tropical, Hot, Humid

Exchange Rate          

1 Philippino Peso = 1.30 INR


Why MBBS in Philippines?

Pursuing MBBS from Philippines has become popular among medical seekers since 2012. The country offers the best medical courses and is home to some of the best medical universities. The degrees offered by the universities in the Philippines are accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Medical Council of India (MCI). The state of the art infrastructure and highly experienced faculty makes the Philippines as one of the most preferred destinations for Indian students. Mentioned below are the numerous advantages of pursuing MBBS in Philippines:-


Students face no difficulty in understanding the course as the medium of teaching in all the major universities is English. The Philippines is also the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world.

2. GATEWAY TO USA– MBBS in Philippines provides a gateway to the USA. Philippines follows the same pattern of education as that of the USA i.e. 2 years BS + 4 years of MD. This further helps students to prepare for USMLE to pursue their PG or Internship in the USA.

3. AWESOME WEATHER– Philippines has moderate tropical weather; being surrounded by sea, it has weather similar to that of Mumbai/Kolkata. 

– Because of tropical and moderate climate,  disease pattern in the Philippines is largely similar to that of India. This specifically helps Indian students to get hands-on experience for Indian patients.

5. HIGHEST FMGE PASSING PERCENTAGE –  During 2012-13 to 2016-17 students pursuing MBBS in Philippines had the 2nd highest MCI Passing Percentage

6. LOW & AFFORDABLE FEE – The cost of MBBS in Philippines is almost half the cost of Private Medical Colleges in India. Moreover, there are no Donations or Hidden costs.

 –  Since there is no major difference between Indian and Philippines' currency, the cost of living in the country is affordable for Indian students.

– With so many Indian students preferring Philippines as their favorite destination, there are many Indian restaurants that offer authentic Gujarati, Jain, South Indian food cooked by Indian chefs.

–  No additional test such as IELTS/ TOEFL is required for Admission in the Universities.

10. FACULTY TO STUDENT RATIO - The Faculty to Student Ratio is 1:14 which ensures that every student gets individual attention.


 – Students commencing their medical degrees in Philippines are eligible to apply for International Licensing Exams such as  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 pursues higher education from any country.

12. INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE – The students are encouraged to take part in various seminars and international conferences.

– Universities of Philippines are globally recognized by International Bodies and Organizations such as the Medical Council of India (MCI), FAIMER, World Health Organization (AVICENNA Directory for Medicine),  UNESCO and AMEE.

 - The syllabus designed for MBBS in Philippines is very detailed and is accepted across the world.








Types of Medical courses offered in the Philippines

Medical universities in the Philippines offer several medical courses such as:-

  • MD Program (equal to MBBS in India) - The duration of this program is 6 years, which includes 5 years of academic studies and 1 year of internship.
  • Dentistry program - It is a 6 years program
  • Bachelors in Nursing -It is a 4 years program
  • MDS Program - It is a 3 year postgraduate program.

MBBS Course Structure in the Philippines

Duration of the course

 6 years ( BS 2 years, MD - 4 years)*

Semester starts

September to October

Language of instruction


University Type


Degree Awarded

MD - Physician (Under graduate program)

MCI Approved


Fees Range

INR 15 - 25 lakhs

*After completion of the BS students in Philippines must clear NMAT to further pursue MD.

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


 Admission Process of MBBS in Philippines

 In most of the medical universities in the Philippines, the academic year starts from the months of September to October. Therefore, the application for the admission closes by the end of June every year. The documents require 3 to 5

weeks to process. Mentioned below is the admission process for pursuing MBBS in Philippines:-


  • Download the application form and fill it correctly (follow the instructions)
  • Make sure that you have all the documents needed to apply for the course
  • Submit the application and the documents
  • Universities will go through your application
  • To book the seat the candidate may have to pay admission, application and processing fee (varies from university to university)
  • The candidate will receive an admission letter if considered qualified
  • The candidate will have to apply for a Student VISA to go to Philippines

Documents Required:-

The medical aspirants are required to submit the following documents for taking admission in MBBS in Philippines:


  • Marksheet of 10th and 12th class
  • School transfer certificate
  • NEET Scorecard
  • Code of Conduct Certificate
  • Copy  of Passport
  • School leaving Certificate
  • Passport size photos
  • Health record and medical check-up Certificate
  • No criminal record Certificate
  • Bank statement of  the parent or guardian showing the first year of the medical education fee structure
  • Other application forms that may be required a particular university


*No criminal record certificate and Medical check-up certificate is mandatory as per  Philippines MBBS Education Institution when they apply for Philippines VISA.

Eligibility for MBBS in Philippines


Following is the eligibility criteria to take admission in medical universities in Philippines:- 

  • Candidate should have completed 17 years of age on or before the date of the application.
  • Candidate should not be more than 25 years of age.
  • Candidate should have an aggregate of 50% or above marks in class 12th. For SC/ST/OBC candidates the minimum percentage should be 40%
  • Candidate must have studied Chemistry, Physics, Biology as main subjects in 12th
  • Candidate should provide a proof of the paying capacity of the guardians or parents
  • Candidate should have a medical examination certificate


*As per the recent notification issued by MCI in agreement with the Delhi High Court, students who wish to pursue MBBS from any foreign medical university and have not registered/ qualified / appeared in NEET are bound to show an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) at the time of admission to Foreign Medical Universities.

Best Colleges to study MBBS in Philippines


Following is the list of top MBBS colleges in Philippines along with the fee structure :-

AMA College of Medicine English Makai City 50% in PCB, NEET INR 16,25,000 ~ INR 85,000
Lyceum Northwestern University English Dagupan 50% in PCB, NEET INR 16,00,000 ~ INR 70,000
Manila Central University English Manilla 50% in PCB, NEET INR 24,50,000 ~ INR 100,000
Our Lady of Fatima University English Laguna 50% in PCB, NEET INR 20,15,000
~ INR 85,000


Climate of Philippines

The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall.

There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year (see Climate Types).

The seven warmest months of the year are from March to October. The winter monsoon brings cooler air from November to February. May is the warmest month, and January, the coolest.

There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall. They are described as follows:



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