Procedures, Realities and All you need to know.
More than a million students take the NEET UG exam every year. Less than 5% of them get selected. Some students try again next year, some look for alternative careers and others pursue MBBS abroad.
Different countries have different criteria for admission, and different equivalents for the MBBS course. For example, Canada requires the entrants to be graduates in biological sciences, Ukraine admits Indian nationals on the basis of Higher Secondary scores and an interview and so on and so forth.
Regarding pursuing MBBS abroad, MCI cites Clause 4(1) of the Screening Test Regulation, 2002 and hosts a list of about 406 universities. MCI further notifies that it has not authorised any agent or liaison officer for admission into foreign universities. Hence you must get in direct contact with the university/institution you are willing to get admitted into.
Different countries have different procedures for enrollment. You must be in direct contact with the university, keeping in mind the MCI notification.
There are two things that you must specifically note.
- If you have studied in Australia/ Canada/New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America and you are recognised as a medical practitioner in the same country, you do not need to appear for the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam).
- If you fail to produce the certificate of eligibility issued by the MCI, you will NOT be allowed to appear for the FMGE.
Yes, qualifying NEET is a hell of a job. So less seats and so many candidates may dishearten you. And considering the state of medical colleges in India, pursuing MBBS abroad, may actually be a good option. But there are some things you must keep in mind before flying abroad. There are many practical difficulties you may face in the unknown country while pursuing your degree –
- You may find it hard to cope up with the sudden change in atmosphere.
- You are relatively young at the time of admission, maybe in your late teens, which is a relatively premature age. Psychiatric problems like homesickness may occur.
- Not all universities have faculties fluent in English. The language barrier may pose a problem to you
- Cultures and traditions of the natives may be unknown to you. This can make you feel isolated.
- Most things are not like what they are advertised to be. You can never know whether your college is good or bad because you’ve never actually been there and you may not be in contact with Indian students (if any) there.
- You may not find Indian students (“apne log”) in your college. And 5 years is a damn long time man.
- In the name of exposure and opportunities, don’t compromise on the quality of education. There are many prestigious institutes in India which will provide you with more than what you need.
- Not everyone can afford an education so expensive. You may want to rethink your decision, taking into account the financial state of your family.
All said and done, studying MBBS abroad should be a well informed decision. If you are convinced that a new country is the place you want to be, may God be your speed.
Some important links –
National Board of Examinations website for FMGE application —- https://nbe.edu.in/
MCI list of 406 universities —- https://www.mciindia.org/CMS/information-desk/for-students-to-study-in-abroad