Study Medicine in Nepal: India’s neighboring country Nepal has become a source of hope for many Indian students who want to pursue an MBBS degree or post graduate course in medicine. It is not difficult to see why. Its proximity and cheap course fees help it to stand out among several countries in the region. To make the case stronger for Nepal, the curriculum of many medicine courses is also similar to those of their Indian counterparts.
Every year in India, close to 6 lakh students jostle for 22,500 MBBS seats available in government colleges. Some make the grade, but many fail, not because they don’t deserve it, but because there are very few seats in medicine compared to the number of aspirants. Those who can afford and make the cut go for private MBBS degrees: there are around 28,000 MBBS seats in private colleges. But for many, private medical colleges are never an option because they come with a hefty price tag.
The situation is no different for MBBS degree holders who want to go for post graduate degrees and diploma courses. In the given scenario, Nepal is a beacon of hope for many budding future doctors.
Why should you study medicine in Nepal:
There are a good number of reasons why Nepal is emerging as a tempting destination for studying medicine.
There is no separate admission test to study medicine in Nepal. Neither are students required to submit scores of TOEFL and IELTS.
The closeness of Nepal means that students don’t have to commute long distances for earning a medical degree. Also since no Passport or Visa is needed to travel to and from Nepal, it is like staying at home. This fact also takes away a lot of hassle associated with study abroad programs.
The curriculum of a majority of medical courses offered in medical institutions in Nepal are similar to those that are taught in India, so it is comes as no surprise that more candidates from Nepal than others are able to successfully clear the FGME test conducted by NBE for practicing medicine in India.
Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University, and B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences are some of the prominent universities in Nepal approved by the MCI and offer a great environment for graduate and undergraduate medical courses.
Nepal is culturally similar to India in many respects than, say, a country like China or Russia -the other hot destinations for studying medicine abroad- and Indian students don’t have to make too many adjustments and can settle down easily and quickly to study medicine in Nepal. People in the country also understand Hindi, another aspect that puts an Indian student immediately at ease. If that is not enough, the food habit of the country is also more Indian than most places on earth; so, don’t get surprised if you come across north Indian or even south Indian delicacies in a local restaurant.
Medical Program and Course duration:
Apart from MBBS and BDS programs in the undergraduate level, almost all the popular courses are offered in the PG level including MD/MS degree in Forensic Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology, Community Medicine, Microbiology, ENT, Pathology, Biochemistry, Surgery, and Anatomy. MSc (Medical) courses include programs in Physiology, Pharmacology, and Anatomy. BSc Nursing is another important undergraduate course offered in Nepal.
6 years including 1 year of rotating internship
5 years including 1 year of rotating internship
Eligibility and Admission Criteria:
Candidates must have completed their 10+2 or any other equivalent exam from a recognized institute with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as subjects to study medicine in Nepal. Many institutes also demand that candidates score minimum 50% in the PCB combination. The minimum age limit is 17 years.
Document Checklist to study medicine in Nepal:
These are some important documents that students need to carry along for the admission process:
Age Certificate –which may be a high school leaving certificate or similar other document with the date of the candidate clearly mentioned and duly signed by the Head of Institute last studied.
Conduct Certificate –along with photo copies –duly signed by the Head of Institute last studied
Nationality Certificate –it may be the photocopy of your Passport or Identity Card or Citizenship Card issued by a competent authority.
Marksheets, Transfer Certificate, and Migration Certificates.
A self-addressed envelope sized 10x22.5 cm for sending acknowledgement card.
Students must be careful not to furnish original copies, as the admission authority is not responsible for returning them. Originals are only required to verify furnished documents at the time of admission.
Interview Letters: Based on the application form and upon found satisfactory by the admission authority, interview letters will be dispatched. Students must carry this invitation letter along with them for admission
Course fee and cost of living:
Tuition fee to earn a MBBS degree in Nepal can be anywhere between 30 to 40 lakh rupees, which is less than half of what would cost a student to get a similar degree from a private institution in India. The cost of food and accommodation, meanwhile, add up to around Rs. 60, 000/- p.a. Also, while some colleges demand payment of fees in one installment, there are many others where fees can be paid in easy installments. Students also save on travelling expenses as Nepal is close to most Indian cities –cheapest tickets from Delhi to Kathmandu are available for less than Rs. 10,000/-, while a one-way trip to Ukraine from Delhi would make you poorer by more than Rs. 20,000/-.
MCI-recognized medical institutions in Nepal where you can apply:
Tribhuvan University B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Kathmandu University
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