Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of studying MBBS overseas.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from abroad has become a popular option among Indian students in recent years. However, like any other educational decision, there are both advantages and disadvantages to studying MBBS abroad.
Dr Ranjith AR, Academic Director of PW MedEd has shared some pros and cons of studying MBBS abroad:
Lower fees: The tuition fees for MBBS programmes at foreign universities are generally lower than the fees charged by Indian private medical colleges. Students can save money on tuition fees and living expenses by studying abroad.
Quality education: Many foreign universities offer world-class medical education and training, with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty members. Though this is not true for all medical colleges abroad, choosing a university carefully helps in getting a good quality education.
Exposure to a diverse culture: Studying abroad can expose students to a diverse culture and broaden their horizons. Students can interact with people from different countries and learn about their traditions, values, and beliefs.
Better career prospects: With a degree from a foreign university and proper utilisation of resources in the countries abroad, it can help students climb the ladder. Research opportunities, doing a post-graduation at those foreign universities and building one’s career in countries abroad are a possibility.
Language barriers: Many foreign universities conduct their courses in a language other than English, which can be a significant challenge for international students who are not proficient in that language. Language barriers can affect the quality of education and the academic performance of students.
Licensing and recognition: Graduates from foreign universities need to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) to practice medicine in India. The FMGE exam is a challenging exam, and not all graduates are successful in clearing it.
Cultural shock: Studying abroad can be a significant cultural shock for students who are not accustomed to the lifestyle, customs, and values of the host country. It can lead to homesickness, social isolation, and mental health issues.
Higher competition: The competition for MBBS programmes at foreign universities is intense, and the admission process is highly selective. Students need to have a high academic record and demonstrate exceptional skills and abilities to secure admission.
To conclude, students need to evaluate their options carefully and consider their academic goals, financial resources, language proficiency, and cultural adaptability before making a decision. It is advisable to research the universities thoroughly and consult with professionals and peers to make an informed decision.