A medical career has always been one of the most sought after among Indian students. Despite having some of the best medical colleges here in the country, the number of Indian students applying to pursue their degree abroad has increased in recent years. The most commonly cited reason for this increase in the popularity of international medical degrees is the extreme competition and high tuition fees of some of the private institutions in India.
In recent years, students have come to realize that despite not getting into their preferred school in India, they are able to fulfill their medical career aspirations by obtaining a degree from other countries. Apart from gaining international exposure and world-class experience in medical technology, some students also consider this an opportunity to visit another part of the world.
Below are some countries where Indian students can go to get their international medical training.
One of the emerging places for Indian students to further their international medical education is the small English-speaking Caribbean nation. Located between the UK and the US, the West Indies offers accredited universities that can help students build careers in both countries.
The high success rate for internships in the US makes the West Indies a very popular destination for international students. With breathtaking views and a colorful academic environment, the West Indies are slowly gaining popularity as a country offering English-language courses.
St George’s University, Grenada offers one of the best medical courses in the country. The institute also offers 4 to 7 years of MD programs that allow students to pick up where they left off. They also offer a five-year track in partnership with the Ramaiah Group of Institutions that gives students the opportunity to complete their first year in Ramaiah, Bengaluru, before moving on to Grenada or the UK. Moreover, Grenada is one of the most picturesque places to study.
China is one of the top choices for international students, thanks to its rich culture, low tuition fees, and affordable living costs compared to other countries. Moreover, it offers plenty of beautiful places to travel. Students can also use this opportunity to travel to other Asian countries bordering China.
Huazhong University is one of China’s top medical colleges that has been accepting international students for 50 years. In April 2001, Huazhong University of Science and Technology established the School of Medicine and Health Management of Tongji Medical College.
Implementing a concept of “joint innovation, opening and sharing”, the school has also established partnerships and collaborations with WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund, China Medical Board and other internationally renowned universities in Germany, Great Britain and the United States. The university campus also offers an artistic atmosphere full of people from all over the world.
Georgia offers several WHO recognized medical institutions, which do not require admission tests. With the international education scenario in Georgia constantly evolving, the affordable tuition and living costs, and vibrant student landscape encourage students to apply for courses in this country.
Batumi Shota Rustaveli University is one of the leading institutions in Georgia that offers a holistic medical degree. The English-taught program is partially integrated and includes both transdisciplinary modules and study courses. The course also focuses on the elaboration of clinical competencies, basic skills and effective management of medical resources. includes both transdisciplinary modules and individual study courses is aimed at the elaboration of the clinical competences, basic skills, effective management of the medical resources.
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Several Russian institutions also allow students to return to India to pursue a career. Universities also offer courses entirely in English and Russian, which is a great opportunity for students to pick up another language. With the low cost of living and intake in July, August and September, Russia receives more than 2,50,000 international students from more than 160 countries per year.
Omsk State Medical University is one of the oldest and largest medical universities in Siberia. The university has an alumni of more than 35,000 physicians who practice around the world in fields such as general medicine, pediatrics, preventive medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.
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