Affordable Medical Education For Indian Students
Philippines is one of the best place for students who want to study abroad at affordable prices and high quality. Before it's independence, the country's education system was based on Spain and the United States. The formal education system in Philippines is a sequential progression of academic schooling at three levels: elementary (grade school), secondary (high school) and tertiary (college and graduate levels). Basic education is being handled by the DepEd while college is under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and vocational/technical and non-degree training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Philippines offers very good overseas education options for students interested in English courses, Pilot training and MBBS / MD / Medical related courses.
Philippines inhabitants dates back to 25000 BC after that Indonesian and Malayan settlers inhabited starting from 3000 BC. There are evidences that during 14th century AD, extensive trade was being conducted with nearby asian countries such as India, Indonesia, China, and Japan. During their sea explorations, spain discovered Philippines in 1521, named it after Prince Philip and colonized it. After spain's possession of the islands for 300 years, it gave it to U.S. in 1899 by the Treaty of Paris.The Philippines achieved full independence on July 4, 1946. Philippines is series of 7,107 islands located close to Malaysia and Indonesia. Only about 7% of the islands are larger than one square km, and only one-third have names. The country is divided into the geographical areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its capital, the City of Manila, is in Luzon. You can also enter through the cities of Cebu in the Visayas, and Davao in Mindanao. Manila is the Capital City of Philippines.
|Capital||City of Manila|
|Land Area||300,780 square kilometers|
|Average temperature||25 degrees C|
|Currency||Philippines Peso (~1.37 Rupees)|
|Religion||Predominantly Catholic. Muslim and Buddhist|
Indian students who study in Philippines will not see much difference compared to studying in Indian cities
More than 8000 foreign students enroll in Philippines universities every year and out of which 7% are Indian students. Philippines universities and colleges has sent thousands of doctors and engineers to work in USA, UK and other developed western countries. It is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and 2299 higher educational institutions identified as Centers of Excellence.
Philippines was colony of Spain followed by USA during the Industrial revolution. Due to this, English language is dominant in business, government, legal system, medicine, sciences and it is also the medium of instruction in all colleges. Filipinos speak English generally and native languages are spoken mostly with family and friends.
Though, some parts of the country such as Cebu and Davao, are warm and comfortable in all seasons. In general, Philippines climatic season is similar to that of tropical climate in India.
|Summer||March to May|
|Rainy Season||Jun to October|
|Winter||November to February|
Hostels in university and college campus serves international canteen for both vegetarians as well as Non-vegetarians. Most of the colleges provide both north indian as well as south indian dishes as most of the foreign students in universities are from India, especially South India.
For the long distances on the bigger islands, the busses are the best possibility. In big cities like Manila or Cebu City, the most common mean of transportation is the jeepney.The price is 4 pesos (for the first 3 kilometers) and 1 peso more for each successive km. Taxi price for the first 500 meters is 25 pesos and additional 2 pesos for every 250 meters thereafter.
Cost of living is very cheap for students who study in philippines compared to students in western and other asian countries.
Although it is hard to be exact in making the estimate of the student’s cost of living in the Philippines, based on our alumni students experience, rough estimation is given as guidance.
Cost of living in Philippines is much less compared to Indian Cities. Monthly Expense of close to Rs 12,500 would be incurred to study mbbs in philippines.
For accommodation, monthly rent for sharing an apartment or a dormitory starts from 2500 Pesos. Expenses for other basic amenities such as electricity, water, internet, gas, cable would be another 2000 pesos. Average expenses for food can be estimated at another 2000 pesos. Expenses for transportation, laundry, stationary and personal supply can be at 1000 Pesos. If variable expenses such as clothes, books, health expenses, entertainment, personal care items are added, then total expense per month would be close to 9000 Philippine pesos. As on Nov-2014, 9000 Philippine pesos would be equal to 12,500 in Indian Rupees.