How to study medicine in Nepal

Do you want to become a Doctor but unable to effort due to financial need? Many students from all over the globe including India seek to take admission in the universities of our neighboring country, Nepal. Its proximity and cheap course fees helps it to pursue the course. This article will tells you about every aspects of studying 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 understand why. Its proximity and cheap course fees helps it to stand. The curriculum of many medicine courses is also similar to Indian courses.

Every year, nearly 6 lakhs students wish to take admission for 22,500 MBBS seats available at medical colleges in India. Very few make he grade but majority of them fail to get that, not because they do not deserve it, but because there are very few seats in medicine compared to the number of aspirants. There are around 28,000 MBBS seats in private colleges. But for many, private medical colleges are never an option because they comes with a costly price tag.

The situation is no different for MBBS degree holders who want to go for post graduate degrees and diploma courses. For this reason, Nepal is a ray of hope for many aspiring future doctors.

Why should study medicine in Nepal

There are many reasons why Nepal is emerging as a aspiring destination for studying medicine.
  • There are no separate admission test to study medicine in Nepal. Even, students do not required to submit scores of TOEFL and IELTS
  • The students do not have to commute long distances for earning a medical degree as Nepal is our neighboring country
  • Since no passport or visa is needed to travel to and from Nepal, it is like staying at home
  • The curriculum of majority of medical courses in Nepal are similar to those that are taught in India. So it is easy for a candidate to 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 the most prominent universities in Nepal approved by the MCI and offer a great environment for all medicine courses
  • Nepal is culturally similar to India. People in the country also understand Hindi language. Also the food habit of the country is similar

Medical program and duration of course

Besides MBBS and BDS degree programs in the undergraduate level, almost all the popular courses are offered in the PG level including MD or MS degree in Forensic Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology, Community Medicine, Microbiology, ENT, Anatomy and Pathology. BSc Nursing is another important undergraduate course offered in Nepal.
  • MBBS - 6 years including 1 year rotational internship
  • MD - 3 years
  • MS - 3 years
  • BDS - 5 years including 1 year rotational internship
  • BSc Nursing - 4 years
  • MSc (Medical) - 2 years

Eligibility criteria

Candidate must have to completed their 10+2 or any other equivalent Higher Secondary exam from a recognized institute with Physics, chemistry, Biology and English to study medicine in Nepal. Some institute also demand that candidate should score minimum 50% in the PCB combination. The minimum age limit is 17 years.

Documents required

Following are some important documents that students need to carry along for the admission process:
  • Age proof certificate - It may be high school leaving certificate or similar other document with the date of the candidate clearly mentioned and duly signed by the Head of Institute
  • Conduct certificate - Certificate along with photo copies- duly signed by the head of Institute
  • Nationality certificate - It may be photocopy of your Passport or Identity card or Citizenship card
  • Mark sheets, transfer certificate and migration certificate
  • A self-addressed envelope sized 10X22.5 cm for sending acknowledgment
  • Original documents are only required to verify at the time of admission
  • Interview call letters - Based on application form by the admission authority, interview letters will be dispatched. Student must carry this invitation letter along with them for admission

Course fee and living cost

Tuition fee for a MBBS degree in Nepal can be something between Rs 30 to 40 lakhs, which is half of the cost in India. The cost of food and accommodation, adds up to around Rs. 60,000 annually. Also, some colleges demand paying fees in one installment, but others where fees can be paid in easy installments.

Some MCI recognized medical institutes

  • Kathmandu University
  • Tribhuvan University
  • B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Science

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