Medical Study In Nepal

Nepal offers cheap options for higher studies abroad compared to most overseas destinations for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses, across streams. Find out why Nepal is a good choice for pursuing medical studies for Indian students.

When planning their overseas medical education, many Indian students do not realize that there are plenty of study opportunities next door in Nepal. MBBS or medical postgraduate courses in Nepal are inexpensive, just across the border, and also share a similar curriculum as India's own medical curriculum. It is not surprising then that the number of Indians heading to Nepal for medical studies each year is going up, due to the limited number of seats available in India. There are only 22,500 public college seats in India, for which nearly 6 lakh applicants wrestle each year. Private medical colleges have 28,000 seats, but they are expensive and not everyone can afford a spot. For many such students, Nepal's proximity can be a boon.

Medical Study In Nepal

Advantages of Studying Medicine in Nepal

There are several advantages to studying in Nepal, as opposed to medical school in the US, UK and other developed nations. The biggest advantage is that students do not have to appear for a separate entrance test to seek admission in Nepal's medical colleges. There is no requirement for IELTS or TOEFL tests to be taken either.

In addition, there is no long distance travel involved. Nepal does not require a visa or passport from Indian students, making education in the country not very different from studying in India. Since some of the greatest hassles of study abroad programs are involved in visa processing, test-taking etc., students who apply to study in Nepal are going to be far more hassle-free. Indian students will however, have to establish their nationality, through documents/identification cards issued by a competent Indian authority.

In addition, since the curriculum is very similar to that in India, Indians students who return after education in Nepal will have no trouble in clearing the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination). The FMGE is required by the NBE (National Board of Examinations) from students in order to offer a MCI (Medical Council of India) registration and allow them to practice in the country.

The culture of Nepal, food habits and language is familiar and does not need major adjustments. All of these reasons are enough for many Indians to head to Nepal for their higher studies in medicine.

Medical Colleges and Courses in Nepal

Some of the top medical colleges in Nepal include Kathmandu University, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and Tribhuvan University. These institutes offer both graduate and undergraduate courses in medicine and they are recognized by MCI for practice in India.

BDS and MBBS programs are offered in the undergraduate level at most of these institutes, along with Bsc Nursing. In addition, popular PG courses including MS/MD in Physiology, Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Pathology, ENT, Surgery, Biochemistry, Anatomy are offered. Medical MSc programs include Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology.

Course durations are similar to that in India. The MBBS degree spans 6 years, plus a year of rotating internship. BDS is 5 years long, plus a year of internship. The MS, MD programs are 3 years. Bachelor's in Nursing is a 4-year course and the Medical MSc is 2 years.

Eligibility for undergraduate courses in Nepal includes 10+2 or equivalent in PCBE (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English). In some institutes a minimum of 50% may be required in PCB. You must be at least 17 years old to apply.

Documents to be carried during application include:
  • age certificate
  • passport or ID card as a Nationality Certificate
  • mark sheets
  • migration certificates
  • transfer certificate
  • conduct certificate
  • interview letters (sent by admission authorities to be carried with student for admissions)

Course fees for MBBS can be between 30 and 40 lakhs, which is half the cost of tuition in private schools in India. Cost of accommodation and living is very affordable, coming to around INR 60,000 per year. Students can also save on travel expenses when they study in Nepal.

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Author: Kailash Kumar21 May 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

The following is a list of dental and medical colleges in Nepal -
1. Peoples Dental College, Naya Bazar, Kathmandu.
2. Kantipur Dental College, Basundhara, Kathmandu.
3. M.B. Kedia Dental College, Birganj.
4. Institute of Medicine (IOM), Maharajganj, Kathmandu.
5. B.P. Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences, Dharan.
6. Manipal College of Medical sciences, Pokhara.
7. College of Medical Sciences, Bharatpur, Chitwan.
8. Nepal Medical College
9. Kathmandu Medical College.
10. Nepalgunj Medical College.
11. Universal College of Medical Sciences.
12. National Medical College.
13. Janki Medical College.
14. Nobel Medical college.
15. Kist Medical College.
16. Lumbini Medical College and Research Center, Lumbini.
17. National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), Birgunj.
18. Kathmandu University, School of Medical Sciences,

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