Medical study in Bangladesh

Nowadays Indian students are exploring newer destinations for pursuing higher studies including medical education. Then why not Bangladesh? Let us explore the opportunity of medical education for Indian students in this beautiful neighbouring country of India. Read on for more information.

The number of Indian students going abroad for higher studies has been increasing every year. This includes students who go abroad to study medicine. The reason being ever-increasing interest in studying medicine but limited number of seats in medical colleges of India. In the era of internet, requisite information is easily available and the students take full advantage of this facility. Indian students go to countries like USA, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Norway, Sweden, China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and even to Nepal to obtain medical education. Some Indian students also go to Bangladesh to study medicine. In the present article, various aspects of studying medicine in Bangladesh are being discussed. For details on list of good colleges & universities in Bangladesh, admission procedure, visa application, cost of living, work opportunities, etc. you can check out our detailed section on studying abroad in Bangladesh.

Study abroad medicine Bangladesh

Why Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the eastern neighbour of India. The people are ethnically similar. The climate, food habit, dress code and culture of the two countries are similar. Bangladesh has thirty Government medical colleges, six semi-private medical colleges and fifty seven private medical colleges. Around seventy five seats in Government medical colleges are reserved for international students. In addition, twenty to twenty five percent seats in private medical colleges are earmarked for international students. Many Indian students, especially from the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country are obtaining medical education in Bangladesh. Medical education in Bangladesh is much more cost-effective for Indians, even more than that of China. The syllabi followed in the Medical Colleges are similar to the syllabi followed in Indian medical colleges. Even the books prescribed in different topics are almost same. More importantly, the medical degrees obtained from Bangladesh are recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Furthermore, in all major Medical Colleges of Bangladesh, hostel facilities are available for international students. Generally people have friendly disposition towards the Indians.

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction in medical colleges of Bangladesh is overwhelmingly English. So, Indian students will not face language problem while studying medicine in Bangladesh.

Eligibility and other procedures

A medical aspirant in Bangladesh must not have a gap of more than two years after completion of X+II examination. All non-Bangladeshi students who have passed Class X and Class XII or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with more than 60 per cent marks will be eligible for admission. The mark-sheets of Class X and Class XII, Admit Cards, Birth Certificates duly attested by the Ministry of HRD (of the country of the student) are required to be sent to the Director, Medical Education under the Ministry of Health of Government of Bangladesh. Only those students who will obtain eligibility certificate Director, Medical Education can apply to individual medical colleges. The admission procedure for international students in MBBS programmes of Bangladesh is completed before January and the classes in the medical colleges commence by the first week of January.

Cost of living in Bangladesh

The cost of living in Bangladesh is similar to that in India. The current conversion rate of one Indian Rupee is 1.18 Bangladeshi Taka. The expenditure for medical education in Bangladesh is one of the cheapest in the world. The fees and other requirements in Government medical colleges are very low, like Government medical colleges in India. So, a comfortable life in terms of cost of living is assured in Bangladesh for Indian students.

Climatic condition of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a sub-tropical monsoon climate characterized by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. There are three distinct seasons in Bangladesh, a hot, humid summer from March to June; a cool, rainy monsoon season from June to October-November and a cool winter from November to February. Indian students, especially students from eastern and north-eastern part of India will not face any problem in adjusting the climatic condition of Bangladesh.

Indian students, who are planning to pursue medical education abroad, can explore the opportunities being provided by Bangladesh in the field of medical education. Most of the Indian students would find it beneficial in terms of standard of education, cost of education, language of communication and other related factors.


Author: Kailash Kumar22 May 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Total 13 seats are reserved for Indian students for MBBS course and 1 seat for BDS course under SAARC countries quota. Application in prescribed forms are required to be submitted at Bangladesh High Commission, EP-39, Dr. S Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021. Copy of the passport of the applicant is required to be submitted along with application. However the last date of submission of applications for the academic year 2015-2016 was 25 October 2015 which is over. However students aspiring to seek admission in the academic year 2016-17, should be alert for opening of admission process. SAARC students are not required to pay any tuition fee. They have to incur expenditure only toward their living expenses. Presently students from various states of India like West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Punjab, Karnataka etc. are studying in Bangladesh.

Author: Partha K.22 May 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

In addition to 13 reserved MBBS seats and 1 BDS seat reserved for Indian students in Govt. Medical Colleges of Bangladesh, 57 private Medical Colleges in that country admit considerable number of Indian students. In some private Medical Colleges of Bangladesh, upto 25% seats are occupied by Indian students.

Author: K Mohan09 Jan 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

While I do appreciate the author for bringing in alternative opportunity for aspiring medical students in Bangladesh , what I strongly feel that Indian education in Medical stream in far superior than any country in Asia and to support this I could see many International students who came from different countries are staying in International hostel of OU and government Medical colleges such as Gandhi and Osmania. So there is always a good demand for medical fraternity in India than other countries and even the chance of getting qualified as government doctor for sincere student is bright.

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