<p>Philippines has become one of the popular exit for Nepalese students seeking medical education abroad since 3/4 yrs. Low tuition fee, foreign degree and eligibility for admission without passing any entrance exams are the attractive features of medical schools in Philippines for Nepalese students. Any Science student (Major Biology) on passing 12th grade with at least 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology can get admission in these medical schools.
Before few years there were just 5-10 educational consultancies in Nepal sending students to Philippines. Today the number has gone sky high. Those consultancies are found almost in every corner of the valley i.e. from the top floor of a giant building of “Putalisadak” to bottom floor of a semi broken 3 storied house of “Patan Durbar” area.
A year back, after completing grade 12, I wasn’t very confident about the medical school of my country I would join then. As every year, a season of education fairs began. I weren’t a very good fan of educational consultancies but some way I found myself at one of the education fairs. That was my first and last visit to an educational fair run by the consultancies of Nepal. One which I attended was run in Bhrikuti Mandap and consisted of more than 100 educational consultancies of the valley. The stalls were well decorated with “Study in UK/US/Australia and many more” banners.J Suddenly I saw a poster containing a line “Study in well reputed medical schools of Philippines at affordable cost”. I went to that stall. It was one of the famous and widely heard educational consultancies of the Kathmandu Valley well recognized by so called ECAN (Education Consultancies Association of Nepal). I was warmly welcomed by a beautiful young lady in that stall. She explained me about the medical schools of Philippines in such a way that I was almost addicted to study Medicine in Philippines for some instant of time. She then gave me a brochure of her consultancy containing photos of successful students admitted to medical schools in Philippines via them.
My trust for her broke after I viewed the official website of the college I had chosen in their guidance. The fee mentioned in that site for Asian students for that year was $500 per year less than the fee mentioned in their brochure. After facing that result, my curiosities led to me do another crazy thing. I searched in Facebook for few people who were mentioned in that brochure. I found the one with same hometown as mine. I then added him and the request was accepted with few hours. I sent him a message. My message and his reply to it is given below in form of snap:
After getting his reply, I thanked him for his advice.
So, this is what I had experienced in course of getting interested to admit myself in one of the medical schools of Philippines. This year’s admission session of medical schools in Philippines is about to open. Posters of various consultancies with their affiliated medical schools of Philippines are starting to appear in the walls of Kathmandu valley. Most of the posters have real attractive schemes like “Direct placement to US after degree”.
I don’t have any personal offence to anyone about studying Medicine in Philippines but I want to pre-warn the aspiring Nepali medicos with what they can face during admission procedure with this post. Even only one incorrect decision can have adverse effects over one’s career and life. I hope all the aspiring medical students of Nepal will take the right decision.