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The Philippines - A Collection of Islands

The Philippines, officially known as The Republic of Philippines, is one of the most sought after destinations by medical students. It is a collective mass of many islands and is also the second-largest archipelago country in the world. It is located in the Western Pacific Ocean and comprises around 7,641 islands. All these islands are categorized into 3 major divisions from North to South - The Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The official currency of the Philippines is The Philippine Peso (₱). It is one of the fastestgrowing economies in the world. The country has three out of the ten most extensive shopping malls in the world.

The official languages of the country are English and Filipino. Almost 330,000 Indians live in the Philippines as of 2020. Multiple ethnicity and cultures are practised across all the islands.

The Philippines has a tropical rainforest landscape, just like India. Hence, the seasons, vegetation and food culture are also similar.

Almost 3,30,000 Indians live in the Philippines as per 2020 records and multiple ethnicity and cultures are in practice.

Study MD in the Philippines

  • The Philippines follows a US-based education system. Hence, it offers MD ( Doctor of Medicine), which is considered the equivalent of MBBS ( Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Medicine- UK pattern) in India.
  • Students from all across the globe come to the Philippines to pursue medical studies. Hence, the Philippines education system adopts the continuity of the +2 curriculum followed in India.
  • In the US, students pass their 10th grade, go for a Bachelor of Science degree and then opt for a 4.8-year MD program.
  • Since we follow the UK pattern in India, our students pass both their 10th and 12th grade at the school level. Hence, they can complete their Bachelor of Science and MD program in 4.8 years in the Philippines.
  • Thus, the total time period for a student to complete the MD program in DMSFI in the Philippines is 5.6 years.
  • After completing MD in the Philippines, the student should pass NExT / FMGE to start practising in India.
  • Vaagai Educare also offers counselling & coaching classes to help students pass the NExT / FMGE.
  • If the student wishes to practice medicine in the United States (US), they should pass the USMLE ( United States Medical Licensing Examination).
  • Vaagai Educare provides course materials for the students to prepare for the USMLE and pass the exams.

Davao City

Centre for Education in the Philippines

Davao City is declared one of the "10 Asian Cities of the Future." It is the 87th fastest growing city in the entire world and is also the centre for education in Mindanao. Mindanao is the second-largest and Southern Island region of the Philippines. Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr is the President of the Philippines.

Indo-Philipino culture dates back to pre-historic period and thus we are no strangers in the Philipine land.

Southern island of Mindanao region in The Philippines
2,44,000 hectares
72.4% (Chennai's safety index was 59.32% ) in 2022.
Regular engineer safety inspection, CCTV & cameras across the city.
Administrative Divisions
3 congressional districts (11 cities with 182 suburbs)
Law and Order
Philippine National Police and Task Force (TF) Davao.
Air, land and water.
Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Safety in the Philippines

The Philippines has always been safe and secure for foreign nationals due to the great focus on tourism. The Philippines ensures the safety and security of the people through Philippine National Police and Task Force (TK) being assigned at every street end in the evenings.

Most importantly, the Philippines share harmonious and cordial foreign affairs, especially with India. The Philippines is the medical education hub for many around the world due to the quality of education at affordable cost and high safety & security.

Perks of Student Life in the Philippines

Almost 70% out of the total Indian students strength at the Davao Medical School Foundation Inc students are girls. It is a safe place, smoke-free and drug-free. Mindanao is the largest and the third most populated city in the country.

  • Quality of Life
    Top-quality education at an affordable price complemented by a good standard of living at nominal costs.
  • Education Facilities
    An US based educational system, advanced treatment technologies in the world are present and use.
  • Continual Learning
    MD Syllabus in the Philippines facilitates continual learning opportunities for Indian students from their 12th syllabus.
  • Global Recognition
    Internationally accepted MD degree is offered by the medical colleges in the Philippines to enable the graduates to practice medicine all across the globe.
  • Similar Lifestyle
    Since the Philippines has a tropical landscape just like India, the seasons, food culture, and vegetation are almost the same.
  • Easy Communication
    The local population speaks English. No TOEFL or ILETS is required to study in the country.


The student should complete 17 years on or before 31st December of the admission year.
Passing Percentile
50% aggregate marks in the Higher Secondary Board (+2) examinations in (PCB) Physics, Chemistry and Biology are mandatory.
NEET Qualification
A 50 percentile score from the standard NEET score of that particular year is required.

Accommodation Facilities

Separate hostels for boys and girls with exclusive North Indian and South Indian cuisines.
Separate and secured hostels for Girls and Boys with beds, AC, TV, fan, dining tables, and WiFi facilities.
24/7 CCTV and camera surveillance in the hostel and medical school campus.


Why is the Philippines one of the best places to study Medicine?

The Philippines is a safe place to move in and focus on your studies after completing your +2. It has been a no-smoking, no-drug country ever since the national drug policy was implemented. Students will not have trouble adjusting to the climate or cuisine as both are almost similar to that of India. Also, the language spoken is English, making it even easier to communicate. And the cherry on the cake is that the living costs are comparatively less and affordable.

Is Davao city safe for students?

Yes. Davao city is considered one of the safest cities in the world. It has a safety index of 72.4%. It is smoke-free and drug-free. Around 70% of the students are girls. The Philippine National Police and a special military group called Task Force (TF) Davao maintain the city's law and order.

Is Davao city easily accessible?

Yes. It is. You can easily access the city by air, water or land. The international airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport, is one of the busiest airports in Asia. It also has the busiest harbour in the country.

How do the people in the Philippines treat Indians?

The Philippines, being a top tourism spot, is always filled with people from all across the globe throughout the year. Hence, people in the Philippines are used to interacting with people from different countries and accepting their culture, likes, and dislikes. They are friendly and welcoming to the student community as well.

Is the street market in Davao city safe? Do they provide food at affordable prices?

The street markets in Davao are run by locals in the evening after they return from work. The very purpose of the food market is to provide food and eatables at affordable rates. The Philippine National Police and Task Force military guards routinely check the visitors at each entry and exit point. There are separate entry and exit queues for men and women. Hence, it is absolutely safe and affordable.

What are the different means of local transport facilities available?

The local transportation facilities are van, tuk-tuk, and jeepneys, all at fixed rates and meters. Students usually rely on jeepneys to go to and fro from the college to the hostel. The trips are available at subsidized rates of 6 ₱ per head (₹ 10) with an ACR I card.

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