May I request some information from anybody who could help me. I am a bachelors (honors) degree holder in biological sciences and I wish to travel to Philippines to do my 4 year MD degree study as it is English medium environment with competitive tuition fees cost. However since I have looked in the Avicenna database of medical schools, I see that over 45 medical colleges are listed in Philippines. It will be long time to contact each and every one of them to ask how much are tuition fees, therefore please may someone tell me which medical college in Philippines is the cheapest? I am looking for the cheapest one in terms of the tuition fees as I am coming from a limited financial background and will not be able to avail any type of loan and so this will best suit me.
Hope some people will be able to help here. Thank you.
The least expensive schools are public universities, but they prefer Filipino citizens.
The least expensive private schools might be in the Cebu area like CIM, SWU, or CDU in that order. Metro Manila schools are more expensive. AUF might cost less too (in Luzon) but more than Cebu schools.
Take trauma's advice. he is right on target. the public med schools are so much cheaper than the private med schools but i think it would be easier for you to take on the cheaper private med schools because the public universities do prefer filipinos. the public universities are subsidized by the government so their tuition are only a fraction of the cheapest private med schools. another advantage of the private universities is location. many of the public universities are located in more remote areas or smaller cities. there are exceptions of course like Univ of the Philippines (UP) and other schools. You still can try applying to the public medical schools but they are more of a hassle in my opinion with regards to student visas. The reason for this is their location. If you are not in a big city, chances are you have to go outside of the small city and process your student visa documents at another city. this wastes a lot of your time, energy, and some money. UP, on the other hand, which is a public school, is located in manila so it will be easier for you to process your paper if you get accepted there. the problem is it is very competitive for foreign students to get into that school. since they are a public university and they are the number 1 school in the country, they only take a very limited number of foreign students. take note: a government subsidized school does not want foreigners to be the one taking advantage of the subsidy; it wants its own citizens to benefit from it. there is also a score of 90 percentile in the nmat that you have to achieve to qualify for the application.
I'd consider SWU, MSU, CIM in that order. I place CIM last because its a very difficult school and you risk failing and having to repeat a year which would substantially increase your cost. I wouldn't worry about violence in Iligan city, there are many foreigners who go there (but im not sure how many actually study there).
SWU will be a nice experience because it has a low price tag, and there are many African students there in courses other than medicine, and one Nigerian scholar in medicine as well. I haven't met any Angolans there, but plenty of Kenyans, Sudanese, etc. You won't stick out like a grape in a bowl of strawberries
From my experience, the cheapest medical school for foreigners is Virgin Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos City.The tuition there is $1500 USD per semester and they require a $1500 donation.Requirements are very easy and the NMAT requirement is as low as a one.It is a step down from AUF who charges their American students (not filams) almost 4000 USD for tuition and $170 USD a month to live in their hostel, but since cost is a factor, I would suggest either VMUF or AUF. If you want to stay closer to Manila, go to University of Perpetual Help in Las Pinas which is just a bit lower than AUF in terms of tuition but not as low as VMUF.Hope this helps.
Cost at Perpetual is $2500/semester and donation is about $2000 (negotiable). Cebu schools are still cheaper than the ones in Luzon, including Virgin Milagrosa, and the lower cost of living also can be added in.