The Philippines, also known as the Republic of Philippines is situated in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. Studying medical in the Philippines is one of the fantastic opportunities available for students. The Philippines is the third-largest English-speaking country in the world. Philippines was a colony of the USA for around 50 years and thus the country follows the American system of education.
This gives an opportunity for students to study various programs in the Philippines and since the Philippines follows the American system of education, the students can also get credit transfer options to study medicine in the USA, or to study medicine in Caribbean regions too. Philippines is one of the countries known for providing quality education in medicine like MBBS, MD etc. The higher level of practical sessions and experienced teaching staff in Medical colleges of the Philippines has gained significant popularity around the world. The infrastructure of the medical universities, the curriculum and atmosphere in the colleges of Philippines makes it a preferred location of education for international students. The cost of the complete MBBS course in the Philippines is much lower as compared to other countries. Every year, almost 10,000 foreign students take admission in Philippines Medical universities and out of which around 40% are Indian students. The standard of education in Philippines universities is well known around the world. Hundreds and thousands of doctors from these medical universities are sent to various countries like USA and UK every year. Geography
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands with a total land area, including inland bodies of water, of approximately 300,000square kilometres. It is located between 1160 40', and 1260 34'E.longitude and 4040' and 21010'N. Latitude and is bordered by the Philippines Sea to the east, the South China Sea to the west, and the Celebes Sea to the south. The island of Borneo is located a few hundred kilometres southwest and Taiwan is located directly to the north. The Moluccas and Sulawesi are direct to the north.
The Moluccas and Sulawesi are located to the south-southwest and Palau are located to the east of the islands. The highest mountain isMont Apo. It measures up to 2,954 meters (91692 feet) above sea level and is located on the island of Mindanao. The Galatea Depth in the Philippine Trench is the deepest point in the country and the third deepest in the world. The trench is in the PhilippineSea.
The current population of the Philippines is 107,704,335 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates. The Philippines population is equivalent to 1.4% of the total world population. The Philippines ranks number 13 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
Manila is the capital and chief city of the Philippines. The city is the centre of the country’s economic, political, social, and cultural activity. It is located on the island of Luzon and spreads along the eastern shore of Manila Bay at the mouth of the Pasig River. The city’s name, originally Maynilad, is derived from that of the nilad plant, a flowering shrub adapted to marshy conditions, which once grew profusely along the banks of the river; the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form. Manila, is famous for its waterfront and centuries-old Chinatown. Other Large Cities: Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan, Davao City,Cebu City etc.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall.
There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This also depends on your location in the country as some areas in the Philippines experience rainfall throughout the year. The climate is mostly hot &humid-averaging at about 80 degrees with humidity of 77%. The best season to visit is during the months of November to March-which is the dry season. The months ofMay to October is very hot & humid. The average yearly0 temperature is around 26.6 C
The seven warmest months of the year are from March to October. The winter monsoon brings cooler air from November to February. May is the warmest month, and January, the coolest.
The Philippines proudly boasts to be the only Christian nation in Asia. More than 86 per cent of the population is Roman Catholic, 6 per cent belong to various nationalized Christian cults, and another 2 per cent belong to well over 100 Protestant denominations. Approx. 5.57% of populations are Muslim. Languages
Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. Filipino is also designated, along with English, as an official language of the country. It is a standardized variety of the Tagalog language, an Austronesian regional language that is widely spoken in the Philippines. Currency
The Philippine peso (PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines. The colourful notes come in denominations of 10 (not common), 20, 50, 100, 200 (not common), 500, and 1,000. The peso is further divided into 100 centavos, however, you'll rarely deal with or encounter these fractional amounts. Time Zone
Philippines Standard Time is UTC + 8 Advantage of Studying in the Philippines The medical course in the Philippines is called the MD program [Doctor of medicine]. The MD program is equivalent to MBBS of UK, India, Pakistan and other Commonwealth countries. This degree comprises of medical theory, practical and clinical rotation giving better exposure to the students. The medium of teaching is English which breaks the major barrier of communication for international students. The calculations say that the students who have completed MBBS, MD courses from the Philippines are known to have a 100% success rate, in the region under USMLE. The degree in medical obtained from the Philippines is accepted globally. This helps the students to get a job in any part of the world. Some other advantages of studying MBBS in the Philippines are :
• Affordable overseas degrees and tuition fees.
• Economical accommodation and living expenses.
• Excellent and comfortable boarding facilities.
• Affordable medical and dental expenses
• Inexpensive travel cost
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