Every year, 20-25,000 students from India, aspiring to become doctors, but with budgets tighter than what is required to secure an MBBS seats in a private medical college at home, head out of the country.
Nearly a quarter of them go to Ukraine for the cost advantage it offers as well as its location which provides easy access to Western Europe, say consultants who track these trends.
A four-and-a-half-year medical course in Ukraine, and even in Russia, costs Rs 24-30 lakh. In comparison, pursuing MBBS in countries such as Mauritius and Netherlands can set students back by Rs 50-55 lakh.
In India, privately run medical colleges charge a steeper Rs 70 lakh- Rs 1.2 crore for MBBS.