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Why Ukraine is a top draw for Indian MBBS students

Relatively lower cost of education and easy access to Western Europe makes Ukraine a popular destination for medical students

February 25, 2022 / 05:45 PM IST
Jecintha Cyril Gervasis, 21, is studying medicine, along with 3000 other Indians, at the  Bukovinian State Medical University in Chernivtsi, a city in western Ukraine. (Image: sourced)

Jecintha Cyril Gervasis, 21, is studying medicine, along with 3000 other Indians, at the Bukovinian State Medical University in Chernivtsi, a city in western Ukraine. (Image: sourced)

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.