Study MBBS in Belize - Central America
Many Indian Students prefer to study MBBS In Belize(Central America) to get international exposure and entry into USA while doing their medical degree. The tuition fees of Medical colleges in central america are affordable by Indian middle class family. Indian students are increasingly choosing Belize nowadays as three medical universities are approved by Medical council of India. After completing the medical course, students can do clinical practice in America along with USMLE coaching.
Why MBBS In Central America/Belize?
- U.S. based curriculum – Students get International exposure and opportunity to study from American Professors.
- The total duration of Medical Course is 4 years.
- Direct Admission to Medical College – No Entrance exam to join Belize Central American Medical Colleges.
- Medical Colleges in Belize are listed by World Health Organisation and Medical Council of India. Student who study MD in Belize can practice in US, Belize or India.
- Some Belize Medical Universities like Columbus Central University that have good number of Indian students have Indian Canteen available in the hostel.
- Official Language of Belize is English.
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MBBS Course In Belize
The medical course in Belize is called as M.D (Doctor of Medicine) as it follows US based curriculum. This medical degree is recognized by MCI as equivalent to MBBS degree in India. Indian students who study MD in Belize Medical Colleges are eligible to work in Indian hospitals after clearing the MCI Screening test / FMGE(Foreign Medical Graduates Exam).
The duration of M.D course is 4 years. It covers basic medical science as well as clinical medical science. The basic medical sciences covers the principles of disease, available therapy, legal as well as ethical issues to practice medicine. The clinical medical science covers Paediatrics, Surgery, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics &Gynecology and various electives to choose specialised areas.
MBBS Admission Procedure
You have to apply to MD Course in the respective Belize Medical University at the earliest to get provisional acceptance letter. You should have secured minimum of 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in board exams apart from qualifying the NEET UG examination held by NTA. In 2018, the qualifying cutoff was 96 for reserved category students. This year(2019), qualifying NEET cutoff is expected to be around the same range. After getting the acceptance letter, you need to pay tuition fees to get the Invitation letter. After getting the invitation letter and accommodation letter, you can proceed to Visa Processing. After getting the Belize student Visa, we will arrange tickets in groups for Belize along with student coordinator. Students will be meet college coordinator at the airport and they will help students to enrol in MD program.
MBBS In Central America Fees
The tuition fees varies between Rs 6 Lakhs/annum and Rs 7.5 Lakhs/annum depending on the medical college. For hostel accommodation and food, the monthly expense would come around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. So if your overall budget is close to Rs 50 lakhs, it is advisable to choose central america medical college for doing medical course.
Gateway To USA
Belize Medical Universities have affiliated with many USA hospitals for clerkship program. After completing the basic sciences, Indian students can do clinical rotation internship in any of their affiliated hospitals in USA, UK, Nepal, India.
Almost all medical colleges in Belize aligns their medical course such that students are prepared for the USMLE Step-1 exam. This gives opportunity for Indian students to clear the USMLE exam in their first attempt so that they can do PG course in USA.
Visa Processing for Belize
Students should get Belize student visa to study MD at any Belize Medical University. The documents needs for the visa processing are valid passport, 2 passport size photographs, Acceptance letter given by the medical university, Financial Support Letter, Proof for accommodation arrangement during the visit.
About Belize Country
Central America connects South American continent to North American Continent. Some Prominent countries in Central America are Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama. Belize is bordered with Mexico to the north, Caribbean Sea to the east, Colombia to the southeast, the , and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The population of Central America is around 42 million whereas for Belize it is around 6 lakhs.
Belie has 550 ms of land border and 300 kms of coastline. Belize’s total land area is 23000 square kilometres. Belize is a small Country in Central America, located at 17° north of the equator which lies almost in the same line as India. Because of this, Belize enjoys tropical to sub-tropical climate like in India. Being sub-tropical, the climate and disease spectrum is similar to that of India.
The official currency of Belize is called Belize dollar. Two Belize dollars is approximately equal to one U.S. dollar. On Mar 2019, One Belize Dollar is equal to 35 Indian Rupees.
Belize is well connected to many Cities in USA such as Atlanta,Houston, Miami, etc. Indian students can reach Belize by flight via 2 stops. One stop in european cities such as Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and another stop at Atlanta, Houston, Toronto. The total journey time including the transit time would be 30 to 45 hours depending on the airlines and the number of stops. The cost of travel in Indian rupees for one way is around Rs 50000.