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Studying abroad

Dear madam,

I am doing my BE final semester in electronics and communications. I have secured 69% aggregate in the first seven semesters and would like to pursue my higher studies in Germany. Could you suggest me some good colleges in Germany and how to go about it. I have heard that there are 2 different streams of masters there - FH and university. Could you provide more information on that?

Saurabh Soans

Dear Saurabh,

A Fachhochschule (FH) or University  is a German type of tertiary education institution, sometimes specialized in certain topical areas (e.g. technology or business).They award legally equivalent academic Bachelor's and Master's degrees. It differs from the traditional university (Universität) mainly through its more application or practical orientation and less research. subjects taught at a Fachhochschule include engineering, computer science, business & management, art & design, communication studies, social service and other professional fields. The Fachhochschule represents a close relationship between higher education and the employment system. The students’ up-to-date knowledge of the field enhances their preparation for their profession. Their practical orientation makes them very attractive for employers.

There are a few universities like Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Bundeswehr University, Munich which also run Fachhochschule courses of studies in addition to their normal courses. Many Fachhochschule dwell much on their English title, because they are allowed to call themselves University (of app. sc.) but not Universität. For identifying good universities visit - http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rank...

Dear Madam,

 I am a student aspiring to clear medical entrance exam this year. I completed my PUC last year and am tensed now whether I will get a seat or not. As  it’s very expensive through management, I want to know the procedure to apply and get admitted to medical colleges abroad. Is there a good scope in India after completing MBBS abroad and what would be the approximate cost for MBBS in abroad? Which are the countries that have good colleges / universities for MBBS and what exams should I clear to get an admission? What would be the deadline to send applications and which are the documents required to go to abroad?

A Student

Dear Student,

In India, after 10+2 (with PCB) students have to appear for entrance tests like NEET and CET. Some of the other exams include AIPMT for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), AFMC (for Armed Forces Medical College), CMC Vellore exam, Comed-K for management quota seats in private medical colleges, Manipal UGET etc. to get admission into the five-and-half-year MBBS.

The route of pursuing medicine from a recognised Medical University in any of the European countries (excluding UK) or China, is cheaper and easier. After successfully completing medical degree from abroad you have to appear for the Screening Test in India conducted by the MCI to obtain a licensure to practice medicine in our country. This will be followed by a one-year residency programme, after which you become a licensed doctor. The MBBS degree from these countries are generally valid in US and UK. Some of the EU medical universities have the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This system enables you to take easy transfer to universities within the EU. The courses studied at such institutions are recognised at universities in other EU countries, as are the credit points.

Nations like China, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Belarus and  a few others have universities which offer MBBS graduate programme and have rankings in WHO and Medical Council of India (MCI) recognised list of colleges. The tuition fee is much lesser than US, UK or private medical colleges of India. The cost of living is about 50% less than what it is in the US and UK.  And admission to these universities is direct after 10+2 without any entrance examination.

Studying medicine abroad is not necessarily an easy option. It requires a  great deal of thought process and research. For More Information on medical study you can look into World Directory of Medical Schools listed by the WHO at www.who.int/hrh/wdms/en, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) at www.usmle.org, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at  www.ecfmg.org, and yahoo listing of Medical Schools at dir.yahoo.com/Health/medicine/education/medical_schools.


Dr Malini works as a career counsellor and has a PhD in Human Development.
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