The interest of students and parents is growing in Bosnia, or Bosnia Herzegovina, rapidly. Especially after Ukraine closed due to war, students are considering Bosnia as a safe substitute to study medicine.
Though situated in Europe, Bosnia is not an EU member as yet, like Georgia. But the difference is that Bosnia has appealed for EU membership in 2016. There is the likelihood that it will become a part of the EU soon.
The country has decent infrastructure/facilities, education standards & career opportunities. As an MBBS abroad destination, Bosnia is rising in focus, especially of that of the Indian students.
The Bosnian medical degree is good as well as not very expensive. Students from across the globe can get admission. MBBS in Bosnia for Indian students comes as a substitute for Ukraine.
There are some old, good Bosnian medical universities that offer the MD program in English. Check the table below.
In Bosnia, you will find many medical universities of which, the following are the ones present in the WDOMS list:
|Sl. No||Bosnian University||Medium of Instruction (as per WDOMS)|
|1||American Northwest University School of medicine||English|
|2||University of East Sarajevo Faculty of Medicine||Bosnian, English|
|3||Sarajevo Medical school, Sarajevo School of S&T||English|
|4||University of Banja Luka Faculty of Medicine||Serbian|
|5||University of Mostar Faculty of Medicine||Bosnian|
|6||University of Sarajevo Faculty of Medicine||Bosnian/English|
|7||University of Tuzla Faculty of Medicine||Bosnian|
|8||International University of Gozarde||NA|
So, there are a few universities in Bosnia that have English as the medium of instruction. You need to be cautious which university you choose. Many fake agents promote those universities that have Bosnian or Serbian as medium of instruction. These universities offer bigger margin to agents for admissions. Be careful when you start your admission process.
Like every other country in Europe, the duration of MBBS/MD in Bosnia is 6 years. The duration of MBBS/MD in all the European universities is 6 years. This uniformity is due to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) prevailing in Europe.
When we say living cost, it does not include the money you pay as hostel fee or rent (in case you choose to live privately). Bosnia is not a very expensive country to live in.
For all purposes, you may assume the amount you will spend monthly as living cost in Bosnia will not exceed €250. If you restrain yourself a little, you will manage in €200. You may take a quick look at costs of some essential items in Bosnia in June 2022.
|Items||Cost (in €)|
|Milk (1 litre)||0.72|
|Meal for 2 (average restaurant)||20|
|Petrol (1 litre)||1.25|
|Monthly Bus Pass||25|
|Basic Utilities/month (Rented accommodation)||125|
All the better universities in Bosnia have hostels that are clean, comfortable, and affordable. On average, you will spend around €700 as hostel fee for a year.
However, you may rent an apartment in Bosnia and that will cost you around €190 - €200 per month. This can easily be shared by 3 or more students and it will also be reasonable enough.
By saying cost here, we are referring to the average MBBS in Bosnia tuition fee. So, if we take average of the Bosnian English-taught medical universities, it will be around €3500 per year for 6 years.
Keep in mind, most medical universities in Bosnia take entrance tests except American Northwest University School of Medicine. Check the summarized eligibility in the following table:
|Class XII||65% in PCB|
|Other Entrance Tests||May be|
There are quite a few reasons for an Indian student to choose Bosnia over other options:
• English taught MD programs with good academic standards, recognized all over.
• Tuition fee is reasonable and so is the living cost.
• Bosnia is soon to be EU member after which, students will have many career options to choose from.
• The MBBS/MD program is 6 years, so, you are eligible to appear in NEXT.
• Safe, secure and welcoming nation to study peacefully.
Whether in Bosnia or any country, you start realizing the importance of being a specialist after the 2nd year of MBBS. That’s actually too late. Let’s start understanding things here.
First, you need to visualize how tough it is to secure a Medical PG Seat in a Govt. College in India.
The success ratio to get PG in Govt. Medical College India is 11%. That is to say, only 1 out of 10 will succeed. The chance of getting a Clinical specialty is bleaker. It is 1 out of 20 applicants. Either, you must have Crores to pay to Pvt. Med. Colleges or give up the medical PG dream altogether.
|Total Applicants NEET PG 2021||Specialty||Govt Med College||Pvt Med College|
|MD (Non Clinical)||15K||8.6%||10K|
|MS ( Clinical)||8K||4.6%||5K|
Those who have a Bosnian university MBBS also have to go through NEXT as per NMC Notification. NMC will conduct this Exam in two parts NEXT-1 and NEXT-2.
The objective of the NEXT-1 will be to assess the student’s knowledge of Pre, Para and Clinical subjects. Only after qualifying NEXT-1, will any Medical student be eligible for Internship. Post completion of internship, students need to go through NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management and taking Medical history.
Those who will Clear NEXT-2 will get the license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer Page for detailed information on NExT Exam
The US Healthcare system is considered as one of the best health care systems in the world. There are many reasons for this: high rewards, excellent infrastructure, merit based assessment, & open opportunities for Super specialties. For getting into a US medical PG program, you have to clear USMLE mandatorily.
This USMLE exam is divided in 3 Parts. One can appear in USMLE Step 1 after 2nd Year, USMLE Step 2 CK during internship and Step-3 during residency (Medical PG).
MOKSH USMLE is indispensable for you so that you have a good chance to clear USMLE.
MOKSH Coaching focuses on patient centered learning approach which helps students score high on both USMLE & NEXT. MOKSH is a leading name in USMLE Coaching. Currently, 1000+ Students from Indian and Abroad medical colleges are preparing for USMLE steps via MOKSH Platform.
After MBBS from Bosnia, many of the students plan to do their Medical PG from UK.
Till 2024, the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB test) is the instrument to assess the skills and knowledge of an International Medical Graduate. It also judges whether they are fit to be trained to practice medicine in the UK.
In short, an IMG's performance in PLAB determines her eligibility to practice in the UK. The PLAB test has two stages. PLAB 1 is an exam that has 180 MCQs that tests your recall. On the other hand, PLAB 2 is a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that tests your clinical skills.
The GMC ascertains your linguistic skills by assessing your score in specific tests. It may be the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or higher) or OET (Grade B in reading, writing, listening & speaking).
After you pass PLAB 1 & 2, you apply for the GP registration. There is one constraint. You have a window of 2 years after clearing PLAB 2 during which you may apply no later.
By 2024, the UK Medical Licensing Assessment will replace the PLAB. Consequently, the GMC UK is going to change certain things in PLAB and create the UKMLA exam.
PG in Germany after MBBS in bosnia is another great option, though it requires you to learn the German language. Of the 6 levels starting from A1 to C2, you need to clear A1 and A2 that would qualify you to apply for visa.
Once the Language formalities are done, you get into the phase where you do Observer-ship from a German hospital approved by the German Medical Council. This is followed by Residency.
This may sound simple here but the process is quite complicated. To know more about PG in Germany,
The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counseling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counseling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counseling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counseling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge that ranges from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.
Dreams shatter when any silly mistake in choice filling or wrong selection of college leads to getting a poorly ranked college. Imagine getting paid seats or no seats at all due to a lack of genuine guidance!