MBBS in Serbia is a good option for Indian students. It is in the southeastern part of Europe.
Serbia is a rapidly developing country that is also coming up as a remarkable MBBS abroad destination for Indian students. Serbia has applied for membership to the EU. In all probability, the nation will be a member of the EU by 2025.
In the recent years, the Serbian government has put a lot of focus on developing its educational infrastructure. With the Russia-Ukraine conflict killing the possibilities of MBBS in Ukraine for international students, various European countries have risen into the limelight.
Serbia is definitely one of them.
As mentioned, Serbia has applied for consideration to be made a member of the EU. The country has been stepping up its academic infrastructure because foreign students contribute majorly to the Serbian economy.
Coming to MBBS, in Serbia, like the rest of Europe, it is called an MD. So, an MD from a Serbian Medical University featuring in the list given in the table in the next section (WDOMS list) are eligible to appear in the NEXT to practice in India.
Alternatively, he/she may appear in USMLE and go for a Medical PG in the US.
The Table below contains the names of the biggest Universities in the nation of Serbia.
|University||Medium of Instruction (WDOMS)|
|Military Medical Academy, University of Defense||Serbian|
|University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine||Serbian|
|University of Kragujevac Faculty of Medical Sciences||Serbian|
|University of Nis Faculty of Medicine||English/Serbian|
|University of Nis International College of Medicine||English/Serbian|
|University of Novi Sad Faculty of Medicine||Serbian|
You have to be cautious as to which university you choose because most of these universities do not have English as the medium of instruction. Many times, to earn fat commissions, foreign education agents promote the non-English Universities as English ones.
As you can see, WDOMS establishes that only the 2 universities that are in Nis are the ones that offer MBBS in English. Moksh represents the older of the 2 universities – University of Nis Faculty of Medicine.
Like other European nations, the ECTS is effective in Serbia as well. This calls for a level of uniformity in academic parameters across the continent. So, adhering to the ECTS, the Serbian MBBS duration is 6 years.
That means you are eligible to appear in NEXT as per the latest NMC guidelines.
The cost of living in the nation of Siberia may well be described as moderate. You will manage fairly well if you can afford to spend €250 per month. This much will cover all your costs, except accommodation, of course.
We can safely say that the average range of the monthly living cost will be between €200 & €300. In the table below, we are sharing the current prices of principle expenditures an average youth commonly incurs.
|Commodity/Service||Cost (in Euros)|
|Milk (1 litre)||0.85|
|Loaf of bread||0.43|
|Eggs (a dozen)||1.701.70|
|Meal at an average restaurant||6.0|
|Monthly Local Conveyance Pass||27.0|
|Basic Utilities (Gas, Electricity etc in a rented home)||129.0|
Though the Universities listed above are all Public and they all have hostel facilities, it is highly unlikely that you will find accommodation in these. Most of the international students who go to Serbia opt for rented apartments.
These apartments vary in rent depending on their size and location. The number of students that share an apartment depends on the kind of money they can afford. If we speak of the minimum expenditure on accommodation that you will incur, it will not be more than €150 – 200.
These apartments are designed for international students and are fully furniture. They are hygienic and safe.
The MBBS in Serbia tuition fee, in general, have a wide range of variation. Among the various Serbian medical universities, the lowest tuition fee that you will find is €5,500 per year; the highest being €7000.
However, let’s talk about the University of Nis Faculty of Medicine that offers an MD in English and that is suitable for your consideration as an Indian student. Of course, you may visit the page to get details. Here, we are giving a brief heads up.
So, in the MD in English at the University of Nis, you will pay a total tuition fee (all inclusive) of €8,000 in the first year. In the subsequent years, you will pay €5,700. So, the total amount that you will be spending over the 6 years as tuition fee in this Serbian medical university will be €36,500.
The eligibility criteria that you need to fulfill to get admission in a Serbian Medical University are basic and common, summarized in the table below.
|Age||17 – 25 years|
|Class XII||60% PCB with English|
• Serbia is going to be an EU member nation by 2025. Taking admission in a Serbian university will give you all the EU career choices upon completion of your MD.
• In the university specified above, you will study MD in the English language.
• The educational infrastructure in Serbia is improving at a rapid rate and you will have a balanced academic experience.
• You will be eligible to appear in the NEXT exam so, you can very well practice in India after clearing NEXT. You are eligible for a medical PG in India too.
• You will also be eligible to appear in USMLE, PLAB, etc after your Serbian MD.
• The nation of Serbia is safe & secure for all.
Whether in Serbia 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 Serbian 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 Serbia, 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 Serbia 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!