MBBS in New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country comprises of 2 main landmasses- the North Island and the South Island along with 600 smaller islands. The scenic and peaceful island of New Zealand lies to the east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and to the south of Pacific Island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. It is the last island to be settled by humans because of its remoteness. But for people looking for the natural beauty and the calmness, relocate to this island. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is also the most populous city of Auckland. The varied topography of the country with sharp mountain peaks like the Southern Alps owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. The developed nation of New Zealand ranks high on caparison of national performance in terms of life quality, health, quality of education, protection of civil liberties and economic freedom.
The country of New Zealand is made up of two major islands and a number of smaller islands. Cook Straight separates the North and the South island and runs 22kms wide at its narrowest point. Besides the these two major islands, there are 5 largest and the inhabited islands namely- Stewart Island, Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island, D'Urville Island and Waiheke Island.
The island of New Zealand experiences a maritime climate. The annual mean temperature ranges from 10°C in the south to 16°C in the north. The temperature varies sharply across the regions. It is extremely wet on the West Coast of South Island with semi- arid in Central Otago. The city of Christchurch is the driest with an average annual rainfall of just 640 millimetres. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is the wettest region. This also receives ample sunshine throughout the year with regions of Auckland and Christchurch. The South island has a cooler and cloudier towards the southern and the south-western parts while towards the northern and the north-eastern parts, it is the sunniest. Snow season generally starts in the early June and lasts uptil the early October and it is common in the southern parts of the South island and the mountainous regions across the country.
About New Zealand
The beautiful and the peaceful island of New Zealand has a very strong and research oriented curriculum which is an advantage for MBBS aspirants. New Zealand’s developed economy, quality of education and life, structured curriculum, laws and premium infrastructure attracts Indian MBBS aspirants to study in the country of New Zealand at affordable cost.
• MBBS in New Zealand is a six years course and offers quality education. MBBS schools in New Zealand are fully regulated by the government. Two medical schools in New Zealand – Otago University and Aukland University offer the main MBBS program. Only Otago University is approved by the Medical council of India (MCI). Students passed out from this university are eligible to write FMGE examination.
• The MBBS program Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Qualification is also termed as MBChB.
• International students must qualify the entry requirements.
• 1st year of the course is pre-medical program which calls an international student to be a Bachelor degree holder in the field of science like biomedical, health sciences or any such related field.
• Qualifying UMAT is mandatory, the forms of which must be filled before June end and the test is conducted in July every year.
• Language proficiency is another mandatory requirement for entry into medicine program at New Zealand. A student must have a good score in IELTS or TOEFL, min 7 bands in IELTS.
On completion of 1st year pre-medical, the further course is divided into 2 segments
1. Pre-clinical theory course for 2 years
2. 3 years of clinical program with clinical attachments
During the last year of course, students get an option to take an elective subject with 12 weeks of study.
The average cost of studying medicine at New Zealand is about NZ$70000-NZ$80000 per year including the food & accommodation. The cost of pre-medical course is somewhere close to NZ$31000. The degree is internationally recognized.
• Higher secondary qualification from a recognized board
• Scoring minimum of 7 bands in IELTS
• NEET eligibility for an Indian student is mandatory
• The candidate should have attained the age of minimum 17 years
• Qualifying score in UMAT which is the entrance exam and basic requirement for entry into MBBS.