Study medicine in China - With over 6,000 Indian students pursuing medicine across more than 50 medical colleges, China is one of the major hotspots for international medical aspirants, especially from the Asia Pacific region. An excellent infrastructure for training at an affordable cost is one of the major factors behind China’s growing popularity as an education hub for medical students.
As of 2015- 16, around 45 medical institutions in China accept international students in their programme with English being the mode of instruction in all the institutions.
Why to study medicine in China?
China is well known for offering high quality education at an affordable cost. Many of its state funded universities feature among the top universities for medicine according to major ranking platforms. Here are some of the reasons why you should study medicine in China:
Degrees from medical colleges in China, which are allowed to enroll foreign students, are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As such, medical graduates from China are eligible to appear for international screenings tests like USMLE, PLAB, FMGE, and so on.
Many of the Chinese medical colleges do not demand the student to pass a separate entrance examination unlike countries like India and the USA. Hence, admission is simply based on your academic records.
Study cost in China is comparatively cheaper to other major medicine study destinations for international students. An HSBC report on international educations lists China as one of the most affordable study destinations after India and Mexico.
One of the advantages of pursuing MBBS from China is that many of the medical colleges offer courses in English which makes it easier for foreign students to understand.
Where to study medicine in China?
The People’s Republic of China issues an annual list of medical institutions in China which are eligible to admit international students. Besides fixing the number of institutions, the government also arranges for the seats to be made available for international students. As of the academic year 2015-16, there are 45 medical colleges in China offering over 3,400 seats to international students. For the benefit of international students, the Medicine and Dentistry courses offered at these institutions are taught in the English medium.
The list of institutions along with their corresponding number of seats is given below:
Number of seats
Capital Medical University
Dalian Medical University
China Medical University
Tianjin Medical University
Xinjiang Medical University
Nanjing Medical University
Wenzhou Medical University
Huazhong university of science & technology
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Southern Medical University
Guangxi Medical University
Chongqing Medical University
Harbin Medical University
Liaoning Medical University
Hebei Medical University
Ningxia Medical University
Fujian Medical Universtiy
Anhui Medical University
Xuzhou Medical College
China Three Gorges University
Guangzhou Medical University
Sun Yat-Sen University
Kunming Medical University
Luzhou Medical College
North Sichuan Medical University
While China’s ministry of Education fixes the number of medical institutes every year, there are changes in the institutes listed. For example, the Shanghai Jiaotong University department of medicine usually offers seats to international students, though it is not currently listed among the institutes.
What to study?
China offers mainly two degrees in medicine in the undergraduate level. They are MBBS for medicine and BDS for Bachelor’s in Dentistry. In the postgraduate level, medical colleges in China offer the Doctor of Medicine or MD degree.
Degrees from the top medical colleges in China are recognized by the World Health Organization, and hence, allows the students to appear for screening tests like USMILE in the USA, Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) in UK and FMGE in India to practice medicine in these countries.
Students can get an MBBS degree in China after completing 5 years of training and an additional 1 year for internship. The admission season for medicine studies in China, usually, starts between August to October.
Eligibility and admission requirements:
For admission to MBBS programmes to study medicine in China, the minimum qualification is, generally, Senior High School or 10+2 or A level with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Documents checklist to study medicine in China:
Downloaded and completed Application form for the course
Academic transcripts- You are required to submit academic transcripts upto the latest educational qualification. Academic transcripts play a strong role in you selection process as majority of the universities in China do not require entrance tests.
English proficiency tests scores- Since China offers its medical course in English for foreign students, some Chinese universities require students to submit proof of their English proficiency through scores of IELTS or TOEFL. Usually, the minimum requirement for TOEFL is 90(ibt) and for IELTS it is over 6.
Personal statement- Some medical colleges in China also require international students to submit a Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose details the candidate’s reasons for applying for the programme and also his/her goals in life. It should, generally, be within the word limit of 500-600 words.
Recommendation letters: LORs are assessment of the aspirant’s potential by an independent body. It may be your professors or previous employers. Most of the Chinese medical colleges universities demand 2 – 3 recommendation letters.
Photocopy of valid passport identification page.
Cost of study:
Compared to other countries, studying medicine in China is an economical option. The average fee to pursue MBBS at most of the Chinese medical colleges is Rs 2 to 5 lakhs annually. So the total cost can go upto 30 lakhs, including internship. Given its affordable cost of living, it is easier for international students to live and study in China at a small budget. According to an HSBC report on cost of international university study, with an annual study cost of around USD10,000 (study and living cost), China is one of the cheapest education destinations for international students; costlier than only India and Mexico among the countries where foreign students flock to study.
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Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS you can give USMLE exam in order to qualify for residency program in USA and for India you will have to give fmge qualifying exam and then you can practice medicine here. Either way the path is going to be difficult cause both the exams are difficult and USMLE happens in three levels.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Well I would like to tell you that after MBBS program ends a doctor can apply for USMLE exam . In USA once you are done with your studies, you are required to give USMLE exam which is organised in three levels and once you qualify all the three levels then you are allowed to get into residency program but finding one is really difficult. USMLE can not guarantee you residency rather it will only help you in allowing you to go search for residency in US hospitals. Same goes for international students as well but the level of difficulty is a lot and getting residency is the most difficult thing to do.
Well I would like to tell you that the marks you have scored is very less to get admission in government medical colleges across India. If you want then you can aim for private medical.colleges from your state of domicile and also from other states.
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