Is it worth studying MBBS in China and how to get admission for it?

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Author: Nidhi      Post Date: 18 May 2023        
Studying MBBS in China is one of the biggest ambitions of every medical aspirant. China has the second largest economy in the world and provides world-class medical education at very low fees as compared to India and many other countries. There are 45 NMC-approved medical universities in China and all of them are owned by the government of China.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING MBBS IN CHINA?
There are various factors that give you a reason to choose China over India for higher medical education.
• China has an excellent acceleration in the rapidly growing economies in the world in alignment with outstanding infrastructure.
• It is the second most preferred country to study MBBS.
• All medical universities in China are approved and recognized by NMC, WHO, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the Ministry of Education of China.
• MBBS internship in China has validity in India, which is not the case with any other country.
• China is an ideal place to study MBBS as the country follows international education standards in its institutions.
• MBBS in China is recognized by all countries worldwide.
• Low-cost quality education along with world-class facilities like well-equipped laboratories, libraries, hostel facilities, sports clubs, etc.

KEY FEATURES OF MBBS IN CHINA- A GLIMPSE
Degree Name: MBBS
Duration of Course: 5+1 year (including internship)
Minimum Marks Required: 60% in PCB & NEET Qualified
Fees (per year): Starting From Rs. 2 lakh
Medium of Education: Chinese and English
Recognition of medical universities in China: NMC, WHO, FAIMER, UNESCO, and Chinese Ministry of Education
Top recommended university: Tsinghua University
Estimated course fees: $ 3000-$ 5000 per year

LIST OF MBBS UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA AND FEE STRUCTURE
Total Tuition Fees (in Rs.) is as follow:
• China Medical University: 20-30 lacs
• Liaoning University of TCM: 10-15 lacs
• Shenyang Medical College: 10-15 lacs
• Jining Medical University: 10-15 lacs
• Shenyang Pharmaceutical University: 10-15 lacs
• Henan University: 10-15 lacs
• Shihezi University: 15-20 lacs
• Jilin University: 20-30 lacs
• Qingdao University: 20-30 lacs
• Guangxi Medical University: 20-30 lacs
• Central South University: 20-30 lacs
• Xi'an Jiaotong University: 20-30 lacs
• Xinjiang Medical University: 15-20 lacs
• Yangzhou University: 15-20 lacs
• Ningxia Medical University: 5-10 lacs
• Qiqihar Medical University: 15-20 lacs
• Nanjing Medical University: 20-30 lacs
• Dalian Medical University: 20-30 lacs
• Wuhan Medical University: 20-30 lacs
• Tianjin Medical University: 20-30 lacs
Disclaimer- Tuition fees and other charges can change without any prior notification.

ELIGIBILITY FOR MBBS IN CHINA
The eligibility criteria to study at top-rated MBBS universities in China are as-
• Age Limit: 17-25 years
• Minimum Education: Class 12 with Science from a recognized board with a minimum 60% aggregate in PCB
• NEET: 200- 300 score in NEET

DURATION OF THE COURSE
The duration of the MBBS course in China is of 6 years. The students have to complete 5 years of classroom learning wherein the medical aspirants are enriched with theoretical and practical knowledge. The last year of the course consists of a mandatory apprenticeship to provide hands-on practical experience to deal with patients in real-time, to handle surgeries, deliveries, operations, etc. Stipend is also provided to the students during the internship period.

MBBS SYLLABUS AT CHINA UNIVERSITY
• First year (Semester I and Semester II): Spoken Chinese I, Integrated Chinese I, Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture, China Today, Spoken Chinese II, Integrated Chinese II, Anatomy I, Biochemistry
• Second year (Semester III and Semester IV): Spoken Chinese III, Integrated Chinese III, Physiology I, Histology and Embryology, Anatomy II, Spoken Chinese IV, Integrated Chinese IV, Pathology, and Physiology II
• Third year (Semester V and Semester VI): Chinese Reading I, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology I, Chinese Reading II, Pharmacology II, Medical Psychology, Medical Ethics, Medical Genetics, and Community Medicine
• Fourth year (Semester VII and Semester VIII): Medical Chinese I, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Medical Radiology, Diagnosis, Fundamentals of Clinical Skills, General Surgery, Anesthesiology, Medical Chinese II, Internal Medicine I, Surgery I, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Acupuncture and Moxibustion
• Fifth year (Semester IX and Semester X): Medical Chinese III, Internal Medicine II, Surgery II, Psychiatry, General Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Stomatology, Traditional Chinese Medicine Patent Drug, Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical Chinese IV, Forensic Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Dermatology, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Imagiology, and Patient Safety
• Sixth year (Semester XI and Semester XII): Internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internship in Pediatrics, Internship in Medicine, Internship in Surgery, Others

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
You need to submit the following document to the Chinese university-
• Mark sheet of Class 10 and 12.
• Passport valid for a minimum of 18 months.
• Birth Certificate in English.
• 10 Passport Photos.
• Original copy of invitation letter from the respective Medical University.
• Authorized artifacts approved by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
• All documents should be legalized by the respective Embassy.
• Visa fees.
• Bank slip as proof of payment of tuition fee for 1st year.
• HIV test report.
• Covid- 19 test report.

MBBS SCHOLARSHIP FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
Chinese universities also grant scholarships to international students on the basis of their academic performance. Some of the popular scholarships acclaimed by the Chinese Government are-
• University Scholarships (US)
• Chinese Government Scholarships (CGS)
• Confucius Institute Scholarships (CIS)
• Chinese Local Government Scholarships (CLGS)

WHAT IS THE COST OF LIVING IN CHINA?
The cost of living in China depends upon the living standards of the students. Also, it varies from city to city. Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai are the most expensive cities in China. The average cost of living for foreign students is $ 60- $ 120 per month.
Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao      Post Date: 18 May 2023        
China is a fast developing and the world's second-largest economy. There are very good universities and institutions in which MBBS is offered. Indian students can join these colleges and complete the course. Before taking a decision on joining a college in China, please go through the following points.

1. The Embassy of India in Beijing, China website, says that students who pursued MBBS or any other equivalent course in any foreign country including China, have to clear the 'Foreign Medical Graduates Exam' if they want to practice in India.

2. It is also mentioned on the same website that those who want to study MBBS in China had to clear 'NEET-UG'.

3. As per the website every year a list of institutions and scale of enrollment in China will be issued by the PRC. Ministry of Education (MOE), This list will have the details of the institutions that are authorised by the government for that year. Students who studied in such institutes only will get an eligibility letter from MCI to appear for the FMGE test.

4. The website also says that MCI will issue eligibility certificates to students who studied MBBS in English medium only. MCI will issue eligibility certificates to attend the FMGE test only to those who studied in these institutions in English medium only.

5. Another point to note is India will not accept MBBS degrees obtained by studying the degree completely online.

So a student who wants to study in China should visit the Website of the Indian Embassy in China and select the college mentioned in the list placed on that site and should join in English medium only, I suggest.

If the student after completing the course settles in China, there is no problem. You can join any college in any medium. But to come back to India and start practising here you must see that the college you select should satisfy the above condition.

Details of MBBS in China:

Course duration: 6 years including 1 year internship.

Eligibility: At the time of admission the student should be 17 to 25 years of age. The minimum age is 17 years and the maximum age is 25 years.

The student should have passed the 12th class with a minimum of 50% and the score in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together should be a minimum of 60%.

The candidate should have a valid passport. The candidate should qualify in NEET.

Admission Process: Once you decide on the college, you should go to the website of the college and fill up the application as mentioned on their website and the documents asked for should be uploaded. Once the application is submitted, the institute will scrutinise the application and will send you the allotment /confirmation letter. Once the letter is received, the fees are to be paid. After paying the fee, an application for VISA is to be made. Once the VISA is sanctioned, the student can go to China and start pursuing the course.

With the above information. I say that China is one of the best desirable destinations for MBBS. The following are some Positive points.

1. Low Cost

2. Quality Education

3. MCI-approved institutes are there in CHINA.

4. Colleges are having good infrastructure and facilities.

5. Admission process is not much complicated.

6. China is a safe place as government rules are very strict.
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