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FAQs about MBBS in China


Question List:

1. What’re the application requirements for studying English-taught MBBS in China?


2. What else can I study in China related with the medical field besides MBBS?


3. Can I do the internship outside of China? In this case, do I need to pay fees to the university in China?


4. Is there a spring admission to MBBS in China’s medical universities?


5. Is Chinese language courses and HSK test compulsory for English- medium MBBS program?


6. What’re the future job prospects in China or in my home country after my graduation?


7. What is the duration of the medical courses in China’s medical schools?


8. Are there entrance exams for MBBS study in China?


9. Why it is easier to get into a medical school in China?


10. What do I need to do to practice my medical degree in South Africa?


11. What are the exact minimum requirements for international students to get into China’s medical school?


12. What is the relationship between SICAS and the medical universities?


13. How much does it cost to apply for an MBBS program?




1. Q:  What’re the application requirements for studying English-taught MBBS in China?


A: Respective universities may have varying enrollment requirements, usually including educational background, English language proficiency and high school or other college grades, esp. scores in science subjects. Also, some materials are needed such as the photocopy of the applicant’s passport, Health Certificate, etc. In addition, international students are required to pass the HSK test (Chinese language proficiency) before graduation. For more details, please check the information on accredited schools for MBBS.


2. Q: What else can I study in China related with the medical field besides MBBS?


A: Besides MBBS, foreign students can take various courses as following:
 

  • Non-degree programs on Medicine for months or one to two year, e.g. Clinical Studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture and Moxibustion, which is offered by Liaoning University of TCM, Hunan University of TCM, Shandong University of TCM, Shanghai University of TCM, etc.

  • Other English taught medical degree courses such as, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pharmacy, Stomatology, Nursing, Preventive Medicine, and other medical related technology and etc. Dalian Medical UniversityFujian Medical University provides the English-medium undergraduate program of Stomatology; Central South University provides  both bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing in English; Jiamusi Medical University offers BEMT Program(Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Technology in English). 

  • Courses regarding Chinese culture and art, such as courses on calligraphy, brush painting, Martial arts, Taiji boxing offered by Capital institute of physical education etc., which can enrich your extracurricular life.


3. Q: Can I do the internship outside of China? In this case, do I need to pay fees to the university in China?


A: Normally, medical universities in China require one- year internship in one of the university’s affiliated hospitals. Nevertheless, several of them also allow students to intern outside of China. In the circumstances, overseas students have to submit documents about the hospital beforehand for qualification evaluation by the university. Then, the Chinese teacher will keep in contact with the students through weekly or biweekly e-mail or telephone to offer instruction or suggestion. Therefore, overseas students must pay administration fees to keep your name on the school roll and to gain Chinese teacher’s supervision. In addition, even if foreign students do the internship outside of China, you have to meet requirements of internship according to assessment manual published by respective universities.


4. Q: Is there a spring admission to MBBS in China’s medical universitie?        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

A: Yes. Most medical universities in China only offer admission to MBBS in fall. Nevertheless, there’re a few medical universities such as Shandong UniversityDalian Medical UniversityHebei Medical University, and Central South University, offering a spring intake and these MBBS programs start during March to April.


5. Q:  Is Chinese language courses and HSK test compulsory for English- medium MBBS program?


A: The Chinese language course is compulsory for English- medium MBBS program in China’s medical universities, while not all the universities require passing the HSK test at a certain level before graduation.


However, if overseas students want to work or intern in a hospital in China, the ability to communicate properly in Chinese is essential. Besides, as one of the official languages in the U.N. with the most speakers, mastering Chinese will offer foreign students convenience in daily life and more work opportunities throughout the world.


6. Q:  What’re the future job prospects in China or in my home country after my graduation?     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

A: The medical degree conferred by Chinese medical universities is valid across China and even throughout the world. All China’s medical universities which are on the list of the Regular Institutions of Higher Education in China published by the Ministry of Education of P.R.C. (MOE) are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the “Directory of World Medical Schools”, which makes graduates from those schools qualified to attend board examinations in most countries such as the USMLE in the US, the PLAB in the UK, the MCI Screening test in Indian, PMDC in Pakistan, Mauritius, South Africa, etc.


China’s booming economy, increasingly opened society, and massive potential medical market will provide foreign students with more and more work opportunities in China. If you want to be a doctor in Chinese hospital, you have to at first pass the medical license examination in China and have the ability to communicate properly in Chinese. Besides, there are great opportunities to work in the branches or medical research centers founded by multinational corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson, Charles Pfizer, GSK, Novartis, Roche Group, Wyeth, The Merck Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc.

7. Q: What is the duration of the medical courses in China’s medical schools?

A: The medical courses last for about 5 or 6 years according to requirements of respective universities. The 5.5- year medical course include basically 1 Year of pre-medical courses with subjects such as Biology, chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Chinese, etc. and 1.5- year internship which overseas students can choose to do it either in China or in any other countries.

8. Q: Are there entrance exams for MBBS study in China?                                                                                                            Top

A: No need to take an entrance exam when studying medical in China.

9. Q:  Why it is easier to get into a medical school in China?

A: There are more than 200 medical schools in China, which means more slots are available than in most other countries. Also, most of the medical universities in China who offer medical courses would like to recruit international students because they want to boost their university standards by bringing in students from different countries. 

10. Q: What do I need to do to practice my medical degree in South Africa?                                                                            Top


A: After having finished your medical degree in China, you need to go back to South Africa and apply for the Health Professionals' Council of South Africa (HPCSA).


11. Q: What are the exact minimum requirements for international students to get into China’s medical school?


A: SICAS could most probably get you into the top medical schools in China if you get B’s for Science and Biology. We can also get you into a top school if you have C's. Still we can find a way to get you into a lower- ranked medical school but still internationally recognized if you do have D's, and that's ok too because SICAS will always find ways to help you.


Since there are more than 200 medical schools, you can just imagine how highly the top medical schools are ranked in China and don't forget how competitive Chinese students are! If a school ranks number 6 in China, local Chinese students need at least 77% average to get into any major. You can just imagine how competitive it is to get into medicine at this university. Luckily, for the rest of us including some nationalities can just get into medical schools without hustle. 
 
SICAS managed to get some students into one of the top 10 medical schools in China even if s/he had lower grades in Science and Biology in the secondary school. This just proves that SICAS do know how the higher education system works and we maintain good relationships with the universities we work with. So it's much easier to get into a first-class medical school by applying through us.    
 
12. Q: What is the relationship between SICAS and the medical universities?                                                                         Top

A: SICAS is an official representative of these medical universities. As official representative of these universities, we want to help foreign students in application process and more importantly, to help students settle in once they arrive in China.


13. Q: How much does it cost to apply for an MBBS program?

A: Each international applicant is required to pay the SICAS Processing Fee (30 U.S. dollars, which covers your application to six programs) as well as the university's application fee (ranging from 60-120 U.S. dollars per program). SICAS offers four kinds of payment methods. For more information, please see SICAS Payment Methods.
 

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