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MBBS in China

China is fast becoming the most favored destination for studying MBBS in Asia. Every year, more than 10,000 overseas students come to China to study Medicine. Studying for an English medium MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) program in China has become increasingly popular since 2004. Medical schools with English medium MBBS are recognized by the Medical Council of China and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the “Directory of World Medical Schools”. Also the bachelor of medical degree is also globally recognized.

The number of English-medium MBBS programs in China is increasing and now there are 49 Chinese best medical universities has approved by China Ministry of Education. The approved universities that enroll international students for the undergraduate medical program in English in China shall have the authority to grant master’s degree in Basic Medicine and Clinical Medicine (First-level Subjects), and the affiliated hospitals with Grade III, Level A. Therefore to some extend the labs and infrastructure are better than most of the governmental colleges in Asia, Africa and other countries. The faculty of the programs is mainly composed of Chinese teachers with doctor or master degrees, who major in Medicine and have experiences of studying or working abroad, and some foreign teachers from India, Nepal or Pakistan, who meet the international education standard.

The medium of program instruction is purely English. In general, English taught MBBS programs last six years. After completing basic education, there is typically a year-long internship for practice. And students also have the option to do internship in China or their homeland. Respective universities may have certain additional criteria for applicants to meet, such as a high score in the subjects of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Additionally, although the medium of instruction is English, international students will still need to study Chinese language in order to communicate with patients in the clinics. Some medical schools require foreign students to pass the HSK test (Chinese language proficiency) before graduation.

Most of the universities have a strong reputation and have taught MBBS in English for years. The medical degree awarded is valid throughout the world and eligible for Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Medical Council of India (MCI), Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), Medical and Dental Professions Board, Health Professions Council of South Africa, the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) in the UK, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for Screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination under each country. Some universities will specially invite foreign experienced medical professionals to give a lecture or Doctor licensed examination preparation training. Majority of the graduates are working in their countries as a licensed Doctor.

Evaluation of the performance of the student is designed in such a way that the progress of the student in mastering the subjects included in the curriculum is monitored objectively and in detail. The number of weekly tests and examinations to be taken during every academic year is strictly formulated by the head of the institution. Any foreign student in China’s universities is considered as an ordinary student and hence should abide by all the rules and regulations of the university.

Lower Admission Requirement to Study MBBS in China

China has been a popular destination for MBBS aspirants for the last one decade under self support when some medical universities started teaching MBBS in English medium, since 1999. And in order to guarantee China’s MBBS education quality, and encourage more international students to study medicine, China Ministry of Education, announced new and strict regulations, for standardization of MBBS teaching in English medium for international students, known as “Provisions for Quality Control Standards on Undergraduate Medical Education in English for International Student in China” and has been implemented since 2007. According to this Provisions published in 2011, there has be 49 governmental China’s medical universities which are authorized to enroll international students to study English medium MBBS programs.

To be frank, medical doctor as a profession is among the most promising careers across the globe due to high social respect, handsome remuneration and global prospects of job in any country. And equivalently the admission requirement for MBBS program is much higher and more difficult for each student. Take India for an example, after 10+2 students have to appear for entrance test like PMT, CBSE or AFMC etc to get admission into about five-year graduate program of MBBS. These entrance tests are hard to clear and generally students end up taking two to four attempts to get through. As we all know that studying medicine in US or UK will be such honorable thing, but MBBS as the protective subject in US which is so difficult to get admission for international students. Only students who finish the four-year undergraduate program have the qualification to apply.

It is obviously that one of the best things about studying in China is that getting admission in China is really easy. You don’t have to go through difficult and complicated procedures. There are no any additional entrance examinations and other practice or research experience. If you are clear with your documents and you lie in the admission criteria you don’t have to worry, therefore it is very attractive for students that they don’t have to waste their time in running through difficult admission processes. Likewise the admission fee and living expenditures are really reasonable and affordable for students. Students find it a suitable option to study in foreign and worldwide recognized universities with such affordable rates.

Visa Application for Indian Students

Basic Information for Visas to China

The visa requirements set out herewith can’t be taken as a full statement of regulations governing visa for China.

Basic Requirements

  • Application form: All applicants should fill in one visa application form appropriately and authentically.
  • Applicant’s passport valid for at least six months with at least 2 blank visa pages.
  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • One Passport photocopy.

The Chinese Embassy has the right to decline those visa applications when applicants provide fake information or their forms are found not duly filled out.

For students who have get admitted by Chinese university can directly apply for a X Visa (Student), if those who apply for the university out of deadline but the university promise to change visa after registration, they can apply for a L Visa (Tourist Visa) first.

Type of Visas and Related Requirements:

Tourist Visa (“L” Visa) (usually single entry, 30-day only):

The following documents are required:

  • Covering letter from applicant’s company or employer addressed to the visa office.
  • Photocopy of a confirmed return air ticket
  • Visiting relatives should have invitation from their relatives in China and photocopies of their relatives’ Residence Permits in China.
  • Foreigners other than Indians should have valid Indian visas or valid Residence Permits in India.
  • Applicants may be requested to supply proof of travel expenses.
  • Special Tourist Visa: Those who like to travel through China by his/her own vehicle or on foot have to find a travel agent in their own countries first. And then they should submit the document specifying the name list of the travelers, touring schedule (namely, port and time of entry, touring route, cities to call at and programs in China) and the vehicle information through the travel agent in their own countries to an authorized international travel agency in China three months in advance. The following international travel agency in China can be contacted on this occasion:

    China Travel Service, Head Office

    Address: 2, Beisanhuan East Road, Beijing-100028, P.R. China

    Tel: 0086-10-6462 2288 Fax: 0086-10-6460 3185

Student Visa (“X” Visa)
The following document is required:

  • Covering letter from the applicant’s recently graduated school, university or applicant himself/herself. Photocopies of the following documents are also required:
  • Admission Notice issued by the university in China.
  • Student visa application form (JW201 Form or JW202 Form) issued by the Ministry of Education, Government of China.
  • Physical Examination Record for Foreigner (which can be downloaded from Chinese Embassy website or collected from Visa Office, Chinese Embassy) issued by doctors from an Indian state hospital.
  • Note: 1.When applying for visa, please also bring the original documents for checking.
  • Note: 2. The student visa holder should go through the procedures for obtaining the Residence Permit for aliens in local public security bureau within 30 days of entry, to avoid illegal stay.