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Why study at a medical college in China?

 China is one of the fastest growing destinations for international medical students looking to study at a medical college. As a respected provider of medical education, China offers 49 medical schools where you can study medicine in English as an international student, with more than 10,000 medical students choosing China for their education in 2012.

What medical programs are offered in China?

China offers a wealth of options to international students looking for a medical degree. Its English language courses are tailored towards international students, with programs providing qualifications that are eligible for medical licensing examinations across the world. Graduation certificates are universally recognised, and the experience of living and studying medicine in a foreign country will help you in the future.

Medical programs in China take six years to complete, with the focus initially on medical sciences, before moving onto clinical study in training hospitals in the latter years.

Immigration and visas in China

Foreign students intending to study on an MBA program in China for longer than 6 months need to apply for a student visa (X-visa). Applicants will need the following:
  • A passport valid for at least six months after arriving in China
  • A health certificate legalised by the Chinese Embassy
  • A Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government unit

More information about visas can be found on the website of the relevant Chinese Embassy.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in China?

One of the great draws of studying medicine in China is the cost of tuition, which is cheaper than in many European or North American destinations. You should expect tuition fees to cost between RMB 22,000 – RMB 40,000 (£2,000 - £3,700) per year, while living costs will also be lower than many equivalent European cities.

Working in China

China is the world’s second largest economy after the United States, and there is fierce competition for graduate vacancies. Although the main language is Mandarin, multinational employers tend to use business English and medical professionals in China will normally only work in English language hospitals and practices.

Medical graduates can work in China once they pass the residency test. You will also need to pass the medical exam for foreign doctors, which is held twice a year. This consists of 100 general medicine questions and a 20 minute oral presentation of a sample patient before a judging panel.

What to do next

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