Prior to receiving the final degree, medical students in China typically complete a five-year Bachelor’s degree program and a one-year internship (also known as a clinical rotation) where they actively participate in patient care. The typical master’s degree program for the clinical specialty is two or three years long. The national entrance exam taken by all universities determines acceptance. For the class of 2023–2024, 45 Medical Universities in China that offer English-language instruction also admit overseas medical students.
University of Wuhan
The Wuhan University School of Medicine’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program was established in 1923. It has 3 A-Level Grade III connected hospitals, 6 research facilities, and 5 educational institutions. The hospitals have 5080 beds, 15 million outpatient visits annually, 50,000 inpatient visits annually, 25,000 major procedures, and a broad range of specialties spanning 100 clinical and auxiliary departments and 30 laboratories.
With an amazing 2500 employees, 1125 of them are professors, chief physicians, associate professors, and deputy chief physicians, it boasts a capable workforce. More than 5,100 students are enrolled in the school today, including 3,000 undergraduates, 1,500 graduates, and 600 international students. The school works closely with hospitals and institutions in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Finland, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through academic exchanges.
Clinical medicine (MBBS) primarily aims to develop the abilities of international students in terms of human behavior, physiological structure, and normal mental state; causes of prevalent illnesses, such as mental illnesses, the influence of environmental, social, behavioral, and psychological factors on the development and occurrence of illnesses, and the significance of disease prevention; the causes of prevalent diseases and frequently occurring diseases, as well as their clinical signs, diagnoses, and treatment options;
the normal course of pregnancy and delivery, the most common obstetric emergency treatment, the fundamentals of prenatal and postnatal health care, and family planning; fundamental knowledge of pharmacology and clinical principles of reasonable medication use; Knowledge of clinical epidemiology; fundamental patterns of development and spread of infectious diseases; and prevention of common infectious diseases are some of the topics covered in health education and disease prevention. Other topics include common diseases, disabilities, rehabilitation, hospice care, and general practice.
There are three sections to this program:
(1) Courses in Chinese culture and science. The Chinese language will be a required course throughout the whole undergraduate medical degree in English for overseas students in China in order to facilitate their learning, daily lives, and patient contact.
(2) The fundamental fields of clinical medicine, preventive medicine, behavioral science, humanities, social science, and medical ethics. Additionally, passing the tests for each of these courses’ exams is necessary.
3. An internship. Institutions are required to carefully plan out a fair internship schedule. The internship will last one year, or at least 48 weeks.
Since WHU is accredited by the WHO, its MBBS graduates are qualified to sit for medical licensing exams administered by medical boards in many nations, including the USMLE, PLAB, AMC, MCI, PMDC, HPCSA, and SCHS.
The sixth year is when the internship is scheduled, and it lasts for a full year (at least 48 weeks). Students have the option of completing their internship or training in China, their place of residence, or another nation. The annual tuition charge is still RMB 40,000 during the internship time.
Six years of study, with a one-year internship:
Annual tuition of RMB 40,000
2. Clinical Medicine (MBBS) at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan
This program aims to produce elementary doctors of the highest caliber, ensuring that they can practice medicine effectively and safely after graduation under the supervision of senior physicians and that they have the necessary grounding to continue their education throughout their lives and pursue advanced study in a particular field of the medical sciences.
The Huazhong University of Science and Technology’s Tongji Medical College was established for the first time in 1907. It was a significant medical university that was directly governed by the Ministry of Health prior to its merger with HUST. The medical university in China with the most complete strengths in research and teaching.
Tongji Medical College is affiliated with 5 Tri-A hospitals, totaling 5400 beds. Tongji Affiliated Hospital and Union Affiliated Hospital are two of the finest hospitals in China. They serve as both China’s standardized clinical teaching foundation and the diagnostic and therapeutic center in central China thanks to their full medical departments, strong technological capabilities, cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, and extensive clinical experience. The MBBS program lasts six years and includes the following five phases:
First year: pre-medical coursework with English classes
Second year: theoretical studies and English classes
Basic and clinical medicine coursework in the third and fourth years will be taught in both English and Chinese.
Fifth year: study and practice of clinical medicine with Chinese instruction.
Sixth-year internship with Chinese instruction in a hospital
Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Histology and Embryology, Medical Microbiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical Immunology
Note: The classroom instruction for the MBBS program is set up as described above with the goal of improving the student’s language proficiency in communication with patients and preparing them for the clinical internship in China. The graduation thesis, exams, and textbooks will all be in English.
Cost of tuition: 40,000 RMB each year
3. Hangzhou’s Zhejiang University
Founded in 1897, Zhejiang Institution (ZJU) is a comprehensive national institution offering the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program. It directly falls under MOE’s control.
Students can choose to complete their internship or training in China or their home country, and the curriculum for the MBBS program has been established in accordance with MOE regulations and IIME criteria.
Clinical medicine is the seventh-ranked national discipline in China, behind internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and oncology.
ZJU is accredited by the WHO, and graduates of the MBBS program are qualified to sit for the medical licensing exams offered by many medical councils across the world, including the USMLE, PLAB, AMC, MCI, PMDC, HPCSA, and SCHS.
Program Description The primary classes in the pre-clinical stage of medicine are Biochemistry, Anthroponomy, Embryology, Physiology, Pathogen Biology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and other related subjects.
To pass the HSK (the Chinese Proficiency Test) grade 4, which is necessary for the internship in China, students also need to complete Chinese Language and Chinese Culture courses, per MOE requirements.
ZJU is accredited by the WHO, and graduates of the MBBS program are qualified to sit for the medical licensing exams offered by many medical councils across the world, including the MCI, PMDC, USMLE, HPCSA, and SCHS.
First Academic Year (Pre-Med), First Semester, Second Semester
Calculus, General Chemistry, Physical Education, Chinese, Organic Chemistry, Cell Biology, General Physics, Calculus, General Chemistry, General Physics, Introduction to Modern Biological Science
Anatomy I, Biochemistry (including lab), Histology, Embryology, Chinese Anatomy II, Medical Genetics, Physiology, History of Medicine, Chinese, and Toxicology are required courses for the second academic year (pre-clinical).
Pathology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Medical Psychology, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Medical Chinese, Third Academic Year (Pre-Clinical), analysis of China
Diagnostics, Preventive Medicine, Pharmacology, Microbiology, and Surgery
Forensic medicine, biomedical informatics, family medicine basics, social medicine, and ethics are among the courses offered in the fourth academic year (pre-clinic and clinic). Radiology, obstetrics & gynecology, medicine I, and surgery I.
Fifth Academic Year (Clinic) Pediatrics, Surgery, and Medicine
Emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, stomatology, and infectious disorders.
6th academic year senior clerkship (Clinical)
Before participating in the senior clerkship in China, students must pass the HSKK (HSK Speaking Test) Intermediate Level and achieve a score of 190 on the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, the Chinese Proficiency Test).
In the last year, the internship is organized. You have the option of completing your internship or training in China or the host nation.
You must pass HSK 4 in order to interact with patients if you want to complete an internship in China, and this year’s tuition is the standard RMB 42,800. The internship will be completed in one of Zhejiang University’s six Grade III Class A affiliated hospitals. These hospitals can accommodate 238,000 inpatients, 8780,000 emergency visits, and over 7700 beds in total.
Six years of study, with a one-year internship.
The annual tuition fee is RMB 42,800.
4. Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University
General details concerning the MBBS program:
101 foreign students majoring in clinical medicine with a five-year full English curriculum were enrolled at Sun Yat-sen University for the first time in 2006, making history. They were primarily from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. They followed the same curriculum, training standards, and quality assurance procedures as Chinese students, but they did so entirely in English. In particular, the university opened Chinese, Medical Chinese, and other courses for MBBS students.
These courses were taught by excellent teachers who had been hand-picked, and outstanding Chinese students from the eight-year educational system had also been chosen as teaching assistants to assist MBBS students with their academic challenges. The majority of students were capable of finishing all courses and passing the graduation exam after three and a half years of theoretical study, six months of clinical clerkship, and one year of internship in one of Sun Yat-sen University’s affiliated hospitals. “Detailed Regulations of Sun Yat-sen University on Bachelor’s Degrees” requirements were satisfied by 81 students, who were awarded degrees.