7 Reasons to Study Medicine in China
If you are about to apply to medical school abroad, and have researched lots of different countries, spoken to friends who are currently at medical schools, here’s why you should consider applying to medical school in China.
1. Strong economy and stable society
Economically, China is among the strongest countries in the world. The country is not facing any internal security problems and also has an amazing infrastructure.
2. Lots of choice
There are hundreds of medical schools and universities in China offering education to thousands of students, both foreign and local, so plenty of options to choose from. This includes some of the best medical schools in the world, such as Peking University and Fudan University. Almost all of China’s medical schools are registered in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED).
3. Low tuition fees
Tuition fees for medical schools in China are very low.
4. Fast-track qualification
Most universities in China offer their medical degrees as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The MBBS program is a fast-track process to become a doctor. It lasts five years, which means you can become a certified physician way faster than those studying medicine in the US, Canada or Germany, where it takes seven to eight years to completely become a doctor.
5. Study traditional medicine
As well as teaching modern medicine, Chinese medical schools also teach students about traditional medicine and ancient medical techniques such as acupuncture. This is not usually the case in other countries, and is a good opportunity to broaden your understanding.
6. Learn the world’s most-spoken language
Medical courses in most universities are taught in English, but it’s also required to study the Chinese language as a separate subject, which is not a bad thing!
7. A huge country to explore
Geographically, China is huge. It is full of natural and artificial wonders, and if you study in China you’ll have the opportunity to explore at least some of these. You’re probably picturing a university in Beijing or Shanghai, with all those skyscrapers and busy roads, but there’s so much more to the country, and it’s all well-connected.