MBBS IN CHINA
China has one of the ancient civilization and culture known to man to about 40,000 years now and still in existence which has been imparted into their new era of Modern Clinical Medicine. MBBS means Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the degree conferred to medical students upon graduation of the undergraduate program. The avenue to study this MBBS course in china was opened to International students in the year 2002.
MBBS in China has a total duration of 6 years with a one year internship inclusive. With a curriculum based in English medium which is approved by international bodies such as WHO and UNESCO, also has approved and trusted universities by various countries dental council such as GMDC, PMDC, HPCSA, MCI and BMDC.
Studies of MBBS in China is on par with most top notch western medical universities and has one of the most affordable cost of tuition and living expenses due to the Chinese government partnership with medical universities to subsidize cost.
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 MBBS program in China has become increasingly popular since 2004. National Medical schools 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 well recognized.
Most universities have strong reputations and have taught MBBS for years. The medical degree awarded is valid and eligible for Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), 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. The majority of the graduates are working in their respective countries as licensed Doctors.
The program has a six-year duration. After completing basic education, there is typically a year-long internship for practice. Students also have the option to do their 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, international students will still need to study the 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.
In short, there are definitely several advantages that in a way only could be found when you study MBBS in China:
1)Graduate with a globally recognized medical degree
2)Explore the long-standing history and profound culture
3)Compulsory Internship can be done in hospitals either in your country or in China
4)Acquiring Ever-growing Chinese language skills
5)Study in a society with excellent public security
6)Colorful and fulfilling campus life
7)World-class Academic training
Hebei North University triggered its first international students’ program in 2004 when the first wave of international students came to Zhangjiakou to continue their further study. In 2006, HBNU formally began to enroll international students to attend in its everbest MBBS degree study and established international exchange centre in the following year.
Hebei North University has three campuses. They are all equipped with high advanced facilities. The three campuses in total possesses a large amount of books totally as much as 1.42 million books stored in the bibliography. Besides, there is also multimedia class rooms, high equipped laboratories, fully furnished hostels, dining comprising local and western meals and fully equipped sports facilities available in all of the campuses. The school has now opened the new International Students Building facility that comprises of classes, conference halls, and hostels. It is one of the most advanced facilities on the East campus. The university also has two affiliated hospitals with more than 3000 in-patient beds for intensive teaching practices. The university is generally equipped with advanced teaching and research infrastructure.
The university boasts with a very strong and committed teaching staff. It has over 1300 teaching staff, of which 223 are Professors and 327 are associate professors while involving honorable professors and part time professors at the same time. Among the teaching staff, some of them are award winning professors and lecturers and others have very prominent achievements.
Pathology, pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, etiology, crop cultivation and plowing, internal medicine, preventive veterinary, ancient Chinese literature and basic mathematics are key academic areas in the university. Among those, we also offer Master's degrees in pathophysiology, human anatomy, histology and embryology, pharmacology, microbiology, and immunology.
Clinical medicine is a traditional and specialized academic area in HBNU among 76 academic areas of undergraduate and post-secondary specialized schooling. Laboratory medicine, medical information management, and information system were first set up among other universities in Hebei province, so was forensic medicine ranking the first in universities of Hebei province. The university has so far produced over 500 medical professionals in most countries in Africa, Asia etc. They are proud of the daily academic progress of all the students. Our annual package of academic scholarship throws our students into a competitive learning atmosphere.
The MBBS program is also recognized and accredited by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) Pakistani Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Ghana Medical and Dental Council (GMDC), Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) etc.
Last but not the least, what makes HBNU one of the best in the country is the fact that the teachers and professors here strive to make sure that the contents of their courses and programs are always up to date as medicine changes with time. This undoubtedly makes their continuing students more and more current and rightly informed of the daily changes in the medical field.
Listed below are some brief notes for you to view the skeleton of this major in HBNU:
1.Name of the Program: M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
2.Duration of Course: 5 years + one year compulsory internship (Students are allowed to do Internship in their own country).
3.Medium of Instruction(Language in class): English
4.Session begins: September Every Year
5.Curriculum: International MBBS syllabus in accordance Medical Council of India, Nepal Medical Council, Bangladesh Medical Council, etc.
6.Faculties: HBNU professors are very experienced and some of them have already worked in renowned medical colleges in foreign countries and now ready to render their service to educate the art of medicine to the foreign students in our university.
7.Classroom: The classrooms are equipped with latest multimedia facilities.
8.Laboratory: A state-of-art laboratory equipped with all the medical instruments and hundreds of cadavers provide a rare environment for the students to learn and experiment.
9.Library: The library houses a good stock of textbooks and reference materials for medical sciences in English medium. The library provides excellent study atmosphere for students and faculty.
10.Hostel: Students are provided with appropriate facilities for daily life. There hostels are provided with high security arrangement. Students can choose to live in campus or out of campus. The house rent in Zhangjiakou is much cheaper than neighbouring cities. They will find dozens of reasonable choices near from the lecture halls.
11.Food: There are various canteens for the foreign students in the university premises, where wide variety of delicious food is served in nominal rates. There are also affordable Islamic restaurants around the university premises.
12.Other Facilities And Services: Within the University premises the students can access to 24 hours ATM banking facility, post office, supermarket and many other facilities.
Chinese Reading, Chinese Writing,
Chinese Listening and Spoken Chinese
Chinese Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Systematic Anatomy, Cell Biology, Chinese Language,Medical Terminology, Histology, and Embryology
Regional Anatomy,Medical Physiology, Genetics and Biochemistry,
Parasitology, Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
Preventive Medicine, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Infectious Disease
Forensic Medicine, Lab Diagnosis,
Physical Diagnosis, Radiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Stomotology, Surgery 1, Internal Medicine 1 and Nuclear Medicine
Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Surgery 2 and Interal Medicine 2
Gynecology and Obstetrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, E.N.T, Anesthesia and Clinical Rotation
Gynecology and Obstetrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, E.N.T, Anesthesia and Clinical Rotation
1. The total duration of the internship is 48 weeks.
2. During the Internship, the concerned departments will lay emphasis on the practical experience of the student.
3. Log Books & History Books are given to the students to record details of their tasks , cases seen and achieved by the particular intern
4. This period of training is minimum suggested. Adjustments will be made where required depending on the availability of time.
5. The period of training does not include the university examination period.
6. Extra time will be devoted to other sub specialties.
The first and second affiliated hospitals play a major and indispensable role in ensuring good academic atmosphere for students studying medicine in Hebei North University. Both hospitals were established in 1938 and 1951 respectively with the sole aim of proving good and effective clinical training to the university's medical students while at the same time serving the city of Zhangjiakou. It comprises of medical, teaching, research, prevention, rehabilitation as a whole, with advanced medical equipment’s and technology. Hebei North University teaching hospital is Tertiary health care unit at the provincial level.
The hospital has advanced medical equipment and strong technical force. Hospital has invested heavily in the formation of medical imaging, radiation oncology, testing, nuclear medicine, dialysis, ICU care, preparation, remote consultation and other treatment centers and research institutions. This advantageously promotes the improvement of medical standards. Every year dozens of new technologies for clinical appliances are being installed.
The First Clinical Medical hospital has excellent teaching environment with its specific director, deputy director and secretary of education teaching staff. We have a good teaching practice base and experienced clinical teaching faculty. The newly created multimedia network teaching system teaches operation skills in training rooms, equipped with cardie-touch, a computer simulation of human auscultation, chest examination multimedia network simulation and the simulation of human abdominal palpation and other teaching systems.
Second Affiliated Hospital is also known as Xuanhua City People’s Hospital of Zhangjiakou. It has the combination of health care, teaching, research, prevention and health care as one of three general hospitals.The hospital has two biological laboratories that meet international standards. In recent years, the hospital attaches great importance to scientific research, increasing capital investment.
Studying towards an MBBS in China is 70% cheaper than undertaking a similar program in the US or the UK. The US MD program course (equivalent to MBBS) cost around USD 160,000-200,000. This excludes four years of Pre-med study. While a student can complete an MBBS course from any of the China’s medical university list for 6 years for only USD 30,000 - 50,000. Compared to the rest of the world the fees charged for MBBS courses in China are expansively reasonable. The charges of tutoring in the universities in China are subsidized by the Ministry of Public Health of the Chinese Government. Although prices in China are rising, the cost of living here is still favorable compared to most industrialized countries. You will be amazed by how comfortably you can live and how strong your purchasing power is. All in all, it is very economical for international students to study in China.
Specifically in Zhangjiakou City where HBNU is located, expenses here in Zhangjiakou are reasonable although it is near to Beijing the capital city. Zhangjiakou city is neither a quite populated metropolitan nor a wealthy business town so the local expenditure will also be in your pocket's limits,and students enjoy their stay all along the course of studies here. For instance, you can access any bus in urban area with only 15 cents; you can have a satisfactory place to live with much lower expense comparing to Beijing or other large cities.
According to a recent estimate, the living expense for a person is as follows:
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 24.00RMB
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course: 150.00RMB
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar: 28.00RMB
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle): 3.49RMB
Milk (regular), (1 liter): 13.18RMB
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): 10.49RMB
Rice (white), (1kg): 6.52RMB
Eggs (12): 11.69RMB
Apples (1kg): 11.43RMB
Oranges (1kg): 11.37RMB
Tomato (1kg): 8.23RMB
Water (1.5-liter bottle): 3.87RMB
Clothing and Shoes
A pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar): 628.99RMB
A summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M...): 328.54RMB
A pair of Nike Shoes: 676.69RMB
Now here is the good news to our dear students who enjoy going on a shopping spree. Nowhere in this world would one enjoy moments of shopping than the nation's capital, Beijing. The city is blessed with a countless number of shopping malls and centers that one can choose from. With the knowledge of the city's subway routes, one will be able to move most of the shopping centers with as little as 2 Chinese Yuan.
In Hebei North University, you will not only be imparted with academic knowledge, but you will also benefit immensely from the rich and respected culture as well as a long-standing history of the People's Republic of China whilst at the same time spending your leisure with shopping in one of the world greatest city, Beijing.
‘I chose this university because of its academic reputation and environment. My chinese teacher recommended me to study here because it provides one of the best platform for studies and a conducive environment for a student. My friend's who visited china and those who study in china also told me that its a brilliant idea to study in this university. Moreover what I liked is that people are very kind to foreigners. And the students from this university are brilliant in attitude and education.’ Noor Prashish - Pakistan
‘Initially I choose Hebei North University because it offers an amazing MBBS program in English. I believe Hebei North University has an outstanding reputation in regards to its teaching methods and education. Thus it is a great podium to guide students to success. I believe that at this university I can pursue my passion and become the Doctor I have always wanted to be, to help all those in need. I feel I can further develop my critical thinking and learning skills, hopefully broaden my knowledge and become a prospective doctor; what better place to do so than Hebei North University.’ Patrick Paul - Tanzania
‘It offers me what I just wanted and the fee is affordable.’ Lakshmair – India
‘Dalian Medical University appears to have one highest level of individual care and support for international students. More over the community of creative thinkers, which will surely take the education out of the box doing some good activities, and the chance of having internships in the fortune number of Chinese hospitals, will be a stepping stone towards my future career after completing my Medicine from a renowned university.’ Harris - USA
‘I chose to study at this university not only because of its academic reputation, but also the affordability for international students and the location as well. The city it is located is one of the most affordable cities in china for foreigners offering a very good space for students to pursue their studies since it is not overcrowded.’ Hassan Bhati – South Africa
‘Hebei North University is a highly ranked university and the program offered is detailed coupled with an excellent research program. These qualities are in keeping with what I am looking for.’ Aisha – Somalia
‘This University has produced quality doctors that are especially international students. The approach to teaching and learning is of the highest level. The University mass intake of international students displays its capacity to accommodate and teach international students, which in turn shows that it is capable of giving high quality tertiary education to its students.’ Jordan – Canada
‘The experiences I’ve had at Wuhan University would help me shape my decision to start my own venture. I want a role that will allow me to put the things I’ve learned into practice and develop my skills even further. I know that this position would be a good fit for me and I’m excited about the possibility of joining the university.’ Umugwaneza Janine -Rwanda
‘I chose Hebei North University as my first choice of study as the reputation is outstanding, my family and friends all mentioned Hebei once I decided studying in china so I looked into it, finding nothing but positive comments and reviews from other students I find this university to be an ideal match for me, especially since the highly competitive standard is exactly what I have been looking for.’ David – U.K
‘Hebei North University is a well reputed university with quality mentors and innovative research development. I believe I can learn a lot in terms of experience and knowledge in the medical profession from the teachers and students of Hebei North University. The school is also known for having a beautiful campus for which I admire the atmosphere. The city the school is located in is also an affordable city that you don’t need to spend much.’ Farhan - Nepal
In this Policy all the Universities that offer MBBS in China must have to follow this Rule from June 2014 to onwards.
According to the New Rule & Regulation all the Medical universities of China will award a Degree of MBBS After 6 years in which 1st year is of Chinese Language Study Compulsory. All the Students have to Pass HSK Level 4 (Chinese Proficiency Test) at the end of 1st year after that Student can Continue Study of MBBS.
The fee structure for MBBS at Hebei North University covers the tuition fee and accommodation fee. It also covers the annually medical insurance and visa extension fees.
During the first academic year, the tuition fee goes to apparently $6,000(approximately 30,000-50,000RMB). With a small amount of hostel fee combined, the total cost of the first academic year can be curbed within about $7,000. While in the successive 4 years until graduation, the cost fluctuates down to an obvious lower spent.
Hebei North University students can also be awarded with the University Scholarship and Governmental Scholarships as followed.
Hebei North University Scholarship:
-The criteria for this scholarship depend on the basis of academic performance, class attendance and punctuality.
-The university offers a minimum amount of 1000.00RMB as a scholarship to successful students.
-First-time inbound students having excellent higher education student profiles can be given their funds starting from 3000 RMB/YR to the full scholarship price.
-The criteria for this scholarship are similarly depending on academic performance, class attendance and punctuality.
-The minimum amount offered as government scholarship for successful students is thousands of RMBs.
-Besides, there are still far more opportunities not only offered by central government, but also from provincial, municipal level governments. It is quite a large possibility to win a scholarship that fits you.
Draw Lesson Plan: Go through the topic beforehand to have a brief understanding. This will help you to pick up what the teacher is mentioning in his lectures easily.
Be keen: You must have a keen interest to go through a medical dictionary whenever you find a new medical terminology.
Do Regular studies: Study regularly 4-6 hours a day even when there are no exams arriving. In this time, you should concentrate in making notes, highlighting important texts in book, creating mnemonics and every other things that can be done to make studying easier for future. You can take a break at regular intervals t but utilize the morning for studies as brain has higher ability to catch things then.
Choose your study time wisely: It’s all about finding the balance in your life and what works for you.
Spend your time on Understanding topics: Understanding makes memory sustainable.
Revise frequently: First time when you read a topic, it may take you an hour. The second reading may take you 45 minutes and you’ll notice that the third reading won’t take you more than half an hour, with repetition it becomes easier.
Make a habit of making notes and charts of important units, standard values and formulas. Highlight key points and use colour so it will be easier to recall.
Utilize the technology: Especially for anatomy, embryology, physiology and pathology, video animations and mnemonics can be of great help.
Besides textbook, studying from reference books helps a lot. Make a habit of comparing things while studying. Example: Differences are easier to remember.
In this part, the editor would like to address the knowledge in demonstrating frequently asked questions and answers, with conclusion of a thorough procedure.
1.What sort of documents should I prepare if I want to study MBBS in China?
Admission application to study in China does not have to be a difficult task if the correct procedure is followed. The first thing a student should do is make sure all their required documents are on hand and are easily available.
a.The documents needed when applying to a university in China are:
Digital passport sized photo.
b.Passport page with basic information.
c.Completely filled health check up form (foreigner physical examination form).
d.High school certificate and transcript or any secondary schooling equivalent to high school certificate i.e. A level or O level, ACT, SAT or AP test, etc. (the name of the institution must be stated). The lowest academic percentage accepted for applicants is 60%. Applicants must not fail any subject. Applicants with a higher degree should submit both the degree and the transcript.
e.A completely filled application form for the respective institution.
f.Your permanent detailed postal address and phone number (needed for receiving your original jw202 and acceptance letter).
2.What requirement for entry should I meet?
Firstly, you should not be a Chinese citizen, with a clean criminal record, 18-25 years old. Secondly, you should do well in high school graduate mark, as high as As in China. Thirdly, since the classes are taught in English, you are expected to have a excellent English proficiency. Last but not the least, be equipped with good character and willingness to adhere to Chinese government rules and regulations.
3. I didn't take chemistry or physics or biology or mathematics courses in high school, can I apply?
Most universities in China are least likely to give Admission to students without chemistry or physics or biology or mathematics background in high school, fortunately some universities do admit students without backgrounds in this courses.
4. Are holders of O level and A level eligible to apply for this program?
Chinese medical universities accept only A level holders, however Hebei North University does accept O level holders.
5.I will get my High School Final Results in August, but the application deadline is in July, what should I do?
Students whose final results and certificate are not in yet can apply with their current transcript but upon arrival in the university must make their Final Results available to the administrative body of the respective university
6. Do I need to write SATs?
SAT I or II are not one of the major requirements to get admission to study MBBS in China. Your high school results and transcripts are just enough to get you admitted into most medical universities in China.
7. Do I need HSK certificate or take Chinese courses during my study?
Chinese universities run their medical program in English medium thus no need to present HSK certificate, however universities do have Chinese courses along with their MBBS program
8. Is the MBBS program in China recognized?
Medical universities in China have their curriculum for MBBS approved and certified by WHO, UNESCO and other worldwide known organizations in the medical field.
9. Will I be able to participate in medical licensing examination in my country?
Citizens of counties such as Ghana,South Africa,Zambia,Tanzania,Pakistan,India,Bangladesh,Nepal,Sri Lanka,Russia,USA,UK and Ukraine have their Medical and Dental Council approving Chinese medical
Universities which make it possible for students to go back to their home countries and participate in licensing exams to be able to practice medicine.
10. Can I have my internship in my country?
Internships can be done in China in which the universities will arrange for you and will cost you less, however you can also have your internship in your home country.
11. Is there halal food on campus?
China has one of the most diverse cultures when it relates to food. Halal food is available on and off campus with Muslim restaurants wherever you go.
Realization of your dream is what we aim for.
12. How much does it cost to fulfill a MBBS program?
Application fees may vary, as application processes differ from one agency to the other, however, to give you a gist through a standard application process. Step by step, we take you through a rational budget of how much you will need to apply for an MBBS program, using an approach of approximation and minimalism.
For starters, you’ll need to pay a sum of about 3000 RMB, an equivalent of 300 dollars or so. That’s the fee that reaches the admission office upon submission of your health evaluation form, application form, scanned bio page of your passport and your transcripts or results. It also covers the deposit or security fee, this amount is returned to the student once the student reports to school and pays tuition fee in full, which is a measure put in place to minimize frauds who secure student visas for other purposes other than schooling. Finally, the applicant will need to pay for postage of all processed documents to be sent back to him or her. This is usually about a 100$. From the above analysis, a grand total of 442$ will be used in application.