The embassy of India in Beijing issued a detailed advisory highlighting the various challenges for students seeking a medical degree from China. The advisory highlighted certain important issues for students which should be kept in mind before seeking admission to undergraduate clinical medical programs in China.
Firstly, prospective Indian students are required to clear the NEET-UG exam as a prerequisite to pursuing medical education abroad. Secondly, after completing their medical degree in China these students are required to obtain a license to practice medicine in China. Only those students who fulfill these two conditions can appear in Foreign Medical Graduate Exam which is required to pursue clinical medical practice in India. The advisory also said that Indian students should seek admission only to those 45 universities which are approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and also offer courses in the English language otherwise they may face problems in getting a license to practice in China. Thereby making them ineligible for FMG examination at a later stage.
Interestingly the medium of instruction remains Chinese which makes it mandatory for foreign students to learn Mandarin to an advanced level otherwise they will not be awarded a degree.
One of the common challenges is the English language skills of Chinese teachers in these universities.
Few students have complained about a lack of practical and clinical experience in terms of engaging with patients in certain universities. Moreover, the pass percentage of students in the FMGE who have studied in clinical medicine programs in China in the last five years in the approved 45 universities was only 16 percent.
More than 20,000 Indian students mostly enrolled in medical courses in Chinese universities are waiting to return to China for more than 2.5 years due to Covid related restrictions. There has been a ban on direct flights to and from India. China has now started giving Visas but due to the non-availability of direct flights, it is a costly affair to travel to China through transit routes.