Cost of MBBS in China’s Top Medical Colleges

China has become a new superpower in the last ten years, competing with the West in a variety of disciplines. As the two nations with the most people in the world, China and Pakistan, they have many things in common. Since 2013, Pakistani students have been more and more interested in studying medicine in China.

Basic Information on Education in China

The largest state-run education system in the entire globe is found in China.

Over 99% of people in China are literate.

In China, there are now more than 2,250 higher education institutes, more than doubling from over 1,000 in the previous ten years.

Over 1.2 million IT experts work in China, which also adds 4 lac technical graduates annually. China is ranked first in the world, followed by Pakistan and the US.

7 Chinese Universities made the Top 100 List of QS World Ranking, and 157 institutions made the Top 1000 List.

PMC Chinese Medical University with Approval and Grading

Chinese Universities of Medicine Medical School Fee

Up till 2018, more than 214 medical universities welcomed students into their MBBS and TCM programs in both English and Mandarin. Numerous Pakistani agents tried to get students into the TCM program rather than the MBBS program. The Chinese government only allowed foreigners to enroll in MBBS programs and PMC programs in 2019 that were taught in English. A list of 45 medical schools in China that provide MBBS programs with English instruction has been published.

Additionally, the total number of MBBS Seats in these PMC Approved Universities (45) is close to 1100 for international students including Pakistani students.

Take a look at the table below for the list of Medical Universities in China and their Grading:

S. No     University Name             Grade

1            Anhui Medical University             B

2            Beihua University            B

3            Capital Medical University           A+

4            China Medical University             A+

5            Chongqing Medical University    B

6            Dalian Medical University            A

7            Fudan University             A+

8            Fujian Medical University             A

9            Guangxi Medical University         B

10          Guangzhou Medical University   B

11          Harbin Medical University           B

12          Hebei Medical University             B

13          Huazhong University(HUST)        A+

14          Jiangsu University           A+

15          Jilin University   A

16          Jinan University B

17          Jinzhou Medical University          B

18          Kunming  Medical University       A

19          Nanjing Medical University          A+

20          Nantong University         B

21          Ningxia Medical University          B

23          North Sichuan Medical College   B

24          Qingado University         A

25          Shandong University      A

27          Suzhou University           B

28          Shihezi University            B

33          Sichuan University          A

29          Southeast University      B

30          Southern Medical University       B

31          Southwest Medical University     B

32          Sun Yat-sen University    B

26          Soochow University        B+

34          Three Gorges University B+

35          Tianjin Medical University           A

36          Tongji University              A

37          Wenzhou Medical University      B

38          Wuhan University           B

39          Xiamen University           A

40          Xian Jiaotong University A+

41          Xinjiang Medical University         B

42          Xuzhou Medical College A

43          Yangzhou University       B

44          Zhejiang University         A+

45          Zhengzhou University     B

Obstacles to MBBS Study in China

Despite the many benefits of pursuing an MBBS in China, there are several difficulties that Pakistani students must overcome when enrolled in school there.

Some of these difficulties are listed below:

Because there are so few people who can speak English in China, communication in everyday public life is a big problem.

Due to its proximity to the sea, the Chinese mainland is reliant on seafood. Because of this, their eating habits are different from Pakistani eating customs, making it difficult to obtain vegetarian cuisine.

Different social networking sites, online browsers, and messaging services are owned by China. As a result, getting acquainted with them requires time.

Is an MBBS Study in China a viable choice for students from Pakistan?

Even if we weigh the benefits and drawbacks of completing an MBBS in China, it would still be a better option than other nations with comparable budgets. The student should keep in mind that they only need to stay in China for six years; yet, the language barrier and culinary issues are universal. However, the decision to attend one of China’s medical universities may ultimately prove to be advantageous for the students.

Chinese Medical Universities MBBS Course Fee

Chinese Universities are very affordable in terms of Tuition fees, mostly ranging somewhere between 20-30 Lacs.

Refer to the table below for the average Tuition Cost of MBBS in China.

S.No      University Name             Tuition Fee (Lacs)

1            Beihua University            13-14

2            Anhui Medical University             19-20

3            Guangzhou Medical University   19-20

4            Harbin Medical University           19-20

5            Hebei Medical University             19-20

6            Nantong University         19-20

7            Ningxia Medical University          19-20

8            Qingado University         19-20

9            Shihezi University            19-20

10          Wenzhou Medical University      19-20

11          Xinjiang Medical University         19-20

12          Yangzhou University       19-20

13          Jilin University   21-22

14          Kunming  Medical University       21-22

15          North Sichuan Medical College   21-22

16          Soochow University        21-22

17          Southeast University      21-22

18          Suzhou University           21-22

19          Xuzhou Medical College 21-22

20          Jiangsu University           22-23

21          Nanjing Medical University          22-23

22          Fujian Medical University             23-24

23          Guangxi Medical University         23-24

24          Zhengzhou University     23-24

25          Sichuan University          25-26

26          Xiamen University           25-26

27          China Medical University             26-27

28          Huazhong University(HUST)        26-27

29          Xian Jiaotong University 26-27

30          Capital Medical University           27-28

31          Dalian Medical University            27-28

32          Zhejiang University         28-29

33          Shandong  University     29-30

34          Tongji University              29-30

35          Fudan University             49-50

Pakistani cuisine and hostel lodging in China

For its students, almost all universities offer on-campus housing.

Many universities have separate dorms for boys and girls, but few also have common areas with distinct floors.

Hostel residents are expected to prepare their own meals because there are no mess facilities available.

Every hostel has a communal kitchen where guests can make meals.

There are washing machines in the Common Laundry facilities. They are free for students to use and benefit from.

All of the hostels are monitored by CCTV, and a warden or caretaker is present at all times. 

Qualifications for MBBS in China

MDCAT Qualified students are required.

The MDCAT requirements may vary between universities.

The standard is usually 60% or more in 10+2 Grades (or much higher in top-ranked Universities).

The minimum age should be 17 years old.

Most universities interview or administer an online exam to candidates.

China’s MBBS Admission Procedure

Prior to 2019 (pre-COVID-19), there were typically over 10 applications for each available seat in Chinese colleges due to their high demand. Chinese institutions were more selective, while the majority of foreign universities merely required an MDCAT qualification and a 50% grade point average in the 12th grade. To ensure that only the top applicants are accepted, they impose higher MDCAT scores and grade standards. Start the application procedure early if you’re thinking of studying for your MBBS in China; otherwise, you can end yourself at a school with a worse reputation. Here is the optimal application period for MBBS programs at Chinese universities.

For the optimal window of time to apply to Chinese universities, see the table below:

Stages a timeline

submit a university application Mar-July

Admission letter issuance takes 3–4 weeks.

Chinese Ministry of Education releases JW2024-6 weeks

a visa stamp3 weeks

accessing the university Sept. 2/3 Week

beginning of classes on October 1st, 2023

Documents Needed for Chinese Medical School Admission

Scholarship for MBBS Program at Chinese University

Transcripts for grades 10 and 12 that have been attested (Notary Public, Education Ministry, Pakistan)

MDCAT Certificate Police Verification Certificate (For VISA Purpose) Passport Copy

Bank Statement Required for VISA

Certificate of Medical Fitness (For VISA Purpose)

Chinese University funding for mbbs

Numerous scholarships are available from universities to students. Scholarships can be obtained based on academic success in the subsequent years as well as at the time of enrollment, which is in the first year, depending on the MDCAT Score. In general, these scholarships allow students to get a tuition fee waiver ranging from 25% to 100%.

Some of the scholarships offered are

Freshmen Scholarship

Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (second to sixth year)

President Scholarship (Overall performance including Extra Curricular)

MBBS Syllabus in China

Sem       Subject Number of Teaching Hours

Lecture Practical

1st         Basic Chemistry 51          21

Physics  36         

1st – 2nd            Systematic Anatomy       92          34

2nd       Organic Chemistry          54          21

Cell Biology        32         

Regional Anatomy           21          69

Histology & Embryology 56          56

3rd        Physiology          84          40

Biochemistry     86          42

Medical Psychology        32         

Medical Ethics   36         

4th        Medical Genetics            36          12

Immunology      45          12

Medical Microbiology    54          15

Human Parasitology       32          16

Pathology           72          33

5th        Medical Statistics             27          24

Pathophysiology              76          36

6th        Pharmacology   76          36

Epidemiology    45          9

Forensic Medicine           30          6

Nuclear Medicine            36         

7th        Laboratory Diagnostics  20          12

Physical Diagnosis           96          48

Radio-diagnosis 48          48

8th        General surgery 70          42

Internal Medicine           108        36

Pediatrics           86          42

8th & 9th            Surgery 66          30

Obstetrics & Gynaecology           86          42

10th      Stomatology      36          12

Ophthalmology 36          12

Neurology          36          12

Rehabilitation Medicine 36          12

Infectious Disease           36          12

Otolaryngology 36          12

Emergency Medicine      36          12

Psychiatry           36          12

Medical PG Option after MBBS in China

Medical PG in Pakistan or PMDC

During MBBS study, a student realizes the importance of being a specialist. They also understand the competitiveness to secure MD/MS Seat in Govt College. If we look at the success ratio to get PG in Govt Medical College which is 11% Broadly we can say that only 1 out of 10 will get PG Seat whereas the chances of getting Clinical specialty is 1 out of 20 applicants. It is obvious that the PG journey is going to be very difficult or else students should have enough money to get the paid seat in Pvt Medical College which may be in Crores!

Total Applicants MDCAT PG 2022              Specialty             Govt Med College              Pvt Med College

Seats     Success Ratio     Seats

2.06 Lacs

MD (Non-Clinical)           15K        8.6%      10K

MS (Clinical)      8K          4.6%      5K

Total      23K        11.4%   15K

Do you believe that the correct mentorship and early preparation will help you achieve your goal of becoming a specialist? The PMC has previously announced that the PMDC Exam will be offered in Pakistan starting in 2023. All PG Medical exams in Pakistan will be replaced by one test. There will be two sections to the exam: PMDC-1 and PMDC-2.

The PMDC-1’s goal is to evaluate the student’s knowledge of pre-clinical, pre-clinical, and clinical subjects on a national level. Only medical students who have qualified for PMDC-1 will be permitted to intern. Following their internship, students must take PMDC-2, which evaluates their clinical abilities, patient management, and medical record-keeping. Those who pass PMDC-2 are given a license to practice, and PMDC-1 rankers are given their choice of PG seats. For more information on the PMDC Exam Medical PG in the USA (USMLE), please see Page.

The majority of Chinese students who study also intend to pursue a medical postgraduate degree in the USA. This is due to how difficult it is to obtain PG seats in Pakistan.

Since PMDC was introduced, the majority of students in Pakistan are being drawn to USMLE preparation beginning in their first year of medical school since it effectively mimics the new PMC Competency-based curriculum. The US healthcare system is regarded as one of the greatest in the world for a variety of reasons, including high salaries, first-rate facilities, merit-based hiring, and opportunities for Super specialties. For its medical graduates, the majority of nations strive to imitate the US health care assessment system. The USMLE exam has three sections. After the second year, one can take the USMLE Step 1 exam, the Step 2 CK exam during an internship, and the Step 3 exam during a residency (Medical PG). Unfortunately, Georgia lacks a Prometric center. However, all of the nearby nations have these facilities.

Medical Postgraduate in the USA (USMLE) MOKSH Coaching emphasizes a patient-centered learning method that aids students in achieving excellent USMLE and PMDC scores. The most well-known brand for USMLE coaching is MOKSH. 1000+ students from Pakistani and international medical schools are currently using the MOKSH Platform to get ready for the USMLE stages.

UK Medical PG (PLAB)

Many of the students intend to pursue their medical postgraduate degree from the UK due to the country’s proximity to China. The PLAB test, administered by the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board, will be used until 2024 to evaluate the knowledge and skills of international medical graduates. Additionally, it determines if they are qualified to receive medical training in the UK.

In essence, an IMG’s PLAB performance determines whether she is qualified to practice in the UK. Two stages make up the PLAB test. Exam PLAB 1 measures your recall with 180 multiple-choice questions. The PLAB 2 is an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that puts your clinical knowledge to the test.

The GMC evaluates your performance on particular examinations to determine your level of language proficiency. It can be the OET (Grade B in reading, writing, hearing, and speaking) or the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or better).

After passing PLAB 1 and 2, you submit an application for GP registration. There is a restriction. After passing PLAB 2, you have a 2-year window in which to submit your application.

The UK Medical Licensing Assessment will take the place of the PLAB by 2024. As a result, the GMC UK will modify several aspects of PLAB and introduce the UKMLA exam.

Germany’s medical PG


Another fantastic alternative after an MBBS in Pakistan is to pursue a postgraduate degree in Germany, however, this entails learning the language. You must pass Levels A1 and A2 of the six levels (A1 to C2) in order to be eligible to apply for a visa.

After completing the language formalities, you move on to the phase where you conduct an observational study at a German hospital that has been approved by the German Medical Council. The PMDC item is residency.

Although it sounds easy above, the method is actually pretty difficult. After completing your MBBS in Pakistan, learn more about PG in Germany by

Chances of Securing an MBBS Seat in Pakistan

Waiting after MDCAT until the counseling procedure to find out if they will be admitted to the college of their choice is the most challenging period for any student. Sometimes, many rounds of counseling cause this problem to last for a few months. Due to COVID-19, simultaneous counseling for the All Pakistan Quota and multiple States has made it more challenging. There are 83000+ seats available in 550+ public and private universities, and the counseling process is extremely complicated. The fee ranges for the course range from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr.

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