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 for an English medium MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) program in China has become increasingly popular since 2004. Medical schools with English medium MBBS 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 also globally recognized.
The number of English-medium MBBS programs in China is increasing and now there are 49 Chinese best medical universities has approved by China Ministry of Education. The approved universities that enroll international students for the undergraduate medical program in English in China shall have the authority to grant master's degree in Basic Medicine and Clinical Medicine (First-level Subjects), and the affiliated hospitals with Grade III, Level A. Therefore to some extend the labs and infrastructure are better than most of the governmental colleges in Asia, Africa and other countries. The faculty of the programs is mainly composed of Chinese teachers with doctor or master degrees, who major in Medicine and have experiences of studying or working abroad, and some foreign teachers from India, Nepal or Pakistan, who meet the international education standard.
The medium of program instruction is purely English. In general, English taught MBBS programs last six years. After completing basic education, there is typically a year-long internship for practice. And students also have the option to do 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, although the medium of instruction is English, international students will still need to study 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.
Most of the universities have a strong reputation and have taught MBBS in English for years. The medical degree awarded is valid throughout the world and eligible for Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Medical Council of India (MCI), 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. Majority of the graduates are working in their countries as a licensed Doctor.
Evaluation of the performance of the student is designed in such a way that the progress of the student in mastering the subjects included in the curriculum is monitored objectively and in detail. The number of weekly tests and examinations to be taken during every academic year is strictly formulated by the head of the institution. Any foreign student in China's universities is considered as an ordinary student and hence should abide by all the rules and regulations of the university.