We often hear about Indian students going to the US, the UK and other foreign destinations for higher studies. Though India and China are closer to each other on the map than the US and India, the number of Indian students going to China is fewer. But the numbers are increasing gradually.
I am from Alappuzha, Kerala, and currently studying medicine at Wuhan University, China, and am preparing to enter the fourth year. After completing the five-year course from China, we have to get an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India (MCI). We have to appear for an exam conducted by MCI and after clearing this exam, we will get the license to practise in any hospital in India.
I chose China for my MBBS course because studying there is more profitable as compared to India. Before leaving for China, I was wondering how the life, culture and expectations would be different for Indian students there. It was going to be a daunting task adjusting there, especially when it came to food, culture, weather and, of course, studying a tough course like medicine.
Communicating with the local people was another challenge. I picked up the local language in the first few weeks. It always helps to know the language as it can break barriers and help you interact with more people.
Expenses: As far as expenses are concerned, the cost of the course is less than what is charged in Indian medical colleges. We just have to pay tuition fee, accommodation fee and insurance, which amounts to Rs. 2.5 lakh per year approximately. Life here is very comfortable and affordable. The cost of living is not too high.
Placement: Placement prospects offered there are bright but I would prefer to return to India and serve my people.
Attitude towards Indians: Chinese people are kind. They are very fond of Indians. They find Indian girls very beautiful. They also like Indian dresses, dance forms and ornaments. At the university, individual attention is given to students. We are following the same syllabus as is followed in Indian colleges.
Food: We have an Indian canteen inside the campus. Chinese food, too, is good. Wuhan city is the capital of the Hubei province, and is the most populous city in China. Located in the middle of China, we can enjoy both rice and food made from wheat.
Academic experience: The teaching medium is English. Besides Chinese professors who teach us in English, we have foreign teachers as well. The main campus of Wuhan University is famous for cherry blossoms. Full of tall trees, huge lawns, old and historical buildings, and the smell of the forest and flowers… it is so much more than a university campus. It offers educational and research facilities with enough scope for students to interact and exchange ideas. In addition, there are several extra-curricular activities organised here, including a students’ association cultural fest, international exchange camps and culture and language programmes.
Facilities: Bright students can also get scholarships from the Chinese government. A very good opportunity for cultural exchange exists as students from different countries study together. Students from Somalia, Tanzania, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Spain, and many other countries study here.