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    Fudan University / Shanghai Medical College 2009

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    Hey,

    I'm currently a student here in the inagural class at Fudan. I've been on ValueMD for quite a while, and I was just wondering if anyone out there is considering Fudan for the 2009 intake.

    If anyone has any questions, I'll answer them honestly.

    The website (albeit not a snazzy website) is here: http://www.fso.fudan.edu.cn/downloads/2009mbbs.swf

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    MBBS Program, 2008 Batch

    State University of New York at Geneseo
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    只要緣深,不怕緣來的遲;只要找到路,就不怕路遙遠。---證嚴法師靜思語

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    What are the requirements of this Medical School?
    Does the MBBS recognized by other countries?
    What's the ranking of this medical school in China?
    How many foreigners there?

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    Are there federal student loans available for this school? or private student loans for americans to attend?

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    To be eligible to apply, I believe you need to be at least 18 and a high school graduate, and if you're not from an English-speaking country, a TOEFL score of 550 (this was last year's requirement at least).

    The MBBS is recognized by other countries (and is actually explicitly specificed on Fudan's IMED listing). Singapore, which has a specific list of schools it recognizes, recognizes Fudan as one of the universities in which graduates are eligible to work in Singapore.

    Within China, Fudan is ranked #3, after Tsinghua University and Peking University. As far as I know, though, the other two universities do not teach in English.

    Currently, our class is comprised of only foreigners, and has 17 students. The majority of students are overseas Chinese (ethnically Chinese, but born/raised elsewhere). We have students from the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia.

    Overall, there are quite a lot of foreign students here. Many are on exchange programs, while some are here for degree programs. There are students from all parts of the globe here, and the foreign student dorm is actually the largest of all the dorm buildings on campus, I believe.

    As for loan programs, I don't think there are loans for Americans (I am American, and I am a self-paying student). The program is not one that is directly targeted at Americans - we are only some of the many nationalities here. There are students in our class who are here on scholarships - the Chinese government offers full-ride scholarships for top students. I have been told, however, that the Fudan Foreign Students Office is planning on offering scholarships for the next intake specifically for our program, and some scholarships directly aimed at American students.
    Fudan University, Shanghai Medical College
    MBBS Program, 2008 Batch

    State University of New York at Geneseo
    Class of 2006

    Don't look down on yourself, because people have limitless possiblities.
    ---Dharma Master Cheng Yen

    只要緣深,不怕緣來的遲;只要找到路,就不怕路遙遠。---證嚴法師靜思語

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    Hi, Conway
    I have been following your insightful posting reg. Chinese medical school. You are a true asset to the forum.
    I am very interested in applying Fudan University's 2009 intake but have couple questions in mind that would very much appreciate your kind input:
    1. Do they have age limitation policy ? I am soon to be 40 years old and finally had the time and financial ability to pursue my lifelong passion in medicine but I was told that most of med schools in Asia does impose an age limitation policy on new applicants.
    2. How's the prospect of a Fudan's MBBS graduate working in US or Taiwan ?

    Best regards,

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    what is the fee of fudan university?
    any scholarships available?

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    Sure thing,

    As for age, there is no age limit. We have one mature student in our class currently, who has brought his family along with him. There is a minimum age of 18, though, I believe.

    Fudan graduates are eligible to work in the US given that the USMLE exam (3 steps) are passed. Currently, I don't think Fudan graduates can work in Taiwan (though President Ma has recently announced that they will be recognizing major university degrees in Taiwan in the near future). So, we'll have to see how the political situation develops before that answer can be answered for sure. However, since last year, the cross-strait relations seem to be getting better (I flew from Shanghai to Taipei two weeks ago directly, and it only took an hour and 20 minutes!)

    The tuition fee is ¥75,000 per year (a little over USD $10,000). There are some scholarships available, and notifications of scholarship applications and such are at the International Students Office Website at ????????????.

    Hope this helps
    Fudan University, Shanghai Medical College
    MBBS Program, 2008 Batch

    State University of New York at Geneseo
    Class of 2006

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    ---Dharma Master Cheng Yen

    只要緣深,不怕緣來的遲;只要找到路,就不怕路遙遠。---證嚴法師靜思語

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    Conway,

    How satisfied are you with the instructions received in Fudan ? Are the textbooks written in English and sold locally or you had to bring them from US ? Is the dormitory closed to campus and up to standard ?

    I was actually living in HongQuiao, Shanghai from 2006-2008. Love the vibrancy of the city and hated the weather.

    Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to answer our questions.

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    Hi LKKTony,

    No problem at all - I'm actually on Chinese New Year break right now in Taiwan, so I have plenty of free time.

    With regards to instruction, I am pretty satisfied, but as with any university, there are professors that are more liked than others, some who are stricter or more laxed compared to others. Overall, I am satisfied.

    Textbooks that we have used so far are exactly the same as U.S. textbooks, except they are printed in China by a Chinese publisher. The only drawback to this is that some textbooks are in black and white. Others, however, are simply "International Edition" books, which are in color, and are identical to U.S. books, except they are softcover.

    There are two separate campuses that you would study in as a medical student. The first year is at the Handan Campus (in Yangpu District, near Metro Dabaishu). Then, the remaining years are spent in Fenglin Campus (in Xuhui District, near Metro Dongan Road).

    The dormitories for both campuses are on campus.

    On the Handan Campus, the dorm is about 5 minutes ride to the center of campus. It's less of a dorm and more of a studio apartment building. It is in pretty nice condition, as it is the most newly-built residence hall on campus, I believe. The only drawback, in my opinion, is the rental fee - it's about ¥2700 a month for a single room, where if you share an apartment off campus, it can be as cheap as around ¥1000 a month. Double rooms are also available at about ¥2100/month, I believe.

    On the Fenglin Campus, the dorm is right at the center of campus. The rooms there are a bit smaller than Handan, and the building is a bit older. I've visited it once during a tour. It is a little cheaper than the Handan Campus, at about ¥2400/month for single and less for double. I'm not too familiar with rental costs in Xuhui District, but I've heard it is a little higher since it is a more prosperous district.

    (note: currently US$1=¥7, roughly)

    Feel free to ask if you have any more questions
    Fudan University, Shanghai Medical College
    MBBS Program, 2008 Batch

    State University of New York at Geneseo
    Class of 2006

    Don't look down on yourself, because people have limitless possiblities.
    ---Dharma Master Cheng Yen

    只要緣深,不怕緣來的遲;只要找到路,就不怕路遙遠。---證嚴法師靜思語

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    Conway,

    Thanks for your quick and thorough reply. Happy Chinese New Year !

    I do have another question reg. the transcript and diploma translation after reviewing the application info. from Fudan's website. Did you have them notarized and translated in US or in China ? My high school diploma and transcript were in Spanish. It would be easier to have them translated and notarized thru a notary public here in California but would they be accepted in Fudan ?

    Regards,
    Last edited by lkktony; 01-26-2009 at 12:40 PM.

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