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    Admission Question About Chinese MBBS Programs

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    I've been doing quite a bit of reading around these forums and school admission sites. Would any of you know the difficulty level of being admitted into a China MBBS program for an American citizen? I'm asking because it seems as if many of the students here are of Asian nationality, so I'm wondering in my own case if I would have an easier or a harder time gaining acceptance into schools like Fudan, Zhejiang, Sun Yat Sen, or any of the schools in the bigger cities.

    I'm 21 and currently undergoing a bachelor's degree elsewhere in Asia, but I would heavily consider dropping it if I were to be accepted into one of these programs. It seems that anyways they are only concerned with high school credentials. I would just like to point out though, that my high school achievements are nothing stellar, in fact I have maybe one or two C's and I retook a class that I failed, due to some personal issues I had one semester in my sophomore year. Everything in my freshman, junior, and senior year though are at least 80-90%+ I wonder if those bad grades alone will hurt my chances, but I'm also hoping that my status as an American may also weigh in my favor. I'm not trying to sound offensive or anything, but since I've been living in Asia, my American status has indeed helped in many things, like for acquiring visas, etc. So I hope I can gain some honest input here.

    I know for a fact that I was accepted into my current university partly due to scoring well on their entrance exam, but since these schools in China don't ask foreign applicants to take a test (except Fudan?), I'm worried if my high school credentials will be enough to convince them I want to attend their medical program.

    Any insight would be helpful, especially from other Americans/nationals of western countries, or students who know of someone in a similar situation. Thanks!

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    In my opnion, the entry requirement will be no difference for your nationality.
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    Yeah i agree

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    I'd add that rather than considering "dropping" your current undergrad program, that you complete it. There's no rush is there to get into medicine, certainly not in China and given your age, I wouldn't perceive any hindrance. If you were concerned about poor scores on your high school credentials then a completed bachelors degree will trump that IMO. Why do uni's want the secondary school credentials in the first place? So they can have some way of determining your ability and likelihood of undertaking a MBBS and chances of completion. Your undergrad degree if completed will more accurately demonstrate that! Besides having that bachelors under your belt, would provide a bit of a safety net in more ways than one. It might prove (hopefully) useful should you undertake the MBBS and not complete it, and also provide you with a personal gauge as to both the discipline, possible requirements, and likelihood of undertaking/completion of a MBBS.

    If you review cucuas.edu.cn you can find lots of valuable information concerning the MBBS programs, and the entry requirements for all those that ***** can assist with. You will likely find that many of the mainland Chinese medical schools do not have as higher entry requirements as many "developed" countries do, where a prospective med student has to undertake pre-entry tests of one exam or another (NMAT, GAT's etc) and score in the top 5-10%, have high GPA's etc. Actually so long as you have a high school graduating certificate or similar, or undertaken/completed a undergrad degree then you would likely be accepted at most Chinese medical schools in the English taught MBBS. The same does not apply to the Mandarin Chinese taught programs which are highly competitive. It is easy, basically apply the economic "laws" of supply and demand. The is a huge demand for the latter offered program of study, with not enough places, while the English taught MBBS has the opposite. Consequently standards of entry are lower (at this point in time at MOST Chinese med schools).

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