Chinese western science-based medical education has developed since the nineteenth century. At present, there are around 150 medical schools in China. Due to China’s political system, all China’s medical universities are public and government funded and all of them find a place in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “Directory of World Medical Schools”. Among them, 49 accredited medical universities admit international students for English-medium MBBS program and others have the right to enroll overseas students in Chinese taught medical programs.
The duration of China’s medical education normally lasts for five to seven years and the academic year in China generally starts in August or September. There’re five-year medical program for bachelor’s degree and seven-year medical program for both a Bachelor and Master’s degree. Students of five-year program are expected to acquire the knowledge of the basic medical sciences and preventive medicine as well as possess certain clinical skills, while the seven-year program requires a close connection between studies in the medical basic sciences and clinical practice through three-year preclinical medicine education and 4-year clinical medicine education. After basic education, Chinese medical students should undertake internship, which is usually in the medical school’s affiliated hospital.