Exchange Conditions of IFMSA-China

Working Conditions
Languages
English
(Excellent)
Required
Chinese
(Good)
Not Required
Languages Remarks
  • The required language in our hospitals is English or Chinese, BUT the spoken language in our hospitals is Chinese. 
  • Chinese (Good or above level) is required for incomings to following LCs if desired exchange department is Traditional Chinese Medicine:
          -Wuhan University School of Medicine

          -China Medical University

  • Incomings to ALL LCs need to provide certificates with the same level of TOEFL 90+ (IELTS 5.0+, CEFR B2, etc) is required for students from non-English-speaking countries.
Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies
  • Incomings should have finished ALL FOUR subjects and passed the exams of the desired departments.
  • Doctors are usually very busy which sometimes makes them seem unapproachable. In that case we encourage incomings to actively ask their tutors more so that they make the most of their stay, and also approach other Chinese students who are doing their residency in the departments.
Graduated students allowed
No

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Casual
What to Bring
- White coat
- Stethoscope
- Reflex Hammer
Academic Quality
  • Academic Quality logbook is required for ALL incomings and need to be completed to obtain the exchange certificate.
  • For Incomings to Wuhan University School of Medicine, a feedback is madatory before leaving to obtain exchange certificate.
  • Night shifts depend on your tutor.
Nightshifts
yes
Special Remarks
Doctors and medical students in China work under pressure and for extra hours sometimes. It might be hard for the incomings to adjust to, but we expect you could fit in:)
Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks
  • Be aware that the desired city is only a list of preferences and that we can NOT guarantee that you will be placed in one of those desired cities.
  • Please choose 3 different LCs.
  • We do not guarantee placing couples/friends in the same city.
  • Each LC can only host a small number of incomings and since we do the distribution on a first come first serve basis, we would recommend for all Incomings to thoroughly research all cities and maybe apply for all the cities rather than just filling in with Beijing and Soochow.
Calendar Remarks
  • We only accept incomings in natural/calendar month. Please pay attention to the start and end date of your desired exchange period when filling the AF. 
  • For Medical College of Soochow University, the date needs to start from Monday and the LEO will contact with Incomings after sending CA.  
Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks
  • Available disciplines:

Peking Union Medical College: 
Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology / Obstetrics, Hematology, Immunology, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urology


Tongji Medical College:
Paediatrics-Cardiology, Paediatrics-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Hand Surgery, Surgery-Head and Neck Surgery, Surgery-Maxillo-facial Surgery, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Surgery

Southern Medical University: 
Acupuncture, Anaesthesia, Dermatovenerology, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology / Obstetrics, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traumatology, Urology


Medical College of Soochow University:
Acupuncture, Dermatovenerology, Gynecology / Obstetrics, Hematology, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Cardiology, Paediatrics-Endocrinology, Paediatrics-Neurosurgery, Paediatrics-Oncology, Paediatrics-Pneumology, Paediatrics-Surgery, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urology

Wuhan University School of Medicine:
Acupuncture, Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Female Cancers, Geriatrics, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-General, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Psychotherapy, Radiology, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Hand Surgery, Surgery-Head and Neck Surgery, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Surgery-Vascular Surgery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urology

Chinese Medical University:
Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Dermatovenerology, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology / Obstetrics, Hematology, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics-Cardiology, Paediatrics-Endocrinology, Paediatrics-Neurosurgery, Paediatrics-Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Surgery-Cardiovascular Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Urology

Nanjing Medical University:
Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-Hematology, Internal Medicine-Nephrology, Internal Medicine-Noninvasive Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Radiology, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Thoracic Surgery, Urology

If you are applying for a Public Health Exchange, please check the Public Health Exchange Internship Database with our internship proposals: CLICK HERE.

General
Pocket money
No CNY
Boarding
- Hospital
Lodging
- Student hostel
- Host family
- Dormitory
Social Program
  • Sightseeing, tea party, taichi, etc. May be various in different LCs. For more detailed information, you can see in the Explore pages. 
  • There will be National trip during JULY and AUGUST, we will send Incomings more information after sending CA.
Student with disabilities
No
Couples
No
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
Application Form
Deadline
4Months
Unilateral fee
3000 CNY
Payment details for unilateral fee
Payment is upon arrival in cash.
Visa requirements
VISA type
  • we recommend tourist VISA for incomings except Wuhan University School of Medicine.

  • However, we, as an NMO may not be able to make sure what type of VISA would be required by the Chinese Embassy in different countries because it varies a lot from country to country. So for confirmed and more detailed information on VISA type and VISA application materials, please contact the Chinese embassy in your country.
  • The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/

    ***Incomings to Wuhan University School of Medicine must apply for students visa!!!

Invitation letters

  • We can provide Invitation letters of IFMSA database, but we can't guarantee other documents if required. Official Invitation Letters from the hospital or university may be offered depending on LC.
  • We could ONLY provide invitation letter hardcopy during March meeting every year. 

Visa problem with nationality
  • We suggest that the nationality of the incoming student should be the native nationality of the sending NMO. Student with foreign nationality are likely to face a refused visa. We are not responsible for such visa issues. The student and sending NMO should be responsible for it.
Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
  • Language certificate: Certificates with the same level of TOEFL 90+ (IELTS 5.0+, CEFR B2, etc) is required for students from non-English-speaking countries.
  • Vaccination card: should at least cover the following test: Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, HIV.
  • For students who would like to apply to the exchange in Tongji Medical College, please be aware that ONLY medical students with more than one-year clinical rotation experience can be accepted. 
  • Please be aware that we do not accept ANY graduated medical students for SCOPE of IFMSA-China.  

  • Incomings to Wuhan University School of Medicine must apply for students visa or the LC can not arrange anything, they have to pay 160CNY for comprehensive medical insurance & protection upon arrival.

  • Please fill in the AF with right passport number and send valid passport copy with AF or we will RETURN the AF back.
  • Be aware that the only correct and final information of Incoming's accepted LC and department is on the CA, while the information on Invitation letters hardcopy may be not. So DO NOT buy flight tickets before getting CA. 
Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Photo(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Recommendation Letter(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Student record (Subjects passed)(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- SCOPE Terms and Conditions(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
- Motivation Letter for Department 2
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 3
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 4
Format
- Card of Document
Upon Arrival documents
- Health Insurance
Format
- Paper
- Proof of Enrollment
Format
- Paper
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements
Please provide laboratory sheets of the following test: Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, HIV.

Insurance
Health insurance:
  • It is an insurance that will cover your medical expenses  (in case if you have to see a doctor and buy drugs on prescription) when traveling outside of your country. 
  • Please make sure that the insurance is available during your whole exchange period.
  • It is mandatory for every incoming to arrange this type of insurance yourselves in your country.
  • Please upload your insurance policy to the Card of Document before sending the Card of Comfirmation. 
Travel Insurance:
  • This insurance will cover several aspects of your traval such as medical emergency, trip interruption or cancellation, lost or stolen baggage or travel documents, and default protection.
  • We recommend every incoming to get one but this is not a mandatory requirement for incomings. 
Malpractice insurance 
  • This is not a mandatory requirement for incomings. The malpractice insurance should be arranged in your country if necessary, we do not offer malpractice insurance for individual exchange student in our country. 

Other insurance
  • Incomings to Wuhan University School of Medicine have to pay 160CNY for comprehensive medical insurance & protection upon arrival.

Deadline
16 Weeks

Special remarks
  • The CoD has to be completed and sent with AF.
  • The passport must be valid 2 months after the end date of exchange.
  • Please fill in the AF with right passport number and send valid passport copy with AF or we will RETURN the AF back.

Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Be aware that the only correct and final information of Incoming's accepted LC and department is on the CA, while the information on Invitation letters hardcopy may be not. So do not buy flight tickets before getting CA.
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
Peking Union Medical College: 
  • 4 weeks (28 days) accommodation is provided free of charge.
  • The time may be extended for up to 5 days at the cost of the student depending on the number of spare rooms. Picking-up from the airport is provided from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cancellations
Deadline
12 Weeks
Special remarks
  • In case of cancellation no money will be refunded.
  • We prefer substitutions to cancellations.
Substitutions
Deadline
12 Weeks
Special remarks
  • Substitute student’s documents’ should be sent to Incoming NEO
  • Substitutes must be for the same period and for the same LC, at some situation the substitutes must be for the same gender.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/14/2019 16:57
Validation Date
07/14/2019 00:00
Special remarks
We sincerely welcome every incoming to exchange to China and we hope that every exchange student could have a both joyful and fruitful experience in China. However, we would also like to mention that incomings are expected to take at least 80% attendance.

Besides, we are all medical students, all the NEOs and LEOs may be busy with exams other stuff at some point. So we will appreciate it if incomings would understand that we are definitely trying our best to offer help to make it more convenient for the incomings but we are not babysitter:)