Both Ukraine and China offer cost-effective programs for studying MBBS in public universities and are attractive destinations for Indian aspirants. Too many options, and the applicant is confused. Thus, to come to a conclusion it is best to weigh its advantages, disadvantages as well as future consequences of seeking admission in either of the countries. The general factors to consider include tuition fee, living costs, climatic conditions, cultural differences, a breakdown of the curriculum as well as personal preferences. While the latter will be your take on it, the rest of the above are discussed in detail below for each of the two respectively.

UKRAINE

Popular opinion holds Ukraine over China, although it is not an absolute. Having gained popularity for its high-quality education and age-old universities, this country offers degrees with global recognition. It houses 800 universities, both public and private, and holds a baffling number of 64,000 students.

PROS

  • Ukraine has one of the world’s leading education systems and infrastructure in the field of medicine.
  • The process of being admitted in Ukraine is fairly simple and does not involve any entrance exams. (Do keep in mind that clearing NEET has been made a prerequisite for applying to any foreign medical university)
  • There are a vast array of seminars, projects and symposia across Europe accessible to Ukrainian students, thereby increasing opportunities and educational value.
  • The living costs of Ukraine are relatively low. All of food, housing and public transportation are both, conveniently available and affordable.
  • Ukraine is also a country a free of crime. In addition to the secure environment, universities are very strict about the welfare of their students and thus, hostels also provide high security.

CONS

  • Ukraine is a country spanning across a region of very cold climate. Although natives may be comfortable, people appearing from warmer climatic regions find it difficult to adapt and rather unsettling.
  • Being unknown to Ukraine’s cities, taking admissions into a tier 3 or tier 4 city may actually strike back. Although still providing good quality education, these cities are not as technologically advanced, leading to a lack of exposure to the use of tech in modern medicine. Such exposure is a huge prerequisite as per the current industry standards and becomes a setback to many.
  • With absolute independence and no one to look after, students can very easily be driven more towards recreational activities rather than their education. If not taken care of, this can be the downfall, of not only students of medicine, but anyone studying in an entertaining country like Ukraine

TUITION FEES / OTHER DETAILS

  • Tuition fee is Ukraine can cost a range of USD 29,000 to USD 50,000 for the entire duration of the program. One of the top universities called Sumy State University costs USD 42k while the Kiev Medical University costs 28.5k.
  • In INR, students can expect it to costs 75,000+ per semester.
  • Usually, an MBBS program in Ukraine is 6-year long
  • It is mandatory to have at least 50% score in a PCB course in a 10+2 education system
  • Students can also apply for part-time jobs of 20 hours per week and full-time on vacations and can hope to earn 500 USD per month via student jobs.

CHINA

China has been the most popular for its history in medicine, with a global recognition in its traditional healing techniques. The Chinese education combines its traditional, eastern knowledge with the modern, western concept of medication, making it effective and unique. China houses a total of 2,897 universities, holding an approximate total of 2,10,000 foreign students.

PROS

  • China also offers comparatively cheaper (almost half of what it would cost otherwise) yet high-quality education, additional to which, food and housing is cost-effective too. The average cost of living in China is about RMB 12,000 per annum
  • Another financial benefit offered is the vast array of aids and schemes available for Indian students including Chinese Government Scheme (CGS), Enterprise Scholarship (ES), University Scholarship (US) and Chinese Local Government Scholarship (CLGS).
  • China has made it mandatory for its students to intern for a year to provide practical knowledge. It delivers to its students multiple internship opportunities at its leading hospitals with experienced doctors through university affiliations.
  • The locals of China are widely known to be very friendly to foreign citizens visiting, studying or working in the country and thus, the student does not feel as out of place after leaving.
  • China is also one of India’s neighbouring countries. The close proximity allows students to be able to travel back and forth from home to university during the long education phase of being a medical student.

CONS

  • The greatest disadvantage of studying in China is a language barrier. Although some universities may offer its courses in English, getting a language proficiency certificate in Chinese would be needed to take on the mandatory internship, adding on-to educational burden with extra language classes. The language barrier also makes it difficult to interact and function in regular settings or day-to-day livelihood.
  • The Chinese way of life often comes as a cultural shock to many with its traditional ways. Although over-population becomes a problem to many, Indians are generally accustomed to a lack of personal space or over-crowding, depending on the person’s background. The Chinese diet is vastly different from Indian cuisine and may also become a hindrance.
  • The growing tensions between India and China in 2020 become a concern to many. Although consequences of it do not exist as much on a civilian scale and should have no effect, the future is not foreseen and thus, students applying should do their research and be conscious of the political activities and its repercussions on their education, career and life.

While both are excellent destinations, the best way to decide is to first introspect and note down priorities. Whichever country fulfils the highest number of priorities in sequence, that country is the place to go to. It is also to be kept in mind to carefully skim through all the layers of the process and the lifestyle of the chosen country to ensure maximum satisfaction and reap its benefits.