By Jumana Abuwala

Becoming a doctor with an international degree is one of the most expensive options for your undergraduate career. Therefore, the decision of where one should spend their money to attain a degree in medicine is a difficult one. GradConnect has compiled a list of the top 5 medical universities in Asia to help you make this decision.

1. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

A branch of Cornell University in New York City, this branch was established in 2001. It offers pre-medical and medical courses only. The tuition fee set for this campus is the same as the New York campus, approximately USD 36,500 for a two-year non-degree premedical course and USD 45 000 for the Medical program. Situated just 10km from Doha, this futuristic campus is in the ‘Education city’ of Al-Rayyan. This offers you the opportunity to study hard without distractions when you need to and have easy access to the perks of living in the capital city when you want to. 

2. International Islamic University of Malaysia

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is located in Gombak, Selangor, less than an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. A sophisticated LRT train system connects the area via KL all the way to Petaling Jaya, making the entire region easily accessible. The university charges a fee of less than USD 12000 per year, making it one of the cheaper yet reputed options. There are a number of courses from 13 faculties that one could chose, making this a diverse environment academically. However, medicine remains the focal point for the university.  The proximity of this campus to a number of natural getaways including the Sungai Kanching Recreational Park is an added bonus if you’re the adventurous kind.

3. International Medical University Malaysia

International Medical University Malaysia (IMU Malaysia) is the first private university in Malaysia to offer medical and health sciences courses. Boasting 4 campuses spanning across 3 cities in Malaysia, the biggest and most notable campus is in the heart of KL at Bukit Jalil. The IMU’s plethora of partner universities is impressive to say the least, with partnerships in UK, Australia, Ireland, China, New Zealand etc. all of which make the university a truly international one. The medical degrees are offered in 2 phases and students have the option to complete the second phase at a partner medical school. A medical program costs about USD 27200 per year but other courses such as pharmacy or nursing are cheaper.

4. China Medical University

CMU, boasting two campuses in Taiwan, is the first university in Taiwan to offer Chinese medicine as a course. It now offers a variety of courses in Medicine (Western), Chinese Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Management etc. Living and studying in China can be a challenging and intimidating task for a Bangladeshi student but GradConnect can make it happen quite easily and comfortably. The meager tuition fees of USD 2300 per year for an undergraduate medical degree is an unprecedented advantage of studying here. Their partner universities illustrate the caliber of this university,representing a network that connects universities in Europe, Asia, North America, Central and South America.

5. Nanjing Medical University 

Located in the Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in China, the university has two main campuses in Wutai and Jiangning. Both campuses cater to international students and locals. Spanning across eighty-seven hectares, the Jiangning Campus is primarily for undergraduate studies. The first 4 years are completed at this campus and the final 2 years are offered at the Wutai city campus. The two campuses are connected by public transport that is affordable and easily accessible. Living in a university town like Jiangning is a lifetime experience and if you can get that experience for a mere USD 6000, that’s a true bargain that will not compromise on the quality of your education.


Jumana Abuwala is an Intern, Content Writing at GradInsights, the career intelligence service of GradConnect.


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