Yes, IMU at least makes an attempt to teach all modules in English, and for foreign students they give 1 year free mandarin tuition (which I took!) - although yes you can't possibly teach everything in English - so lecture is in mixture of English and Chinese. I just had my Herbal formula exam, the way we are examined we are provided with Pinyin "Danggui" instead of the 当归chinese characters. We're not really required to know the scientific name (Radix Angelicae Sinensis). same goes for acupuncture points.
I can say for a fact that the lecturers don't really change their contents between medicine and chinese medicine - so for my classmates, western medicine subjects are pretty hard...
I chose to do TCM due to many reasons -
firstly because after doing MBBS, I saw what was good in the current practice of medicine, but what might be lacking as well. TCM has a fundamental concept of a holistic approach. Each patient is treated as an individual without being labelled with a specific disease or syndrome. two patients with the same illness may get different treatment for instance.
secondly because where I came from (Japan), Chinese medicine is becoming increasingly popular, to the extent that there are many herbal formula lining up in pharmacies - (Imagine having 葛根汤 in Guardian)
Thirdly and finally, all of my batchmates in Medicine are already in government sector working as houseman - but me being a foreign graduate I cannot do my housemanship here, no matter which university I graduate from. I'm planing to get my license in Japan, but in the meantime, I thought learning something that would broaden my perspective would be nice.
I hope that helped!
Hello. I've been around for a while but I'm small and swift so you might've missed me It seems to me that Psych people are a bit more sophisticated bunch. I've known many psychology students (mostly graduated) but all were great people. I hope more firms realize the potential of psychology graduates... not many people know what you can do. I know a liiiiitle bit.
Hi! yes, TCM students also go abroad. I think there are several in Shanghai right now - my seniors. IMU offers twinning with Australian uni (RMIT) as well. a bit on the expensive side though.