Indian students are choosing to study in Wuhan, Hubei province, the biggest city in Central China, to pursue their goals for a better life.

Fahiz Namburath, 22, from the south Indian state of Kerala, began working on a Bachelor’s degree in medicine at Wuhan University three years ago. He said he adjusted to life in China much better than expected, due to the hospitality of the Chinese people.

“I don’t feel China is a foreign country,” Namburath said. “I really like Wuhan. The city has convenient transportation and really delicious food. The people here are also nice and hospitable. They try to talk to you in sign language and help you to feel at home.”

He said the tuition fee at medical colleges in India is almost three times that in China, which is the main reason China is the preferred destination of medical school candidates from India.

The tuition at Wuhan University is 60,000 yuan (RM37,155) per year, while medical schools in India usually cost 200,000 yuan (RM123,855) per year, he said.

According to Namburath, medical doctors are in a highly respected profession in India, but the high tuition fees prevent students from less-privileged families from attending medical schools.

Liu Yebing, director of the student affairs office at the School of International Education at Wuhan University, said all but five of the 465 students from India are pursuing medical degrees. “Many students have successfully become doctors in India when they graduate from the university,” Liu said.

To help international students fit in better, the university has organised all kinds of events. Dancing performances given by Indian students are popular at the university’s talent shows, she said.

The school has hosted the international cultural festival every autumn for 14 years. There are exhibitions on food, clothes and other items. International students from more than 100 countries have participated in the two-day events, which offer a bridge to Chinese students.

Adheem, 23, an Indian student, wants to pursue a postgraduate degree at Wuhan University when he graduates this June. “I have quite enjoyed my life at the university in the past six years,” said Adheem.

“My Mandarin has improved a lot, and I even learned how to speak the local dialect from my landlady.” Adheem said being an international student in China is a rewarding experience. – Asia News Network/China Daily