Coming from London stepping into china for the first time in August 2012 wasA�tremendously exciting. Having had some Chinese friends in my formerA�University in London contributed to the want I had to come to china.A�Originating from a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean stepping intoA�a country with a hundred times more people than my country undoubtedlyA�brought the aspect of discovery and adventure to me.

AboutA�Zhejiang University

China is a massive country with literally unlimited manpower. This is the firstA�impression I had of China. Life happens at a fast pace in china. The size ofA�the University Campus of Zhejiang University, also nicknamed as CambridgeA�of the East, clearly demonstrates these facts. With nearly forty thousandA�students on the campus, which is like a little village on its own this universityA�is more than a dream for anyone coming from the United Kingdom. StudyingA�in China is spellbinding. Students usually have lectures from morning to nightA�with merely a few breaks in between and up to six to seven days a week.A�Most interestingly is the fact that holidays are not actually holidays in china asA�any class not delivered on a holiday is rescheduled. This depicts theA�hardworking attitude of the people in China.

Value for money

a�?Value for moneya��; this is the statement one can put forward when thinking ofA�Studying in China. The tuition fees of Chinese Universities are relatively lowerA�that those in Europe for example. The cost of living is way more affordable
than in Mauritius, London or other countries in Europe. This is the ideal cost ofA�living a student would dream of. The cost of the University dormitories is lessA�than a thousand British Pounds per year per student. Currently studying atA�Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, I can certainly say that this is the place to beA�if one is looking for an affordable university with a very good environment. TheA�University campus comprises innumerous, amazingly designed buildings andA�also one of the biggest library in Asia.

Lab in Zhejiang University

Being a medical student, of experience I certainly would point that theA�laboratory equipment placed at the disposal of students are exceedingly moreA�than required. A good example of this is the availability of one microscope perA�Medical university students in most of the laboratory classes; something thatA�is relatively hard to get in any European countriesa�� university. Doing myA�second Medical degree at Zhejiang University I would mention that theA�facilities available for medical students are ever satisfying. The anatomyA�classes are fabulous considering the availability of cadavers for dissectionA�practice.

Challenge in China

All is not well in China. Language barrier is one of the biggest challenges oneA�would have to face when first stepping into China. Not knowing Mandarin priorA�to my arrival to china was hard, as most of the people do not understandA�English language. Yet, one can easily pick up Chinese language. From myA�experience within less than two months in china with the Mandarin coursesA�delivered at university as part of the course, one could easily manage withA�surviving with the basics of the language. Having spent more than a year in China now I can fully manage to speak mandarin and this is an advantage toA�foreigners as Mandarin can add up to the number of languages on onea��sA�Curriculum Vitae. I would certainly recommend China to prospecting studentsA�as China comes a new evolving tertiary education hub for the world.

Written byA�P.A.KHADAROO,A�Mauritian student now studying MBBS in Zhejiang University