Since I know the options for studying TCM in Shanghai are limited, and Shanghai University of TCM was not very accommodating or flexible in setting up classes, I had to look elsewhere for options. Although I’m still learning TCM part-time right now, I wanted a place to study TCM full-time for a more in-depth learning experience.
My friend Emma turned me on to Zhejiang Chinese Medical University 浙江中医药大学 in Hangzhou, China. They have both degree programs (undergrad: 5 years) and non-degree programs lasting anywhere from 1 week to 2 years. Given the flexibility of the time, and they fact that they offered classes in English or Chinese, it sounded perfect. When I started contacting them, they were very responsive, both by email and phone. They were very quick to start managing my application and guiding me through the process. They prepared the documents for me to apply for a new China visa.
Last week I went to the campus in Hangzhou to do my enrollment procedures, including collecting my visa invitation letter, paying the initial enrollment fee of CNY400, and choosing my curriculum. The campus is really nice, though it was very quiet when I went there, maybe because it was so cold. The woman helping me spoke English well and another girl was very helpful in directing me to the right room is in perfect, polite English. All of that is very much making this look like the right decision.
Besides the flexible time period, 2 other factors attracted me to ZJ TCM University: the price, which for a full-time non-degree students is 50% cheaper than a part-time student at Shanghai TCM University; and the variety of courses to choose from. From their website, courses to choose from:
Students can choose the courses and programs as they need.
TCM Theoretical Courses: TCM Basic Theory, TCM Diagnostics, Acupuncture, Tuina, Herbology, Herbal Formulas, TCM Internal Medicine, TCM Surgery, TCM Gynecology, and TCM Pediatrics, TCM Orthopedics & Traumatology, TCM Ophthalmology, TCM Dermatology, and TCM Ophthalmology & Otorhinolaryngology, etc.
TCM Clinical Practice: Acupuncture, Tuina, TCM Internal Medicine, TCM Surgery, TCM Gynecology, and TCM Pediatrics, TCM Orthopedics & Traumatology, and TCM Dermatology, etc.
Lectures: Tongue Diagnosis, Pulse Diagnosis, Acupuncture Manipulation, Moxibustion, Scalp Needling, Depression, Insomnia, Headache, Diabetes, Stroke, Weight Reduction, Gastroenteropathy, Infertility, etc.
After discussion with Lao Jing, the woman who has been helping me through all of the process, we agreed to build on my TCM foundation, which is mostly in theory, food, and tuina, by having me take TCM diagnostics (tongue, pulse, etc) and add on my interest in herbs.
So when I start classes full-time on February 28th, I’m excited to be taking courses on diagnostics and herbs for 3 months!
Everything is looking good, except I don’t have a place to live in Hangzhou yet.