Beijing United Family Hospital

Beijing United Family Hospital

Beijing United Family Hospital (BUFH) is a leading multi-specialty health centre located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. BUFH is internationally recognised as a medical care centre of excellence offering premium care to hundreds of thousands of expatriate and Chinese families. Since 2005, BUFH have been consistently re-accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which certifies high-quality standards in patient care and safety, underscoring BUFH’s position as a full-service, internationally accredited healthcare provider.

Find more information on the Beijing United Family Hospital website.

Activity Information

Location: Beijing, China

Timing: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Duration: 6 weeks

General number of students: 2 students

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
PSY399 or equivalentSession 2 (after activity)Winter VacationStudents will be observing patients under the supervised care of a qualified staff member, to support patient needs in an international hospital in Beijing.
HLTH300 or equivalentSession 2 (after activity)Winter Vacation
  • Help organize patient advocates to attend patient appointments
  • Attend medical visits and record patient information into BUFH’s database
  • Assist with the preparation of English marketing materials or newsletters
  • Liaise with partners to collect children’s data and update BUFH's database
  • Assist research and application work in grant / funding opportunities
  • Observe and support patient needs under the supervision of qualified staff

Costs and funding options

Activity Cost

Each activity incurs an Activity Cost to cover in-country costs. The Activity Cost is dependant on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

Covered in Activity Costs
  • Accomodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • Airport transfers
  • travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
Not included in activity costs
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)
  • Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Meet our alumni

Jordan Hayward, Beijing United Family Hospital, Winter Vacation 2019


What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Science - psychology and I was placed with Beijing United Family Hospital in China

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role at the hospital was an intern with the patient services department. We were given a data entry project to evaluate the fiscal benefit for the hospital in dealing with complaints, but were also additionally able to shadow doctors during consults and gave a presentation on Autism at a doctors meeting.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

The main reason I was so fixated on the PACE international opportunity was the possibility of international experience in a clinical setting, a setting which I intend to work in one day. Because of my hope to work with patients one day, the chance to get a cross-cultural perspective in this environment seemed invaluable.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

If you see an opportunity that excites you because it offers experience that perfectly aligns with a field you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to apply. Use the excitement and engagement to carefully craft your application and hopefully your sincere interest will flood through. It’s an obvious but nonetheless valid point that you have nothing to lose and an incredible experience to gain, so honestly just apply, that step in and of itself shows that you’re proactive and worth considering.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

One of the most valuable experiences I had while at the hospital was the chance to sit in on the diagnosis of a patient in the emergency room. To see a psychiatrist work in real time in a fluid environment gave me exposure to all of the factors which I should consider outside of simply the theory of how to conduct a medical interview. It was a rich and educational experience which will give me an advantage moving toward my goal of being in an analogous position and a night I’ll never forget!

Before I apply

  1. Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  2. Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  3. View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  4. Refer to the PACE International essential resources for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

Contact Us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

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