Study Medicine in Russia
Study medicine in Russia: One of the most affordable and popular destinations to study abroad for a medical degree, the Russian federation attracts a large number of international medical students every year, especially from Asian countries. According to the Indian Embassy in Moscow, 80% of Indian students studying in Russia are pursuing medical studies.
Reasons to choose Russia for medical courses
Compared to western countries, studying medicine in Russia is quite affordable for international students, thanks to the Russian government’s policy of subsidizing tuition fees for foreign nationals. Apart from this, what makes Russia a preferred destination for medical studies is the easy admission procedure which involves fast processing of paper works and no entrance test at majority of Russian universities.
In order to cope with an increasing number of medical students from foreign countries, many Russian universities offer medical programs in English as well. However, foreign students are advised to learn at least the basics of the Russian language as it would help them with their interaction with Russian nationals when they go to study medicine in Russia.
There are around 50 medical universities and colleges in Russia that operate under the aegis of the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation, and the degrees offered by them are globally recognized by the WHO and the UNESCO.
Why study medicine in Russia?
Here are some major reasons why an international medical student should opt for a Russian degree:
Majority of the top Russian medical universities follow a simple admission procedure with no entrance test for foreign students. They allow admissions through the procedure of application file selection.
Medical study tuition fees are subsidized and living expenses are affordable compared to other countries in the West.
With recognitions from WHO and UNESCO, Russian medical degrees are globally acknowledged.
Medical courses are offered in English as well as French.
During the internship period, students can get a good clinical practice experience in highly equipped multispecialty government hospitals in Russia.
Medical programs and course duration in Russia
Russian universities offer an MD (doctor of medicine) degree in general medicine, dental and sports medicine covering 6-7 years, depending on the language of instruction. Medical courses are offered in both English and Russian languages as per the student’s requirement. A medical course taught in the Russian medium takes 7 years to complete, which includes an initial one year language course for international students.
The Russian MD degree is considered equivalent to an MBBS degree in India by the Medical Council of India.
English Medium duration
Russian Medium duration
7 years (Includes 1 year language course).
6 years (Includes 1 year language course).
7 years (Includes 1 year language course).
Eligibility for admission in Russian universities for medical studies
Students planning to study medicine in Russia are required to have passed 10+2 or equivalent higher secondary with physics, chemistry, biology and English.
They must have obtained at least 50% marks in physics, chemistry and biology taken together in the qualifying examination or equivalent.
They must be at least 17 years of age.
Students must have qualified for the NEET exam.
Tuition fees and living cost to study medicine in Russia
One of the greatest benefits of studying medicine in Russia is its affordable tuition fees. The Russian government reduces the tuition fees by 80-90% for foreign medical students, which means they have to pay 10-20% of the actual cost of medical education. According to Rus Education, an Indian student in Russia can complete his/her MD (MBBS in India) with the average tuition fees ranging between 800,000 rupees and 1.1 million rupees. Even, the living expenses in Russia are relatively less as compared to that in other developed countries. Living in Moscow costs an estimated US$ 200 per month to foreign students.
Documents required to study medicine in Russia
For student visa: After receiving the “invitation letter for study” from the department of federal migration service of the Russian federation, students should approach the embassy/general consulate of the Russian federation in his /her country in order to apply for a student visa, for which the following documents are required:
Duly completed and signed visa application form.
Two passport size photos.
Visa support letter from university or college and copy of admission letter from the university or college
Aids certificate (HIV test)
Documents required to be carried along to Russia
Passport (valid for not less than 2 years)
Student entry visa
Immigration Card (provided during the flight or at the airport, must be completed by the student and stamped by customs at the airport right after arrival in Russia)
Medical health certificate, including chest X-Ray result
Negative AIDS test result
12 passport size black and white photographs
Career scope in Russian Medicine
Since Russian medical degrees are WHO recognized, foreign students can practice medicine in their home country, provided they clear the screening tests conducted by the apex medical bodies of the respective countries. For example, Indian students having medicine degrees from Russia have to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) to practice medicine in India. Likewise, students hoping to practice medicine in countries like the USA and UK have to clear USMLE and PLAB, respectively.
Best institutions in Russia for medical studies:
Volgograd State Medical University Russia
Kazan State Medical University Russia
Kazan Federal University Russia
Bashkir State Medical University Russia
Crimea State Medical University Russia
First Moscow State Medical University Russia
Saint Petersburg State Medical University Russia
Peoples friendship University Moscow Russia
Orel State Medical University Russia
Belgorod State Medical University Russia
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Study Medicine in Russia
Question: What is the duration of the MBBS course in Russia?
The duration of the MBBS course in Russia is 5.8 years for students who are opting to take the course in the English medium. They will be exempted from the one year preparatory course before the start of the actual medical course.
Question: Does one have to get a minimum score in the NEET exam in order to study medicine in Russia?
No, there is no minimum score required in NEET but students will have to have a minimum score of 50% in physics, chemistry and biology in their 12th exam.
Question: What is the fee for medical courses in Russia?
The average fee for medical courses in Russia is INR 2 to 4 lakhs per annum.
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CAN STUDENTS FROM NORTHEN STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY IN RUSSIA ARE ELIGIBLE TO WRIT E USMLE EXAM
Yes, you can definitely take the U.S.M.L.E exam to practice medicine in U.S. The medical universities of Russia are well recognized all over the world. The Students are eligible for U.S.M.L.E exam after completing their studies from N.S.M.U.
To know what is U.S.M.L.E exam and its updates take a look in the below link.
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Can I give NEET again after doing 1 year mbbs in russia ?
Hope you're doing great...!
So, with regard of you're query. After being accepted to an MBBS program abroad, you can sit for the NEET exam . No medical school outside of the country requires a NEET score card for admission, nor is it an eligibility requirement. It is only necessary when the institution issues a visa invitation letter because it is mandated by the MCI rules for the university.
There, they determine whether you are NEET qualified or not before issuing a letter inviting you to apply for a visa. You can still apply for admission even though NEET is postponed this year, just make sure you pass the test.
The only documentation needed for admission to an MBBS program abroad is your marksheets from grades 10 and 12.
If a student wishes to study MBBS abroad but did not pass the NEET exam, After receiving an MBBS degree from outside India, the student must sign a letter acknowledging that they are aware they will not be permitted to work there. Only then will the Embassy accept the invitation letter for a visa.
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is rassian mbbs degree valid in Canada ? mbbs degree is preferred from India or Russia?
Yes russian MBBS degree is 100% valid in Canada and it also recognised in Canada.
You can do mbbs degree either from Russia or India, both are good. It completely depends on your choice.
Getting a medical degree in India has much recognition and importance with world wide recognition and many of the Indian doctors who have done their medical education in India are doing efficiently in foreign lands.
doing mbbs fron Russia is worth or not and how s the study in russia
Hi, hope you are doing well.
Yes, it is worth doing MBBS from Russia because Russia has top medical universities. The degree is also recognised by many bodies and accepted by MCI. The fee structure is low, ranging from 4 lakhs to 8 lakhs per year and the living cost is affordable. Russia provides scholarship opportunities to foreign students and opportunities to obtain dual diploma via joint programmes with foreign universities. You can easily study MBBS in English in Russia. The facilities and modern equipment provided to the students is highly advanced.
Russia is one of the best options to study MBBS by Indian students. It is a 6 years course.
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I am not qualified neet exam and Im doing mbbs in Russia, Am I able to give plab exam?
PLAB is organized by general medical council (GMC) of UK. Students who passed out from university certified by GMC are only eligible to give exam of PLAB.
Sometime some universities are blacklisted by GMC and students of that university can't give exam of PLAB.
So you can mail GMC and ask them about your university and if your university is certified by GMC of UK. Then you can definitely give exam of PLAB.
Hope this information will be helpful for you.