Introduction: A primary destination for Study MBBS in abroad is Russia. MBBS in Russia for Indian students is very popular and cost of medical study in Russia is also low as compared to the quality of MBBS from Russia. Students looking for direct admission in MBBS in abroad and low cost MBBS in abroad, studying in Russia can be a wise decision. At least 10 top ranked medical colleges of Russia provide low cost MBBS in abroad which is higher than any other country. MCI approved medical colleges in abroad lists highest numbers of medical colleges of Russia like Crimean Federal University, Kazan State Medical University, Moscow State Medical and Dental University, Russian Peoples Friendship University, Russian State Medical University Moscow, Russian National Research Medical University, Saint Petersburg State Medical University, Mari State University etc.
Geographical Location: Russia or Russian Federation extended across the Northern Asia and Eastern Europe. The nation, with largest surface area of land mass in the world; with eleven time-zones, with the borders sharing with Asian neighbors like China, Mongolia, North Korea Kazakhstan; shares borders with European countries like Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan; shares maritime borders with Japan and USA (Alaska). Within Russia from north to south the range of The Ural Mountains divides Russian Europe and Russian Asia. Due to its largest reserve of mineral and natural energy resources, Russia is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
Weather Condition: Considering the size, a generic term to describe the climatic condition of Russia is not possible. Grossly Russia has warm to dry-hot summer and extremely freezing winter. The European part is less chilling than the Asian part. In European Plateau (i.e western side of Ural Mountains), the winter temperature may be -30oC with heavy snowfall. December, January and February are winter months. March, April, May are spring months. June, July and August are summer months. September, October, November is autumn months. In September – October students may expect rains with cold of 8-10oC daytime temperature.
Popular Academic Cities: Asian part and Siberia are very cold and not suitable for Indian students. The popular medical schools of Russia are also in EU part. The most popular cities are the capital, Moscow and St Petersburg; Volgograd, Kazan etc are also hosts eminent medical schools. Crimea (of Ukraine) is another place which is now under the Russian Federal and popular for Crimea Medical University. Due to the critical weather condition, it is better to be restricted to these cities in Russia.
Education System: Russia has very strong education system. Literacy rate of Russia is 99.7%. There are 5 types of higher education institutions: Universitet (University), Academia (Academy), Institut (Institute), Technicheskiy Universitet (Technical University), and Konservatoria (Conservatory). Russian higher education is not divided into Bachelors and Masters; instead it is a single stage of 5 to 6 years. Since 2007, under the Bologna Transformation, Russia is incorporating a two tier tertiary education with 4 years bachelor (Bakalavr’s degree) and 2 years masters (Magistr’s degree). Medical schools in Russia offer a specialist 6-year curriculum leading to award Doctor of Medicine (MD) “Physician”.
International students have the option to choose the Russian Medium or English Medium, for Russian medium one has to take a foundation year. Fully English medium MBBS in Russia is of higher fees than the Russian medium or combined medium.
All the universities follow the same term time. They start in September; 1st term ends in January; 2nd term is from February to June.
Recognition: In 2014, Russia was the 6th most popular country for study abroad which includes Medicine, Engineering, Maritime and Science. MCI approved list of medical universities includes top ranked Russian MBBS colleges. Actually the highest number of medical universities of Russia is listed by MCI among all other countries. The value of MBBS degree from Russia in India is well accepted by Indian Medical colleges and hospitals provided one clears the MCI screening test named as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination. Russian medical degree is valid in Europe too and they are considered as First degree in medicine. USA recognizes Russian medicine degree MD-Physician as MD and then one has to clear the USMLEs (all three steps) and complete the Residency programme in order to practice as doctor in USA; to teach or to research one has to complete the PhD in Medicine Science, in which they are not allowed to practice as doctor. For other field of studies a Russian Bakalavr’s and Specialist programme is given the equivalency of Bachelors, though in Russia a specialist is equivalent with Magistr’s. A Russian Magistr’s is equivalent with Masters Degree in other countries.
Cost of Study: Cost of studying medicine in Russia varies on the medium of instruction. A student who opts for fully English taught MBBS study in Russia pays higher than the Russian language ones or combination of Russian or English language ones. The universities in Russia offers same programme in both languages with varying fees. So students need to be specific on language of instruction while enquiring about the fees. Though direct MBBS admission to the first year with no donation and no capitation fee is possible but student who would like to join low cost MBBS in Russian language will have to take a foundation year with additional fees. That reduces the total fees to nearly 50%. Apparently MBBS in Russia is cost effective and the low cost MBBS colleges of Russia also renowned for their infrastructure, education delivery, faculty members and hospitals with variety of patient cases. The fees for studying medicine in Russia include Tuition fee and hostel fee. The average cost of MBBS in Russia is 17 lacs to 40 lacs Indian Rupees; for living additional cost may be approximately 1 lakh per year.
Eligibility: Eligibility for MBBS in Russia is a student should be more than 17 years old at the time of admission, has passed 12th science with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 50% and above. IELTS, TOEFL etc are not required for admission to Russian medical universities.
When to approach specialist MBBS consultants in Kolkata for admission: Guardians and students are suggested to contact us over phone (+91-8961000154 / 8961000352) or visit our branches once the selection of the 12th board is over for the initial discussion and the admission process can be started immediately as the seats are confirmed on first – cum – first – serve basis. Students who would like to give priority to the Indian Admission are notified that, you may do so, but seats for top ranked Russian medical colleges cannot be confirmed.