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MBBS in Russia for Indian Students

Russia has been popular destination for International students for pursuing MBBS right from Soviet Era. Russia boasts about occupying almost 30 positions amongst top 100 ranking Medical Universities according to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s "Directory of World Medical Schools". Pass-outs from Russian Medical Universities are presently working in the leading Hospitals across the globe. MBBS from Russia is a preferred choice for International students because of highly subsidized fee by Russian Ministry of Health & Education as compared to other western countries. High Quality of Education combined with this low cost is one of the main reasons for choosing top medical universities of Russia for MBBS. There are almost 57 medical universities in Russia. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1 in all Russian Medical Universities. About 12 of these universities provide MBBS in English Medium. 

Advantages of MBBS in Russia
  • Globally recognized degrees
  • Feasible Cost for Education
  • Affordable Cost of Living
  • Medical Insurance
  • Advanced learning techniques
  • Skilled & Profession Faculty
  • Teacher Ratio
  • English as the medium of instruction
  • Good Practical Exposure
  • No Racism & Religious Issues 
Eligibility Criteria for MBBS in Russia
  • The student shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission
  • The candidate must secure 50% marks in their 12th standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination
  • From 2018 onwards, qualifying NEET examination is mandatory for studying MBBS abroad
Documents required for MBBS in Russia
  • Original valid passport with minimum validity of 01 years  
  • For obtaining Russia Visa each passport should have Minimum 02 opposite side BLANK pages. 
  • Embassy will not entertain any damage passport.
  • Last Qualification details with School certificate or Mark sheet copy which shows school name and address with Contact no.
  • Invitation Letter (require colour printout of invitation)
  • HIV test report with (Passport no., DOB, Stamp & signature) 
  • Two Photographs as per below details:  
  1. 03 Colour photographs with white background matte finish 80% face
  2. 35 X 45mm (Please do not trim your photographs)
  3. No selfie/ scan photo/ No border /Frame
  4. Full face / front view eyes open
  5. No head covering (except for religion reason
  6. Eye glasses may be worn, but there must not be any glare
  7. One Photo with back signed. (FULL NAME)
Recognition of Russian Medical Universities
  • Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia
  • World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS)
  • Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
  • Medical Licensing Examinations
  • The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Top Universities to study in Russia
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Why Russia?
Medical Study in Russia is very easy for a normal student because any student from all over the globe can take direct MBBS Admission without any entrance exam. MBBS fee in Russia is very low because the Russian Government provides subsidy for education. Average MBBS fee in Russia is between 2.5 Lacs to 5 Lacs per year. All Russian Medical Universities are listed in WHO and MCI so a student who gets an MBBS degree from Russia can practice anywhere in the world including India. Students from all over the globe go to Russia for MBBS study and all medical universities provide quality medical education and practical knowledge. Students get fully furnished hostel facility inside the university campus with fresh and quality food. MBBS students can get scholarship also if they fulfill the scholarship criteria. All MBBS students in Russia get Medical Insurance for all courses and get full medical treatment when they need. Students get training for MCI screening test during the medical course and professors are well aware about the MCI screening test. Medical courses are taught in English and Russian languages, MBBS students also get training to learn Russian Language because by learning Russian language a student can communicate with patients in the hospital during the time of medical practice.

Medical Education

In terms of the percentage of the population in the world, Russia has the most college-level or higher graduates i.e. 54%. By the constitution Russia has a free educational system which is guaranteed for all the citizens but entry to subsidized higher education is highly competitive which results a great emphasis on science and technology in education, and generally Russian medical, mathematical, scientific, and aerospace research is of a high order. MBBS from Russia is a preferred choice for International students because of highly subsidized fee by Russian Ministry of Health & Education as compared to other western countries. High Quality of Education combined with this low cost is one of the main reasons for choosing top medical universities of Russia for MBBS. There are almost 57 medical universities in Russia. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1 in all Russian Medical Universities. About 12 of these universities provide MBBS in English Medium. 

Even though the medical education is English in some universities, majority of the population in Russia don't speak Russian language. Hence you would have to learn the Russian language.

If you are an Indian and have been dreaming of studying medicine abroad, Russia is the country to book your tickets to. Russia has a great medical history which can be traced back to 1701 where Saint Petersburg State University was founded as the first institution in Russia for imparting professional education in medicine. The Indian students, who have managed to get admission in Russian universities can get MBBS degree from a state university for around $25,000 or INR 19 lakhs. India is considered as one of the countries with huge population of 1.21 billion people and hence the need for highly skilled doctors couldn’t be expressed more aptly than this.

Affordable Cost of Living-
As an Indian student or parent, you are always concerned with the accommodation & dining facilities at the University. Living in Russia is quite affordable for the Indian students and never weighs big on your pocket. Their currency Rubles is similar to Indian Rupees.
1 Rubles = 0.99 Rupees

In general, the climate of Russia can be described as highly continental influenced climate with warm to hot dry summers and (very) cold winters with temperatures of -30°C and lower and sometimes heavy snowfall. The winter is mostly dry, snow covers the ground from end October to mid march in some years.

Aside from its rich history and the historical landmarks, Russia is now home to the world-class medical education. A Russian Medical University can offer you quality education and a high-paying job after graduation. You’re probably interested in becoming a doctor because you want to help others by earning respect as well as a decent living. At first, becoming an MD may seem like an insurmountable task. After all, you need to be smart enough to get into college, pass all of your courses, then make it through an intense four years of medical school. But with proper planning, preparation and most importantly, open-mindedness, you’ll be standing on stage, diploma in-hand before you know it!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is NEET required for MBBS in Russia?
Yes, NEET is required for MBBS in Russia. NMC erstwhile Medical Council of India has made NEET entrance exam mandatory for applying to medical courses anywhere in India and abroad. To pursue MBBS in Russia, you must have passed 12th class with Physics, Chemistry and Biology and secured a minimum 50 percentile and also qualified NEET.

Is MBBS degree from Russia recognized in India?
The MBBS degrees provided by medical universities in Russia are recognized by National Medical Council of India and World Health Organization. 

How many years does it take to complete MBBS in Russia?
The duration of MBBS course is 6 years. 

Is Russia safe for Indian Students?
Russian Communities are significantly more secure. Security in public space as well as in vacant place is secured by High Authority Security of Russia. It is necessary for foreigners to carry identification certificate like Visa, identity proof etc.

What are the courses offered by Russian medical universities for medical students?
Belarusian medical universities offer four significant courses, namely General medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Can I practice MBBS in India, after completing my MBBS from Russia?
Yes, you can practice in India once you clear FMGE/NEXT exam conducted by NMC after the completion of your MBBS study.

What is the average cost of MBBS studies in Russia?
The approx cost of MBBS in Russia including the tuition fee and hostel fee from an English medium university can be between INR 25 lakhs to INR 50 lakhs. But lot depends on the university that you are getting admission into.

What are the best universities in Russia and do they teach inn English?
Crimea Federal University, Kazan Federal University, Bashkir State Medical University, Far Eastern Federal University are a few good universities off Russia. The medium of teaching is English in these universities.
          Russia - MCI Result (16) %
          S.NoPeriodAppearedPassPass %
          1 2012-2014 5949 1094 18.38 %
          2 2015 - 2018 11724 1512 12.89 %
          3 2019 3763 911 24.2 %
          4 2020 4313 689 15.97 %
           Total 25749 4206  
          SOURCE :- natboard.edu.in
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