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Study MBBS in Russia: Popular Universities, Eligibility, Cost & Scope for Indian Students

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
Study Abroad Expert

MBBS in Russia is a 6 year degree offered majorly as a specialist bachelor's degree in General Medicine. It is emerging as an alternative option for all those aspiring doctors who couldn’t secure admission in a good Indian medical college in the recent years. Over 53 Russian universities offering an MBBS degree are approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

  • Tuition fees of some of the popular universities range between 193,000 to 874,000 Russian Rubles per annum.
  • No language test or entrance exam is required for the admission to the majority of the Russian universities.
  • As per the MCI rule, all students going to study MBBS abroad have to qualify for NEET.
  • Graduates have to go through Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) to legally practice in India with an MBBS degree from Russia.
  • Due to COVID-19, all classes are currently conducted online but applications are still accepted by the universities for new sessions.

Why Study MBBS in Russia?

About 4000 Indians are studying medicine in approximately 20 universities in Russia, as of August, 2020. Following are some of the reasons why MBBS students are attracted towards this country:

  • Tuition fees of MBBS in Russia is much less than other countries like the USA, UK, Canada, etc.
  • Economy of India and Russia is almost at the same level with the value of 1 russian ruble approximately equal to 0.99 INR. Thus, accommodation and other costs remain almost the same as in India.
  • Admission process is also extremely simple. Students are not required to appear for any additional country-wise examination like MCAT to study MBBS in Russia.
  • Language proficiency test scores like IELTS or TOEFL are also not required for admission in this country. This also saves the cost of appearing for such tests.
  • Curriculum of Russian medical universities are similar to Indian medical colleges. Thus, students can return back to India to pursue higher studies without any extra coaching.
  • Majority of the Russian universities are recognized by MCI and WHO. So, graduates can practise in India after qualifying the screening test.
  • Most of the Russian universities have coaching centres to prepare Indian students for MCI screening tests.
  • There is a 100% student visa guarantee if a student is accepted by a Russian university and submit all documents correctly.

Popular Universities for MBBS in Russia

Some of the popular universities of Russia offering an MBBS degree wit recognition from MCI are as follows:

UniversityFees per year (in Russian Rubles)Application Deadline
Pirogov Medical University440,000July 10
Pavlov University370,000July 30
First Moscow State Medical University874,206Rolling Admissions
Novosibirsk State University481,554August 2
OMSK State Medical University193,200August 3
Bashkir State Medical University272,736August 15
Kazan State Medical University350,000July 30
Orenburg State Medical University568,012Rolling Admissions
Ryazan State Medical University290,000Rolling Admissions
Siberian State Medical University281,600September 20

Admission Process for MBBS in Russia

Russian universities have a very simplified admission procedure for Indian students. Anyone with a senior secondary school certificate with biology and chemistry as compulsory subjects is eligible to apply. Some universities don’t even have a minimum percentage requirement.

Students may have to appear for an entrance exam conducted by some Russian universities for admission to the MBBS program. However, they are not as competitive as other medical exams like NEET, MCAT, etc. Questions are designed to check the basic knowledge of students in subjects like biology, chemistry and English.

Where to Apply: Indian students can directly apply from the website of the university. After submission of an online application, you might have to download it and submit it along with other required documents with official signature. It is, although, not mandatory for all universities.

When to Apply: Application deadlines for most universities of Russia lies in the months of July and August.

Eligibility for Admission to MBBS in Russia

  • Passing score in Class 12th
  • Studied biology and chemistry as compulsory subjects at senior secondary level
  • Passing score in entrance exam conducted by university (varies)

Following are the entrance exam date and requirements for some of the popular medical universities of Russia:

UniversityRequirementsEntrance Exam Date
Pirogov Medical UniversityEntrance exam in Chemistry, BiologyJuly 13 to July 26
Pavlov UniversityEntrance exam in Biology, ChemistryBiology: August 7;
Chemistry: August 3
First Moscow State Medical UniversityStudied Biology, Chemistry & Physics in Class 12Not Required
Novosibirsk State UniversityEntrance exam in Biology, Chemistry, EnglishJuly 25 to August 24
OMSK State Medical UniversityEntrance exam in Biology, ChemistryAugust 5 to August 15
Bashkir State Medical UniversityEntrance exam in Chemistry, BiologySeptember 20 to September 25
Kazan State Medical UniversityMinimum 65% in Chemistry & Biology, 55% in English; Entrance exam in Chemistry & EnglishChemistry: August 25;
English: August 27
Orenburg State Medical UniversityMinimum 50% in Physics, Chemistry & BiologyNot Required
Ryazan State Medical UniversityEntrance exam in Chemistry and BiologyMay 31
Siberian State Medical UniversityStudied Biology, Chemistry & Physics in Class 12Not Required

Most of the universities conduct these entrance tests online. Still, some of them such as Ryazan State Medical University invite students via an electronic invitation letter to Russia for giving the exam. Students can use this letter to apply for a short-term visa. Upon acceptance to the university, this visa can be extended to Russian study visa.

Documents Required for Admission to MBBS in Russia

  • Completely filled and signed application form downloaded from university’s website
  • Official transcripts of Class 12th and 10th
  • Transcripts should be translated either in English or Russian
  • Proof of some medical tests like HIV
  • Copy of any identity card such as passport
  • Passport size photographs (3 to 12, varies with university)

Visa Process for Indian Students

First step towards obtaining a study visa for Russia is getting a student invitation form from Immigration Office. Majorly, universities take care of this process and apply for the form on student’s behalf. It takes about 2 to 6 weeks to get the form ready after submission of all the required documents. Then, the university forwards it to students via post or fax.

After receiving the invitation form, students are required to fill an online visa application form available on Immigration website of Russia and submit following documents:

  • Original or electronic invitation letter
  • Passport with minimum validity of two years
  • Secondary school certificate legalized by Apostille stamp
  • Medical certificate with negative report of HIV
  • 2 passport size photographs

Russian student visa is valid only for one year and students must renew it annually till the duration of the program.

Cost of Studying MBBS in Russia

Tuition fees and other charges for studying in Russia are equivalent to that of India. Students have to pay some additional expenses while going abroad for studies such as visa fees, airfare, accommodation cost, etc.

Pre-arrival Cost

Pre-arrival costs are the processing fees including application, admission letter, invitation, visa fees, document notarization, translation and pick-up charges. This amounts to 50,000 - 75,000 Russian Ruble approximately. Various types of cost required for visa application are as follows:

  • Consular Taxes: 2130 Rubles
  • Service Fee: 1830 Rubles
  • Letter of Invitation: 2500 Rubles

Post-arrival Cost

The tuition fees of Russian medical universities for MBBS programs is more or less equivalent to what is charged by private Indian medical universities. Yet, they are more feasible because of no donation fees and availability of scholarships. Annual tuition fees for some of the popular universities range between 193,000 to 874,000 Russian Rubles per annum.

Cost of living in Russia is comparatively cheaper than other countries like the USA, Canada, etc. Average monthly cost for an Indian student is around 20,205 Russian Rubles. Moscow and Saint-Petersburg are the costliest cities.

Accommodation is easily available at a cheaper rate in the form of university dormitories and hostels. Some universities like Mari State University even have a separate hostel of Indian students.

A breakdown of expenses incurred while living in Russia are as follows:

Type of ExpenseCost per month (in Russian Ruble)
Accommodation5,000
Meal10,000
Transport405
Culture, Sports, Entertainment4,000
Internet, Mobile Phone800

Scholarships for Studying MBBS in Russia

Majority of the universities offering MBBS in Russia do not award any scholarship to Indian students. Russian government and some other organizations provide financial aid to those who are interested in studying abroad. However, the number of such scholarships are very less and students shouldn’t rely on them very much.

Some of such scholarships available for Indian students are as follows:

ScholarshipAwarding InstituteAmount (in Russian Ruble)
Russian Federation ScholarshipGovernment of RussiaTuition Fees, Accommodation cost & maintenance allowance (1300 - 1500)
IIE at Bard College ScholarshipInstitute for International Liberal Education (IILE) at Bard College220,000 - 740,000
Healthcare Leaders ScholarshipHealthcaregrad.com74,085
Badhte Kadam ScholarshipRuss Education74,000

Scope after MBBS in Russia

Most of the Indian students prefer to return back after completion of MBBS from Russia. They have to appear for an MCI screening, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), to practise in the home country.

  • This test is conducted twice a year ie. in the month of June and December.
  • Minimum 50% is in both the papers is must to pass the exam.
  • After clearing the test, students are required to attend a mandatory internship of one year.

According to the National Board of Examinations (NBE), the total percentage of students passing the FMGE exam is only 14.22% from 2015-18. Although, the number of Russian MBBS graduates appearing for the exam was second highest, only 13% (approx) were actually able to clear it. Bangladesh and Philippines had the highest passing rate of approximately 27% and 26% respectively.

Another option for students is to continue practising as a Doctor in Russia after completion of the degree with a work permit. It is valid for a year and takes 10 days for processing. A Physician in Russia earns an average of 550,000 Russian Ruble per annum whereas in India, the average pay for an year is 690,000 Russian Ruble.

In April 2020, Russian President relaxed the rules of applying for citizenship. International students working for at least one year in the country are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency. Earlier this time period was 3 years. PR status is required to be renewed after every 5 years in Russia. Following conditions are required to be fulfilled to apply for the same:

  • Registered at a specific address in Russia
  • Stayed on temporary visa in the country for one year
  • Proof of no drug addiction and HIV negative report
  • Knowledge of Russian language, history and basics of government structure

Students can also continue residency of 2 years after completion of MBBS in Russia to become a specialist in fields like neurosurgery, cardiology, gynaecology, etc.