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).
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:
Some of the popular universities of Russia offering an MBBS degree wit recognition from MCI are as follows:
|University||Fees per year (in Russian Rubles)||Application Deadline|
|Pirogov Medical University||440,000||July 10|
|Pavlov University||370,000||July 30|
|First Moscow State Medical University||874,206||Rolling Admissions|
|Novosibirsk State University||481,554||August 2|
|OMSK State Medical University||193,200||August 3|
|Bashkir State Medical University||272,736||August 15|
|Kazan State Medical University||350,000||July 30|
|Orenburg State Medical University||568,012||Rolling Admissions|
|Ryazan State Medical University||290,000||Rolling Admissions|
|Siberian State Medical University||281,600||September 20|
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.
Following are the entrance exam date and requirements for some of the popular medical universities of Russia:
|University||Requirements||Entrance Exam Date|
|Pirogov Medical University||Entrance exam in Chemistry, Biology||July 13 to July 26|
|Pavlov University||Entrance exam in Biology, Chemistry||Biology: August 7;|
Chemistry: August 3
|First Moscow State Medical University||Studied Biology, Chemistry & Physics in Class 12||Not Required|
|Novosibirsk State University||Entrance exam in Biology, Chemistry, English||July 25 to August 24|
|OMSK State Medical University||Entrance exam in Biology, Chemistry||August 5 to August 15|
|Bashkir State Medical University||Entrance exam in Chemistry, Biology||September 20 to September 25|
|Kazan State Medical University||Minimum 65% in Chemistry & Biology, 55% in English; Entrance exam in Chemistry & English||Chemistry: August 25;|
English: August 27
|Orenburg State Medical University||Minimum 50% in Physics, Chemistry & Biology||Not Required|
|Ryazan State Medical University||Entrance exam in Chemistry and Biology||May 31|
|Siberian State Medical University||Studied Biology, Chemistry & Physics in Class 12||Not 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.
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:
Russian student visa is valid only for one year and students must renew it annually till the duration of the program.
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 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:
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 Expense||Cost per month (in Russian Ruble)|
|Culture, Sports, Entertainment||4,000|
|Internet, Mobile Phone||800|
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:
|Scholarship||Awarding Institute||Amount (in Russian Ruble)|
|Russian Federation Scholarship||Government of Russia||Tuition Fees, Accommodation cost & maintenance allowance (1300 - 1500)|
|IIE at Bard College Scholarship||Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) at Bard College||220,000 - 740,000|
|Healthcare Leaders Scholarship||Healthcaregrad.com||74,085|
|Badhte Kadam Scholarship||Russ Education||74,000|
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.
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:
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.