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MBBS in Russia



  • Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.

  • Covering an area of 17,125,200 square kilometers

  • It is the largest country in the world by area, spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area.

  • Has eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations.

  • Moscow is its capital

  • About Russia

  • Country Visuals

  • Landscape



  • Highly Developed & Modern. The economy of Russia is an upper-middle income mixed and transition economy. It is the fifth-largest national economy in Europe, the eleventh-largest nominal GDP in the world, and the fifth-largest by purchasing power parity.


  • Highly efficient & economical transportation system with a very good network to travel around Russia. Almost all modes of transport are available in Russia such as Metro, Bus, Trolley Bus, Mini Bus, Tram, Monorail, Waterways, Railways, Airways.


The Russian culture is  Slavic European in nature which is both traditional & modern. They also have some superstitions like Indians.


Russian is the official language of the Russian Federation which  emerged on the basis east-Slavic languages.



India to Russia is around 5000 Km. Same as the to & fro distance from Kanyakumari to Delhi.


Continental Cold Climate. ranging from -20 °C during winter to +25 °C during summers.

Medical colleges recognized by MCI as on 2020.


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Availability of food & grocery

Good varieties of vegetables, meats, fruits, and milk products are widely available in supermarkets and local shops called “Magazin”. Even Indian grocery shops are available in various cities of Russia. Still, some have the misconception that in Russia there is a deficit of things and people stand in “Q” for even basic commodities.

Cost of living comparison

The cost of living in Russia is slightly expensive when compared to India, but some cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg are quite expensive.



Mostly continental and Russian cuisine is available in university campus canteens. However, some universities have Indian Canteen maintained by Indian contractors offering Indian food at economical rates.  Indian restaurants are available in many big cities but are expensive. Self-cooking is economical & recommended.


  • Safe environment but late-night outings are to be avoided.

  • As per the Global Peace index Russia ranks 154th amongst 163 countries listed.

  • India ranks at 141.

  • Download the Global Peace Index 2020 Pdf listing with various statics at

Security in Campus

Security protocols are in place, no one can enter the hostels or college buildings without proper documents. It is guarded by guards called “Ohrana” in Russian. There are separate hostels for girls or a separate floor is dedicated for them.


The campus of Russian Medical colleges are expansive, modern and at the same time traditional with all the essential facilities.


The lecture halls in Russia are both traditional, Modern & up to the mark.


The classroom of Russian medical colleges are moderately structured with all essential facilities.


Paid Internet widely available inside the campus & Hostel.


The libraries are well stocked with all basic books in international languages are available for the students and also has a great environment for studying.


Well-equipped Good hospitals with fair amount of patient flow with highly proficient doctors offering good hands on experience for the students.


The labs in Russian medical universities are well maintained with essential requirements. Cadavers are available for the students to study anatomy, identify disease sites, determine causes of death etc…


Economical, hygienic Russian and Continental food is available in college canteens which are called as “Stolovaya”.  In some universities Indian canteens are run by Indian contractors.


Some universities have bad & old hostels buildings with common bath and toilets and some hostels are moderate and good.


Students can use the inhouse facilities like the Gym, can participate in various Sports activities, academic competition, Cultural activities & Associations activities in the college.



For English medium there is no pre medical courses required however, if you are studying medicine in Russian language 1 year preparatory course otherwise known as “padfak” is mandatory.


6 years and after passing the FMGE exams have to undergo 1-year compulsory internship in India.


  • Required only for some universities but it is mandatory as per the norm of the Indian government to study medicine.

Language requirement

  • Average English knowledge is required (No need for IELTS/TOEFL)

Entrance exam/interview

  • Mandatory in some universities for admission. (Eg: Crimea State Medical University & First Moscow State Medical University) but in most universities, it is not practiced.

Medium of teaching

  • First 3 years in English except for few universities that conduct for the entire 6 years in English.

  • 6+1 years Russian medium courses are available too.

  • Additionally, they teach you Latin which will be very helpful in understanding the medical terminology. This is a unique feature in Russia and eastern Europe which we strongly recommend taking seriously.

  • Updated curriculum

  • Mostly outdated

Availability of Updated textbooks

  • The syllabus books are mostly not updated only some universities recommend updated textbooks.

The necessity to read textbooks

  • Moderately encouraged

Strength of a class

  • Has a good student-to-teacher ratio of around 10 -15 students in a batch for a teacher.

Proficiency of faculties

Good but many have a language barrier.


PPT based conventional

The efficiency of Classes & practicals

Efficient & interactive (viva based)

The pattern of theory exam

Viva & MCQ based for some subjects

The pattern of practical exam

Viva based with skills/procedures

The efficiency of the evaluation system

Relatively good (sequential evaluation/class)

Relatively biased (class/practical performance based on the teachers only)

Attendance & discipline

Strict in most universities

Research labs & exposure


The necessity of local language at the clinics

Highly Necessary

Clinical exposure

Low due to language gap/patient flow

Hands-on exposure

Faculties with the language gap

No time for teaching faculties

EU accreditation of the degree

Only in 1-2 universities

European Credit Transfer

Only in 1-2 universities

Bologna Agreement

The process is underway.

FMGE pass %

< 15%

Israeli Currency



Economical with a medium budget. Starting from around 22 lakhs

Capitation fees/Donation


Tuition fee/year

Starting from around 3 Lakhs (except for universities in Moscow & St. Petersburg)

Hostel fee/year

About 50,000 to1 Lakh per year (except for universities in Moscow & St. Petersburg)

Expenditure /month

Depends on the city you live (20,000 - 40,000 INR)


Part-time work

Very difficult to get in smaller cities but Possible to get in bigger cities & mostly in the restaurant industry. Anyways if you want score well in your academics this is not recommended.

Overall expenditure for completing the course with transport

Total budget required to complete your MBBS degree will be around 30 to 40 lakhs inclusive of your travel & nominal personal expenses.

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