MBBS in Russia
Before discussing about MBBS in Russia, let us first know a little about Russia. Formerly known as USSR & officially known as the Russian Federation is the largest country in the world covering an area of more than 1,70,75,200 sq. kms. and thus making it larger than the continents of Europe, Antarctica & Oceania. The country’s soil is a very rich source of natural resources like natural gas, petroleum, coal, minerals, ores & timber. Russian has a coastline of more than 35,000 kms. running along the Pacific & Arctic oceans. The country has thousands of rivers & in-land water bodies making the country largest surface water resource in whole world. Russia’s lakes contain approx. 1/4th of whole world’s liquid fresh water. The largest Russia’s wader body is Lake Baikal, which is the world’s oldest, deepest, & purest fresh water lake. This lake alone contains more than 1/5th of world’s fresh surface water.
Moscow (Moskva in Russia) is the capital city of Russia & some other major cities of Russia being St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk & Ekaterinburg. The climate of Russia has 2 major seasons i.e. summers & winters. The other 2 seasons of spring & autumn are for a very short period due to the huge difference in low & high temperatures of summers & winters. Average temperature in summers are 25 to 35 degrees & between 5 to -15 degrees in winters. However, the winters can be extreme and temperature can take a dip down to -30 or -40 too, with January being the coldest month of an year.
Studying MBBS in Russia
The Russian Federation (aka. Russia) in the first choice of Indian students when it comes to choosing a country for MBBS abroad. MBBS in Russia has been in limelight since the Soviet Era. There are dozens of Russian medical universities that occupy top positions among the best medical universities list published by WDOMS (World Directory of Medical Schools) every year. All of the top medical universities are Russia are run by government solely. These government medical universities of Russia are controlled by Ministry of Health of Russian federation & Ministry of Education & Science. With population of the Russian federation being not as much as of India, there is not much crisis of medical seats availability. The easy availability of medical seats combined with their great infrastructure & a very handsome affordable fees are some of the main factors that attract huge number of students from India for MBBS in Russia every year.
MBBS in Russia is offered in Russian & English medium both. Russian medium of instruction is for citizen of Russia as they prefer to study in their own language. The English medium MBBS course in Russia was initiated just after the year 2000 due to the changing global standards & requirements. And from that very year, all medical universities that had launched English medium course started to see a steep rise in number of students applications (from India especially) who showed interest in studying MBBS in Russia. With most of these government medical universities in Russia already being in the recognized list of Medical Council of India since a long time, students did not have to worry at all when they decided to step out for MBBS in Russia.
Today, there are more than 75 medical universities of Russia that are included in the MCI (Medical Council of India) website and all of them easily get required number of students every year. It is a win-win situation for the Russian universities as well as Indian students opting for them. In the last 15 years, several batches completed their course of studying MBBS in Russia and are either successfully practicing in India or in some other part of the world. With each year passing by since the first batch of MBBS students graduated from Russia, there has been an increase every year in the number of students going abroad. After all, with more than 14 Lac students appearing in NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance test) ever year in India and only 55,000-60,000 medical seats available for them; MBBS in Russia is the right place for students who do not want to blame their luck in future for the lack of seats & a missed opportunity.
The course of MBBS in Russia is known by the name of MD (Physician). The student are awarded the degree of MD (Physician) after successful completion of their courses, but after they return back to India and qualify the MCI/National Exit Test, they are given the registration of a MBBS doctor in India. The duration of medical education in Russia is of 6 years (Exactly 5 years 8 months) in English medium and of 7 years (Exactly 6 years 8 months) if the student chooses to study MBBS in Russian medium. The course in Russian medium includes 1 year of additional preparatory course for learning Russian language post which the medical course is started, hence 7 years. Almost all Indian students opt for English medium MBBS in Russia keeping in mind the fact they see their future back in India after completion of MBBS in Russia.
The classes in Russia are conducted in groups, with no group of student exceeding 15 students. It helps the professors to pay more attention to each student of group and eventually a better understanding for students. The exams are conducted in written, oral & practical variants in offline (paper & pen) as well as online mode. The grading system is bases on grades from 1 to 5 with grade 5 meaning the best score & grade 2 considered as fail. Apart from all the regular tests & exams of all subjects happening all along the duration of MBBS course in Russia, students have to take a government licensing exam in 6th year as their final exam before the MBBS degrees are awarded to them.
The best thing about studying MBBS in Russia is that students get a lot of practical knowledge. The students get to regularly visit various government city hospitals just after 2 years of their course, once sufficient theoretical knowledge base has been built up in them. All students who do MBBS in Russia are taught Russian language free of cost from the very first year of their course so that from 3rd year of their education they do not face any issues in communicating with the local patients they meet in hospitals. By the end of their course, student have a solid practical knowledge and also learn an additional language too for the rest of their lives. Students also get to work with duty doctors in hospitals in last years of their course and may also find a chance to serve day or night duties in some city hospital.
Benefits of MBBS in Russia
Some of the most important benefits of studying MBBS in Russia are as follows :
- No donation or entrance exam to be taken by students in India for MBBS admission in Russia
- Admission given solely on the basis of eligibility requirements i.e. 50% marks in PCB in 12th & 17 years of age (NEET qualification as per government rules)
- MBBS fees in Russia for whole course falls between 13 Lac to 30 Lac to cater to needs of all sorts of students
- Full course of MBBS education in English medium especially designed for international students
- All universities offering admission are recognized by WHO (World Health Organization) as well as MCI (Medical Council of India)
- Classes with not more than 15 students for better learning
- Separate hostel for foreign students (mostly Indians) with round the clock security
- All basic amenities available in hostels and are free of cost for all students
- Different types of accommodation options available to students like 2/3/4 seat rooms in hostel or flat accommodation outside campus
- Available option to practice medicine there itself just after completion of MBBS course
- A huge community of Indian students currently studying MBBS in Russia
- Students can also appear in USMLE, PLAB, NZREX, etc. to study in PG (Post graduation) in any of these countries
- Various student exchange programs & summer internships offered by medical colleges in Russia
- Regular extra-curricular activities conducted by universities for overall personality development of students