Russian medical education finds a place in the top WHO and UNESCO ranking. Russia provides hassle free admission procedure to MBBS aspirants without any donation or entrance exam. Tuition fee in Russian medical universities is also low compared to western countries. Now are these factors enough to rate a country as a great study abroad option for pursuing MBBS? What other factors do you think are important to make a decision here?
- Manmeet Kaur asked 12 months ago
- last edited 10 months ago
About 5000 Indian students are currently enrolled in various medical and technical institutions in the Russian Federation. 99% of them are pursuing Medical studies in about 20 Academies spread over the country.
Recognition of institutions
All the Russian medical institutions empanelled under the WHO list are recognized by the Medical Council of India.
Seeking admission in foreign medical institutions
Indian students, who seek admission in foreign medical institutions, are required to take a `No Objection’ certificate from the Medical Council of India. It is mandatory for all their certificates and mark sheets (Class X onwards) to be Apostled. Apostle of certificates is done at Patiala House, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Admission Process in Russian medical institutions
While it is possible, in principle, for students to apply directly for admission, most Russian medical institutions have appointed `contractors’ for recruiting students from different countries and insist on using this channel for admission. Most universities prefer to work through the `contractors’ for provision of hostel facilities, general welfare of the students, and even collecting fee. This is ostensibly for the convenience of students, who are new to the environment and do not speak the local language. These `contractors’ have their sub-agents in India. In many cases, senior Indian students themselves function as contractors and agents.
Reliability of `contractors’ as source of information and facilitation
The `contractors’ get large commissions for recruiting students. They can make false promises and give false/misleading information. There are also complaints from students/parents against them of cheating, high-handed behaviour, etc. It is, therefore, in the interest of prospective students to make enquiries from the medical institutions directly about the courses/facilities available. In one case, a student signed a contract to study a particular specialization in post-graduate course, but he found that such specialization is not offered by the concerned university after joining the institution.
There is publicity in India about English medium courses in medical studies in the Russian Federation. This is not correct. Medium of education in Russian institutions is mostly in the local language. They need special license to teach in English. Many of the institutions have started so called English medium courses in medical education for foreign students, without any such license. In practice, they try to teach first three years in English medium, while simultaneously teaching the Russian language. From the fourth year, the students are expected to study in the Russian language. Students must be prepared for this dual medium of instruction. Some institutions, which have introduced such dual medium courses, are not fully equipped to teach in English even for the first three years. Students may insist on seeing Russian Ministry of Education license for teaching in English medium. Students passed from recognized medical institutions, in either medium of instruction, are eligible for appearing in the Screening Test conducted by the Indian Board of Examinations.
Payment of Fee
While `contractors’ collect the fee from students for the first semester on their arrival in Russia, it is advisable to pay the fee directly to the University from subsequent semesters. Where the fee is paid through the `contractor’, students must insist on getting a proper receipt. There are a number of complaints of the contractors collecting the money, but not depositing with the university, which has led to termination of enrolment.
Russian universities do not accept cheques, drafts, etc. Money has to be deposited in cash in local currency in bank. If students bring cash in dollars or any other acceptable foreign currency, it is advisable to get it declared in the customs at the airport on arrival, which makes it easier for depositing the money into their accounts here. Banks will ask for the source of foreign currency for bigger amounts, and if it is brought from abroad, they need custom declaration form.
Students must check in advance of the hostel facilities available at the university that he seeks admission to. Hostels at many universities are inadequate and do not offer any boarding facilities. Students are generally expected to cook their own food.
Transfer from one institution to another
While transfer from one institution to another is possible, many students find it very difficult due to various legal procedures. Since the visa invitation for students is issued by a particular university to which admission is sought, any student wishing to transfer to a different university will have to first return to his country of origin and seek a fresh invitation from that university. Such transfers are generally discouraged by the Russian Ministry of Health, whose permission is needed for more than one transfer. There are cases, where the transfer students are given visa invitations by concerned university, but had to return home without admission because of the denial of permission by the Ministry. It is, therefore, advisable to select the university carefully before seeking admission.
Medical graduates from India, who wish to study post-graduation in the Russian Federation, need to apply to the Russian Ministry of Education for certification of equivalency of their degrees to pursue higher studies. Students themselves are responsible to submit their applications for equivalency certificates from the Ministry. Contractors promise to help out, but they rarely do. In recent cases, the Ministry ruled that the Indian bachelor medical/dental degrees do not qualify for post-graduate courses in the Russian Federation in view of lesser number of years of study. The issue has been taken up with the Ministry. Although universities might give admissions for post-graduate courses, this is subject to approval of the Ministry that foreign Bachelor degrees are equivalent to the Russian ones. Students are, therefore, advised to wait for the ruling of the Ministry before they arrive to take admissions in post-graduate medical/dental courses.
Conclusion: Yes it is a very good option to pursue a medical degree and see oneself totally settled in the profession.
Studying in India:
- Low cost education – The Russian government has subsidized education where a student pays about Rs 2.5 -5 Lakhs annually for fees and accommodation. Enough number of seats for all students and a big patient to doctor ratio considering the sizes of hospitals.
- Government institutions, internationally recognized degrees and accredited by the Medical Council of India and WHO making the students eligible to practice in any country they deem fit.
- Students are trained in the MCI screening test to be registered to practice in India.
- Course is taught in English and the student will also be taught the Russian Language alongside to be able to converse with the local patients. During the 4th,5th and 6th year, the surgeons (students who are studying MBBS course from Russia) in hospitals act as tutors and start to work with the students teaching in Russian.
- The professors of the university are well aware of the MCI regulations and the syllabus and pattern of these exams. A Student is simultaneously coached for the MCI screening test. The student is also coached for the USMLE preparation the entrance exam to study or practice in the USA.
- Secure facilities for students with well-furnished hostels.
ELIGIBILITY TO STUDY IN RUSSIA
- A student with 12th Standard in Science or Equivalent Examination with a minimum of 50% Marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and if the student belongs to reserved category, then a score of 40% in Physics, Chemistry & Biology is sufficient – as per MCI guidelines is good to go for MBBS.
With all these facilities , i would say definitely go for Russia 🙂 but also consider China, it is also well known for MBBS.