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Why Study MBBS in Russia?

360° Review of MBBS in Russia

There is a lot of debate surrounding MBBS abroad, and it has dominated the news for quite some time now. Medical study abroad is a popular choice with many benefits and certain drawbacks for Indian students. As we count down the list of countries that serve the medical education needs of Indian students, let us discuss the largest country of Europe, Russia. 

Students who wish to study MBBS abroad have always found Russia to be a preferred destination. As per the ranking of the top 100 medical universities of the world by the World Health Organization in its World Directory Of Medical School, medical universities of Russia save up 30 various positions. Due to the affordability and high quality of the education provided by MBBS in Russia, it is acquiring popularity among Indian students.

Approximately one eighth of the world's surface is occupied by Russia, the biggest country. Moscow is the biggest city in Europe. Russia's terrain is varied, ranging from deserts to mountains frozen in ice, and from temperate to arctic weather conditions. The Russian climate is characterized by hot, dry, warm summers and cool, crisp, and cold winters. Several transportation options connect the entire country, including highways, railroads, trolleybuses, trams, buses, ferries, etc. As a result of its richness and diversity, Russian culture is full of exotic elements, such as folk music, literature, paintings, ballet, art, handicraft, etc.

What Does MBBS in Russia Mean For Indian Students?



Duration Of The Course

5 years 8 months

Required Score in PCB






Medium of Instruction


Foreign Language


Tuition Fee

18-32 Lacs

Cost Of Living

~26,000-52,000 per month

MBBS in Russia is one of the most demanding choices among the pursuers of MBBS abroad. It takes about 6 years for a student to complete the entire course duration of MBBS in Russia. The country has about 25+ medical universities which are recognised as well as listed by various bodies like World Directory Of Medical Schools (WDOMS), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), National Medical Commission (NMC) earlier known as Medical Council Of India, Ministry of Science, Russian Federation, Medical Council Of Canada and various other countries as well.

Though the complete education is in the English language, however, basic Russian  is taught as a part of the curriculum. This is due to the fact that the students would need to interact with locals who may not be familiar with the English language. Having the basic knowledge of Russian also helps the students to adjust within the local community on a day to day basis.

Advantages Of Studying MBBS in Russia

  1. Studying MBBS in Russia is one of the most affordable options for the students seeking MBBS abroad. It does not require any kind of donations or entrance tests.
  2. The medical education in the top government universities of Russia holds a global reputation due to its excellence.
  3. The medium of instruction of the international students is English, therefore the students need not to worry about language being a hurdle in their medical education abroad.
  4. Russia being a superpower, has extravagant opportunities to explore for its young graduates.
  5. The quality of education for MBBS in Russia includes the use of some of the most advanced medical and pedagogical practices in its laboratories and classrooms.
  6. The resourceful libraries at some of the medical universities store the legacies of decades and even centuries within them.
  7. Since MBBS in Russia is a popular choice, you can easily find former graduates working in several fields of the medical industry all over the world.
  8. As for the Indian students, the close association between the countries helps them in adjusting with their culture and beliefs along with locals.
  9. With MBBS study in Russia, the students get to experience the European standard of high quality living.
  10. Also, the cost of living in Russia is extremely low. On average, the cost of living in Russia is 47.46% lower than that in the United States.

Apart from these, there are several other advantages of studying MBBS in Russia like an easy admission process without the need to qualify any exams like IELTS, TOEFL, MCAT etc. Several medical universities also provide special facilities and considerations to the Indian students like Indian canteens, hostels, sports facilities, cultural and festive events, etc.

Another important feature of medical education in Russia is that it does not have any exams like that of KROK like in Ukraine, which are required to be qualified in order to study further and attain the degree. The students are expected to follow the continuous and comprehensive assessment and evaluation strategy designed by the university.

Top Government Medical Universities of Russia

  1. Perm State Medical University
  2. Orenburg State Medical University
  3. Mar State University
  4. I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
  5. Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

Challenges the student’s face with MBBS in Russia

FMGE/NExT Coaching-

Students studying MBBS abroad have to qualify the medical licensing exam, FMGE to practice or even study further on their return to India. Many medical universities in Russia provide FMGE coaching as well. As a result, universities like Perm State Medical University possess the record of 100% FMGE pass out.

From 2023, FMGE would be replaced by the National Exit Test (NExT), which would be compulsory for all the medical graduates of the country as well as abroad. Russian medical universities have started preparing their current students for it.

Language Hurdle-

Certainly, the students seeking MBBS abroad anywhere in the world may find it difficult to adjust to new cultural and language practices. Russia being no different.Though English is the language in the classroom, students have to communicate with the locals at some point during their stay, if not, then during the clinical rotation. Therefore it is inevitable that the students can outrightly avoid the language. Hence, some students who are not big enthusiasts of learning a new language may find it difficult to adjust and communicate the new language. 


Another concern is the climatic and weather conditions of the country. A major part of the country faces harsh and cold weather conditions. Though the lower regions share weather conditions similar to that of the winters of the Northern Region of India and hence are more livable. Though almost all the university's campus and hostels have a centralised temperature control system (AC/Heater) as per the weather outside, many students may find it difficult to adjust.  Therefore, when choosing to study in Russia, the students must avoid the extreme regions like that of Siberia or Yashkul and opt for the region with more moderate conditions like Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm Orenburg, Mari, Sochi, Nizhiny Novogorod, etc.

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