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Medical Education in Russia

Medical Education in Russia
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Russian medical universities graduates have successful practice in more than 100 countries the world over.

Medicine is one of the most popular study directions selected by international students at Russian universities. Russian universities have a rich history of training in medical specialities. The first medical college in Russia, Apothecary Chancery, was set up in the 17th century. At present, medical education is provided by more than 70 Russian universities.

Applying to Russian Medical University

Higher medical education in Russia is only available to intramural students. Length of study depends on medical specialty. For example, bachelor’s degree in nursing care is awarded after four years of study. A surgeon’s diploma requires eight to nine years of study.

In the United States, medical students study for 12 to 18 years. Medical training lasts ten years in Great Britain and eight to ten years in Germany. A medical diploma in Canada requires four years of study at a medical school, and as many at a university. It is followed by three- to four-year internship, depending on speciality.

In Russia, entering a medical university is possible after finishing school. Universities offer programmes in Russian and English. If you do not speak Russian, you can learn it at a preparatory department or take a language course at leading medical universities. Aside from learning to speak Russian, preparatory departments train international students in other subjects to help them better prepare for future study.

Prospective students have to take exams in the key subjects, biology and chemistry. A number of universities require taking additional entrance tests. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University Business of Health Care programme in Russian requires applicants to take examinations in Russian, biology and chemistry. The same programme in English requires taking biology and chemistry examinations.

Prospective students enrolling in General Medicine programme at Kazan Federal University, must take an English examination, in addition to chemistry and biology exams or present a TOEFL certificate. The University Admission Board provides the list of entrance tests to prospective students just before matriculation.


Bachelor’s degree at Russian Medical Universities

Nursing Care is the only bachelor’s programme available at Russian medical universities. Length of study is four years. Tuition fees for this programme average 90,000 to 100,000 roubles ($1,500 to $1,700) a year. 

General Practitioner Graduate Programme lasts six years. It has with a two-year specialty training option. 

Specialist’s Degree at Russian Medical Universities

Nursing Care and Pediatrics departments offer six-year specialist’s programmes. Nursing care training is available in Russian and English. Tuition fees range between 80,000 and 400,000 roubles ($1,400 and $7,000) a year.

Tuition fee for Far Eastern Federal University basic specialties amount to 180,000 roubles ($3,200) a year. I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University Pediatrics Programme tuition fees reach some 260,000 roubles ($5,000) a year. Tuition fees for pharmacy, clinical psychology and some other specialities whose length of study is 5 to 5.5 years are somewhat lower.  

Pharmacy tuition fees at Kazan Federal University and Far Eastern Federal University start from 140,000 roubles ($2,300) a year.

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Dental Education in Russia

Russian universities’ Dentistry Departments are open to school leavers. Entrance examinations are the same as in basic medical directions.

Dentistry programme length of is study is five years. Annual tuition fee is 170,000 to 430,000 roubles ($3,000 to $7,500).  Tuition fee depends on the town where the university is located and university specifics.

Russian universities offer prospective dentists programmes in Russian and English. For example, Kazan (Volga region) Federal University programme in English is priced at 170,000 to 225,000 roubles ($3,000 to $4,500) a year. Dentistry Department graduates can only become full-fledged specialists after completing an internship.

Medical Internship in Russia

Narrowly focused specialities, such as dermatovenerologist, gastroenterologist or orthodontist require an internship upon completion of specialist’s programme.

Internship length of study is two to four years depending on selected specialty and the university.  Annual tuition fee is 100,000 roubles to 380,000 roubles ($1,800 to $6,600).

Dentistry internship programme length is two years. Young doctors have in-depth training to gain practical knowledge in certain directions, such as therapeutics, surgery or pediatric dentistry.

Annual fee for the internship programme in basic directions at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University is 337,000 roubles ($6,500); pediatric dentistry programme tuition fee is 316,000 roubles ($5,500) a year. 

Russian universities also offer internship programmes in English. Tuition fee for dermatovenerologist specialty training at Novosibirsk State University reaches some 580,000 roubles ($10,000) a year. Tuition fee for cardiology programme at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is 260,000 roubles ($4,500). Language of instruction is English; length of study is four years.

Internship programmes in Russian are greater in number with tuition fees somewhat lower. Tuition fees for all internship directions at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University amount to some 180,000 roubles ($3,200) a year. Pediatric surgeon programme tuition fee at I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University amounts to 250,000 roubles ($4,300) a year.

Russian universities train interns not only in classic specialities, but also in rare directions. For example, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University  offers programmes in diving medicine and aviation and space medicine. Tuition fee for these programmes is 250,000 roubles ($4,300) a year.


Postgraduate Studies for Medics

Russian medical university specialist’s course graduates can opt for postgraduate studies rather than internship. They have to enrol in a post-graduate programme. Lengh of postgraduate study at Russian universities is three years. After completing the postgraduate course, they defend a Ph.D. thesis.

To enrol in a postgraduate programme, the student has to pass examinations in specialty and in English, present a portfolio of their research papers and pass an interview (each university sets its own qualification tests).

Postgraduate courses can be intramural and extramural. I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University offers an extramural postgraduate clinical medicine programme, with tuition fees from 233,000 roubles to 316,000 roubles ($4,200 to $5,500) a year.  Addiction medicine postgraduate courses at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia  are available on-site only. Tuition fee is 264,500 roubles ($4,700) a year. 

After graduating from a Russian medical university, a majority of international students will have to pass the nostrification procedure (recognition of your diploma) which enables them to practice medicine in their home country.

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