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Russia’s Affordable Medical Education is Blessing for Indian Students

Many students disappointed over not getting admissions in Indian medical colleges are exploring overseas options.

Limited number of medical seats in Government colleges and the exorbitant fees at private medical colleges are biggest constraints in India. Many students from middle class families fail to fulfil their dreams due to admission seats running in lakhs and few crore’s in few private colleges.

However, now there are sensible numbers of students choosing Russian Universities due to reasonable fee structure and cordial diplomatic relationship it has with India.

Russia is known worldwide for its advanced and high-quality education system. There are more than 400 higher education institutions (universities, institutes, academies, colleges) that train foreigners. There are more than 70 higher education centres of medicine, in which students can continue their studies in medical careers. In Russia all MBBS programmes comprise of 12 semesters which span over six years. However, a student can enrol from class XI as well, which can help them save two academic years. It is to note that before applying for any universities in Russia, students must verify its details with the MCI (Medical Council of India).


  • Now many universities are offering medical education in English
  • High quality education system
  • Easy Admission procedure with no entrance exams
  • Russian Universities are placed in the ten best Universities of rating of UNESCO. For example Moscow Medical Academy has the 2nd place in pointed rating.
  • The cost of medical education in Russia is much less than in Europe and USA, cost of studying MBBS in Russia is approximately about 14 to 30 lacs for whole 6 yrs course (much less than private colleges in india)
  • Living cost in Russia is 100$ per month, however it depends upon the student’s lifestyle.
  • Russian Universities for Indian students offers well-equipped and teaching methods that are streamlined and regulated
  • All the universities are Government Universities of Russia
  • Russian medical education is focused with practical skills
  • Teacher student ratio is 1: 10 in most of the universities
  • Russian Universities are accredited internationally and are also recognized by WHO & Medical Council of leading countries like U.S.A, U.K, Middle East, Australia, India, Canada etc.
  • Medical subjects in Russia is classified into various subjects
  • Russian medical degrees especially(PhD ) are directly recognized in Poland , Switzerland , Germany , Czech republic , Sweden , Finland , France ,Norway , Netherlands , Denmark , Gulf , Maldives and Mauritius as Russia signed bilateral agreement with these counties . Whereas Indian medical degrees are directly accepted in Gulf and Singapore with 3 years of experience.
  • In past decade there has been a tenfold increase in the number of international students travelling for MBBS in Russia
  • 100% Visa Guarantee
  • All the top government medical universities of Russiaoffer MCI Coaching along with the MBBS course starting from the 1st year of the medical program.


  • Even though many universities are offering education in English but it has limitations, like many teachers and professors are still not comfortable with English language
  • Russia has extreme weather conditions, most of the time the temperatures are very low
  • Tier 2 and 3 universities have major problems with technical infrastructure and overall education quality.
  • Low Patient base and Poor health Care setups in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities
  • Distractions- Some cities in Russia are with very modern lifestyle. There are cities with a lot of night entertainment clubs, restaurants, discos, sports entertainment and other social clubs, high speed internet which can be a big distraction when even parents are not there to keep an open eye on them.
  • Coming back to India after the course and practicing has one more layer of screening, viz. the screening exam conducted by the Medical Council of India. You must clear this exam, before you can start practicing medicine in India, after your MBBS course in Russia is completed.


  • The student shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
  • The candidate must secure 50% marks in their 12th standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination.
  • As per the latest notification by MCI (Medical Council of India- Board of Governors), Indian medical aspirants who plan to enrol in Foreign Medical Universities need to qualify NEET.

There are more of benefits than one can say when it comes to pursuing medical education in Russia. If you are NEET qualified (But could not secure 600+ to secure a government medical college seat in India), then you should take this opportunity to become a doctor because in the end, all that will matter is whether you studied well and cleared the Test or not (Be it from India or abroad) !

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by Dr. Shivaji V Bhosale ( Sir Parashurambhau College, Pune)

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Dr. Shivaji Bhosale is Assistnat Professor of Physics in Sir Parashurambhau College, Pune
Dr. Shivaji Bhosale is Assistnat Professor of Physics in Sir Parashurambhau College, Pune
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