General Questions: Study MBBS in Russia
Here are the answers to all questions to get admission in Russian universities for MBBS/MD/MS etc. Below listed question is the general question. For more questions please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thedoctorsiea.org
1. Why should I study in Russia?
The standard of higher education in Russia is considered to be one of the most advanced and sophisticated in the world. Russian degrees have received global recognition and have topped World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) rankings.
2. What would be the services offered by us and have to be paid for?
The Doctors-IEA exclusively details the services that are offered by The Doctors, which are directly associated with the basic admission process of the student. These are detailed in the schedule of charges payable to The Doctors-IEA. Any of the services which are not included in the schedule of the services provided have to be paid for by the student.
3. Are the medical degrees from Russian Universities recognized?
YES. As per the amendment to the Indian Medical Act, 1956, any Indian student intending to study medicine in any medical college anywhere in the world for a graduate medical course has to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi before joining the medical college abroad. After the successful completion of the course, the student is expected to appear for a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination (www.natboard.org) as required by the Medical Council of India (www.mciindia.org) prior to the registration with the Medical Council of India. More details could be obtained from the Medical Council of India either from their office in New Delhi or from their official website. The responsibility of obtaining the eligibility certificate as required by the Medical Council of India rests with the student.
Post Graduate courses from nowhere in the world are registered with the Medical Council of India. This would mean that you would be unable to neither work as a specialist in a government hospital nor teach the specialization learned. You would, however, have your own private practice or work in a private hospital. Since you would be doing your specialization from a University, which is listed by the WHO in its “Directory of world medical schools”, you would be eligible to appear for screening examinations to many screening examinations like PLAB, USMLE.
Note please: All students have to follow the rules of their Medical Councils of their countries pre and post-admissions
4. Would the student have to give any entrance examination prior to joining the university in Russia?
Unlike the other countries, there are no pre-qualifying examinations like CET, TOEFL, IELTS, etc for admission to the Universities in Russia. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for the Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Russian degrees for the postgraduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first served basis.
5. What are Russian classroom environments like?
In most Russian universities, there is generally a teacher-student ratio of 1:10, which gives you a more attentive and personal learning environment.
6. What if the classes are conducted in Russian? I don’t even speak Russian!
If the medium of instruction for your intended course is Russian, you will receive an academic year-long Preparatory course conducted in Russian before you begin your actual university studies. This course teaches you Russian in more detail and also covers the prerequisite subjects that you need to know to begin your university studies.
But for foreign students Courses are available in English Medium only and to learn the Russian language for foreign students there are six hours classes in a week.
7. What if the classes are conducted in English? Do I need to be proficient in Russian?
For the medical studies, the first three years consist of pre-clinical training and is more lectures oriented. The pre-clinical subjects are taught completely in the English language. However, there are Russian language classes as a part of the curriculum from the first year itself. This is necessary since from the fourth year the students would start his clinical subjects, which would require him/her to attend the clinics and hospitals as part of his training and would have to interact with the local Russian patients and hence would require knowing the local language. Students are therefore required to be proficient in the Russian language so that they are able to gain the most out of their higher education in Russia.Also, the knowledge of the local language is an added asset for the student to interact with the local population.In short, proficiency in Russian is a MUST if you choose to enroll in Russian Higher Education.
8. Are there any scholarships or grants given to foreign students?
The education in Russia is highly subsidized by the Government of the Russian Federation. Therefore there are no separate scholarships or grants available from individual universities. However, educational bank loans for abroad studies up to 15 lakhs are now available from all nationalized, co-operative and the private sector banks. These loans are available at very low interest and are generally repaid in easy installments, one year after the completion of the educational period.
9. Can The Doctors help the students with the bank Loans?
The Doctors could guide the student/parent with regards to the bank loans available and also guide the students about the loan formalities. The Doctors could also support the student with all the documents that he/she would require from the University. However, the student/parent would have to fulfill the eligibility regarding the issuance of the bank loan and the responsibility of securing the loan would remain with the student.
10. How do I apply for my passport?
For obtaining a passport, you need to apply to your local passport office in an application form available at the passport office. It would, however, be an easier process for the student to apply through a travel agent since he is well aware of the process. The process normally takes around 4 to 5 weeks for the issuance of the passport after the date application and the passport is sent directly to your address. However, it is known that the issuance of the passport makes take a longer time, which may result in a delay in proceeding to Russia or even the cancellation of your admission. Therefore, you should take all precautions and plan accordingly. There is also a facility to have your passport issued on a “Tatkaal” basis on the submission of your letter of admission which will take 5-7 days.
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