Introduction About Medical Education:

Medical aspirants from India are looking at Russia as one of the best options for MBBS education. This trend began way back in 1996. There are many reasons due to which this has happened. 

One of the main reasons is that MBBS from a recognised Russian University is recognised by MCI and hence this degree is valid in India. Low-cost education is one more aspect due to which many Indian students are choosing the option of MBBS in Russia

Medical Education Key Features:

First, let us check the important features of MBBS from a University in Russia. The intake of the students begins in the month of October. One can apply if he has at least 50% marks in Physics-Chemistry-Biology (PCB) in the 10+2 examination in India. NEET is mandatory if the aspirant wants to practice in India after completion of course. The fees will be in the range of 4000 to 7000 USD. The hostel charges will be in the range of 200 to 260 USD. The duration of this course of MBBS from Russian University is 6 years. The medium of instruction is English and Russian language. This MBBS course is recognised by MCI as well as by WHO.

Course Offered:

It must be noted that there are many courses offered by the Russian University. The MBBS and MD course duration are 6 years. The Dentistry course is 5 years. The paramedical courses that are Pharmacy and Nursing the course duration are 4 years.

Duration of Studying MBBS:

The duration of the course will depend on the medium of instruction that the student has chosen. If one chooses English as the medium of instruction, then the course duration is 6 years. It must be noted that those who have selected English as the medium of instruction will be taught elementary Russian language during the course. If one chooses Russian as the medium of instruction, then the duration is 7 years.

The medium of Teaching:

As already mentioned, the medium of instruction for MBBS in Russia is English as well as Russian. However, all the universities in Russia do not offer courses in both languages. There are some universities that have only English as the medium of instruction, While, there are some that have only Russian as the medium of instruction. 

Mentioned below is the list of universities, the medium of instruction and the annual fees.

UniversityMedium of TeachingFees per year



Bashkir State Medical UniversityFully Russian195000
Perm State Medical UniversityFully Russian273000
Syktyvkar State MedicalFully Russian195000
Mari State UniversityFully Russian195000
Orenburg State Medical UniversityFully Russian357000



Northern State Medical UniversityBilingual260000
Tver State Medical UniversityBilingual455000
Smolensk State Medical UniversityBilingual357000
Kursk State MedicalBilingual410000



Volvogard State Medical UniversityEnglish400000
Ryazan State Medical UniversityEnglish295000
Dagestan State Medical UniversityEnglish240500
I M Sachenov Moscow State Medical UniversityEnglish650000
St Petersburg Medical UniversityEnglish650000
Crimean Federal UniversityEnglish195000
Pirogov Russian NRM UniversityEnglish385000
Irkutsk State Medical UniversityEnglish and Russian260000 for English200000 for Russian
Kazan State Medical UniversityEnglish335000
People’s FriendshipBilingual600000

Intake of MBBS:

The admission process for some of the Universities will begin in the month of September. While in the case of some universities, the admission process can begin in the month of March. So, it all depends on which University the student wants to enrol into. For more details about the same, you can connect with the experts at Ria Overseas, which is one of the best medical education consultants in India.

Eligibility Criteria For MBBS:

Here are the details of the eligibility norms:

  • The applicant has to be at least 17 years but not more than 25 years on or before 31st December in the year of the admission.
  • The candidate must score at least 50% marks in the 10+2 curriculum in PCB and in English. It has to be from a recognised board in India.
  • In the case of SC/OBC/ST candidates, the score has to be at least 45% marks in the 10+2 curriculum in PCB and in English. It has to be from a recognised board in India
  • It is mandatory for the candidate to pass the NEET exam

Required Document for MBBS Admission:

Here is the list of documents that you need for the admission:

  • A valid passport which has a validity of at least 18 months
  • Certificate and mark sheets of 10th standard and 12th standard
  • The birth certificate that is in English. In case it is not in English, then it has to be translated into English. The certificate has to be notarised.
  • 10 photographs which are as per the specifications.
  • Original invitation letter from the Russian University
  • Documents of HIV test
  • All the required documents that are needed from the Ministry of External Affairs
  • All the required documents from the Russian Embassy
  • Fees of the visa
  • In the case of certain Universities that are offering MBBS in Russia, it is mandatory to submit the payment receipt for the 1st year tuition fees

If you want complete information about the documentation formalities, then you must connect with Ria Overseas.

Admission Process for MBBS:

  • First of all, get all the details about the University where the applicant wants to study. Get all the information like fees, eligibility etc.
  • Next, the candidate has to fill up the admission form of that University. The admission form has to be submitted along with all the required scanned documents.
  • If everything is as per the requirement of the University and if the University confirms the admission, then they will send the applicant the admission confirmation letter
  • Once the aspirant gets this confirmation letter, the next thing that he has to do is make the payment of the tuition fees.
  • Next, apply for the student visa and book the tickets for Russia 

Why MBBS Study?

One of the main reasons that students from India prefer to go to Russia for the MBBS course is the fees. The fees are 5 times less as compared to Indian University. Students get exposure to the latest techniques in the field of medicine. More than 70 Russian medical universities are recognised by WHO, MCI and other prominent global bodies. Due to this, a person who gets the MBBS degree from Russia can practice not only in India but across the globe. This is one of the best chances for the students to learn the Russian language and get exposure to the wonderful Russian culture

Unlike India, there is no entrance exam for admission and there are no hassles of hefty donations. The level of education is excellent, and the Russian Universities have one of the best faculty. Russian universities have a student exchange programme with other European Universities. Of course, the country is amazing, the food is excellent, and the weather is also the best.

List Of University Details:

The Indian Embassy has given ranking to the Universities. Listed below are 3 Universities that have good ranking and low fees:

  • Crimean Federal University
  • Pirogov Russian NRM University
  • Rostov State Medical University 

Fees for MBBS Study University Wise:

University NameCrimean Federal UniversityPirogov Russian NRM UniversityRostov State Medical University
Course Fees In RubleRuble 195000/- per yearRuble 385000/- per yearRuble 250000/- per year
Course Duration5.8 years5.8 years5.8 years
Date of applicationBefore 15th JulyBefore 15th JulyBefore 15th July

If you need complete details about the MBBS course offered by different Russian Universities, then you must contact Ria Overseas.

If you compare the fees of the MBBS course that Russian Universities offer with that of the MBBS course offered by other top-notch Universities of other countries, you will find that the MBBS course in Russia has very competitive pricing. Here is a comparative study of the fee structure of universities of different countries:

Country UniversityBudget in Indian Rupees
IndiaPrivate Medical collegesMore than 65 lakhs
USAInternational American UniversityMore than 75 lakhs
MBBS in Ukraine with PG in USAFor all universitiesMore than 40 to 50 lakhs
China A gradeChina Medical UniversityIn the range of 30 to 40 lakhs
Russia A gradePirogov Russian NRM UniversityIn the range of 30 to 40 lakhs
China A gradeJilin UniversityIn the range of 30 to 40 lakhs
China A+ gradeJiangsu UniversityIn the range of 30 to 40 lakhs
Ukraine A gradeBukovinian State Medical UniversityIn the range of 20 to 30 lakhs
Ukraine A gradeLVIV Medical UniversityIn the range of 20 to 30 lakhs
Russia A gradeCrimean Federal University15 to 20 lakhs
Kazakhastan + FMGESouth Kazakhstan Medical Academy10 to 15 lakhs

Scholarships for Studying MBBS:

Financial issues are one of the main reasons due to which many bright students have to give up their dream of becoming an MBBS doctor. But in the case of Russian Universities, these students can realise their dreams. This is because there are many universities that offer scholarships to students.

The Government of the Russian Federation offers State Level Scholarships. There are opportunities for foreign students to get scholarships that not only covers the tuition fees but also accommodation, maintenance and food charges. There are some medical colleges which also offer medical grants to students.

Education Loan Assistance:

There are private and national banks that offer loan assistance to students who want to pursue MBBS in Russia. For more details about how the student can get loan assistance one, can get in touch with the consultants at Ria Overseas.

PG Options after MBBS:

It must be noted that PG degrees from Russian are not yet recognised by India’s Medical Education Regulator.

Career Scope After MBBS Course:

Once you complete MBBS, you can come back to India and practice or you can apply for higher courses. You can also apply for the PG course at a foreign university. One can also prepare for USMLE or for PLAB. One can also settle down in Russia and practice there.

MBBS Syllabus:

This is a 6-year course. In each year of the MBBS course from the Russian University, there are 2 semesters. 

The pattern of Syllabus:

The subjects in the first 3 years will be different. But from the 4th year to the 6th year, the first semester will cover Clinical subjects and the second semester will have different subjects like cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, etc.

Benefits for Indian Student Studying MBBS In this country:

There are a plethora of benefits. Some of which are mentioned below:

  • The admission process is very easy
  • There is no question of any donations for getting admission
  • Affordable course fees
  • MBBS in Russia is recognised worldwide
  • Recognised by the MCI. 
  • Good accommodation and canteen facilities in most of the Universities

Advantages / Disadvantages:

  • First the advantages:

We have already mentioned the advantages like easy admission process, no donations, etc. Also, the fees of MBBS courses in Russian Universities is very competitive as compared to other countries. Once you have the MBBS degree from this country, then you have the chance of practicing anywhere in the world.

  • Now for the disadvantages:

We are sure you will be interested in knowing if there are any disadvantages. Now there are 3 types of MBBS course in Russia. 

  • One where the medium of instruction is English
  • Second where the medium of instruction is Russian 
  • The third type where there is a bilingual course. That is 3 years in English and 3 years in Russian. 

The complete English programmes are expensive as compared to Russian programmes. But if you are not fluent in the Russian language, then you have no other option but to choose the expensive complete English language programme. If you want to know what is the difference in the pricing of the English and the Russian language MBBS course, then you must connect with the expert consultants of Ria Overseas. They will give you the breakup for all the universities.

The visa process is time-consuming. Getting adapted to the weather and lifestyle of Russia may be a bit difficult for some students.

Things You Should Know Before Applying for MBBS course:

Before you apply for MBBS in Russia there are some important things that you must know. These are the fee structure, cost of living, type of food, the number of Indian students in Russia, whether the University is private or government, etc. For all these details, get in touch with Ria Overseas.

Complete Fees Structure during the MBBS:

For the 6-year course in Russia, the fees could be in the range of 15 lakhs to 60 lakhs. 

Given below are details about 3 important universities of Russia. This will give you a fair idea about the cost that one will incur for the MBBS course.

Name of the UniversityLanguageEligibilityLast DateCourse DurationCost in the 1st yearCost from 2nd year to 6th yearTotal Cost
Rostov State Medical University
English50% PCB10th Sept5.8 years3,48,5002,67,00016,86,000
Pirogov Russia National Research Medical University, MoscowEnglish50% PCB30th Aug5.8 years5,59,0004,49,00028,06,000
Crimean Federal UniversityEnglish70% in Chemistry and Biology30th July5.8 years3,76,0002,23,50014,93,000

FMGE Passing Percentage after Completion of MBBS:

FMGE is a Foreign Medical Graduate Exam. Only 16% of the Indians who have foreign medical certificates are allowed to practice in India. If a person is holding a medical degree from a foreign University, then it is mandatory for him to appear and pass this qualification exam. It must be noted that the pass percentage of this exam is pretty low.

Details About this wonderful country:

Based on the area, this is the largest country in the world. The capital of this country is Moscow. The population of the country is more than 145 million. This is a democratic country. The official language of the country is but obviously Russian. The currency of the country is Russian Ruble. One Russian Ruble is equivalent to 1.08 Indian Rupee. Christianity is the biggest religion. There are people of other faiths like Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

The country has a continental climate. It has a long and very cold winters. The summers are of a short duration. India is 2 ½ hours ahead of Russia in time. The travel time from Delhi to Moscow is 6 ½ hours.

Safety aspect in Russia:

Overall European countries are much safer now. But after all, it is a new place and new surroundings. Therefore, it is always better to stay alert. Avoid going out at odd hours. Always carry an identification proof when you are outside. 

Accommodation:

Most of the universities have hostel facilities. Besides hostels there are other options like a homestay, renting a flat, etc. It all depends on your budget.

Is Neet Required For Studying MBBS In Russia:

Yes, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is mandatory for studying MBBS in this country.

Is MBBS Possible Without Neet?

No, it is mandatory.

Impact of Neet Exam on MBBS

If a student does not pass the NEET exam, then he can still study MBBS in a University in Russia, but he will not be eligible to practice MBBS in India.

For any information about the MBBS course from Russian Universities, you must get in touch with Ria Overseas.

Are you ready with Plan B?

Many students in India wait for the NEET results. They want to first try getting admission in an Indian University. But this can be a big mistake. This is because the admissions for the abroad universities close by the time the results of NEET are out, and by the time the admission process for the Indian Universities is completed. If the student does not manage to get admission in the Indian University, then he ends up wasting one precious years as the admissions for the abroad universities would also be completed by then.

So, it is always better to have a back-up plan. Here is what Indian students can do. They can apply for the abroad universities and get the admission letter. Now in case, they do manage to get admission in the Indian University then they may not opt for the plan B

There is one important aspect that Indian students need to keep in mind. That is the private medical colleges have exorbitant fees. You might have to shell out almost 75 lakhs for completing the MBBS course in India. Whereas if you choose a Russian University, then you will have to pay just half the amount for the entire course.

Also, keep in mind that if you want to get admission in an Indian medical college, then your NEET score has to be very good. Most of the times, the top 2 to 3% of NEET takers will get selected by the top private colleges in India.

So, think about the back-up plan on a serious note. If you are confused and not sure which path you must choose then, speak to the experts of Ria Overseas.

Choose the exemplary services of Ria Overseas:

We are one of the most reliable overseas education consultants in India. We have proven expertise for MBBS courses in abroad Universities. We have successfully helped a large number of students to choose the right University in countries like Russia.

If you too, want to get the right advice, then connect with us. We are there to offer the best counselling and will guide you in making the right decision.

FAQS:

  • What is the duration of the MBBS course in Russia?

It is a 6-year course where 5 years is for classroom training and 1 year will be internship programme.

  • Does one have to appear for the entrance test for admission?

No, there is no entrance test for the MBBS course in Russia.

  • Is financial aid available for foreign students?

Yes, there are scholarship programmes offered by Russian Universities. One may also get financial assistance from the government.

  • Is it mandatory to know the Russian language?

The medium of instruction is English and Russian. So, it is not mandatory to know the Russian language.

  • Is the MBBS degree from Russian Universities recognised globally?

Yes, it is recognised globally, and one can practice in other countries.

  • Is a loan facility available for studying MBBS in Russian University?

Yes, there are private and nationalised banks that offer loan facilities.