“International students in Russia are up 40% since 2013, according to a statement by Russian deputy minister of science and higher education Marina Borovskaya as stated by Russian State Agency TASS, adding that the country could aspire to host 425,000 international students by 2024.”
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Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of territory spanning across 17,075,400 km2 . It is a Federal State with Presidential Government and owns 27 regional languages with Russian as the official language.
Education is a strong pillar of bilateral cooperation between India and the Russian Federation. There are approximately 11000 Indian students enrolled in medical and technical institutions in the Russian Federation. About 90% of them pursue medical studies in about 20 universities/institutions across Russia.
The 2nd India-Russia education conference was organized in February, 2018 to comprehensively examine various issues relating to educational cooperation between India and the Russian Federation with a view to strengthening it further. An outcome document was adopted laying down a number of concrete measures which were agreed upon by the universities and the educational consultants in order to improve the educational experience of the students studying in Russia and make the admission process and post-admission management more student-friendly and transparent. During the 19th Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi, expansion of linkages between higher education institutions of two countries was noted. The expansion became possible thanks to the activities of the India-Russia Network of Universities, which has already met thrice since its establishment in 2015, and whose total membership has reached 42. The sides also noted the great interest in academic exchanges of teachers and students, as well as in working on joint scientific and educational projects.
Indian Community in the Russian Federation is estimated at about 30,710.
Foreign student quotas are seen as a measure of the effectiveness of higher education institutions, and the Russian government has, as part of its effort to boost the rankings of its universities, made it a priority to boost international enrollments.
WHY RUSSIA ?
Quality of Education
Russia has the highest literacy rate of 99.5% in the world. Despite economic challenges like deteriorating exchange rates, oil prices and demographic challenges, Russia is seeking to radically enhance the global ranking of its universities by 2020, and to attract substantial numbers of internationally mobile tertiary-level students from around the globe. Russian Graduates are renowned worldwide for holding special positions in global infrastructure and economy. The Russian Federation adapted and implemented the Bologna Process in 2003 and by 2020 nearly 100% of higher education insti¬tutions will meet the core requirements of the Bologna process. This final indicator of the Bologna process implementation in Russia was defined in the Federal Targeted Program for 2016-2020.
There are almost 57 medical universities in Russia. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1 in all Russian Medical Universities. About 12 of these universities provide MBBS in English Medium.
Affordable costs with high infrastructure
Cost of living and education both are highly affordable in Russia. The complete Graduation costs range between 15 lakhs to 45 lakhs in Indian Currency. Apart from that the Government support towards foreign students and their living and sustenance makes it very easier for international students to afford complete costs including stay in a rich and capital city like Moscow.
Multiple Scholarship and free tution facilty
A Government scholarship in Russia includes free tuition for the entire duration of the chosen programme. International students (university graduates) who are completing internships in programmes of additional vocational education (professional training or career advancement) do not receive a maintenance allowance, but do receive accommodation in the dormitory of their university.
Flexible and easily accommodates foreign students
Russia is a highly diverse country with different dialects, languages and culture spoken and practiced by its citizens at different corners within the country. Though Russian had always shown ample warmth and space for all foreign students landing on the country for education, however the recent 19th edition of the Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi on October 4-5, 2018 where Prime Minister of the Republic of India Mr. Narendra Modi and President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir V. Putin met to strengthen relationships, has further enhanced the support extended to Indian students in Russia.
The Meet also welcomed annual Russian Festivals in India and Indian Festivals in Russia and highly appreciated the ongoing youth exchange program.
Russian is a global language
Russian language is spoken by more than 260 million population around the world. It is spoken in Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA, and due to its mass similarities with other languages as Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Czech, one grows an expertise in these languages too. Moreover, the Russian writers and globally renowned for the literary expertise, richness and lucidity.
Rich Culture and heritage
Russian history begins with Kievan Rus, which existed as the first unified, Slavic Christian state and was a great center of politics and learning. After Kievan Rus fell as a result of Mongol invasion, the Grand Duchy of Moscow gained might and power in the region. Peter the Great established the Russian Empire and moved the capital city to St. Petersburg, determined to make Russia a westward-facing nation.
With the Bolshevik Revolution in the early 20th century, the Russian monarchy disintegrated and 70 years of Communist rule followed. Towards the end of the last century, Russia became a democracy and continues to develop politically and economically as a world power.
The Russian history, culture, religion and practices have crossed over many stages and evolved to what it is today. Apart from literature, Russian ballet, painting and music is also cherished around the world. The culture of St. Petersburg is uniquely “European” due to the efforts of Peter the Great; Eastern Orthodoxy is the most prevalent religion in Russia because of the Christianization of Kievan Rus; the Revolution of 1917 changed Russian literature, art, and attitudes.
The regular expenses of a student in Russia will include fooding that includes bread, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar ranging between 4200 to 10000 Russian roubles depending on the place of stay. Other expenses that are moderate and easily affordable to make for a comfortable stay in Russia includes journey in Moscow subway with single costing of around 55 roubles to 750 roubles for a 20-journey travel card; sim cards easily available at local stores in exchange of required documents; clothing ranging between 300 to 1200 roubles, fitness centers and entertainment all across the cities.
Part Time Jobs
Being of majority age (18+ years) majority age (18+ years) and holding a relevant permit from the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia entitles any student to choose a secondary occupation apart from their regular education. They can choose flexible options to work as a Freelance Content Writer, Social Media Evaluator, Intern Finance Assistant, Assistant Teacher, Language Trainer etc.
Attraction for millions of tourists around the world –
29 Russian cultural sites are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition to the Kremlin and Red Square, the UNESCO list includes the monuments of Novgorod, Suzdal, Vladimir, the Holy Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, Lake Baikal, the volcanos of Kamchatka, the Golden Mountains of Altai, the Novodevichy Convent, the Curonian Spit, and others.
MBBS in RUSSIA
The complete duration of MBBS in Russia is 6 years in English medium. In case, a student wants to study in Russian medium, the duration of MBBS in Russia is 7 years which includes 1 year as Russian Language Training.
ADMISSION IN RUSSIAN MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS
(a) Indian students seeking admission in foreign medical institutions are required to take a No objection Certificate from MCI. It is mandatory for all their certificates and mark sheets to be apostled. Apostling of certificate is done at Patiala House, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
(b) While it is possible, in principle, for students to apply directly for admission, most Russian medical institutions have appointed “contractors” for recruiting students from different countries and insist on using this channel for admission. Please note that there are no recognized education contractors/consultants by the Ministry of Education & Science of the Russian Federation. Universities prefer to work through contractors for provision of hostel facilities, general welfare of the students and even collecting fee. This is ostensibly for the convenience of the students, who are new to the environment and do not speak the local language.
c) Prospective Indian students must ensure that they have been given full and correct information about the university including tuition and other fees / facilities, curriculum of the course, language of instructions/ teaching, availability of hostel facilities, monthly living expenses. A copy of the Indian MBBS curriculum as per Graduate Medical Regulation may be obtained by students so that they can compare the same in the context of their training at the Russian medical institution.
(d) It has come to notice that Russian medical institutions were conducting admission tests after the students came to Russia and in some instances students have been denied admission for reasons including lack of proper documentation and late arrival, even after issuance of visa to them.
POST GRADUATION IN MEDICINE IN RUSSIA
Russian State Medical Universities are well known all over the world. Lot of medical research institutes are working under Russian medical Universities. Thousands of well known scientists, Professors and Academicians have studies and worked at Russian State Universities. They gave a great attribute to world of medical sciences.
At the faculties of Postgraduate Education at Russian State Medica Universities or academies, postgraduate or Clinical Residency programs are offered in more than 100 medical specialties. Internship, Clinical Residency and Ph.D or Masters programs are offered in all Russian State Medical Universities.
Duration of Postgraduate or Clinical Residency programs are:
Surgical : 3 years
Non Surgical: 2 years
Students for any postgraduate program can apply whole the year and at any time. There is no time restrictions for postgraduate programs.
There are 81 Universities registered under RECAS (Russian Education Centre for African & Asian Students)
- Tver State Medical University
- M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University
- Nizhny Novgorod State Medical University
- Orenburg State Medical University
- Bashkir State Medical University
- Kuban State Medical University
- Smolensk State Medical University
- Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
- Kursk state medical University
- Kazan state medical university
- Ryazan State Medical University
- Crimea Federal University
- Northern State Medical University
- Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University
- Volgograd State Medical University
- Perm State Medical University
- OMSK State Medical University
- Syktyvkar State University
- Mari State University
- Altai State Medical University
- Dagestan State Medical University
- Siberian State Medical University
- Far Eastern Federal University
- Lomonosov Moscow State University
- Kazan Federal University
- Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU)
- South Ural State University (School of Medicine)