What is the admission Process for MBBS in Russia?

What is the admission Process for MBBS in Russia?

Mar 1, 2021, 12:00:06 PM Life and Styles

Studying medicine in Russia is a dream for many students. Since the Soviet era itself, Russia has held its position as a country with a premiere medicine program.


30 out of the top 100 medical schools mentioned in the World Health Organization's "Directory of World Medical Schools" are from Russia.


The medicine programs in Russia are highly subsidized by their government, which makes it a preferred destination for international students wishing to pursue medicine as a career.

Eligibility for MBBS Russia

The eligibility criteria set to study in Russia are simple enough and given below -

●    Pass marks in 10+2.

●    Chemistry and Biology as compulsory subjects for 10+2.

●    Clearing cut-off in the entrance exam set by individual universities.


Usually, these entrance exams are conducted online. In rare cases, certain universities may send an electronic invitation letter to appear physically for the exam.

This letter can be used to acquire a short-term visa to Russia, which can then be extended to a full-time student visa on selection.

Admission Process

The process is simple -

●    Students must apply online directly on the university website.

●    Once submitted, the university may seek out the required documents to prove eligibility.

●    This is followed by the entrance exam usually.

●    Once selected, the university will send required documents needed to apply for a student visa.

Usually, for most universities, June-August is the period when admissions are open.

Admission Process Timeline

The universities generally follow this timeline below -

Registration Window


Submission of initial 10th and 12th marksheets

May - July

Complete application by document submission

June - July

Accepting the invitation from the university

July - August

Application for visa

August - September



Documents Required to Study in Russia

The following documents are commonly required for completing the admission process for MBBS Russia -

●    Completed and signed application form on the university website

●    Official transcripts for both 10th and 12th

●    Transcripts must be either in English or Russian

●    Medical test reports for severe ailments such as HIV

●    Copy of identity proof accepted internationally such as passports

●    Passport size pictures (3 to 12 copies depending on the university rules)

VISA Application for MBBS Russia

To study in Russia, one needs a student visa. Usually, the universities take the initiative and apply on behalf of the student.

Usually, the process begins with acquiring a student invitation form from the Russian immigration office. It usually takes 2 to 6 weeks for processing. In case the universities pick up the document, they fax it to their students.

Once they have access to the form, students need to log on to the Russian Immigration website and fill in the online application with the following documents –

●    Original/Electronic invitation letter

●    Passport with at least 2 years of validity

●    10+2 certificate with Apostille stamp for legalization purposes

●    A medical report with HIV- certification

●    2 passport size photographs

The Russian student VISA has a validity of one year and must be renewed annually.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


·        What is the average cost of studying medicine in Russia?

The average cost differs from university to university but usually lies between 1.8 to 8.5 lakhs a year.

·        Does one need to qualify NEET to study medicine in Russia?

MCI rules dictate one must qualify NEET to study medicine abroad, including Russia.

·        Are language skill test certifications needed to study in Russia?

No such certification is needed.

·        Does one need to take FMGE on return from Russia to practice medicine in India? Yes. All foreign-educated doctors are required to take this test.

·        What are the minimum marks required in 10 and 12 boards to study in Russia?

A minimum of 50% in each board is a must.

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