Though India is rich in education, many Indian students dream of completing their medical education abroad. 

Ever wondered why these students see a foreign land as more promising than their own motherland?

Yes! Finances are definitely one of the major reasons students choose to move abroad for further studies.

However, other reasons include the high competition rate in Indian Medical Universities.

It feels like a never-ending battle for medical students to get seats in Government colleges. 

Apart from that, do you know that the lectures are so crowded in Indian Universities?

Guidance on a personal level always helps to understand the concepts and clear doubts more efficiently.

Let us see some more reasons why many Indians are choosing MBBS in Russia instead of India.

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Course Overview

CourseMBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Course Duration6 Years
Eligibility10+2 50% in PCB
NEET QualificationMandatory
IELTS and TOEFLNot Required
Teaching MediumEnglish
Popular Universities for MBBS in RussiaKazan Federal University
Ural State Medical University
Bashkir State Medical University
Volgograd State Medical University
Crimea State Medical University
Orel State University
Kursk State Medical University
Recognized byMCI, WHO, UNESCO, and are listed with the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS).

MBBS in Russia vs MBBS in India

Comparing the Indian and Russian Medical Universities would give you clarity on why Russia is indeed the best choice for students who want to study MBBS abroad. Let’s start

Comparison of MBBS Education in Russia and India

Aspect Russia India
  • Medical students are allowed to practice in every city hospital, and affiliation with the university is not mandatory.
  • Medical students are only allowed to practice in a hospital affiliated with the university.
Clinical Exposure
  • In Russia, students have to attend pre-clinical classes for the first three years of their MBBS course.
  • From the 4th year onwards, morning lectures would be conducted for 4 hours only.
  • Then further studies would be undergone in the hospital, wherein the teacher who is also a practicing doctor of the hospital would teach the students practically while examining and treating the patient.
  • This practice allows the students to have better communication with the patients, improves their diagnostic skills, and helps them to implement textbook knowledge into real-life situations for 3 whole years.
  • In Indian Medical Universities, students are only allowed to see patients in the last year (internship) of their MBBS course.
  • Hence their knowledge is practically executed for only 12 months.
Education Pattern
  • In Russia, the class strength of 200 students is divided into smaller groups of 10 to 15 students to ensure personal attention from the teacher is available for every student.
  • This practice ensures utmost concentration from the student’s end and high-quality conceptual teachings from the professor’s end, leaving behind zero room for misbehavior and lack of focus.
  • In India, the class strength varies somewhere from 200 to 250 students which are divided into a group of 40 students.
  • It becomes difficult for the teacher to give personal attention to every student’s needs, and it is tough for students to receive and integrate the conceptual understanding due to distractions.
Cadaveric Dissection
  • Since the class strength is shortened in Russian universities, every student has access to practice dissection on the cadaver personally.
  • This improves their conceptual understanding of various complications that may cause the death of an individual.
  • It also improves their dissecting techniques to have perfection while working with alive patients.
  • It becomes impossible for each of the 40 students of a class to dissect one cadaver.
  • Although simulation labs have improved the physical practice that aspiring doctors get, they can still not replace the benefits that a student would get by working on a corpse.
  • It limits the opportunity for the students to have hands-on practice.
Tuition Fee
  • Cost of MBBS in Russia is approx. 30 lakhs.
  • This amount can easily be earned back after 2.5 years of your career.
  • Private Indian Medical Universities can charge up to 100 lakh rupees.
  • The return on investment in this situation is quite low as the monthly salary you would get after MBBS is approximately 90,000 INR to 1,00,000 INR.
  • Here you need to maintain 100% of attendance.
  • If you do take leaves (which is not allowed for more than one or two days), you must communicate with your respective professor.
  • They would appoint a different time for you to recover your lost attendance.
  • They take tests almost every day after or during lectures, and a cumulative mark is prepared.
  • This forces the students to pay attention in class, which benefits them in the long run.
  • You are supposed to maintain an attendance of a minimum of 75% or more in India.
  • This may cause a disruption in the flow of your understanding.


In India, the last year of the MBBS course is dedicated for the internship. 

However, In Russia, the universities don’t have a separate year for internship, instead from 4th year onwards students can start their internship in any hospitals of the city during their summer vacations/program. 

This allows students to have clinical exposure early on which results in better communication skills, diagnostic skills and surgical skills such as precise incision, drainage of an abscess, suturing & knot tying, excising a skin lesion, & usage of local anaesthetic. 

Top Russian Universities for MBBS

Many Russian Universities for MBBS are notable for their modern infrastructure and personalized theoretical and clinical guidance provided to all students.

For your convenience, we have listed below some of the top-notch medical universities in Russia. 

Kazan Federal University

This university was established by Emperor Alexander in 1804. It quickly became the third-oldest university in Russia.   

Kazan Federal University was formed by merging 7 universities and 3 medical institutions. 

Some famous students of Kazan Federal University are writer Leo Tolstoy, video recorder inventor Alexander Ponyatov, and mathemetician Nicholay Lobachevsky

For more information about Kazan Federal University, check out the video below.

Bashkir State Medical University

Established in 1932, Bashkir State Medical University is one of the best leading medical universities in the Russian Federation. It is also the center of medical and pharmaceutical sciences of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

Initially, there was only one faculty i.e. the Faculty of General Medicine. However, the Faculty of Pediatrics was created in 1961, the Faculty of Preventive Medicine (later renamed to the Faculty of Preventive Medicine and Microbiology) in 1970, the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1981, and Dentistry in 1976.

In 2010 Ufa Medical College was merged with BSMU. It is a center for postgraduate studies that provides postgraduate courses in 56 scientific majors and doctoral courses in 8 scientific majors. There are 3 candidates and 10 doctoral dissertation councils that are responsible for defense and awarding academic degrees in 23 majors.

Volgograd State Medical University

Founded in 1935, Volgograd State Medical University was earlier established as Stalingrad Medical Institute and now is one of the top 10 best medical universities in Russia with a long tradition of training doctors. 

It is situated on the west bank of the Volga River in southern Russia. 

It secures 2nd place in the number of international students among medical universities in Russia. Volgograd State Medical University celebrated its 85th Anniversary in 2020.

This university has been teaching international students since 1962.

Crimea State Medical University

Crimea Federal University aims to train medical students from all over the world to excellent doctors who contribute to making the world healthy and saving lives.

The university is also known as V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University. It comes under the list of top-class Medical universities in Russia. It is located in Crimea State. It has more than 7,000 members of staff, 32,000 students, and 3,000 international students from 54 countries.

CFU was established in 1918. University has been granted the ‘AA’ Rank by the International Education Society. The medium of teaching is English which follows the European Standards of Education. Today, V.I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University comprises 7 colleges,  11 research, and science institutions and centers, 23 academic and non-academic units, and 12 branches located across Crimea, which includes 10 academies and institutes, 11 branches. 

Kursk State Medical University

Kursk State Medical University is located in Kursk in western Russia. It is a Russian Medical University, established in 1935. By 1994 it was granted university status.

In Russia, this was the first university to offer students a complete medical training program in the English language. KSMU is accredited in 15 foreign countries and students are allowed to take exams in the respective country. 

Petrozavodsk State University

In the criteria of “internationalization,” PetrSU holds the top spot among Russian universities and they secured a  third position in the promotion of employment for their students &  graduates. 

Students may choose bachelor’s, master’s, or specialist’s degrees in 13 different fields of science & 63 licensed specialties. 

Ingush State University

Recognized by MCI and WHO, Ingush State University was founded in 1994. The departments, hostels, library, and hospital is in the same building.  

This is the most affordable medical university in Russia. It is located in MAGAS city which is 1800 km away from Moscow. 

Ingush State University is considered the youngest public university in Russia. 

Ryazan State University

Amongst 47 medical universities in Russia, Ryazan State University ranks 7th. 

Ryazan State Medical University has been training qualified personnel for Russian Healthcare System for almost over 70 years.

Currently, Ryazan State Medical University runs programs for higher professional education in the medical field. They train residency, specialists in internship, doctoral candidacy, and postgraduate study. 

They also provide qualification improvement & professional retraining. This university is a research center of medical science & medical prophylactic activity.

Final Words 

Colleges in Russia for MBBS from an educational point of view is an amazing choice. The university choices are not limited to the above list. 

Education consultancy was founded in the year 2011 and since then we have been identified as the only consultancy for career counselling for students and known for working with top universities in Russia and Georgia.

We want the youth of India to make revolutionary progress in the field of medicine and surgery, we would happily go out of our way to fulfil that. With us, you can ensure quality service and guidance from our professionals.

For in-depth information about the above-mentioned universities, career counselling, or any details you need to study MBBS abroad, contact Education Consultancy. 


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