Did you know? India has the highest number of medical colleges in the world. Yet, the country has the highest percentage of students boarding flights to study MBBS abroad. With 541 medical colleges, including 278 government and 263 private medical universities recognized by the National Medical Commission, the country offers about 83,275 seats in the MBBS course for about 7 lakhs NEET qualified students. Out of these 83,275 seats, 43,435 belong to Government medical colleges, and 39,840 belong to private medical universities.
With this disproportionate ratio between the number of eligible students and the number of viable seats for MBBS in the country a lot of students, despite working hard and fulfilling the eligibility criteria, are ousted from their way of achieving their dreams. There are also private universities that are jam-packed, despite charging up to 70 times the amount at public universities. Therefore, they can be a difficult choice for many due to the limited resources.
This cavity between reality and dream is where MBBS abroad comes to play. Due to the uncertainties and the scant seats in the government medical universities, every year more than 15000 students board their flights to study medicine abroad. As per data, approximately 6,00,000 Indian students were studying MBBS in 21 different countries as of 2019.
Former president of the Medical Council Of India, Dr Jayashree Mehta on the increasing popularity of medical education abroad, has stated, “One set of students applying abroad are those aiming for top colleges in countries like the UK, but a chunk of aspirants is those who could not manage a seat in a government medical college. Private medical colleges are sometimes so expensive that students prefer to study in China, Russia and more recently in countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.”
Among 25+ countries that enrol students to study medicine abroad, Russia has unexpectedly seen an exponential increase in the past few decades. MBBS students studying in Russia have increased from less than 1500 in 2000-2005 to almost 8000 per year since 2015.
One of the major reasons for this is the affordability of medical education in Russia.
Why is MBBS in Russia so affordable?
The approximate fees at government medical universities of Russia are generally around 6000 USD per year. Here are some of the reasons for which makes studying MBBS in Russia an extremely affordable option with a low cost:
⦁ The tuition fee of MBBS in the medical universities of Russia is highly subsidised by the Federal government itself up to 70%, which makes the entire course extremely affordable.
⦁ The travel within the country for the students is not only safe but also is specially discounted for the students.
⦁ The cost of living in Russia is cost-efficient. The students are provided with the European standard of living at a pocket-friendly price.
Advantages of Studying MBBS in Russia
Affordable medical education in Russia is not the only reason why MBBS in Russia has been gaining immense popularity among young Indian students. Some of the associated benefits of medical education in Russia, enticing students include:
⦁ Recognitions by NMC(MCI), ECFMG, WDOMS and the medical councils of many countries like Canada, Australia, etc, thus giving global recognition to the attained degree.
⦁ Direct Admissions without any entrance test or capitation fees gives you a heckle-free and easy admission process for the students
⦁ The universities also provide coaching for the medical screening exams like FMGE/NExT, USMLE, etc as a part of the curriculum.
⦁ The universities are equipped with the best of facilities as well as faculties to provide an efficient and effective environment for conducive learning.
⦁ Russia being a leading centre of medical research gives the student global exposure to the research practices.
⦁ Unlike popular belief, the students study the entire course in the English language. Basic Russian is taught to the student for their effective communication with the locals.
Along with these advantages, the top medical universities in Russia like Perm State Medical University, Mari State University and Orenburg State Medical University also provide exclusive facilities for its Indian students like Indian canteens, accommodations, etc to ensure the culturally enriched student life while the students get the best quality of medical education.
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