FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
As per the amendment to the India Medical Act, 1956, any Indian student intending to study medicine in any medical college anywhere in abroad for a graduate medical course has to obtain eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi before joining the medical college abroad. After the successful completion of the course, the student is expected to appear a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination as required by Medical Council of India prior to the registration with Medical Council of India, The academic requirement for the eligibility certificate as defined by the Medical Council of India for the general category is of the aggregate 50% marks in the Physics / Chemistry and Biology and 40% in case of the reserved category. More details could be obtained from the Medical Council of India either from their office in New Delhi or from their official website. AKEC guides the students to appear for the medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.
For obtaining passport, you should apply at a local passport office in an application form available at the passport office. The process normally takes around 6-8 weeks for the issuance of the passport after the date of application and the passport is sent directly to your address. There is also a facility to have your passport on “Tatkaal” basis on the submission of your letter of admission.
Will it be necessary to learn Russian language, even if the student has joined the English medium course?
For the medical studies, the first three years consist of pre-clinical training and is more lecture oriented. The preclinical subjects are taught completely in the English language. However, there are Russian language classes as a part of the curriculum from the first year itself. This is necessary since from the fourth year, the student would start his / her clinical subjects, which would require him / her to attend the clinics and hospital as part of training and would have to interact with the local Russian patients and hence would require knowing the local language. Also the knowledge of the local language in an added asset for the student to interact with local population.
Registration gives foreign student a legal right to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for the period of registration. Usually the period of registration is one year. Registration should be renewed annually 2-3 weeks before its termination.
Upon arrival at the University, the student should submit the required documents to process the registration within 3 days after arrival. The duration of the registration processing is 10-15 days. The original passport of the student is taken by the concerned department. The registration is stamped on the migration card; there the address of the student hostel where the student lives is noted. The registration of the passport and the visa requires that the passport is valid for a minimum period of 2 years. It is recommended to renew the passport before travelling to Russia for the full period of study.
The student is allowed to carry 20-25 kgs of luggage free of charge. All overweight luggage should be paid on a Kg basis and may turn to be expensive. It is recommended to bring only necessary things that are required and which you feel may not be available in Russia. Everything else could be purchased in Russia. It is recommended to take warm clothes.
Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Russia are more than those of the following months. You’ll need about 500 USD or 350 Euro for the first three months of staying in Russia. That is because the student would need to purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average month expenses for food are about USD 100 or 80 Euro.
The education in Russia is highly subsidized by the government of Russian Federation. Therefore there are no separate scholarships or grants available for individual universities.
Parents can send money to the student’s bank account in India or Russia by the way of a wire transfer. The student is recommended to open a bank account in India. The best way to transfer the money is to use international ATM/debit cards. If the student wishes to open a bank account in Russia, it can be done as soon as the process of registration is completed. It usually takes about 10-15 days. After the registration is completed, AKEC will help students to open a bank account, to which parents can transfer money. To open a bank account, the student will be required to deposit USD 5 or 5 Euro.
The life & health insurance guarantees that the student gets the required medical aid in times of illness according to the program of the insurance cover. The insurance policy mentions the names and the telephone numbers of the doctors and the hospitals. Without the life and the health insurance it is not possible to process the registration of the student. Therefore, the life and the health insurance are necessary and obligatory for all foreign students wishing to study in Russia.
AKEC constantly supervises the process of studying and receives the information about students’ academic progress. AKEC talk to the professors, teachers about students’ behaviour and progress. The received information is sent to the students parents.
If a student receives an exit visa, he/she is obliged to leave Russia within 7 days after the receiving the visa. In case of a delayed departure, strict measures — penal sanctions, arrest, holding in custody, deportation are applied. The decision on deportation is taken by a special court. In case of deportation the entrance to Russia is forbidden for the subsequent 5 years. We strictly recommend students to observe the requirements of the immigration services.
No. you will be in Russia on a student visa and so you are not allowed to work. Any person seeking a job must have work permit The Russian education is generally considered to be one of the most qualitative and fundamental in the world. Much attention is paid both to basic theoretical knowledge of students and extensive practical skills. It allows students to find a well-paid job and start climbing the career ladder right after the graduation. How-ever, we would not recommend you to combine work and study.
Winter vacations are only 15 days in January, or February, but summer vacations are two months (July and August). You are advised to visit India during your summer vacation. AKEC organize group journey for students to India helping them to acquire student’s concession air tickets.
Yes, the hostel is open during vacations. No, you do not have to leave the hostel. You can stay at the hostel.
There are 4 seasons in Russia. Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), Autumn (September to November) and Winter (December to February). Climate is temperate continental with cool summer and mild winter. Temperature in summer is up to +30 and in winter about -10 degrees centigrade.
No, if you got admission through A.K.Educational Consultants, then you have to live in the hostel provided. This is for your well being only. When living in the hostel, you are inside the campus, your classes are nearby, you are safe, in the hostel there is a studious environment, students live in more disciplined manner, there is a strictly controlled system keeping a watch on students.
You are provided with a laundry in the hostel, where the laundry staff will wash your cloths and iron them. You just have to bring your cloths to the laundry, hand over to laundry staff and after two days collect them from the laundry. Of course, there is a nominal charge for this service.
Yes, we have gyms, operating separately for boys and girls. We have all kinds of machines in them. Personal trainers are giving you guidelines for your exercises.
No, a cleaning woman (maid) will come daily and clean your toilet, washbasin room and shower room. This service is organized by A.K. Educational Consultants. You have to pay a nominal charge.
No, there is no such thing as ragging. Yet again ragging is strictly prohibited and if any student will do take ragging, then he will be expelled out of the academy/university immediately.
Can I pay my fee in the form of international bank draft or bank cheque drawn in favour of the Medical Academy/University?
Yes, nationalized banks in India offer you loans for your medical education abroad. You will have to apply for loan directly. A.K.Educational Consultants will provide you documents needed by the bank from the Medical Academy/University.
Every student is advised to have a mobile phone. Mobile phone system is highly developed in Russia and your parents can easily contact you.
Yes, you will have the Internet facility in the Academy/University premises as well as Hostel campus.
No, there is no entrance examination. However, the Federal Universities of Russia conduct an aptitude test.
Yes, you can join it, but do not expect very good results from it.
YES. As a part of service extended from AKEC, officials of AKEC accompany the students’ batch till the respective university.
University provides enough places in the hostels for all international students with comfortable living condition. All hostels are supplied with cold and hot water and central heating systems, each room contains beds, a desk, chairs, storage space and telephone facility (Common for the specific floor.)
Mess facilities are generally not available, but there are cafeterias which serve Russian, Continental & India food at subsidized rates. There are McDonald’s, Pizza huts and Indian restaurants in metro cities of Russia.
Books are available in library. If student wishes he can carry Indian books.