FAQs

Q) What would be the advantage of applying to a Russian higher educational Institute through GEC?

GEC has close ties with the Russian universities and the founder members of GEC have themselves completed their medical education from the Russian federation.

GEC understands the Russian educational system absolutely from all the angles and hence can provide practical assistance to the prospective students willing to pursue medical and engineering education in Russia.

GEC guides the students and their parents not only to secure their admissions but throughout their tenure during their education in Russia.

GEC plays a role further to guide the students (and parents) about higher specialization courses in India and abroad. GEC also guides the students to appear for the medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.

Q) Are the medical degrees from Russian Universities recognized?

As per the amendment to the Indian Medical Act, 1956, any Indian student intending to study medicine in any medical college anywhere abroad for a graduate medical course has to obtain an 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 for a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination (http://www.natboard.edu.in) as required by the Medical Council of India (http://www.mciindia.org) prior to the registration with the Medical Council of India. The academic requirement for the eligibility certificate as defined by the Medical Council of India for the general is an aggregate 50% marks in the Physics / Chemistry and Biology and 40% incase 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. GEC guides the students to appear for medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.

Post Graduate courses from no where in the world are registered with the Medical Council of India or the Dental Council of India. This would mean that you would not be able to either work as a specialist in a government hospital or teach the specialization learnt. You would however, have your own private practice or work in a private hospital. Since you would be doing your specialization from a University, which is listed by the WHO in its "Directory of world medical schools", you would be eligible to appear for screening examinations to many screening examinations like PLAB etc.

Q) Do student have to give any entrance examination for joining the university in Russia?

NO. The students need not appear for any entrance examination. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Russian degrees for the post graduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first served basis.

Q) What is the difference between Institute, Academy and university?

Institute is the basic of the learning process with minimal infrastructure and least specialization on any subject. Academy has infrastructure bigger than the institute and standard of teaching better than the institute, whereas university has the surplus infrastructure and resources, having latest tools and technology to assist the student in overall learning development. In Russia this hierarchy is allocated by Russian Health Ministry as per its norms and according to the teaching standards of that particular institution

Q) What are Russian classroom environments like?

In most Russian universities, the general teacher student ratio of 1:10 is practiced giving students a more attentive and personal learning environment

Q) What is Visa Invitation for education?

The visa invitation for education is the official document, which is processed by the department of passport-visa service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. It confirms that the student is admitted to a particular University. It specifies your passport details and the full name of the University. This invitation support letter is required by the Russian Embassy to stamp the visa in your passport. Generally, it takes about 45 days to process the invitation at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The invitation is valid for 90 days from the date of its issuance and you need to apply to the Russian Embassy for a visa during the validity of the issued invitation.

Q) What is the Migration card?

The migration card is the document, which testifies that the student has crossed the border of the Russian Federation. It is an obligatory document for the further processing of the student registration and hence is an important document. Without the migration card the registration on the territory of Russian Federation cannot be done and the student would be deported back to the home country. The migration card is handed out by the flight attendant on the plane. It is also available at the airport at the immigration department. The card consists of 2 identical parts, which are necessary to fill. At the immigration of the International airport, the immigration officer stamps the both parts of the card and retains one while the other part is handed over to the student. Before leaving the immigration desk, it is important to check that you have received the stamped part from the officer. It is important and obligatory to retain the migration card till the departure from the Russian Federation.

Q) What is the Registration?

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 and 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 traveling to Russia for the full period of study.

Q) Will I have any additional expenses when I arrive in Russia?

When students arrive in Russia, they pay the officially established charges for the registration. It is about US $ 30. Sometimes, the University requires the student to be re-examined for HIV or medical fitness which would cost an additional US$ 15. HIV certificate is valid for 3 months.

Q) What is life and health insurance?

Before the arrival of the student to Russia, GEC processes the life and the health insurance on the behalf of the student. Within several days of the arrival to Russia, the insurance certificate is given to the student. The 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. The insurance company also informs GEC of the illness of the student who apply for the medical help. GEC therefore is in a position not only to monitor and supervise the condition of the student’s health but also to inform the parents of the student and keeping them informed about the progress of the student’s health. 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 is necessary and obligatory for all foreign students wishing to study in Russia.

Q) Do students need to bring their own laptop?

Many students do have their own laptop. There are Internet ports available in Students Hostels, which provide fast Internet access, for a affordable fee. If you don’t have your own laptop, there are computers at the University premises that are available to use. There is an increasing amount of the curriculum, which is linked to the Internet.

Q) Who is considered to be an international student?

Anybody who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Russian Federation is categorized as an international student for entry into the University.

Q) What if the classes are conducted in English? Do I need to be proficient in Russian?

For the medical studies, the first three years consist of pre-clinical training and is more lectures oriented. The pre clinical 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 students would start his clinical subjects, which would require him / her to attend the clinics and hospitals as part of his training and would have to interact with the local Russian patients and hence would require knowing the local language. Students are therefore required to be proficient in the Russian language so that they are able to gain the most out of their higher education in Russia. Also the knowledge of the local language is an added asset for the student to interact with the local population. In short, proficiency in Russian is a MUST if you choose to enroll in Russian Higher Education.

Q) How do I apply for my passport?

For obtaining a passport, you need to apply to your local passport office through an application form available at the passport office. It would however, be an easier process for the student to apply through a travel agent since he is well aware of the processes. The process normally takes around 6 to 8 weeks for the issuance of the passport after the date of application and the passport is sent directly to your address. However, it is known that the issuance of the passport make take a longer time, which may result in a delay in proceeding to Russia or even cancellation of your admission. Therefore, you should take all precautions and plan accordingly. There is also a facility to have your passport issued on a "Tatkaal" basis on the submission of your letter of admission

Q) What if I want to go home or travel out of Russia during my studies?

When you know your travel dates out of the country, you MUST apply with the Russian University for what is termed as an "Exit-Re-Entry" visa, which allows you to leave and return again without giving up your student visa. You will need to submit additional photos, and to pay a fee. You should also apply for this at least 3 weeks before your planned travel dates, and you will need to specify the "travel window (exit and return dates)" during which this "Exit-Re-Entry" visa should be valid.
Do not lose this "Exit-Re-Entry" visa as entry to Russia is not permitted without this document. Re-application / replacement can only be processed by the University concerned. This may take between 4 to 6 weeks. All students are strongly advised to staple this visa slip to their passport as this is not done by the authorities.

Q) Can my parents or family visit me while I study in Russia?

Of course, they can! However, the Russian university you are currently studying at and the Russian government is not responsible for the travel expenses or arranging accommodation for your family.

Students must apply to the University for an Invitation letter for your family. With this letter, your family then can apply for a visa for entry into Russia at the local Russian Embassy or Consulate. Please allow between 4-8weeks for the visa application process.

Q) Is it necessary for me to have the policy of medical insurance during training in Russia?

A: Each student undertaking his training in Russia has to get a policy of medical insurance. The policy should be valid on territory of the country. Usually, the institute/university offers to international student’s assistance in getting the policy on services of the institution polyclinic. Nevertheless, it is not an obligatory condition. That is why students can use the service of any other national or international insurance company.

Q) what language teaching at the Russian universities is conducted?

A: Most of the programs at Russian universities are taught in Russian language. At the same time, some short-term and full-term programs in foreign languages (English, French) have been developed recently. That preferably concerns various programs in the field of medicine.

Q) What services are included in the tuition fees?

A: The tuition fee covers most expenses concerning the studies: textbooks, instructions, access to seminars, lectures, required tests throughout the year, access to the Internet in computer rooms. Please, read carefully the information about universities' programs: some schools may include costs of accommodation and/or medical insurance into the tuition fee.

Q) Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installment plan?

A: Usually students of short-term programs (less than 1 year) are expected to pay for the whole program at once. The same is usually true for the first-year students. Other graduate students usually may choose how to pay the tuition fee: it might be paid either once per year or in two equal parts during the year (before the beginning of a semester).

Q) Are the Russian engineering and aeronautical degrees recognizes in India?

A: The entire Russian institute where the admission is sought is thoroughly and duly recognized A.I.C.T.E. and meets all the standards and norms as desired.

Q) Is there any scholarship or grant available for foreign students?

The education in Russia is highly subsidized by the Government of the Russian Federation. Due to this no separate scholarships or grants are available from any individual universities. However, bank loans are now readily available from all nationalized, co-operative and the private sector banks. These loans are available at very low interest and are generally repaid in easy installments, one year after the completion of the educational period.

Q) How much are the living expenses in Russia?

Generally a student can stay quite comfortably in around US$ 150 - US$ 200 per month. This figure is approximate and would differ from city to city, person to person based on his / her living standards.

Q) Can a student open a bank account?

Yes, a student can open a bank account in his name.

Q) Where can I obtain foreign exchange for my studies in Russia and do I need to obtain permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the same?

We assist students to obtain foreign exchange through RBI authorized foreign exchange dealers.

Q) Does the student have to be present personally for an interview at the Russian Embassy / Consulate for the issuance of visa?

No. GEC on the behalf of students applies for the Visa with the Russian Embassy or the Consulate.

Q) Is medical treatment available in the Universities?

Yes. The medical treatment in Russia is free of cost and the university covers the medical insurance for the students

Q) How do I make my travel arrangements?

GEC assists the students to make their travel arrangements like the air ticket, immigration clearance etc.

Q) What would I need to carry with me along to Russia?
Make sure you carry with you the following documents:
  • Passport (original)
  • Air Ticket
  • Copy of the visa invitation (To be arranged by GEC)
  • Copy of the visa
  • Foreign exchange for the fees / living expenses
  • Mark sheet as well as certificate of 10th , 12th std.
  • Degree mark sheet and transcript for P.G. students.
  • Internship completion certificate (for P. G. students only)
  • Admission letter
  • 20 colour photographs of 3.5 X 3.5 cm size.
  • HIV free medical certificate.
  • You are requested to refer to the list of items to be carried during traveling.
Q) Would anybody from GEC be there with the students while traveling?

YES. As a part of service extended from GEC, officials of GEC accompany the student’s batch till their respective university.

Q) What is the type of accommodation that is given by the Universities in Russia?

University provides enough space in the hostels for all international students with comfortable living condition. All hostels are supplied with cold and hot water and central heating system, each room contains beds, a desk, chairs and storage space and telephone facility.

Q) Does the University and the Hostel have mess facilities?

Cafeterias and mess facilities are available. Indian, Chinese, Arabian, Italian and Malaysian mess is also available

Q) What would be the type of food generally found in Russia?

All types of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available. There are rich variety of milk products and fruits available.

Q) How do I contact my parents or friends down in India?

Telephone and internet facilities are available all over Russia. Students have free access to internet at university. Also students can buy mobile phone with which they can contact their friends and parents down in India.

Q) Who does the student contact in Russia if he / she have any queries or problems at the University / hostel?

Students can contact the relevant authorities at the University / hostel to solve their problem. Also you can contact GEC regarding your problem in case you need.

Q) When does the university have vacations?

There are two types of vacations in Russian medical universities.
Winter vacation: 20th January to 5th February
Summer vacation: 1st July to 31st August

Note: In summer and winter vacation students can visit their home town or can stay there in Russia.