Established in the year 1932, the Northern State Medical University is one of the best medical universities in Russia when it comes to studying MBBS in Russia for international students, especially Indian medical students who wish to study MBBS in Russia at low cost. The history of the Northern State Medical University starts more than 85 years ago: the Arkhangelsk Medical Institute was founded in 1932. In 1994 the name was altered to Northern State Medical Academy until in the year 2000 it was reorganized as the university. Northern State Medical University is officially recognized by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, NMC (National Medical Commission), formerly MCI (Medical Council of India), and World Health Organization (WHO). Northern State Medical University is the only institution offering medical education in the northernmost part of Russia. Northern State Medical University is also a member of AMSE (Association of Medical Schools of Europe).
The Northern state medical university is a remarkable university center, which has nowadays approximately 5500 students – with PG students altogether 8000. The staff consists of 980 researchers, teachers, academicians, and professors.
Northern State Medical University has experience already for many years in cooperation with foreign partners. The university has partnership agreements and regularly takes part in international conferences. The other international and multicultural element in the everyday life of the university is the growing number of international students. One of the most significant cities of Northern Russia hosts every year hundreds of students, coming from different parts of the world.
In the year 2000 in the Northern State Medical University opened faculty for foreign students, but already in 1991/1992, the university received its first foreign students from India, Pakistan, and Syria. Students represent different countries all over the world: India, Pakistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Angola, Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria, and Peru.
Northern State Medical University perfectly maintains 6 agreements with governors of North-Western Russia. Though the faculty for international students started in the year 2000, Northern State Medical University began accepting international students to study MBBS in Russia in the early 90s.
Talking about student life at Northern State Medical University, it is very vibrant, safe, and full of endless and new possibilities to foster new friendships. All the enrolled international students’ especially Indian medical students will be offered safe and comfortable accommodation in student hostels featured by the Northern State Medical University. The rooms are offered on twin or triple sharing basis of same genders. All the rooms are furnished and come with tables, chairs, beds, shelfs, and wardrobes. Two rooms have a common shower and toilet. Rooms are shared with other students of the same gender, but in the same block, there can be students of the opposite gender as neighbors. In student dormitory no. 1 there are common kitchens and laundries, and there are common rooms in the first and third dormitories. Students need to get the kitchenware by themselves, and if they have their own computer or laptop, they can, also Internet connection you will pay for yourself.
The distance from dormitory no. 1 is about fifteen minutes’ walk (about 1 km) from the Northern State Medical University. Student dormitories number 2 and 3 are located a bit further, about 3 kilometers from the city center and the university.
Northern State Medical University also offers an Indian mess, for all enrolled Indian medical students so that they get healthy and tasty Indian food at low cost while studying MBBS in Russia at Northern State Medical University.
Northern State Medical University features a Student Union for all enrolled international students. The membership of the Student Union in the Northern State Medical University (NSMU) is voluntary, but the membership is very popular: approximately 96% of the Northern State Medical University students are members of the student union. All enrolled Russian students, who get financial support from the state and don’t pay for their studies (because of their Russian citizenship), pay a regular member fee. If a foreign student is interested in the membership, they should pay x rubles to the Student Union. Then she/he will get the same benefits as Russian students through the Student Union.
The Student Union offers help and activities in different fields. One branch of the Student Union is the Sports club, whose services members of the Student Union can use. Members of the Student Union get tickets to movies at a lower price. Further, every year excursions both in Russia and in foreign countries are organized. These trips cost student-members about 50% less than normal. And last, but not least, Student Union offers service, which is very important for the students finishing their studies and planning their future careers. Student Union is specialized in career service: if you wish to get information on how to find work, you can ask for help in Student Union. They have practical tips on where to start looking for a job, how to form one’s resume correctly or how to prepare oneself for an interview. Generally, the Student Union is working for the students. It supervises student’s socio-economic rights and benefits and emphasizes students’ living conditions, employment market, and salary.
Student Club focuses on students’ social life outside the academic sphere. Student-members organize free-time activities, like parties and different kinds of occasions, e.g. “Knighting of students”, “Spring of Dance”, song contests and spectacles. There is a dance group as well as students’ amateur theatre. The theatre staff often goes on to different cities in Russia.
The Student Union also allows all the enrolled Indian students to celebrate all the major Indian festivals like Holi, Diwali, ‘Eid, and other major festivals so that students don’t feel home sick while being away from their homes.