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The North-Western State Medical University (NWSMU) was established in 1907 under the direction of academician Vladimir Bekhterev and developed by the Russian Government through the Ministry of Health on the basis of the laws of the Russian Federation. The North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov (NWSMU), is a public university located in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The NWSMU is one of the oldest and largest Russian Higher Medical Schools. Since its beginning, the Academy remains a leading institution in Russia in medicine and training specialists in preventive and clinical medicine. The NWSMU has a long tradition of educating Russian and international students. The university was established in 2011 following a merger of SPSMA with the St. Petersburg Medical Academy for Postgraduate Studies.

About Saint Petersburg City

Saint Petersburg, formerly known as Petrograd (1914–1924) and later Leningrad (1924–1991), is the second-largest city in Russia. It is situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea, with a population of roughly 5.4 million residents. Saint Petersburg is the fourth-most populous city in Europe, the most populous city on the Baltic Sea, as well as the world's northernmost city with more than 1 million residents. As Russia's Imperial capital, and a historically strategic port, it is governed as a federal city.

The city was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on 27 May 1703 on the site of a captured Swedish fortress and was named after the apostle Saint Peter. In Russia, Saint Petersburg is historically and culturally associated with the birth of the Russian Empire and Russia's entry into modern history as a European great power. It served as the capital of the Tsardom of Russia, and the subsequent Russian Empire, from 1713 to 1918 (being replaced by Moscow for a short period of time between 1728 and 1730). After the October Revolution in 1917, the Bolsheviks moved their government to Moscow. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world, the Lakhta Center, the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and was one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020.

Climate of Saint Petersburg City

Under the Köppen climate classification, Saint Petersburg is classified as Dfb, a humid continental climate. The distinct moderating influence of Baltic Sea cyclones results in warm, humid, and short summers and long, moderately cold wet winters. The climate of Saint Petersburg is colder in winter and warmer in summer because of its more eastern location. The average maximum temperature in July is 23 °C (73 °F), and the average minimum temperature in February is −8.5 °C (16.7 °F). The average annual temperature is 5.8 °C (42.4 °F). The Neva River within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-ups occur in April. From December to March there are 118 days on average with snow cover, which reaches an average snow depth of 19 cm (7.5 in) by February. Air humidity is 78% on average, and there are, on average, 165 overcast days per year.

Top places to visit in Saint Petersburg City

 The State Hermitage Museum

 Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

 Grand Peterhof Palace

 Catherine Palace and Park

 Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve

 The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt

 Faberge Museum

 Alexander Park

 Zelenogorsk Recreation Park

 Oranienbaum State Museum-Reserve

 Dubki Park of Culture and Leisure

 Grand Maket Russia

 The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral

 The Hermitage Pavilion

 Park And Gardens of Peterhof

Quick Overview

Founded 1907

Type of University Public

Medium of Study English / Russian

NEET Required Yes, It is Required   Mandatory

Courses Offered General Medicine, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Preparatory Faculty

Minimum percentage required 50% in PCB of 12th

Duration of MBBS 6 Years (English Medium)

Country rank 16

World Rank 4489

Indian Food Yes, Available

University Recognition WHO, NMC/MCI of India Approved

Address 2-nd floor, administration building, 41, Kirochnaya st.

Official website

Accreditation and affiliation

 World Health Organization (WHO)

 National Medical Commission (NMC)

 Medical Council of Europe

 Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

 General Medical Council (GMC)

 Ministry of Health and Education of the Russian Federation


 General Medicine

 Preventive Medicine




 Internal Diseases



Duration of the course is 6 Years

Fees Pattern1st year2nd year to 6th yearGrand Total
Tuition Fee7800 USD6250 USD39,050 USD Total
Hostel FeeIncludedIncluded
Medical InsuranceIncludedIncluded

 *The tuition fee may increase from 2nd - 6th year (6-10%).
 *1 USD = 75 Russian Ruble applied for this MBBS fee structure (As per the current situation).
 *The amount payable in INR may vary depending on the forex rate.

Edifice team would like to inform you that the exchange rate is extremely volatile and is subjected to change, in such a scenario the fees shown above may differ from the actual price due to a change in the exchange rate and other factors. Candidates are requested to check the current exchange rate before initiating the admission process.


The hostel consists of units with 8-9 rooms, where 2-3 persons live in a room. There is a kitchen, showers, and toilets in a unit. As well they are provided with bedclothes. The Contract for hostel accommodation concluded between the entrant and the University regulates the order of payment, the rights, and duties of the parties, and the responsibility of the parties. Accommodation at the University hostel is possible under conditions of 100 % advance payment according to the price list for applicants and after health check-ups in the University health center.

Student life

 7 student clubs

 80+ student events per year

Obtaining higher medical education is not only a process of mastering professional skills but also the formation of the internal potential of a student's personality, and the development of his spiritual and moral qualities. Student life promotes the formation of professionally important personality traits and develops its social activity, providing psychological assistance and support to the student so that he could realize himself, create, aspire to independence, and increase personal responsibility.

Students can make interesting acquaintances, acquire useful skills and simply find people who are close in spirit and interested in student clubs and associations of the North-Western State Medical University. At the University, students go in for sports, participate in city creative festivals, organize student art events and sing in the choir, practice together in medical institutions and do charity work, hold student scientific conferences and organize business trips, and develop the "green movement" and celebrate holidays. North-Western State Medical University is always open to fresh ideas and new plans, therefore new projects and organizations constantly appear at the University, created in order to support students in their endeavors.

Eligibility for admission to MBBS course at North Western State Medical University, St. Petersburg

North-Western State Medical University Russia has been one of the top preferred destinations for international students to pursue their Medical Degree Courses. Check the eligibility below if you want to study MBBS at North-Western State Medical University Russia.

 You are at least 17 years old on or before 31st December of the admission year. (*No Upper Age Limit.)

 Class 12th in Science, with PCB and English subjects from a board recognized by the authorities in India.

 Minimum Qualifying (%) 50% in 10+2 (UR)

 45% (SC/OBC/ST)

 Qualifying Entrance NEET

Admission Procedure for MBBS course at North Western State Medical University, St. Petersburg

STEP 1: Apply Online
After going through all the details of the university, choose the course. A student can fill in all the details and send us the documents via email. list of the documents required for enrolling in the university

 Copy of the transcripts of Grade 10

 Copy of the transcripts of Grade 11

 Copy of the transcripts of Grade 12

 Copy of School leaving certificate

 Copy of Valid Passport

STEP 2: Get the Invitation Letter
After the evolution of the documents, the student will be notified about the rejection and acceptance of the application. If a student’s application form is accepted then he/she will be notified within 1-2 working days. Also, the student will be issued the admission confirmation within the same time period.

STEP 3: Pay Enrolment Expenses
After receiving the confirmation letter, a student can pay the fees through net banking or other payment methods.

STEP 4: Apply For the Visa
After receiving the invitation letter, students need to apply for the Visa as soon as possible because the Visa process could take time. documents required for the visa:

 An invitation letter was issued by the university.

 International passport (With minimum validity of 2 years)

 Duly attested certificates of high school.

 Medical certificates confirming that the student doesn’t possess HIV/Aids and other STDs.

STEP 5: Arrival in Russia
The student has to pay fees for the first year before arriving in Russia. Also, a student is supposed to send us the flight details. So, that our executive can receive and guide a student after arrival. In case, a student doesn’t inform us about the arrival then he/she could be deported back to the home country by the authorities of Immigration.

STEP 6: Commencement of Classes
Every student must bring a complete of original documents and payment receipts for the first year. A student needs to register himself/herself at the college after 3 days of arriving in the country. After the completion of the registration process and admission process, a student will be allowed to attend the classes. Make sure to apply to the University before the application deadline. Once you get admission to the University you will most likely depart from your home country in the 1st week of September itself.

Documents required for studying MBBS at North Western State Medical University, St. Petersburg (For Indian Students)

 Proof of fee payment

 Student visa

 Declaration for financial support

 Motivation Letter

 Application fee

 Resume/CV (graduate, postgraduate)


 Family Details

 Health and Life Insurance

 Research proposal outline (MA, Ph.D.)

 HIV-test Certificate

 Medical Certificate

 Online Application form


 10th and 12th mark sheets

 Transfer certificate

 6 Passport-size photographs

 Migration certificate


 Medical insurance and HIV reports by recognized hospital

After entering Russia

 Passport with a stamp of the date of border crossing (Checkpoint stamp).

 Visa (for visa entry).

 Migration card with a stamp (Checkpoint stamp) on the date of border crossing.

 Notarized translation of the passport of the Russian Federation (for citizens with visa-free entry).

 Photos - 3x4, 4 pcs. (black and white or colored).

 Letter of consent from parents, a copy of the passport of the parent who signed the letter, and a copy of the birth certificate for the entrant to the University with mandatory notarized translation into Russian (if at the time of documents submission the applicant is under the age of 18). Letter of consent entitles minor applicants to sign all concluded contracts (contract for training, contract for hostel accommodation, contract on provision of additional educational services).

 Tickets (if necessary may be asked to clarify the arrival date).

Why Study MBBS at North Western State Medical University, St. Petersburg?

 The North-Western State Medical University ranking does fairly well on both national and international levels. The University is ranked 81st among 375 Universities across Russia. On a global level, the University is ranked 2,844th out of 40,000 universities.

 The University, as mentioned earlier, has a purely English-taught program which makes it easier for an international students to study in Russia. Yet, it is recommended to study to learn a bit of the Russian language for the purpose of getting along with the Russian locals and being able to interact with the patients during clinical postings.

 The cost of studying at the former St. Petersburg State Medical Academy Russia is very affordable and the budget goes around 30 Lakhs including tuition fee, hostel fee, and other miscellaneous costs. This, if compared to the exorbitant fees in private medical colleges in India, seems a way better deal to invest in. Eventually, the student will have to take NEXT in both cases (MBBS from Russia and MBBS from a private medical college in India) for the purpose of obtaining a license to practice in India.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How to apply to the MD course in General Medicine - what documents should I provide?

List of documents required for admission for foreign citizens:

 Application for admission to the training

 Consent to the processing of personal data.

 Identity document (passport), with a notary translation

 Education document (Certificate/diploma with attachment), with a notarized translation (legalization of the document, if necessary)

 Certificate of marriage/divorce/change of name, with a notarized translation (if necessary)

 Medical certificate 086 /У (if any)

 Migration and visa documents with a notarized translation (if the applicant is on the territory of the Russian Federation)

 Certificate of recognition of foreign education (if necessary)

 Statement of consent to enrollment

Q. Are the results of the Prometric international exam for doctors accepted in Russia?

 No. According to the Admission Rules, you must pass the entrance exams, which are held at the University.

Q. Do I need to apply for a preparatory course?

 In the Preparatory Course, classes are held in Russian, this is mainly for foreign citizens who want to apply and study in Russian.

Q. What is the minimum passing score?

 The minimum passing score according to the admission rules is 50 in chemistry and 50 in biology.

Q. Is practical training at medical institutions included in the curriculum?

 Yes. But for the first two years, training will take place at the University's simulation center.

Q. What qualifications will I receive after completing my General Medicine course?

 Medical Doctor.