About Saint Petersburg in Russia

Saint Petersburg is the 2nd largest city throughout Russia area-wise. The city is situated by the Neva River and connects with the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city is populated with nearly 5.4 million citizens. On a greater scale, it is the 4th most populous city in the entire Europe. The temperature of the city climbs to a maximum of 23 degree Celsius in month of July and drops to the lows of minus 8.5 degree Celsius in February. The River Neva freezes up between November and December and the ice finally breaks in April month. Moving on to the modes of transports, it has a rich history of railway transports with the first railway line established close to 190 years ago in 1837. Ever since then, the city’s transport infrastructure has been developing just as rapidly as the growth of the city. Popular mode of public transports includes buses, trams, metros, ferries, railways, etc.

North Western State Medical University

North Western State Medical University

North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov was established in 2011. The establishment was a result of amalgamation of 2 medical institutions in Russia, namely St. Petersburg State Medical Academy and St. Petersburg Medical College of Postgraduate Education. The University adapts a cooperative approach while undertaking pedagogical, clinical and research activities. This approach proves helpful in yielding competent specialists who are well versed with knowledge of modern medicine as well as the application of it.

After completion of the 6 year long undergraduate program, the student is awarded an MD degree (Equivalent of MBBS degree in India. The language of instruction for the entire curriculum is English so that international students can participate in this program.

Speaking on the basis of facts & figures, there are more than 4,500 students enrolled at the university under various disciplines. The North-Western State Medical University Saint Petersburg also has a good international student base with 400+ foreign students hailing from different countries. The faculty pool comprises of 1,200+ lecturers operating under 7 faculties.

The University is further known for its impressive facilities that enable students’ learning. These include 225 clinical practice bases where clinical training is imparted to the students, 9 laboratories, etc. among other facilities. The University also has tie-ups with 60+ foreign universities which help promoting student exchange program.

Why study in North Western State Medical University?

Even though North Western State Medical University was founded only a decade ago as per the record, the merger of the 2 institutes that led to its establishment had significant amount of experience. Therefore the university, in a way, holds a good experience. Other reasons for why a student may choose this university are listed below.

  • The North-Western State Medical University ranking does fairly good on both national and international level. The University is ranked 81st among 375 Universities across Russia. On global level, the University is ranked 2,844th out of 40,000 universities.
  • The University, as mentioned earlier, has purely English taught program which makes it easier for an international student to study in Russia. Yet, it is recommended to study to learn a bit of 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 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 the cases (MBBS from Russia and MBBS from private medical college in India) for the purpose of obtaining licensing to practice in India.

Cost of studying MBBS at North Western State Medical University

The North-Western State Medical University fees for MBBS are indicated in the table below:

Year Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Year-5 Year-6
Tuition Fee in RUB 4,20,500 4,20,500 4,20,500 4,20,500 4,20,500 4,20,500

Admission Deadline for North Western State Medical University

For admission in the Russian Universities, the timing of application is crucial. Generally, the right time to apply is before October to 30th October.

We say that the timing of application is crucial because the issuance of the Invitation Letter by the Ministry of Education, Russia takes around 4-8 weeks on the basis of which the Russian Consulate in India issues the visa to you. If you are late in applying, you may miss going there with your batch mates.

When you are with MOKSH, however, we take care of all these hassles for you. We have our dedicated seats in the Universities and all our students are escorted by our team straight to the Universities.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in North Western State Medical University

North Western State Medical University requirements include a score of 50% marks in PCB in Class XII. Of course, you need to have qualified NEET 2023.

Indians at North Western State Medical University

MOKSH has been placing Indian students at the North Western State Medical University for quite some time now. Getting into a Government Medical College in India through NEET is very tough and the Private Medical Colleges are very expensive. More and more students approach us for admissions in English taught Russian Medical Universities that are State run because we provide admissions only in such Universities. Since there are many Indian students already studying at the North Western State Medical University, it will be a very good option for those who are looking for an MBBS seat in a Government Medical University in Russia.

PG Option after MBBS in North Western State Medical University

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Medical PG in India or NExT

During MBBS study, a student realizes the importance of being a specialist. They also understand the competitiveness to secure MD/MS Seat in Govt College. If we look at the success ratio to get PG in Govt Medical College which is 11% Broadly we can say that only 1 out of 10 will get PG Seat whereas the chances of getting Clinical specialty is 1 out of 20 applicants. It is obvious that the PG journey is going to be very difficult or else students should have enough money to get the paid seat in Pvt Medical College which may be in Crores!

Total Applicants NEET PG 2021 Specialty Govt Med College Pvt Med College
Seats Success Ratio Seats
1.75 Lacs
MD (Non Clinical) 15K 8.6% 10K
MS ( Clinical) 8K 4.6% 5K
Total 23K 11.4% 15K

Do you feel early preparation and the right mentorship will pave your dream of becoming a specialist? NMC already notified the introduction of the NEXT Exam in India from 2023. This exam will replace all Medical PG exams in India. The exam will be conducted in two parts NEXT-1 and NEXT-2.

The Objective of the NEXT-1 is to assess the Student’s Knowledge of Pre, Para, and Clinical Subjects on the National Level. Only post-qualifying of NEXT-1 any Medical student will be eligible for an Internship. Post completion of internship Students needs to go thru NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management, and Keeping of Medical history. Those who will Clear NEXT-2 awarded a license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer to Page for detailed information on the NExT Exam

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Medical PG in USA (USMLE)

We are well aware of the difficulty of getting PG in India. With the introduction of NEXT, maximum students in India are getting attracted to USMLE prep from 1st year of MBBS since it simulates the new NMC Competency-based curriculum much easily. US Healthcare system is considered as one of the best health care systems because of numerous reasons like High rewards, excellent infrastructure, Merit-based assessment, Open opportunities for Super specialties. Most of the countries trying to replicate the US health care assessment system for their Medical Graduates USMLE exam are divided into 3 Parts. One can appear in USMLE Step 1 after 2nd Year, USMLE Step 2 CK during internship and Step-3 during your residency (Medical PG). The USMLE is an online exam and can be taken at the PROMETRIC centers present across India.


MOKSH Coaching focuses on a patient-centered learning approach which helps students score high on both USMLE & NEXT. MOKSH is the leading name in USMLE Coaching. Currently, 1000+ Students from Indian and Abroad medical colleges are preparing for USMLE steps via the MOKSH Platform.

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Medical PG IN UK (PLAB)

Due to the close proximity of Moldova to UK, many of the students plan to do their Medical PG from UK. Till 2024, the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB test) is the instrument to assess the skills and knowledge of an International Medical Graduate. It also judges whether they are fit to be trained to practice medicine in the UK.

In short, an IMG's performance in PLAB determines her eligibility to practice in the UK. The PLAB test has two stages. PLAB 1 is an exam that has 180 MCQs that tests your recall. On the other hand, PLAB 2 is a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that tests your clinical skills.

The GMC ascertains your linguistic skills by assessing your score in specific tests. It may be the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or higher) or OET (Grade B in reading, writing, listening & speaking).

After you pass PLAB 1 & 2, you apply for the GP registration. There is one constraint. You have a window of 2 years after clearing PLAB 2 during which you may apply no later.

By 2024, the UK Medical Licensing Assessment will replace the PLAB. Consequently, the GMC UK is going to change certain things in PLAB and create the UKMLA exam.

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Medical PG in Germany


PG in Germany after MBBS in India is another great option, though it requires you to learn the German language. Of the 6 levels starting from A1 to C2, you need to clear A1 and A2 that would qualify you to apply for the visa.

Once the Language formalities are done, you get into the phase where you do Observer-ship from a German hospital approved by the German Medical Council. This is followed by Residency.
This may sound simple here but the process is quite complicated. To know more about PG in Germany after your MBBS in India,

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Your Chance to get an MBBS Seat in India

The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counseling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counseling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counseling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counseling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge that ranges from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.

Dreams shatter when any silly mistake in choice filling or wrong selection of college leads to getting a poorly ranked college. Imagine getting paid seats or no seats at all due to a lack of genuine guidance!

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