Volgograd State Medical University

Quick Facts

Year of Establishment 1935
Type of University Public University
Medium of Teaching Russian 
Minimum Percentage for MBBS in Volgograd State Medical University 50% in PCB & NEET Qualified
NEET Requirement Yes
IELTS / TOEFL Not Required
Duration 6 years (Including internship)
Recognition NMC and WHO Approved
Admission Process Direct
Processing Time 45-60 Days
Tuition Fees RUB 455000  Per Year
Hostel Cost RUB 35000 Per Year
Food Cost 120 USD/ Month
Indian Students 900+ students
Session Starts September

About Volgograd in Russia

The Volgograd State Medical University is located in the city of Volgograd. Volgograd, that has the distinction of being the 15th largest city in the country, is the administrative focal point of the Volgogrod ‘Oblast’ (an administrative division). The city is the location site of the famous statue ‘The Motherland Calls’ which is dedicated to the war heroes. Apart from this, the city has various monuments and museums and is also well connected, locally as well as internationally.

Though the cold is less severe in the region when compared to some cities in Russia, the winter is really intense in Dec-Jan and the temperature may fall below -30°C, something that can be a major problem for anyone born and brought up in the Indian climate.

Volgograd State Medical University, Russia

The Volgograd State Medical University (VSMU) is indeed having the advantage of being the oldest University in the Volgograd ‘Oblast’ and it was established in 1935. As we keep saying, the older the University, the better the education. However, there are issues with Volgograd State Medical University that we discuss in detail later.

The Volgograd State Medical University World Ranking is 3103rd while the Volgograd State Medical University Ranking in Russia is 105th. According to the system of grading followed in categorizing Russian universities, the Volgograd State Medical University has been given the grade B+ which is mediocre. The number of students in the Volgograd State Medical University is between 4000-4999 in any given session. The number of Academic staff active in the University teaching the various disciplines is around 800, while the number of Indian students in the University is approximately 300.

Read on to understand why we discourage you to choose this University in spite of all the good things we have said so far about it.

Disadvantages of studying in Volgograd State Medical University

The Volgograd State Medical University may have the attractive features mentioned above but:

  1. The MBBS taught at the Volgograd State Medical University is Bilingual, which means that the last 3 years of your MBBS will be taught in the Russian language. That means you will have to become literally an expert in the Russian language to understand and perform.
  2. Indian students who studied at the Volgograd State Medical University have not performed well in FMGE or the erstwhile MCI Screening Test in the past 5 years.
  3. The Volgograd State Medical University lists very low in the Indian Embassy list of Russian Universities that classifies them on the basis of academic standing.
  4. In spite of being Bilingual, the Volgograd State Medical University Fee Structure is not less, as one would expect.
  5. As mentioned before, the cold in the region is famous and facing it after being brought up in the tropical Indian climate is a huge challenge.

Affiliations and Medical Programs at Volgograd State Medical University

The various programs run at the Volgograd State Medical University include Bachelor’s, Specializations and super-specializations. However, the linguistic concerns persist in the background.
As far as international affiliations are concerned, the University cooperates with UNESCO, World Federation for Medical Education, World Health Organization and the World Federation of Human Reproduction.

Cost of studying MBBS at Volgograd State Medical University

Volgograd State Medical University Fees of MBBS is not low, especially when one considers the fact that the University is Bilingual. However, the details are as follows:

Year Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Year-5 Year-6
Tuition Fee in RUB 4,55,000 4,55,000 4,55,000 4,55,000 4,55,000 4,55,000

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Admission Deadline for Volgograd State Medical University Russia

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. The Volgograd State Medical University admission 2024 will also follow the same pattern.

However, we reiterate that along with being Bilingual, the Volgograd State Medical University has many short-comings and we will not advise you to take admission.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in Volgograd State Medical University

Volgograd State Medical University admission requirements include a score of 50% marks in PCB in Class XII. Of course, you need to have qualified NEET 2024.

Indians at Volgograd State Medical University

At Volgograd State Medical University, there are 230 odd students who are from India and one can safely assume that most of them must have been tricked into taking admission in this Bilingual University.

PG Option after MBBS inVolgograd State Medical University

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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