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North-Western State Medical University

North-Western State Medical University (NWSMU) in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) named after I.I. Mechnikov was founded in October 2011 as a result of a merger of two Russian institutions having unique history – Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies and Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy n.a. I.I. Mechnikov. The history of Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies began in 1896. The Academy was founded by famous Russian professors of medicine N. Pirogov,.E. Eichvald, N. Zdekauer. In its turn Saint-Petersburg Medical Academy takes its origins in Psychoneurological Institute founded by famous academician V.M. Bechterev in 1907.

NWSMU is named after outstanding Russian scientist in Medicine, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine Ilya I Mechnikov.

Today the University carries out its activity in 3 main directions: medical education, clinical work and scientific research. At present about 7000 students, including foreign students are studying at the University. Up to 35 000 specialists undergo their short and long-term postgradual training annually.

The clinical work at North-Western State Medical University (NWSMU) named after I.I. Mechnikov is provided by using 1645 beds in 14 medical profiles in its own clinical centers. Every year the clinical departments of the University provide high-quality medical assistance for about 40 000 patients at the hospital and for 40 000 in the outpatient setting.

Research work at the University is carried out in accordance with the priority directions of biomedical sciences development and modern trends in higher medical education and is aimed to introduce the results of the scientific research into everyday practice. Scientific researches at the University are conducted by 2 research institutes, 6 research laboratories and departments.

The University is internationally active, students exchange and postgraduate exchange programs, professional practical training, foreign specialists admission are always available. Students from many countries of the world do their trainings at the University (they are form Finland, Germany, China, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Kazakhstan, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Poland, USA, Slovenia, Israel, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Serbia, Austria, Denmark, UAE, Netherlands, Norway and other country).

Students’ life at the University is rich and bright; it is focused on the development of social activity, leadership and communication properties due to the participation in the work of Student Council, Trade Union, Student Scientific Activities, Sports clubs and Press club.

Sport is an integral part of everyday students; life. Basketball, volleyball, futsal, arm-wrestling, chess, body-building and aerobic classes function at the University. Every year NWSMU organizes concerts, competitions and other events for students.

NWSMU named after I.I. Mechnikov ranks the 5th position among “TOP 100 Russian Universities”.

According to the RAEX (international rating agency) NWSMU takes leading positions of Higher Institutions in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The successful development of the educational, scientific, medical management of the University’s activity in many respects is connected with the formation and use of advanced information technologies which ensure free and fast access to the necessary information for making promising and valid solutions.

  • National Medical Commission (erstwhile Medical Council of India)
  • Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Russia (MSHE)
  • World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS)
  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)

Admission Process of North-Western State Medical University

Step 1

The student must complete the online application form.

Step 2

Need to submit a 10th, 12th, NEET Certificates, a copy of their passport, transcripts of records, and any other required documents.

Step 3

After submitting the required documents, students will receive an admission letter from the university.

Step 4

Pay the registration fees to the university account or via net banking.

Step 5

Following confirmation of admission by the university, the Department of Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation will begin issuing the official invitation letter.

Step 6

After receiving an admission letter from the Russian Federation, students must visit the Russian Federation’s embassy or consulate to apply for the student visa.

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Documents required for MBBS in Russia

Make sure to keep the documents up to date and get them verified by the ministry of external affairs.

  • Copy of 12th standard mark sheet
  • Copy of NEET UG Result
  • Invitation charges
  • Duly filled application form (online or onsite)
  • Passport size photos
  • Health Certificate
  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • High school academic transcript
  • English proficiency test certificate
  • HIV reports and medical insurance by recognized hospital


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Eligibility Criteria for MBBS in Russia


The student shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.


The candidate must secure 50% marks in their 12th standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination


From 2018 onwards, qualifying NEET examination is mandatory for studying MBBS abroad


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