Information for enrollees
Why choose Voronezh?
It is an old and beautiful Russian city with one million inhabitants, located about 500 kilometers south of Moscow. Founded in 1586, it has diverse architecture, which combines old traditional and modern buildings. The city is renowned for its highly developed industry, both heavy and light. It is also regarded as a cultural center for the vast range of cultural activities. There are numerous traditional and modern theatres, museums, art galleries, movie theaters, concert halls, and shopping and entertainment centers. Voronezh has its railway station, bus station and international airport. It has grown to become a student city – nearly 30 higher educational institutions with a total of 74 thousand students are located here. With numerous shops, market places, cafes, restaurants and bars Voronezh is also a good place for fun and entertainment. Voronezh has its own distinct style and friendly hospitable people, which helps to ensure that living and studying here is unique and highly enjoyable for everyone.
The climate is mild, without huge temperature swings, so anyone can easily get adapted to it.
The instruction at the State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education «Voronezh State Medical University named after N.N. Burdenko» of the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation is conducted in two languages: Russian and English. Upon the Pre-University Course completion, students may choose a language as they think proper. English-speaking students may study in the General Medicine Program with English as a language of instruction with concurrent study of the Russian Language. For the first three years, they study the Russian Language along with pre-clinical sciences; from the 4th year of study, Russian is the only language of instruction.
International students are guaranteed a place in one of the University’s student hostels. The hostel for international students is located in the very center of the city in close proximity to the University’s main building. The accommodation costs start from 300 USD per year. Students may also hire a private apartment outside the campus as an option.
Tutoring and guidance
The well-trained and friendly staff of the Institute of International Medical Education offer advise, support and counseling on all aspects of student life. They assist students to adapt to the learning environment and consult on academic issues and administrative formalities. International students benefit from studying in small group; they are allotted a group tutor. This is a person who follows student academic progress, assists in case of any personal problems, arranges regular meetings throughout a year to tackle any problem students face.
International students studying at the University are eligible to be examined and treated, with a medical insurance at hand. The purchase of annual medical insurance is compulsory, and its cost is not included into the tuition fee structure. It is the competence of the Faculty’s staff to provide students with the medical insurance and to consult them on health issues.
A great number of social and cultural events are organized for foreign students to make their experience of studying at the University as broad and pleasant as possible.
How to apply?
For entering the Russian Federation, foreign citizens are required to submit a valid identification document recognised as such by the Russian Federation and a visa, unless other entry procedures are stipulated by an international treaty.
Foreign citizens must apply for a visa at the RF diplomatic missions or consulates in the country of residence.
To obtain a visa, foreign citizens need an invitation letter for entry into the Russian Federation.
For executing invitation letters, foreign applicants must submit the following documents to the school:
- Passport copy (valid for a period of 1.5 years at least from the expected date of entry into the Russian Federation);
- School Certificate copy;
- Free-form application for invitation with an indication of the course of study.
In considering an application for invitation, the school authorities reserve the right to demand any additional documents.
In case of their positive decision, an invitation is executed at the affiliated offices of the Federal Migration Service. The period of its execution is 20 business days.
Within a three-day period from the date of entry into the territory of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens are obliged to submit their passports endorsed with an entry visa (original and copy) and migration cards (original and copy) to the International Institute of Medical Education and Cooperation and to acquire a 12-month health insurance.