Northern State Medical University

About Northern State Medical University, Russia

The history of the Northern State Medical University starts from the year 1932 when it was founded. Northern State Medical University was known to be the Arkhangelsk Medical Institute till 1994 and then was altered to Medical Academy till 2000, when it finally got its recognition as the Northern State Medical University. Currently, Northern State Medical University has a staff of 980 out of which 380 are academic professors and PhD.

The Northern State Medical University is the only institution offering higher education in medicine in the European North of Russia. The Northern State Medical University lies in the Northernmost Medical
University in Russia. The Northern State Medical University has trained thousands of doctors from all over the world representing different countries.

The Northern State Medical University was opened for foreign students in the year 2000 for the English Medium MBBS course. And now students from 17 countries: India, Pakistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Angola, Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Peru are studying in the Northern State Medical University. The Northern State Medical University currently hosts around 9000 students including students doing PhD.

Northern State Medical University: Quick Overview

Also Known As NSMU
Establishment 1932
University ownership Government University
  • Country Rank- 148
  • World Rank- 3807
  • Number of faculties 8 Faculties
    Total Educational Programs 10+
    Location Arkhangelsk City

    MBBS at Northern State Medical University

    The Faculty of General Medicine is one of the oldest and most respected faculties of Northern State Medical University. The university has been training international students for more than 20 years, the English language of most of the faculty members is fluent and International students do not face any problem while communicating with their Professors.

    Along with training high-quality doctors in their own country, the faculty took on the initiative to train Foreign students since 2000. The Northern State Medical University is popular among students choosing for MBBS in Russia. Every year, hundreds of students choose Northern State Medical University for their MBBS.

    The Northern State Medical University also provides post-graduation courses. Faculty of training highly qualified personnel (also called as residency program). Many foreign students have got their PhD from Northern State Medical University. The Northern State Medical University has high demand in terms of international students as students from 20 countries are studying in this university.

    Northern State Medical University: MBBS Course Overview

    MBBS Faculty Establishment 1932
    Medium of Teaching English Language
    Course Duration 6 years
    Number of Semesters 12 Semesters
    Tuition Fees 6,000$



    Acknowledgement and Accreditation

    The Northern State Medical University got agreements with 6 governors of North-Western Russia. Not only for Arkhangelsk Region, but also for other areas of North-Western Russia: Vologda, Murmansk and Nenets regions, Komi and Karelia republics.

    The Northern State Medical University has won multiple awards:
    ✓ By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1982, NSMU was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor Putin.
    ✓ In 2007, NSMU became a diploma winner.
    ✓ In 2008 – NSMU was awarded a laureate of the competition “Quality system for training graduates of educational institutions of higher professional education.
    ✓ In December 2016, Northern State Medical University was awarded the ” Property of the North ”  award in the category “Non-industrial enterprise”
    ✓ In 2017, the staff of NSMU was awarded an honorary diploma of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

    The Northern State Medical University along with all its medical degrees are accredited by the NMC (National Medical Commission), World Health Organization, WFME (World Federation for Medical Education), FAMIER (Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education and Research), and General Medical Council of UK. NSMU is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

    Hence an MBBS degree from NSMU is recognized all over the world including India.

    Northern State Medical University Campus

    International Students 9,000+
    Facilities Lecture halls
    2 Simulation Center
    University Library
    Sports Complex

    University Hospitals and Buildings

    University buildings of Northern State Medical University are provided with the latest medical equipments and other modern appliances.

    The Northern State Medical University has 27 hospitals of clinical departments for students to have the best clinical knowledge and experience. Students need to travel in the city while visiting hospitals for their clinical rotations and classes. All kinds of public transport are available in the city for safe and fast travel.

    Facilities Provided By Northern State Medical University

    University Hostels

    In 2019, the Northern State Medical University established a new hostel just for girls. This is one of the unique things about Northern State Medical University that it has a separate girls hostel. Generally, all CIS countries do not have separate boys and girls hostel in their universities. Usually, one hostel is shared by all students dividing the floors for girls and boys.

    From the year 2020, the Northern State Medical University has been expanding its infrastructure and improving it to be more modern for the comfort of students. A hostel for new intakes has been established with modern furniture and lights in the hostel. The university ensures that students don’t face any problems in their hostels and is trying their best to do so.

    Northern State Medical University has 5 or 6 hostels inside the campus of the University. Out of these hostels, 2 hostels are separate hostels, 1 hostel just for girls and 1 hostel just for boys.
    International students have been staying at all the hostels of the University and a room is shared by 2 to 4 students depending on the area of the room. Each floor of the hostels has 2 kitchens including inductions for students who want to cook their own food. Hostels are completely safe place as they are under CCTV surveillance 24 hours.

    Student Life At Northern State Medical University

    The professors at Northern State Medical University are very welcoming and happy to see foreigners in their cities which makes students adapt to the city life easily. Students have to attend classes all day till evening from Monday to Friday and then they are free to do extra-curricular activities.

    Students of the Northern State Medical University participate in all other activities along with their academics. Opportunities like sports, dance and singing cultural events are organized by the university to encourage the talents of the students and give the opportunity to play for the university.

    Those students who are interested in science can visit the scientific library and know about science and research. The Northern State medical university has an “ International Students council” for all students to understand student’s problems and their issues facing on the campus of the university or in the city. A “Youth club” has been formed by the university that includes some mentors for students who encourage them to participate in various events held by the university.

    Students can have canteen food including various cuisines like Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, etc. for students to feel like home food. The mentors of the university have special “International Friendship Club” for all foreign students to mix up and stay together on the premises of the university. The Northern State Medical University aims for students of different nations to stay together happily and engage with each other.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Any Student who wishes to pursue his/her MBBS from Northern State Medical University must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible to get admission in this university.

    *Students must have completed their 12th from a recognized board (CBSE/ ICSE/ISC, etc) and must have passed in all the subjects.

    *Qualifying NEET is mandatory before taking admission in a medical university in Russia if the student wishes to practise medicine in India after completing their MBBS in Russia.

    * Student must have a age of 17 years before 31st December of the year of Admission.

    Entrance Exam at Northern State Medical University

    Northern State Medical University has been conducting an entrance exam for students to check their basic knowledge in subjects of 11th and 12th. Students do not need to study anything separately for these exams. Exams are based on basic Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Passing in these entrance exams is mandatory.

    For students of 2020, the Northern State Medical University conducted online entrance exam for students due to covid-19 pandemic.

    Admission Process

    5 steps to apply to a Foreign Medical university

    • Step 1

      Select Country and University of your Choice

    • Step 2

      Apply online on our website and submit your Documents

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      Receive Admission and Invitation Letter

    • Step 4

      Submit your Documents for Visa and Apostille

    • Step 5

      Fly to your dream university

    Documents Required

    – To apply for the Admission Letter & Visa Invitation Letter: (Scanned Copy)

    ✓ 10th mark sheet and 12th mark sheet

    ✓ A valid Passport with validity not less than 2 years; ( Aadhar Card if Passport not Available )

    – For Visa Stamping, Notarization  and Apostille: (Original Documents)                            

    ✓ Original Passport;

    ✓ 10th and 12th Marksheet and 12th Passing Certificate;

    ✓ Six passport size photos (35mm*45mm) with white background (70% face visible, without spec’s) – Matte

    ✓ HIV test report from Embassy lab only (printed report, not handwritten) with official seal and Name (as in Passport), Age (with Date of Birth) and Passport Number written on it;


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    About Arkhangelsk City

    Arkhangelsk city, also known as Archangel or Archangelsk in English is located in the North-western part of Russia and is the administrative center of Arkhangelsk Oblast.

    Arkhangelsk city lies on the banks of the Northern Dvina near its exit into the White Sea. The city spreads along the banks of the river and numerous islands of its delta. The northern part of Russia is known for its Majestic remarkable scenery, Unique architecture, Museum small Larelians, Novodvorskaya Krepost, Pamyatnik Ttuleniy-Spasitelya, Peter the Great Monument. Arkhangelsk is a safe city for International  Students as well.

    Weather of Arkhangelsk

    Generally, Arkhangelsk is cold and temperate throughout the year. The temperatures are highest in July around 18C and lowest in January -14C. The hottest months in Arkhangelsk are June, July and August and the coldest months are December, January and February. The humidity in Arkhangelsk is usually in May and November.

    In terms of seasons, Spring is seen from March through May, Summer from June to August, Autumn or Fall lasting three months from September to November and winter from December to February. The temperature and weather of Arkhangelsk is similar to Moscow.

    Nearest Airport 1 Arkhangelsk Talagi Airport

    The closest airport to Arkhangelsk city is Talagi Airport(ARH) which is located just on the outskirts of Arkhangelsk. The airport is around 10km away from the University. Students can reach Arkhangelsk from Saint Petersburg or Moscow as direct 1.5-2 hours duration flights are available from these cities to Arkhangelsk.


    What is the medium of Teaching at Northern State Medical University?

    The medium of teaching for the MBBS program at Northern State Medical University is the English language for the complete course duration.

    How did Northern State Medical university Cope-up with the Pandemic?

    The Northern State Medical University supported each and every student during the covid-19 pandemic. The university made sure that all students are safe and feel safe in not only at University but outside the university.
    The Northern State Medical University took the whole responsibility of all students and provided them with a lot of facilities like groceries, transport in case students need to go outside the campus, flights for students who wished to return back to India, etc.
    The University not only went online for their academics but ensured that students get all the groceries and other daily essentials online so that they do not have to go out of campus and be safe.
    Not only safety, but the Northern State Medical University ensured that students are not bored or homesick which is why they arranged games and sports tournament inside the campus for students. All the tournaments were held ensuring complete safety and sanitaization of students.
    Outside the campus and premises, all the events are canceled and guests from outside the hostel or the university are not allowed to ensure the safety of the students living on the campus.
    Everybody is checked with thermometer and oximeter whenever someone comes back to the hostel from outside the premises.
    At the university, the University Consulting Resource Center for Coronavirus Infection COVID-19 has been opened. The center’s activities are aimed at online consultations of specialists of medical organizations and work with the population.
    – Online consultations of specialists for doctors of medical organizations (anesthesiologist-resuscitator, clinical pharmacologist, infectious disease specialist, etc.) by appointment;
    – Online medical-gymnastics classes for patients who have undergone coronavirus infection by appointment;
    – Psychological counseling on issues related to the new coronavirus infection for specialists and the public, by appointment.

    Is there any simulation Centre of Northern State Medical University?

    Yes, Northern State Medical University has 2 fully functional Simulation centers.

    Is there any Indian Mess in this university?

    Yes, there is an Indian Mess which is located close to the University Hostel. The Indian Mess cost is 1300$ per year.

    What is total cost of studying MBBS at NSMU including everything?

    If you include the tuition fees, hostel fees, medical insurance, visa extension, living cost, and other miscellaneous expenses, you can complete your MBBS at Northern State Medical University in 32-35 lakhs.

    Is Arkhangelsk Safe for Students, especially Girls?

    Yes, Arkhangelsk is completely safe for Students, even for Girls as well.

    How can an Indian Students manage with Cold Climate in Arkhangelsk?

    All the education and residential buildings, shops, malls in Arkhangelsk are equipped with Central Water heating system which keeps the room temperature normal. The Buses and trams in the city also have a heating system so that the temperature inside remains normal.



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