Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

About Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

RUDN (because of its Russian name – Rossiysky Universitet Druzhby Narodov) was established on 5th February, 1960 by the USSR Government. RUDN was renamed after Patrice Lumumba (One of the symbols of the African people’s fight for independence) on 22nd February, 1961.

The University was well-known to be free education for learning, teaching and research activities without any political issues, firmly standing on the principles of friendship and mutual support which is why it was renamed again on its 32nd anniversary – 5th February,1992 as People’s Friendship University of Russia. Since then, RUDN is famous as People’s Friendship University of Russia.

People’s Friendship University completed its 60th anniversary on 2020 and continues to mark its legacy in the world. Regardless of its popularity and the ranking, People’s Friendship University (RUDN), continues to firmly stand united on its basic rules and common values. People’s Friendship University is the sole university in Russia which not only helps students graduate but also find jobs after graduation in Russia as well as other countries.

People’s Friendship University: Quick Overview

Also Known As RUDN
Establishment 1960
University ownership Government University
  • Country Rank- 17
  • World Rank- 941
  • Total Students 34,000+
    International Students 10,000+
    Location Moscow City

    MBBS at People’s Friendship University

    MBBS faculty in People’s Friendship University was founded in 1960 and currently, approximately 2,500 students are studying under 43 departments and 2 independent courses of Faculty of medicine.

    This faculty is one of the largest faculty of the university with 420 lecturers including 5 academicians, 2 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of medical sciences, 24 academicians and members of social academics, 15 honored scientists of the Russian Federation, 3 laureates of RF State Prizes, 2 laureates of government State Prizes, 132 full professors and 220 PhDs.

    Not only in Russia, but the faculty of general medicine has a reputed name and respect all over the world. Students from 160 countries come to People’s friendship University under this faculty and more than 6400 graduates who passed are currently working in 110 countries of the world. Students get to experiment and innovate ideas through the latest equipments and technologies present in the university for diagnosis and treatments.

    The faculty of medicine is well-equipped with 14 clinical laboratories, computer testing, and TV broadcasting are also used for the training process. For better experience and knowledge of the practical treatment, computer tomography and liver fiber scanning and andrology have been created. MBBS at People’s Friendship University is ranked among the top 5 medical universities in Russia.

    People’s Friendship University: MBBS Course Overview

    MBBS Faculty Establishment 1960
    Medium of Teaching English Language
    Course Duration 6 years
    Number of Semesters 12 Semesters
    Tuition Fees 9,500$



    Acknowledgement and Accreditation

    RUDN University is one of the best world-class universities in Russia ranked highly by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

    ✓ RUDN University received the maximum “5 stars” of the QS stars international ranking for significant rise in “Teaching” and “Academic Development”

    ✓RUDN is the first university in Russia to get “5 stars”.

    ✓ UI Green metric ranked RUDN number 42 as the greenest university of Russia.

    ✓ RUDN is ranked 326 in the list of World University Rankings.

    ✓ According to the Russian Chamber of Books, RUDN is included in the top 10 in terms of total circulation of publications and publishing and printing houses.

    RUDN is a co-founder and member of the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers and is among the leaders in categories of “International Students” and “Student-to-staff ratio”
    The People’s Friendship University of Russia Faculty of Medicine 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. RUDN is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

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

    People’s Friendship University Campus

    The People’s Friendship University campus is located in the south of west Moscow. It is one of the beautiful and clean places in the city located next to the forest park which is why RUDN is ranked the greenest Russian University by UI Green metric World University Ranking. The campus is built on an area of 50 hectares of land. The great fountain at the central square of the University is said as the “Heart” of the University. The RUDN campus is considered a small city inside Moscow city.

    Educational Programs 700+ Students
    Facilities Lecture halls
    Sports Complex
    Cafes and Resturants
    Gym, Wifi

    University Hospitals and Buildings

    The People’s Friendship University campus consists of 20 teaching blocks. All the blocks are located on Mikluho-Maklaya Street. Students have classes in blocks and the best thing of having all the blocks situated next to one-another is that students do not need to travel anywhere outside the campus unless they want to. The University has associations with 160 clinics around the city and there are 12 teaching hospitals associated with the university for students to learn and practice medicine. The People’s Friendship University campus has 2000 CCTV ensuring the safety of all students.

    In 2013, People’s Friendship University won the best campus award of Russia. People’s Friendship University primarily aims in giving each and every student proper clinical experience and knowledge.

    Facilities Provided By People’s Friendship University

    Facilities such as Parents stay at Quarters: People’s Friendship University gives an opportunity for student’s parents to stay on campus with separate living quarters. Students must inform the university well in advance in case their parents want to stay and provide necessary details to the administration office of the university.

    Medical Care-

    People’s friendship University takes full responsibility of students’ healthcare which is why they provide medical insurance and free medical care 24×7 to all foreign students under the VMI (voluntary medical insurance) policy. According to the law of the Russian Federation, all foreign citizens in Russia must have a valid VMI.

    Students Scientific Society

    Students get to learn about the latest research and scientific programs under the community “The Young medical doctors’ community” and the “Students scientific society”.
    Sports Complex

    Sports Complex-

    The Sports Complex of People’s Friendship of Russia includes a 300-seat football and baseball stadium in nature’s lawn, a hockey box, 2 game halls of 680 square meters each, 2 long jump pits, 4400-meter runways, a 200-meter indoor track, 6 halls of 640 square meters each, an aerobics hall, 2 Gyms (men and women separate) and 15 tennis courts, 2 basketballs court, 1 volleyball court.

    Students can visit, relax and enjoy in different cafes located on the university campus that have cuisines from all over the world such as Indian, American, Chinese, African, Arabian, and of course Russian.

    University Hostels

    People’s Friendship University has 14 hostels. Each hostel has 1-8 blocks of the toilet, washbasin and kitchen with inductions are on each floor. The ground floor is filled with shower cabins, laundry, ironing rooms and a luggage room for students to keep luggage during holidays and vacations. In five-story buildings and all rooms inside the building are designed for 2 to 3 people. Some rooms are built with all modern accommodations like double superior rooms with an improved layout, bathroom, refrigerator and possibility of connecting additional household appliances in agreement with the university.

    Other than hostels, the campus of People’s Friendship University has 7 high-rise towers which are apartment dormitories. The apartments are designed for a comfortable stay of two or three people and has a bathroom and toilet. Apartments are with one to four rooms and have kitchen on each block. All the towers are equipped with elevators.

    More than 8000 students and PhD candidates live in the hostel rooms or tower apartments with all accommodations. Fire protection and 247 CCTV monitoring system that ensure safety of all students inside the territory of the University.

    Student Life At People’s Friendship University

    Students of People’s Friendship University volunteer in various social works like public awareness, helping children from orphanages and patients of the rehabilitation center to know and learn about medicine. Students of the university promote and volunteer in a healthy lifestyle.

    People’s Friendship University organizes many cultural events, festivals and competitions for students to enjoy and live their life while studying medicine. People’s Friendship University understands students stress and busy lifestyle which is why, the university encourages students to participate in extra-curricular activities.

    Sports in RUDN are not just limited to physical activity but to keep students fit and encourage their interests and appreciate their participation in sports events. People’s Friendship University has a sports complex within walking distance from the university buildings and dormitories. People’s Friendship University holds an annual RUDN “spartakiade” (commonly called as Olympic Games). This Spartakiade involves 9 sports where all International students can participate.

    The every-year events of People’s Friendship University are-

    → The RUDN Birthday – The big celebration of the university with more than 1000 guests to sum up and celebrate the previous year’s achievements.
    → Knowledge Day – 1st day of September is celebrated as the knowledge day of every year.
    → Students Day – Also called as Tatiana day is the big day to celebrate the success and work of students.
    → Maslenitsa Festival – This can also be called as “Spring Festival” a Russian way to say goodbye to winters and welcome spring.
    → Miss RUDN – For all the talented, intelligent and beautiful ladies of the university. It is not a classic beauty contest but it appreciates inner beauty and thoughts of ladies.
    Meeting of “A” level students – This is held every year at the end of October to felicitate all the brilliant students of the university.
    → Days and weeks of culture – The university holds this bring all the students and people of different culture and different countries and enjoy the friendship together.

    People’s Friendship University has a slogan called “Open the world at one university” which means not only the choice of professional opportunities but also living cultures and festivals of different countries.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Any student who wishes to pursue his/her MBBS from People’s Friendship University of Russia 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 People’s Friendship University

    Students who wish to pursue their MBBS from People’s Friendship University have to pass an entrance exam of the university. This entrance exam is based on Chemistry and Biology of the 11th and 12th syllabus. It tests the pre-medical knowledge of all students and it is an MCQ-based exam with passing marks of 55/100. All students must pass this exam to enter People’s Friendship University of Russia faculty of medicine.

    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

    • Step 3

      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,  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 Moscow City

    Moscow, being the capital city and the largest city of Russia. The city stands firm with its rich culture and great architectural history on the Moskva river situated on the east European plain of central Russia. Moscow is among the world’s largest cities:

    ✓ Largest city in Europe
    ✓ Largest urban area in Europe
    ✓ Largest metropolitan area in Europe
    ✓ Largest city by land area on the European continent.

    Moscow serves as the reference point for the time zone used in most of European Russia. The areas operate on the basis of Moscow Standard Time (MSK or MCK). Moscow serves as the safest city in the list of The Economist safest cities of Russia. 95% of the city is under CCTV surveillance and cameras are situated around residential buildings, schools, parks, universities, etc.

    There are different cafes and restaurants all over the city including all kinds of cuisine from different countries. There are many Indian Restaurants available in the city ass well.

    Weather of Moscow-

    Moscow has a un unique climate with a maximum temperature which goes about +25C and the minimum temperature goes up to -10C. The summers are very comfortable and partly cloudy with humid climate ranging from 15C to 25C while the winters are cold, snowy, windy and enjoyable ranging from -5C to -10C.

    The autumn and springs are the most soothing seasons of the year in Moscow ranging from -1C to +11C. The autumns make the city colorful and beautiful while the spring makes the city soothing with light showers of water and clouded climate to make everyone love the city.

    Nearest Airport 1 Vnukovo International Airport
    Nearest Airport 2 Domodedovo International Airport
    Nearest Airport 3 Sheremetyevo International Airport
    Nearest Airport 4 Zhukovsky International Airport

    Moscow Oblast has 4 International airports. Students can take direct flights from India to these airports in Moscow from almost all the major Airports in India.

    Vnukovo International Airport-

    This is the nearest major airport, just 16.2 kilometers far from the main campus of the People’s Friendship University of Russia. It is the 11th busiest airport in Europe and is a dual-runway International Airport.

    Moscow Domodedovo International Airport-

    Located 47.2 kilometers away from People’s Friendship University, it is located in Domodedovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia.This Airport is one of the largest airport and the 8th busiest airport in Europe​

    Sheremetyevo International Airport-

    Sheremetyevo Airport is located 48km far from the main campus of People’s Friendship University. With 6 terminals out of which 4 are international terminals, it is the busiest airport in Russia and the 5th busiest airport in Europe. This Airport is situated in the Khimki city of the Moscow Oblast.

    Zhukovsky International Airport-

    Zhukovsky Airport is  61.7 Kilometers far from the Campus of People’s Friendship University. This Airport is located in Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast, and is the farthest from this university.

    Students can take direct flights from most of the major Airports in India to any of the 4 International airports in Moscow city.


    What is the medium of Teaching at People's Friendship University of Russia?

    The medium of teaching for the MBBS program at People’s Friendship University is English language for the complete course duration.

    What is Unique about People’s Friendship University?

    People’s Friendship University holds a special arrangement for students with disabilities.
    The educational programs for disabled students can be organized in both ways-

    → Jointly with other students
    → In separate groups

    Students need to write an application to the university, taking into account the characteristics of psychophysical development, individual opportunities and health status of such students, the period of obtaining the program can be increased within the limits of the educational standard.

    People’s Friendship University provides an accessible environment for disabled students with toilet facilities and other stays in the premises. Classrooms for disabled students are equipped with special computer equipment, assistive devices for people with hearing and vision impairments.
    For visually impaired students – Literature in Russian and foreign languages, published in relief-dotted (Braille), magnetic tape recordings (“talking books”), periodicals, including a number of compilation audio thematic collections and bibliographic materials, is provided free of charge in the framework of Interaction with the Russian State Library for the Blind

    For hearing impaired students – In the reading room, workplaces with audio capabilities.

    For readers with musculoskeletal disorders in the lobby of the library, computers with access to the Internet and access to all content of the Educational Scientific Information Library Center (UNIBC) are equipped.
    Students who study on individual plans at home have the opportunity to get a virtual consultation of the librarian on the use of electronic content.

    Is RUDN accredited?

    Yes, RUDN is accredited by the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Ministry of Science and Higher education of the Russian Federation, National Medical Commission, World Health Organization, World Federation for Medical Education, Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, and all the other Major Medical Councils.

    What are the future oppurtunities after an MBBS from People's Friendship University?

    People’s Friendship University has a separate department for Internships and Employment to help each graduate find a job in their field of training not only in Russia but all over the world.

    Department for Internships and Employment-
    ✓ Cooperation with largest Russian and foreign employers
    ✓ Regularly updated job database

    ✓ Externships, internships and employment for Russian and foreign graduates
    ✓ Various events on career counseling and job placement
    ✓ Round table discussions, conferences and seminars with employers in Russia and abroad
    ✓ Advisory services
    ✓ Projects for talented students
    ✓ Contacts with Alumni Associations throughout the world

    People’s Friendship University is currently working to develop ties with Russian and foreign companies.

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