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  Why to apply through Medstudies Educational ?

 
  • Applying through us you will get many facilities in Russia.
  • Avoiding a lot of the bureaucratic formalities while getting admission.
  • The ability to transfer from any recognized educational establishment in any country to the relevant course of one in Russia.
  • Admission processing even after the commencement of the academic year.
  • The ability to arrange extra classes on request.
  • Helping with bank transactions for educational fees.
  • Individual assistance through the staff who speak English, Sinhalese, Tamil, Swedish, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and South Asian languages. We also provide a special one month Ďadoption periodí, assistance to show them the Educational Establishment, the city transport, and introduce them with the Administration of the Educational Establishment.
  • We meet the students at the airport and escort them to their accommodation. 
  • We offer education possibilities at all levels and for all ages.
  • Our co workers in Russia will do any legal help to the students during the period of studies.
     
  What documents are necessary to submit an application for admission to an institute / university?  
Each institution establishes the list of necessary documents. Nevertheless, usually the application package includes the following:
  • Application form. Click here
  • A copy of the passport.
  • A copy of the Birth Certificate.
  • A copy of the Educational Documents (Higher Secondary school certificate, pre degree college certificate)
  • An information about: home address (with the phone number); student/business address with phone and fax numbers; nearest Russian Embassy/Consulate where you will apply for a student visa.
  • Medical certificate (including results of the test on AIDS)
  • 10 photos (passport size)
     
  How long would it take for Medstudies Educational to complete the admission process?  
On receipt of the complete documents Medstudies Educational  would secure the letter of admission in around 15 working days depending on the university. In case the passport copies have been submitted at the time of application, the visa invitation would be given in 20 working days from the date of application or after the submission of the passport copies which ever is the case. 

* Please note that the time of each process mentioned is approximate and subject to change.

     
  Do I have to do TOEFL or IELTS exams to study in English medium?  
No, Russia is one of the very few countries which do not require passing compulsory TOEFL or IELTS exams in order to get enrolled in an international course conducted in English.
     
  In what languages are the teaching conducted in Russian universities?  
Most of the programs at Russian universities are taught in Russian language. At the same time, some short-term and full-term programs in foreign languages (English, French) have been developed recently. That preferably concerns various programs in the field of medicine.
     
  Is it necessary to know Russian language before entry into the Russian University?  
No, but in this case it is necessary to take preliminary training on preparatory courses (Foundation). The courses are offered by reputable Russian universities. As a rule, the program includes studying of Russian language and 2-3 profile (core) subjects. Students willing to study the Medical Course in Russian Language should have completed the Preparatory course, before entering the Medical Academic year.
     
  Will it be necessary to study the Russian language if the student enters program with English medium of instructions?  
Some universities offer graduate/postgraduate programs with lectures and seminars conducted in English language. Despite it, these programs include the study of Russian language too as a subject, knowledge of which is essential for everyday life and some educational reasons (in case of medical studies - to communicate with patients) etc.
     
  What services are included in the tuition fees?  
The tuition fee covers most expenses concerning the studies: textbooks, instructions, access to seminars, lectures, required tests throughout the year, access to the Internet in computer rooms. Some Universities may include costs of accommodation and/or medical insurance into the tuition fee.
The educational fees includes:
  • Lectures/Seminars/Consultation/Practical/Training/Examinations and tests
  • Laboratory work
  • Study materials/Manual/Library facilities (for some students, depends on the contract)
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Consultation
  • Scientific research work/ Membership of the students science club
  • Access to the recreation/sports centres
     
  If I have finished preparatory Course in one university, is it possible I start my academic course in another university?  
Yes, but in this case the "new" university may organize testing of the student. Assistant with transfer from one higher educational establishment to another is included into a set of the services offered by us.
     
  What conditions of transfer applies from one university to another?  
The basic condition of transfer is concurrence (similarity) of programs of both schools. For the Russian higher education establishments, programs of training are authorized by the state and coincide at schools of the same type. Transfer is carried out by the written declaration of the student in accordance with established procedure.
By transfer from foreign university the student should send the program of training (subjects, quantity of attended hours, marks) and to confirm, that he/she has no debts or arrears from this period of training. As a whole, procedure of transfer of the student is quite laborious process and we offer you to take advantage of our services for registration of transfer from one higher educational establishment into another.
     
  When all do I have Vacations?  
There are 2 vacations in the academic year. One is a 2-week winter vacation (In January) and the other is a 2-month summer vacation (July-August). Also if you want to go home or visit another country during theses vacations, the university will provide an exit visa to whatever country you wish.
     
  About meals?  
Students can have their meals in the low priced cafeterias which are located nearby the universities. You can dine in any of the many cafeterias and restaurants including international fast-food chains (Mc Donaldís, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken etc.), which are popular among the student community. Also there are many international and Russian supermarkets (Stockmanís, Okay, Seventh Continent, etc.) where you can purchase food if you prefer to make your own meals. On average the cost of food for 2 people living together is around 70-100$ per month.
Russian cuisine has changed dramatically in the past few decades. Chinese, Indian, Italian and French cuisine is now popular in Russia. However, considering that these cuisines are quite new, you may find these restaurants and cafes only in the bigger cities. Typically these meals would be Russian. A Russian meal would normally consists of a Salad, Bread, Soup, a main hot dish with garnishing like rice, potatoes, vegetables etc, tea or coffee, in that order. Certain cafeterias also now experiment with Indian, Arabic, Moroccan, Syrian type of cuisine. While the main diet of a Russian would be meat, vegetarian students are also known to supplement the vegetarian dishes with their own cooking.
     
  Am I eligible to apply for student loans when studying through your Medstudies Educational?  
Yes, since the educational establishments that we work with are world-wide recognized you will have no problem in getting a student loan from your government or from a bank. We are glad to help you with the provision of the required documents in order to apply for a loan. We can help you get the required papers and documents from the University for the purpose of student loan.
     
  Bank and money transactions ?  
Most students use the Western Union money transfer system to receive money from home. There are also a lot of ATMís where you can withdraw cash using your credit card and international banks. (Citibank, Barkleyís etc.) We recommend that students and others convert their currency into roubles only at authorized exchange boots or banks. These are located all around St-Petersburg and Moscow and some are even open 24 hours. Also it is easier to exchange U.S. dollars into roubles at a good rate and therefore recommend that anyone who visits Russia to bring their cash in American dollars for added convenience. Traveller's cheque and other kinds of money vouchers are also exchangeable. If urgent money transfers are needed, we can help to transfer money from countries where it has its representative offices. Your educational fees could be directly transferred to our bank account from anywhere in the world so you would not have to carry cash with you. We can help the students to open an account in Russia, so that he/she could receive money from his/her parents directly to his bank account.
     
  Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in instalment plan?  
Usually students of short-term programs (less than 1 year) are expected to pay for the whole program at once. The same is usually true for the first-year students. Other graduate students usually may choose how to pay the tuition fee: it might be paid either once per year or in two equal parts during the year (before the beginning of a semester). Please, be aware your student visa is valid for the prepaid period of time only.
     
  How many students are there in a class?  
There 8-12 students in a class. This ensures that the students receive a high level of individual attention from the teachers. In some educational establishments there are separate groups comprising of only foreigners whereas in others they are mixed (foreigners & Russians).
     
  Can a student open a bank account in Russia?  
YES, a student can open a bank account in Russia in his own name. There are government banks like the SBER Bank (State Bank of Russia). This bank has branches all over Russia. We can help the students to open an account in Russia, so that he/she could receive money from his/her parents directly to his bank account.
     
  Does a student have to come back home during his vacations?  
NO, a student need not come back every year back to his homeland. He could stay back in Russia, travel around the country or even go down to other European countries, as he wish. He however should inform the university accordingly.
     
  Can the student invite his parents to Russia?  
YES, the student could invite the parents to Russia. Because of local regulations Russian institutes/universities cannot invite the parents, our organization offers the assistance. Using our service parents may get tourist/business visa, book accommodation in several hotels in Moscow, St-Petersburg and other cities, get guiding services throughout all their period of staying in Russia.
     
  What would be the type of accommodation that would be given by the university in Russia?  
Accommodation in Russia is in the hostels provided by the universities. These hostels are run and maintained by the individual universities or their International student departments. The location of the hostel would depend from the university chosen and may not necessarily be close to the place of study. However, it would be important to note that Russia offers a very good communication network for the student commute to the place of study from the hostel. The pattern of living in the hostel also would depend on the university. Generally, depending on the hostel, there would be a 'block' which contains rooms for 3 students and rooms for 2 students. There are 4 such types of living rooms. The block would also contain a bathroom and a toilet. All these rooms are comfortable and are provided with cupboards, beds, linen, writing tables etc. Every floor typically has a common kitchen, with enough burners etc, where the students cook their meals. Certain universities also provide with a telephone, cafeteria, internet facilities, gym for the usage of the student. It would be important to note that the above is university depended and the facilities may vary from university to university, hostel to hostel. Medstudies Educational without prejudice tries its best to provide its students with the best possible accommodation plan.
     
  Could you tell me more about Accommodation:  
All the hostels are situated in the central part of the city close to Academy. One hostel in the campus area for 600 students is intended only for over sea's students. All foreign students are accommodated in the comfortable hostels with all the conveniences. All the hostels are well equipped with furniture, central heating, separate kitchen, toilet, bathrooms with showers and washroom. 

Students can provide themselves with TV, music system, PC, Internet access, fridge, telephone. Rooms are suitable for 2, 3, 4 persons on sharing basis. Safety and security is established through a 24 hours reception desk, monitored entrance and corridors.

For those who prefer a separate flat or family environment off-campus, the special services and registration at private sector are available. By the request students are provided with private apartments by special rent.

     
  About Medical insurance ?  
In Russia you are not automatically insured against medical costs. Students must make sure that they have adequate coverage. Foreign students who are privately insured in their own country should carry with them a statement (in English) describing their insurance. If you do not already have insurance that will cover you fully against medical expenses and liability while you are in Russia, you will have to obtain a special one-year medical insurance at the chosen institution which costs approximately 60-100 USD.
     
  What is the Cost of living in Russia?  
Experience shows that to live in Russia modestly costs a foreign student between USD 70 and 200 a month. This is needed to cover daily expenses stated below and to pay some extra costs. The institutions do not have funds for supporting student, it is the prerogative of Ministry of Education of Russia, as well as some special funds by private institutions. Still the value of this additional support is rather meagre, for most of state financing addressed strictly to Russian universities and enables them to maintain highly competitive tuition fees.

About one-half of an average student income goes towards housing, provided the student rents an accommodation in a private sector or hotel and food costs him/her another half. Most higher education institutions offer hot meals at subsidized prices. There are plenty of cafes, pubs where you can eat cheaply and well. But the cheapest and most pleasant way to eat is to do your own cooking, perhaps together with housemates. Russian supermarkets carry a large and international variety of products. The third of money goes towards books, transportation, and other expenses.

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