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    Questions for US citizen who is seriously considering medical school in russia

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    Hello,

    I am a 22 year old working professional here in the US looking to apply to PFU, RSMU. I am realistic to what I can expect from going to one of these schools.

    If anyone can be of help by answering all or some of my long list of questions it would be gratefully appreciated. These are all legitamite questions not just some of the ** ones stated on other threads.

    1.) Anybody go through the RSMU program? Any thoughts/concerns/tips? Is that school full of bribing or will I get a decent Russian education from them.

    My reason for picking RSMU over PFU is the RSMU just does medical education. I thought they'd be more up to speed over any others but that's just my opinion.

    2.) Although cheap, how did you all finance your education? Also how do I pay my tuition to the school? Open a russian bank account? Do they accept credit cards? Cash? Also, when do you pay tuition, hostel and books, when you arrive or before.

    3.) When you first arrive in Russia and make your way to the university, do they set you up with your dorm room right away or should you stay in a hotel before school starts. Any tips?

    4.) What is a realistic amount to live on (money) when going to Russia for a year? Is there places to do laundry and all that good stuff in the universities?

    5.) Tips on residency afterwards? Are you less likely to get into one because your a Russian med grad?

    6.) Do they schools offer tours? If so and how can you find out.

    7.) Most schools websites give price lists, they are all about 5,000. I see USD, EURO and Ruble... which one is it.

    8.) ANY UNEXPECTED EXPENSES YOU FACED WHILE IN RUSSIA. Sorry to yell but this one is important to me. Mommie and Daddie wont be paying for my education so I need to plan ahead on what I will need throughout my stay.
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    Anybody got a story about RSMU. Did you go home on breaks or did you stay?



    Thank you guys so much... feel free to leave anything else if you want.

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    If you don’t mind Russian to answer...

    2) As I know, some US students applied for a loan to support their studies here. Few used military funds. It looks like a a list of Russian universities to study where you may apply for a loan is limited.
    No med school in Russia is to accept credit card. RSMU does not use international account, as a result – does not accept payment in foreign currency. So, you may transfer the fees to an agent or consider transfering money to your personal bank account in Moscow in order to exchange it to local currency and make your fees payment.
    PFU does accept foreign transactions.
    3) In general, it is a must for the University to offer you a room immediately after arrival. In PFU they have a special hostel for just arrived students. You are to spend there a week which for performing all the formalities: medical observation, signing the contract for study, registration of your visa, etc. Then you may decide where to stay for a year: there are many hostels with different level of comfort (and costs of lvising).
    RSMU offers just one hostel for all international students (whereas in PFU they are mixed with locals). They have guest rooms. You may get in for a day or two, then take your own place for a while.
    4) Private expenses are private expenses, it depend on what a student’s activity is.
    In RSMU the students usually purchase whashing mashine of their own and install in their rooms. If PFU they preferably use the laundry. In both cases, administration is responsible to clean your bed linen onse in 10 days.

    6) If you mean tours = visitng the school to get opinion on it, No, they don’t. There are tours for (open doors day) local students and their parents, but everything is in Russian at this time. You would need an assistant to make a visit to the school.

    7) In general, the scholls announce their fees in local currency – Russian roubles. To make it easy for undestanding, the schools and the agents indicate it in USD or Euro. Since the ratio of exchange floats greatly these days, the payment may change.
    In 2009/10 academic year tuition fee (English-medium) in PFU is USD 6500, USD 500 charged annually for renting textbooks and study materials. RSMU charges about USD 6700 (textbooks are offered for free).


    Summer holiodays are for about 1,5-2 months. It is after you to decide whether you stay or leave. In general it depends on your funds. There is no need to leave the hostel if you pay for it. There is no need to contact Rus Embassy againg for a new visa: all the students are provided with ne-year multiple visa valid till October.
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    studying in russia is a pain. =(

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    I am studying in E-Europe, not Russia, but I can answer #5.

    Yes, you are less likely to get a US residency as a foreign med grad (Russia, Carib, or anywhere else). You can still match, but you will need competitive USMLE scores, US clinical experience, and letters from the States. It is do-able from over here, but it is a harder row to hoe.

    Good luck.

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