I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University)

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Foreign students from 75 countries study in MSMU
Programs & Prices
Entrance tests & Deadlines
Admission rules
  • 1
    To collect a folder of required documents for admission: a copy of valid international passport, a copy of the document on graduation with transcript, a certificate of recognition, photograph (3 x 4 cm). All documents must be translated into Russian and notarized or consul-certified.
  • 2
    Entrance exams. The exams can be passed remotely (online) or in the candidate's personal presence (offline).
  • 3
    To pay tuition fees
  • 4
    Medical Certificate indicating the absence of HIV infection and contraindications to studying in the country
Russian student visa
Student visas in Russia are required for students from most foreign countries. Russia is not a member state of the EU/EFTA, so the EU visa-free entry privilege does not apply for European students. Required Documents for Study Visas in Russia:
  • 1
    A valid passport which will be valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of the visa and with at least two unmarked pages
  • 2
    An official invitation letter from your chosen university
  • 3
    Application form
  • 4
    A certificate showing your HIV-negative status no older than 90 days
  • 5
    A letter of consent from your parents and certified by a notary (if you're under 18)
  • 6
    Photograph 3.5x4.5 cm
This is the general list. Consult the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Living costs (prices for Moscow)
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  • 2015
    I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University entered the all-Russian academic excellence project 5-100 aimed at enhancing competitiveness of leading Russian universities among the global research and education centers.
  • 2016
    Sechenov University is the only medical University in Russia, listed in "best-1000" and ranks 13th out of 24 Russian universities-participants of the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking.
  • 2017
    The university entered the world educational rating according to the prestigious British consulting company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the direction of "Medicine".
  • Sechenov University occupies a leading position in Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics), among universities participating in the 5-100 Project
  • 2019
    Sechenov University is among top in QS EECA University Rankings
  • Sechenov's University always was prestigious. A lot of its graduates are famous worldwide.Anton Pavlovich Chekhov-a great playwright, doctor Sergei Sergeievich Korsakof - the first great Russian neuropsychiatrist. Ivan Sechenov - founder of physiology school. Alexander Myasnikov-the founder of Russian therapeutic school Leo Bokeria-Chief cardiac surgeon of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
About university & International cooperation & Educational process
Why should future doctors choose Sechenov University?
The university is a member of the World Health Organization, the International and Eurasian Association of Universities, and many other organizations, including the Red Crossand Doctors Without Borders.On an annual basis, the university is listed in world university rankings such as QS Rankingsand Times World University Rankings.

In 2022, the university was ranked 17th out of 206 best universities in Russia, and first among all of the Russian medical schools.
The university is accredited in the vast majority of countries worldwide, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Sri Lanka and more. in 2021, Sechenov University's scientific papers were among the most cited in Russia and around the world, thanks to pioneering research on coronavirus infection COVID-19.

What else makes Russia's first medical school noteworthy?
Sechenov University was founded more than 260 years ago.
In the past, only a few dozen people studied there. And now it is a complex organization that offers many unique opportunities for international students. There are approximately 18,000 students enrolled here, with almost 2,000 of them being foreign students. This indicates that one out of every ten Sechenov University students is from another country!

The university provides everything necessary for international students' education. You can enroll in an English-taught pre-university program. The program lasts for ten months. In addition to learning the fundamentals of the Russian language, you will be able to adjust to new surroundings in a foreign country and prepare for university entrance exams.
You will actively practice both your language and medical skills during your university days. Starting in your first year, you will be doing hands-on learning in seminars and participating in a summer student practice at the end of each academic period. This will be done in the university's four hospitals or one of hundreds of laboratories in various departments. Hospital and laboratory equipment meets all modern standards. All of your teachers and curators will have a wide range of experience; 85% of Sechenov university's teachers hold academic degrees.

Your university life will take place in the capital's oldest and most beautiful districts! Moscow provides students with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. There are 440 museums, 781 parks, one of Europe's oldest zoos, and hundreds of unique historical attractions in Russia's historical center.

What can you do after completing the pre-university course?
You can pursue a bachelor's degree, a specialty, a clinical residency, or a postgraduate degree! Dentistry, pharmacy, and general medicine are taught entirely in English.

You can also transfer from another university to the First Moscow State Medical University. All you need to do is obtain an academic record, a certificate from your current university, and originals of your documents — and send them to the university for evaluation.

At Sechenov University you'll get one of the best medical educations in Europe, gain practical experience, and become a specialist in high-demand and well-paying medical fields.

This will not be an easy path, but it will be very interesting. And we, Global Education Russia, Sechenov University's official partner since 2019, will assist you in your endeavors.
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